How to Sew More | Stop Wasting Your Time!

How to Sew More | Stop Wasting Your Time!

Hey guys welcome back to my channel Today I’m going to be sharing with you a few tips on how you can be a more
productive sewer Tip #1 is to stop making excuses I know that sounds super harsh, but I used to be the world’s worst about this and honestly like the
number one thing that I hear come out of people’s mouths especially non-sewers who are wanting to learn how to sew, and I used to say this a lot too, is they look at someone who is being productive or making cool things
or you know something that you’re kind of envious of and you say oh I would
love to do that I just don’t have the time. It’s a little bit rude cuz you’re
kind of saying like oh I’m just doing so much important stuff and you’re not
doing anything and that’s why you have so much time just to make these things The truth is we all have 24 hours in a day and well some people might have more
responsibilities than others the truth is we all have leisure time and we can all commit a little bit of time throughout the week to sewing but
instead we’re not prioritizing it but we’re doing things that maybe we don’t
even care about like you know sometimes you’re just sitting on the couch
watching TV when you could be sewing or you could be doing something else but
you’re not prioritizing it and really it it’s such a easy way to get out of doing
something that you actually want to do by just saying, “oh I don’t have the time” and then you just kind of casting it aside when you could be saying, “oh well I have
10 minutes I can go ahead and go pin something down really fast” like “I can
go do this while I’m watching TV or while I’m waiting for this pot of water
to boil” and you could be doing something but you’re really choosing not to
prioritize it and you’re choosing not to make the most of your time because if
you really wanted to do it you would be doing it Tip #2 is to find out if you’re a frosting person or a cake person Okay so what are the differences
between the two? A frosting person wants to make you know the frosting on the cake They want to make pretty items They want to make statement pieces These are things that you can’t really wear every day because they stand out so much, right? They’re really pretty to take photographs of Things like that A cake person wants to make things that they are going to be wearing all the
time They’re gonna make the most bang for their buck out of these items they’re gonna get the most uses out of it, the most wears so determining which one you are is gonna be really beneficial to you in the long run
because a cake person probably is not interested in making an evening gown or
a really funky dress that they’re only gonna be able to wear you know ever so
often where as a frosting person is not going to be interested in investing in
hour time to make a t-shirt that they would rather just go buy because they
would rather be working on something that is like a really big statement
piece so determining which one you are is going to make you feel the most
satisfied at the end of a project and it’s really going to help you plan your projects better because you’re not going to pick up all those basic pieces you’re not
gonna pick up basic fabrics if you are a frosting sewer and vice versa if you’re a cake sewer you’re not gonna be picking up these you know extravagant
pieces or these like crazy funky um you know prints it’s going to really help
you in the long run to determine which one you are early on Tip #3 is to match your fabrics to your patterns so what I mean by this is whenever you
go out and you’re looking at patterns you come across a great sale or whatever and
you’re going to go pick up some patterns um make sure that you have fabric at
home in mind that you can use or that you’re gonna pick up the fabric right
then and there because a lot of the time if you don’t your pattern is going to
just end up in a drawer somewhere and you’re never gonna use it or you’re
going to lose or gain weight and then you’re not gonna fit it or whatever like it’s gonna go out of style and you know it’s just a waste of money and
waste of time for you to even like go through the process of buying it and
the same thing is true for fabric in fact I’d even say it’s more so true for
fabric because with fabric it can go out of style you can buy it and then realize
later on when you do find a pattern that goes with it that you didn’t buy enough
yardage for your pattern that’s happened to me a million times so really knowing
you know which pieces are gonna go together is going to help you the
most because otherwise you’re gonna end up with a ridiculous
amount of fabric that you can’t do anything with because you have no idea
what to make out of it and it’s just sitting in your stash collecting dust like mine Tip #4 is to make sure that whatever project you’re planning on making actually fits into your current wardrobe or your future
wardrobe So for me I know that I’m not going to make anything that’s brown if I come across a really cool brown fabric I’m not gonna buy it because I
know that it’s not going to go into my wardrobe I have a color scheme in my
wardrobe and the neutral that I decided on was black and so I know I’m not ever
going to put black and brown together so I’m never going to make something brown
for my wardrobe and that’s going to save me alot of heartache later on because there have been times that I have made these orphan pieces that don’t fit into my
closet and then years go by and I end up just
donating them and I’ve never wore them or I only wore them you know with one item
and they don’t go with anything else in the closet and so I get bored of it
really fast because I can only wear it one way um another reason that you want
to know your wardrobe is because if you have a bunch of black tops like me you
don’t need to make any more black tops so you need to be aware of these things
whenever you’re planning your projects because you really don’t need to end up
with duplicates wasting space where you can be filling your closet with you know
a ton of cool interesting pieces you know and not 15 of the same kind of skirt Tip #5 is to know what you need So if you are working from
a pattern then you are lucky enough to have everything that you need listed on
the back of your pattern so it kind of goes with the same thing about buying your pattern and your fabric together one of the easier things you know to screw up on is not having enough fabric for your pattern so you really want to know these
