Hello fellow sewers,
About a week ago I was inspired by a new book I bought while in L.A. about pattern drafting. I thought "this book really simplifies the techniques. Lets give it a whirl". So I went down into my sewing 'Dungeon' all excited and motivated to get started...... until I looked around. The room was a disaster. There was not one inch of space that was free of clutter. There were notions, fabric, patterns, books, paper, etc. everywhere. There was barely a clear path on the floor. My inspiration flew out the window. Not even my sewing machine was in the room. I had moved that upstairs weeks ago. And as I looked around the shambled room it hit me. It hit me like a ton of bricks - I AM A HOARDER OF ALL THINGS SEWING!!! The odd thing is that I am the very opposite in every other aspect of my life. I hate clutter and regularly clear out cupboards and closets throughout my home. SO why was this room so out of control and full of a million things. The truth is, my ambition was greater than my time and my patience in learning was lacking. I had also acquired a LOT of fabric from friends and family who did not sew and wanted to see their stashes go to a good home. So what is a girl to do??? Clean house of course.
It took me 2 days to complete but I was able to get rid of a little more than half of my fabric and notions. I decided to sell the fabric in a garage sale fashion and donate whatever was left after that. I ended up making 80.00. I am happy to announce that my sewing room is completely organized and clean ( I will post pictures soon)..... and my sewing machines are back in their proper home. While cleaning I also found that I had bought many notions and books which I had never used or read. I found that I had been buying all of these thing to make my life easier but had never taken the time to use them. Just like my sewing machine and my serger. I have amazing machines but again, I have not even touched on all of the things that they can do. SO now I have made a promise to myself - I will dedicate 2 hours a week minimum to learning something new and to mastering my machines.
So I am pleased to announce that I am no longer a sewing hoarder. I am looking forward to creating many new projects in my sewing room and curbing my spending on this craft as I remember how much stuff I had accumulated that I did not need.
If you can relate, please let me know. I would love to hear your comments and stories :)