I ask this question as someone who got her seam ripper out last night, and I’d like to think the answer is ‘no’!
Let’s take an analogy I understand – the life of a writer. So someone wants to write a book. That person has to have an idea. But, how do they know it’s a good idea? They don’t – they just have to start writing and hope for the best. A bit like someone choosing a sewing pattern and thinking, This fabric will be awesome! Won’t it? A person’s just gotta get stuck in.
Do you think an author writes his novel, leans back in his chair and pops the cork on a bottle of champagne at a job well done? No. It’s not like it is in the film Misery. (Thank god.) There will be a first draft, a second draft, a third… Who am I kidding? By the time most novels hit the bookshelves there will have probably been about ten drafts at least. (Though, shush. Most of those novels will only hit the bottom drawer.) And we think we can make a dress perfect first time? The creative process just isn’t like that.
The process of making is an exploratory one. Yes, there are key skills we can learn and bring to our aid. But at the start of every new project, even the most expert Sewist is on a learning curve, which means making mistakes. Which means getting the seam ripper out.
So, no, the seam ripper does not make me a failure. It might suggest I’m tired, though! What do you think?