A blog reader (thanks, Jen!) recently made a fantastic suggestion for a post – how to push through when you lose your sewing nerve.
A wobble can happen for all sorts of reasons:
- You take a break and lose your mojo
- With increased sewing experience, you know what can go wrong
- You’ve hit a brick wall around technique and lose heart
- Your sewing space becomes a mess and you’d rather shut the door on it all
Any of these ring bells? Oh yeah, we’ve all been there.
So, here are my top tips for addressing these four wobbles.
Wobble Number One – You Take A Break And Lose Your Mojo
Answer = Reverse Psychology
There’s a theory – and it’s a good theory – that regular practise is key to keeping your creative muscle toned. Writing a novel? Sit down at your desk every day. Sewing a dress? Sit down at your sewing machine every day. Just a few minutes to keep your head in the zone.
The Pomodoro technique is often used to enforce a stretch of uninterrupted activity. But why don’t you flip that on its head and use it to LIMIT your activity?
- Turn Pomodoro on for 15 minutes only.
- When your 15 minutes are up, stop sewing. Or try to.
I’m confident you’ll desperately want to keep sewing. Mojo returned, my friend!
Wobble Number Two – You Know What Can Go Wrong
Answer = Define Failure
So says James Dyson. I know. It’s hard. It’s the type of yogic calm that’s easy to sagely parrot when you have distance from your failed project. Less easy to accept failure when your home sewn dress is a mess and you’re scrambling through the dirty linen basket for something to wear. What? You’ve never done that? Liar!
Failure is a really important part of creativity, but it takes a particular type of humility to accept and celebrate failure – especially on social media.
We learn from our mistakes, so don’t let a failure make you stop. Allow it to push you to be better. You know you can be!
Wobble Number Three – You Hit A Technique Brick Wall
Answer Three = Reach Out
The Village Haberdashery class studio
If you just can’t make that darn fit adjustment work, you’d better thank the skies that we live in the age of social media. I have seen this work excellently on Instagram. Sewmanju has made a whole dress, using fitting advice that she’s sought out on Instagram. You can follow one beautiful dress journey from here.
There’s a huge amount of free advice online, but sometimes you might just need to take an in-person class. I reached a stage in my sewing journey when I’d travelled as far as I could alone. I attended a couple of classes at Morley College and have also done classes with Sew Over It.
I’ve never regretted attending a single sewing class ever.
Wobble Number Four – Your Sewing Space Is A Mess
Answer = IKEA!
Depending on your perspective, I’m lucky that my sewing space is in my living room. I have to keep it relatively tidy between sewing sessions. But if you’re struggling to keep on top of organising your space, I really recommend a trip to IKEA! You’ll spot IKEA details in a lot of sewing space blog tours. From shelves, to drawers to these things:
IKEA items are affordable, fun and make tidying up less of a drag.
Try, also, to keep your fabric stash behind doors that can close. I’m not convinced fabric on show really works, especially because sunlight fades fabric.
Those are my top tips! Do you have your own to share?