bad, habitually

Fellow sewists: how are your bad sewing habits? This question was thrown out by Emily (Mommy's nap time) this week and it got me thinking. I guess I didn't realize how many bad habits I had until well, I wrote them all down. And wouldn't you know, almost all of them involve (potentially) dangerous sharp objects....yikes!

not changing my needle - I know, I should change it in between projects, but I get so excited to start another one that I rush past it and three projects later I start to think, "Geez, this needle sucks..." Of course it does....

putting pins in my mouth - I heard about someone who inhaled a pin by accident and required surgery or something horrific. I vowed to not put pins in my mouth anymore. But sometimes I walk away from my pin cushion and where else can I put them?

dropping pins - and sometimes, most always, but not every single time, I pick them up. I've gotten much better at this since we got the puppy though. Imagining a $3000 surgery to remove a pin swallowed by my puppy I guess holds a little higher priority for me than inhaling one myself....

not closing my rotary cutter - I try to remember...really....

using my rotary cutter the wrong way - This stems from all the cutting I did in college. I used an exacto knife to cut out cardboard, foam board and balsa wood almost daily for four years building models. And when using an exacto knife, you cut towards yourself...so now I do it with my rotary cutter. I know this is dangerous...but I figured I survived college with only one trip to the hospital for exacto usage...what are my  chances i'd cut myself with a rotary cutter? *knock on wood* (on a side note: the only sewing injury I've encountered is sewing my finger with the machine, nothing resulting from my worst sewing habits)

not changing my rotary cutter blade - Are you sensing a pattern? I use these blades until they are dull, which is stupid - a nice, new rotary blade cuts like butter, but I plow on using a less than perfect one. One, because they are sooo darn expensive and also because well, I'm lazy. Mostly because I'm lazy. Then I change my blade, remember how much less pressure I need to apply with a nice blade and tell myself to never let it get that bad....

not getting my machine serviced- like, ever. I've only had it a few months over a year, so really, it's just now due...sort of...and I swear I've been meaning to take it in, but then I tell myself, well, after this project...and with project ADD that turns into 3 projects later and a linty machine that will soon give me hiccups.

sewing space sloppiness - For two weeks I couldn't find my seam ripper. But when it comes to having time to sew, I want to sew, not clean, so sometimes (ok, most of the time) the sewing room ends up looking like a really fabulous (but still messy) fabric bomb went off.

I'm going to stop thinking about these now so I don't get too down on myself....In the meantime, what are your worst sewing habits?




4 comments:

  1. I do most of these! I'm worst at not changing needles or blades. My dog ate an open safety pin and had to have that $3000 surgery to remove it. OUCH for all of us! :( The xray is comical though...

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  2. Oh lord... Where to begin?

    I am also bad at changing my needle - which is made worse by the fact that I'm always forgetting to adjust the position of my needle to center when I start up my machine. If my 1/4 inch foot is on, then it slams into the metal of the foot, makes a horrible sound and sends my machine into fits. Imagine what that does to a needle...

    I am awful at changing my blade as well. Same reason. Expensive and lazy. :)

    I put pins in my mouth ALWAYS. It's just handy. But I am good at picking them up. I have a dog too and my husband stepped on a needle once and was sooooo angry. :)

    I sew over pins all of the time. I've never jammed a needle so bad that it broke or messed up my machine but I have plenty of bent pins. I'm getting better though.

    My scissors are super crappy.... There's a huge nick in them from accidentally trying to cut thru a pin (hint: it didn't work) and they just gum fabric rather than cut. I need to sharpen them... They're otherwise great scissors - Henkels. Love them.

    And I buy fabric like I need it to insulate the house... Without intent and without a plan. I will NEVER use half of it. :)

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  3. I have this feature on my machine that forces me to change my needles. It's called "I forgot it was on zig zag and switched back to my 1/4" foot". Needle snaps right in half! Try it on yours... it works great! :)

    I do all the rest of the stuff as well. I wish my room could be cleaner. I spend time cleaning it.. and then I LOVE how nice and organized it is and I just want to run in there and then POOF... crap everywhere.

    I have a regular magnetic pin thing that I toss pins at to catch and one of these: http://www.joann.com/dritz-magnetic-pin-wand/xprd140412/... which I love... finds all those needle changes very well. :)

    Oh! and seam rippers.. it's like they have legs. My solution is to just grab the whole shelf when I buy new ones lol.

    ps. I'm going to use karen's reasoning for buying fabric. insulation! LMAO!!

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  4. That's quite a list - my only suggestion is to be super carfeul with that rotary - no need to bleed all over the fabric! :) Be safe!
    Thanks for linking up this week!

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