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I was looking around my sewing room and realized I have at least 4 (maybe more if you count the ones I’m still thinking on) active projects going most of the time. I’m not counting orphans that I have given up on. These are projects that get worked on several times a week.


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    Jan 9, 2012, 01.13 PMby Juliette2

    Yes, one at a time. It’s a rule I made for myself because I strongly dislike UFOs. Each project must be finished — one way or another - before I start on the next. Stuffing a failure into the rubbish bin is an acceptable method of finishing a project. But I don’t have to do that very often :)

    I make exceptions to this rule for emergency projects and anything that my husband asks me to sew or mend. He doesn’t ask very often and he’s always good about doing things for me, so I do anything he asks for right away.

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    Jan 28, 2012, 02.51 PMby katexxxxxx

    We ALWAYS have several on the go at once. This is partly because we always have several customers on the go at the same time, so we dovetail working on their projects. The current list looks like this:

    Evening tailcoat and waistcoat for a large gentleman Space Ranger uniform for a plus size lady: this is based on an RAF Officer’s tunic and culottes – kinds Dan Dare rather than Star Trek.

    Remodel of skirt and tunics for Abba tribute acrt. Pair opf Chiong Sam outfits for same.

    Suit for me: skirt and jacket…

    Suit for Su: two jackets and trousers.

    We do plan and track our time carefully. If we didn’t, we’d get in a right muddle!

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    Jan 30, 2012, 10.19 PMby draculashbv

    Oh definitely I am working on more than one project at one time. A few years ago I tried forcing myself to not start new projects until the current one was finished.It worked for a few months, but then I went back to my old ways; this includes both projects I am working on and the many I have in my head. I’m hopping now that I’ve started a blog I will organise myself better. But since I have quite a few projects ready that I can blog about, so plenty of material, I will main my current behaviour. :) Ups!!!



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    Jan 31, 2012, 03.40 PMby Leila Breton

    I have several projects on the table at the same time. Right now, I’m in a alterations mood so I’ll just go for it altering a bunch of stuff all at once. Then, I’ll have patterns to work with and I’ll cut fabric all at once. You know, sometimes that’s all I have time for. But I’m trying to focus on only Spring stuff for myself so that I can leave the dress needing the zipper on the dressform for a couple of days.

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    Feb 2, 2012, 03.02 AMby schnui

    By habit, I have several projects cut out and on the go. I once was a dressmaker for clients and to make a business work, you need to have several projects underway as you wait for clients to come for fittings etc. But now, my new resolution is to only have one thing on the go and to finish it completely before starting another. It annoys me to change different colour threads in my overlocker when in the middle of several projects. I like to draft patterns for 3or4 projects one day, then cut them out and do all markings and then begin to sew, one at a time to completion.

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      Feb 3, 2012, 09.04 AMby katexxxxxx

      If I have different thread colours to use on the overlockers, I tend to set both up so we don’t change threads that often. I do find that with both of mine (a Bernina 1150MDA and a Brother 1034D) that they are very easy and quick to rethread.

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      Mar 20, 2012, 01.55 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      I think I must be one of the only people who doesn’t mind re-threading her overlocker ;)

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    Mar 16, 2012, 04.15 AMby victorya

    I am always working on multiple garments at once, the key is to get a diary and factor in time in advance when you will work on each! and stick to it! things get done quicker because you are always changing the garment so you dont get bored of it.

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    Mar 20, 2012, 01.52 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I love having several projects on the go at once, it’s more fun for me to jump between them. Sometimes I make things that go together for an entire outfit. I quite like spending one day tracing several patterns. Then spend another day just cutting them all out of the fabric and doing all the marking, then they are ready to go when I want to sew :)

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    Mar 20, 2012, 08.49 AMby katexxxxxx

    Well, the Space Ranger and the tailcoat and waistcoat went out the door, as did the Abba remodel. All customers happy…

    Now doing a bit for ourselves (making VAST circular cloaks!) while gearing up for the next project. While gathering samples for the Abba cheongsams and the new customer’s wedding suit, I’m working up my scribbled description into proper design drawings and clearing the space to do the pattern drafting… And finalizing ideas for next year’s Kings Musketeers game and squirreling away ideas for Empire! Once we get the national characteristic for that game, there could be 10 different outfits needed for next Easter!

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    Oct 10, 2012, 02.48 AMby infoleather

    You need to have multiple projects in progress waiting for the client to accessories.

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