Hey all im new here, so thought I would jump straight in and find out a bit more about you lovely people. I started sewing around a year ago and I LOVE it. BUT there is one part of the process that I can NOT stand and thats cutting the paper pattern, and marking fabric (silly i know seeing as its probably THE most important part) and was wondering what you dislike most?

I do love to drape on my dummy, I can spend hours just messing around, so i would say that is my favourite of all? just wish with all this messing around i could actually learn to make patterns from it lol
Whats your favourite part?

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    Jul 8, 2010, 06.51 PMby magdamagda

    i hate picking up a project that i left unfinished long time ago… it also always proves to be a bad idea, it ends up unfinished anyways or simply unattractive coz i don’t enjoy the work…secondly i hate it when i am not really pleased with some result but i go along to the next step and the next day i undo everything… i mean i’d just rather it was easier to admit, sooner rather than later, that it’s off and i have to undo!!!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 12.41 PMby kajsasyr

    Hi! I am completely with you. I can’t STAND the marking, pinning and cutting of the pattern/fabric. As soon as that’s out of the way, I’m a happy bunny and enjoy the rest of the process. The most satisfying part, is putting my new garment on and admire in the mirror..

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    Jul 20, 2010, 07.52 PMby purplefan

    Would there be any merit in providing cats with a cardboard box that had scraps attached or heaped into it so they can lie on their little bed of fabric? Or maybe a budget cat playstation with some burlap or old linen to scratch up, with wooden thread spools or corks attached for batting paws? Maybe the furry ones have to be kept out with a baby gate while the process of pinning and cutting are underway.

    I don’t like how long I leave a project alone when I hit a difficult spot of sewing or have unpicked a seam for a third or fourth time. I now have a habit of doing the fabric washing on the night or next day after purchasing; same with the interfacing. Ironing is easy to do when everything is dry. Adjusting patterns and cutting slippery fabrics are major peeves for me, followed by the sewing machine refusing to sew—there are times when it is not going to do anything right, so it is best to walk away from it for awhile.

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    Jul 24, 2011, 03.19 PMby Floooo

    The only thing I hate about sewing is when something went wrong or my needle breaks or something like that for the rest I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Floooo

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    Aug 3, 2011, 03.21 AMby cheesepirate

    I hate cleaning up. I sometimes put off starting a new project because it means I have to clean up the last one.

    Also, on the subject of Things I Don’t Exactly Find Endearing About My Cat While I’m Sewing, I have one that likes to climb into my project bin and take a nap there. Which is actually cute. But then he gives me dirty looks when I reach in to pull something out from under him and he won’t move.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 02.15 AMby n45

    Cutting is the worst. I cheat now and use Electric scissors (ya I know it is mortifying but it makes me so happy when I can literally carve right through the fabric and get to the good stuff. Zippers use to be particularly troublesome, but I hand pick them now and that makes it bearable.

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      Oct 12, 2011, 03.09 PMby sew4my3

      I totally agree with you!

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    Oct 13, 2011, 07.29 PMby nellyvdb

    This will be shocking but… I hate having to iron seams, interfacing, etc etc… there, I’ve said it.I still do it, but hate to. I’m also frustrated by having to prewash everything, as I hardly have time to sew in the first place, and lastly, it breaks my heart having to rip stuff when it’s almost done.

    I love the sound of my sewing machine as I am piecing a garment together, it’s soothing.

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    Nov 5, 2011, 01.02 PMby mickeygirl

    I hate trimming seams and hand sewing in the lining bits. Probably there are faster and easier ways to stitch but I dislike the look of stitch-in-the-ditch because I can’t make it neat enough.

    My husband complains that I drop pins and his foot always seems to find them.

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    Oct 1, 2012, 01.21 PMby angekronaus

    like junehawk, i too hate hate hate adding seam allowances to the BWOF patterns. its the one thing that discourages me from sewing BWOF. i too cannot understand why they cant just include the allowances like vogue, mccalls etc. it would make alot of ppls lives SOO much easier.

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    Oct 5, 2012, 05.51 AMby lamabelle

    Right now, I hate the fitting process because it’s the most aggravating. When I’m making a simple A-line dress, but fabric is pooling out the back, and I just don’t know why, I just want to throw it all out and give up!

    I’ve come to enjoy the more tedious parts of sewing like cutting, ironing, and transferring marks. It’s the meditative part of the creative process: as long as I follow the guidelines, it’ll all be fine. (unlike fitting, where I have to actually problem solve)

    For some reason, one of my favorite parts is zippers! I think it was really tricky for me at first, but once I got the hang of it, each time was an adventure. I also love sewing bias tape long the arm holes and collar. It gives the garment that final touch of completion. And I love the look of a hem or seam after I steam press it because it looks so professional.

    Thanks for the topic! I’m curious how my opinion will change in a year or so.

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    Oct 10, 2012, 01.47 AMby infoleather

    When I just developed a fabric laminate flooring to measure her with fabric running and sliding!

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    Oct 13, 2012, 06.47 PMby JillStraw

    I am one of those “trace and cut” haters, personally. I’ve come to a point where I will set aside a couple of days a month to simply trace patterns, add seam allowances, cut and transfer pattern marks. Then I put the projects into large ziplock bags complete with instructions and notions required for each project. It’s so wonderful to just grab a bag and start the construction process. I’d probably iron on interfacing etc as well if i weren’t afraid it would ruin the final project! I do dread the end of the bag pile though.

    I have to LOL at everyone who sews in their underwear … So glad I’m not the only one! I think my neighbors love it. I know my boyfriend does. Whenever he calls and finds I’m sewing or fitting his first question is always “naked sewing?!” I love that even when he’s not here, it makes him more interested in my passion! He now even notices construction details and fabric quality on others when we go out. Hurrah!

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    Dec 7, 2014, 09.50 PMby Mysticpaganwitch

    Struggling with sleeves at the moment.

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