Tuesday, June 18, 2019

These simple steps.......

How many years of experience do you have with sewing? What habits and systems have you developed over the years? Some of these systems we have developed due to trial and error, ways to help us to remember, or organize our thoughts.

My system...... I read and highlight my pattern directions.

Benefit number one is that it helps to place me in a sewing frame of mind. Think of it as a stretching session before exercise, a warm up if you will.

It can also help to spur inspiration, the “oh instead of that what about this.....”

My system is simple enough, I use colored pencils and highlighters to remind me of various things.

My colors are:

GREEN: Action! It often highlights how a step should be completed.

YELLOW: Caution! Don't forget! This marking reminds me to slow down, take note.

RED: Stop! Life happens, the text message that suddenly chimes, the pot on the stove that boiled over, the child that ran into the room. All of these events can cause us to overlook or forget to do a basic step, however marking where I left off helps me to refocus when life interrupts.

As you can see my system is easy enough, an old habit I started years ago, that continues to keep me on track today. Let know what systems do you have in place that keep you on track?

Also if you want to learn more great ideas check out the book by the PattenReview.com called “1000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips”. Here is a link: https://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/41905

It's a treasure trove of information and inspiration!

Until next the next post, I'll be keeping myself together one stitch at a time.