Video: Not everything about sewing is fun!

February 4, 2018 18 Comments

Video: Not everything about sewing is fun!

February 4, 2018 18 Comments

Sewing is fun…for the most part. But there is some stuff that fills me with low-key dread every time I have to do them. So, in this video, I talk about four things that really puts me off, to the point that they sometimes stall me in my sewing because I can’t muster the energy to tackle them. And some are not even that hard, it’s just a mental block that I have to overcome each time.  Can you relate to that feeling? I would love to hear your dreads too if you have any! And if you don’t, I’m very envious of you 🙂

Johanna Lundström

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  • Kerstin Shadbolt February 4, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    I totally share your dread of threading – not my old Elna sewing machine, she’s easy and I could probably do the job wearing a blindfold. No, it’s the serger, a Janome 8002DX – it does its job beautifully, but the threading and re-setting for new projects are tricky and time consuming.
    I don’t like making button holes on my sewing machine, but I have to be forgiving as it is a 1954 model, a dear old friend.
    The sewing process I dislike most is anything to do with waistbands. But I love sewing really!

    • Johanna February 5, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Ah, yes that dreaded serger threading, so many little loops to navigate through. And I hear you on the waistband issue, it really is tricky and time-consuming to get right!

  • Adrianne February 4, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I agree about rethreading machines. I mostly keep white thread on my serger and then I find myself sewing mostly light colored items because I’m too lazy to change the threads! Sewing is a really enjoyable hobby for me and it really makes me think which I like! BUT sometimes I over think things and make my head hurt, LOL.

    • Johanna February 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Having neutral threads such as white and grey seem to be best hack to avoid rethreading the serger constantly. I wish I wasn’t as anal about having a matching thread and just do like you do it!

  • Mary February 5, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Oh!!!!!! I so agree with you Kerstin about sewing waistbands. There, I thought I was overreacting to not liking waistbands. I made two skirts and have yet to fix the waist bands for them. I’ve even been known to wear a skirt without finishing the waistband.

    • Johanna February 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Yes you and Kerstin bring up a great pain point, I too dread waistbands. So hard to get right and neat, even after decades of doing them so I can totally see where you are coming from when it comes to not finishing them 🙂

  • Marjorie February 5, 2018 at 3:39 am

    I am with you on all four sewing dreads. I often choose knit fabrics in black, white and blue. That is because I have enough cones of these colours for all 3 sewing machines.

    • Johanna February 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      I like your approach, it will both simplify the threading and wardrobe matching 🙂

  • Jen Brown February 5, 2018 at 3:50 am

    I am in complete agreement with you on the overlocker threads and the interfacing. Just too hard sometimes

    • Johanna February 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Yes it really is. I thought I was pretty alone struggling with these seemingly simple tasks, but now I realise that we are many people out there having this feelings!

    • Johanna February 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Yes it really is. I thought I was pretty alone struggling with these seemingly simple tasks, but now I realise that we are many people out there having these feelings!

  • Debsielou February 5, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Maybe if that much dread is associated buy the extra cones for your other machines at least in dark grey and white (or whatever your commonly used colours are)?
    Button holes are my dread mostly because the garment is otherwise almost finished and beautiful, and it’s nearly always the second one that is dodgy!! I often use snaps now on things like shirts 😁

    • Johanna February 5, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      I have considered it for sure, but my serger thread rack is full, and my storage space is limited. But I should get more black and navy at least! And I hear you on the buttonholes, it can be such an angsty experience and so hard to rip too!

  • Jan Brown February 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Top of my list is interfacing without a doubt. Like you I’m not sure why really. I think that having enjoyed cutting out the pattern pieces it feels like I’ve got to start over again. I also hate pressing the fusible interfacing, my ironing board ends up in such a mess from the slight overspill!! I find I dread a job or skill where I’ve made a mistake in the past. It’s almost as if I am expecting it to go wrong every time. Once I’ve mastered it though I’m OK.

  • Chris Griffin February 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Ha! I thought I was alone in cutting out interfacing being SO frustrating. Worse, I’ve learned that if I let it cool naturally, like an hour or so, it always stays better. Ugh!!
    I’ve learned to “cheat” and cut out interfacing *first*. That tricks my brain!

    • Johanna February 12, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      That is a great trick about interfacing that I need to try too! And agree about cooling, I was taught this by a sewing veteran working in a sewing machine shop and I have found this to be true too!

  • Heather February 27, 2018 at 8:38 am

    I used to dread the server rethreading but now I wind some extra bobbins with serger thread and use those in my needles and coverstitch machine. That way all threads match and I don’t have to rethread in the middle of projects.

  • Karen February 21, 2020 at 1:20 am

    I dread tracing. It’s so cumbersome! I also dread buttonholes. I don’t know why; my machine does them beautifully. I just don’t like to do them

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