things ahead of a time before you ever start cutting because there have been
times that I’ve started cutting and I ran on a fabric or I would be up
late sewing because I needed to have something finished by the very next day
and I didn’t realize the needed fusing and all the stores are closed and so I
couldn’t make whatever garment was I needed for the next day this is super
important for making sure you don’t run out of supplies and it’s also really important if you are someone like me who you know
the sewing instructions that come on a lot of patterns they make them so they
are accessible to everyone so all you really need is like a regular sewing machine but sometimes I want to do things differently I’m want to coverstitch something or whatever and you have to change the construction order
well when that happens it’s better to have read ahead and see exactly how
everything goes together first before you start sewing up the pattern
because you don’t want to get halfway through and then you have to try and rip
stitches out to make things work in your favor so knowing your pattern ahead of time and really understanding how everything goes together and everything that you need it’s going to save you so much time in
the long run and really just a lot of headache because for me, on a knit, I really don’t want to be unpicking stitches Tip #6 is to learn how to manage
your moods so what I mean by that is if you are tired or lethargic obviously you’re not going to want to dive you know, headfirst into the most complicated part of your project you need to manage yourself and realize I’m tired I don’t need to be pushing myself because that’s going to lead to burnout and I need to
just do something that’s gonna let me feel productive while not pushing myself too far and making sewing feel like a punishment so typically what I do is through the work week I will you know at work all day
long and then I’m in the Texas summer heat in traffic for a long time and then
I finally get home and I’m just like beat but I still want to work towards
something so what I’ll do is I’ll pin some seams down or I’ll press something
you know that needs to be pressed for whenever I pick it up next time little
things like that and it doesn’t seem like much but it does add up to you know
actually being able to finish your project in a timely manner and the best
part about this is that whenever you do have energy and you do feel like sewing a
lot you’re past all the boring stuff and now all you have to do is like the fun
stuff you know the things that are more complicated and actually a
challenge you know that way you’re not challenging yourself too much on days that you really don’t want to be challenged Tip #7 is to assembly line your projects So what I mean by this is if you’re doing multiple projects to save you the most amount of time you’re going to cut everything all
at one time and then maybe the next day you’ll do all of the seams and then the
next day you’ll do all the hems and then you know the next you’ll do all the
buttonholes and this is going to maximize your time because you’re not
having to switch settings back and forth and for me I have a serger and coverstitch machine in one and so changing the settings from doing an overlock
stitch to doing a coverstitch takes time so it’s better for me to Serge
everything and then cover stitch everything and that way I’m not having
to constantly go back and forth because sometimes it takes a really long time to
adjust between the two and in that same regard if you are following the same tip
about the wardrobe you probably have a similar color scheme for all your items
and if you could pick a thread that kind of goes with all of them you’re gonna be
changing your thread even less and then that’s going to save you alot of time as
well Tip #8 is to sew just a little bit every single day so like I said before you know I would get tired at the end of the workday and make those excuses say I don’t have the time blah blah blah um but doing you know – forcing myself to sit down for just fifteen minutes has helped
me so much in being a more productive sewer and just getting more done in general um you know like I said, I used to say I didn’t have the time or whatever but everyone has you
know 15 minutes at the end of the day most the time like you know you can sit
down even if you don’t you can multitask you know you can you know wind down to
your favorite TV show while you’re pinning something together but just working
towards your end goal of finishing that project even just a little bit it’s
going to make you feel so much better and you’re gonna get so much more done and then you think you are cuz 15 minutes of completely focused time it really does
pay off like it can be more productive than an hour of like you, you know, being
unfocused and not really you know wanting to work for that whole hour
doing that small chunks alot of times you’re a lot
more productive so this is what’s been helping me and I find that if I had
forced myself to sit down for those 15 minutes a lot of times I’m sewing a lot
longer than 15 minutes like I get into my groove and I’m like oh I’m almost
done let me just hem this real fast or whatever and what this is doing is it’s
getting you into this rhythm and creating a habit of prioritizing you
know this hobby of yours or this skill or this goal or whatever you want to call
it you’re making it a priority at this point by forcing yourself to do it
for 15 minutes you’re not prioritizing you know your
whole day towards it or anything 15 minutes is very manageable it’s not
daunting to do or to think about like if you were to say, oh I’m going to sit down for an hour and sew” it’s very hard to carve out an hour of your time but carving out 15
minutes that’s nothing so this has been what has you know
impacted me the most when it comes to trying to be more productive and really
trying to manage my time better this has been like the number one tip that I can
give you that has helped me so so much if you guys have any additional tips
leave in the comments section below I’m always looking for new ways to make
myself more productive and kind of hone my craft um I do have additional tips to
actually help you guys sew faster like physically sew faster um so if you guys
kind of want like a sequel or update to this video let me know that as well
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  • Krista Badolato

