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Made By A Fabricista: 5 Ways to Get Your Sewjo Back

It happens to all of us.  We are eager to sew, sit down to go over our project and get it started.  At some point though you just can’t get yourself to finish.  You get frustrated or stuck and your project gets put to the side.  When you come back it just doesn’t excite you anymore.  Why does this happen?! A lot of things could cause it.  I totally lost my Sewjo on this project. While I’m happy with how it came out it was not easy to finish.  You can get your Sewjo back though!!  

Here are 5 ideas on how to do that. 

1. Clean Your Sewing Space

I know! No one wants to talk about cleaning.  And in a lot of sewing community forums people always joke about sewing first and cleaning or cooking later.  I have done it too.  But a cluttered space can contribute to a cluttered mind, especially when trying to wrap your head around a new project.  For me I like to clean my whole sewing room.  I put all scraps away, vacuum the floors to get rid of all the thread.  When it ends up all over the house and in the laundry I know I need to vacuum it all up.  And I definitely cleaning off my sewing table.  You got to have room to work and see your project.  Cleaning helps me feel more organized.

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2. Take a Break and Get Inspiration 

Sometimes you actually really need a break from sewing, especially if you sew a lot.  Get outside and try another activity.  I like going for a walk. I think of other things while walking or how to execute the project I’m working on.  Sometimes  I will go out and walk around one of the little beach towns here and get new ideas.  I see what is trending in the stores and how I can recreate it in a fabric I would like.  Just seeing what other people are wearing or even decorating ideas can help motivate me to get back to sewing. 

3. Take a Class

Taking a class can help you meet like minded people.  You can bounce ideas off other people or get inspiration from them.  Fabric Mart has virtual classes too that you can take to help you get new ideas or learn new things. Having a guided course can help you finish a project and sometimes seeing a finished project to motivate you to getting sewing old projects again.

4. Work on a Small Easy Project

Sometimes you do need to put your current project aside and work on something different.  I really like making garments but I do get tired of having to fit myself every single time I work on something.  So what I do is I make a project that doesn’t require fitting.  I make bags or home decor.  Or I make a tried and true favorite pattern that has already been fit adjusted. I love Noodlehead patterns for bag making and Fabric Mart carries Noodlehead plus a lot of other bag patterns.  It’s a great way to sew without the stress of getting it just right for your body.

5. Learn one new skill

Try to learn something new on a project.  It is ok to challenge yourself.  Having a hard time sewing zippers? Cut a swatch of fabric and practice sewing it in.  Learn how to do it BEFORE you start on your current project.  Practice sewing buttonholes. Or practice sewing curves or whatever you are finding is holding you back.  There are so many free resources on YouTube or TikTok now. You can find help with anything!

You can get your Sewjo back.  It might take time.  Try these tips to help you in the future, before you know it you will be inspired be sewing again! Happy sewing!

HANNAH   @modistra.sews


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