Saturday, May 2, 2015

Love and Hate

I am on my fourth round of changes and third muslin for HP1133. As frustrating as it is to go through the fitting process, I enjoy this necessary evil. I like the detective work involved with diagnosing the issue and the finding a solution. I love making alterations to the paper pattern.

What I don't like is layout, cutting and especially marking. If I had a more sophisticated sewing space with a real cutting table, I MIGHT like it more.  I've done the best I can to outfit my dining table, but it still feels makeshift and uninspiring.  So much so that I will always take a nap before I cut fabric!  How sad is that? No matter how good the tea, Netflix or sewing videos, I can't charge right into cutting. If I'm working with a jersey, forget it. I think it's because no matter how hard I try to prevent it, one of the layers shifts during the process.

Once I get into my sewing room, life at the sewing machine is okay. I love choosing the right presser foot, but I'm not as proficient as I'd like to be at running the machine. I know I'll get better with time.

What I love, love, love is pressing! Other than hoarding fabric and patterns, it's the best part of sewing. I am such a geek about all of the tools. I get so excited when I watch the power of steam.

All of of this leads to euphoria until I try the muslin on and realize there's more work to do. Then it's time for a second nap!

Well,  I've procrastinated enough. Time to start cutting.


Faye Lewis said...

Believe it or not, knits shift on a cutting table too. Before I received my donated cutting table I worked on a four foot expandable height folding table that I picked up at Sam's or Walmart. It really was not that bad. I could expand it's height up to my waist and I used it for quite some time.

Debbie said...

I share your views on cutting but wish I loved pressing; I hate it! Great blog.

L said...

It's so interesting to hear other sewers' loves and hates in the sewing room. I don't mind pressing, but I *hate* fusing interfacing. It's such a chore that drags on and on. =) I don't mind laying and cutting out pattern pieces; it actually excites me a bit because it's a new project. I do hate cutting and sewing lining, though. =)