Today writing prompt immediately made me think of sewing fears. Some people have fears in sewing. A fear of zippers, a fear of using an overlocker (serger) a fear of using the “Good” fabric. Sewing can be very relaxing but at the same time very terrifying.
Over the years I think I have had a few sewing fears. When I first got my overlocker I certainly was fearful or intimidated by it. That machine has blades and if your fingers slip than you’re in trouble. It cuts your fabric so there is no going back if you make a mistake on it. Once I started using it I realised it isn’t that scary. You learn that you can control the speed therefore you have control of your work. There are ways to hold the fabric so that your fingers are not in harms way. I love using my overlocker now.
I’ve mentioned before I have never sewn an invisible zipper. I’m not fearful of them I’ve just never had the need to install one in a make. Zippers can be intimidating to work but again they are one of those things the more you use them the better you get at sewing with them. I actually like using zippers. On some projects they can be a bit tricky so I might need to do extra steps like had baste them into place before taking it the sewing machine but it is worth it and takes away some of the fear of zipper sewing and getting it wrong. If you do get it wrong you can always unpick it and start again.
I don’t think I have a fear of fabric. I do have a lot of “Good” fabric that I haven’t used yet. The Liberty fabric in the picture above is a prime example. If you are not familiar with the fabric world Liberty fabrics are expensive and kind of a luxury. Liberty fabrics can live in a sewer’s stash for years before they finally sew it. For years this fabric has been in my stash waiting for the perfect project to use it in. Recently I decided I would just use it and started thinking it may be pants, not sure if it will be pj’s or maybe even a pair of Robbie’s. This fabric is on my shelf to be used soon.
I guess with sewing or crafting in general any fears you have can be overcome just by trying out a project with said fear. Try an easy pattern, play with some scrap fabric on the overlocker, just cut into the “Good” fabric. If items are in your stash/collection/possession than just use them. Don’t be fearful or intimidated just relax, have fun and give it a try.