    November 3, 2018

    I love this video, this is exactly what I needed to see this week 🙂

  • Mindy

    November 3, 2018

    Yes! You are so right about making excuses. Guilty
    Much love for saying what I need to hear ❤️

  • Jessica Montoya

    November 3, 2018

    Love these tips! I haven't been able to sew for a while because I'm at school and dont have my machine with me but i could borrow one i just havent 🙁 need to get on that

  • Patricia Bennett

    November 3, 2018

    Such good tips! ❤👍

  • Nomad for life

    November 4, 2018

    Good practical advice to keep yourself sewing. Like the assembly line idea. Going to be making two simple blouses of the same pattern and will give that idea a try. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing!

  • ShesPowerForward

    November 4, 2018

    Wow this is amazing advice! Thanks so much for sharing this! 🤗

  • Becerelli’s Books

    November 4, 2018

    I have been sewing for a long time on a 25 year old singer machine and I thought i was being productive hahaha I just got a brand new singer machine and omg I whipped up a dress in an afternoon. Good tools are a must. This is the first video I watched of yours and I subscribed. You’re very personable I could listen to you read the phone book haha 😂 thanks

  • Linda Ursin

    April 29, 2019

    I think I'm a cake person with a little touch of frosting 🙂

  • TaDarling1

    May 9, 2019

    Interesting tips. As a beginner sewer, I think I'm a cake person who hopes one day to be a frosting person. I don't necessarily select patterns that fit within my wardrobe but rather pick patterns that will enhance my sewing skills. As a result, I do end up with a lot of garments that may not fit my typical style but they have greatly improved my sewing expertise. Like you, I also have a large stash of fabric, as I buy whenever fabric goes on sale. However, since I am a beginner, I am not as familiar with the various types of fabric that I should be. I can easily identify a cotton fabric, but that's about it. Any tips on how to become more familiar with fabric types?

  • sewbizzylizzy

    June 9, 2019

    Hi, I’m Elizabeth. Thank you for the videos you’ve made. I’m coming back from an 8 year hiatus from sewing due to a terminal illness. I’m still sick but I’m living longer than what I was told so I’m going to start sewing again. I would love for a video of tips or techniques to help us self taught sewists how to sew faster. Again, thank you for your time and making the videos you have.

  • Laura Lipponen

    September 10, 2019

    Mmm a 12-minute video to look at instead of sewing 😍

  • Kayti Thorn

    October 10, 2019

    Something that changed my sewing game is knowing my limits and setting realistic goals and challenges.

    This obviously won't apply to everyone. But if you, like past me, take on massive challenges way outside of your skill level and try to get them done in ludicrously limited time frames only to end up overwhelmed and feeling shitty about yourself and your skills, learning to set realistic attainable goals might help.

    In the past I used to dream big, not really think about the process, buy all of the supplies, start the project, hit a wall I had no idea how to overcome, get frustrated, put the piece down for a week, come back to it, see how much there was left to do, realize I had no idea how to get from point A to point Z, realize that I'll never get done in the extremely small time frame I'd set, fall into an anxious mess, and put the unfinished project in a box. This is a great demonstration of what not to do.

    Since I've started setting realistic goals, I've been sewing more, I finish a piece or two a week, and [most importantly], I actually enjoy the entire process.


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