It’s not uncommon to lose momentary our sewing power (sewjo: sewing-mojo). It happens to all of us at some point in our sewing journey. For me it is a cyclical occurrence often when I’m burned out. Based on my personal experience and sharing with others about it, I wrote for myself top 5 tips to boost sewing power that I would love to share with you.
Take baby steps
Start with small achievable goals, nothing unrealistic like finishing a project in a day because you haven’t done anything in ages and feel like such a bad blogger. This attitude generates more anxiety and make your sewing desire diminish even more. Create small activities that encourage the desire back, like searching for inspiration, organising your sewing space, looking at your patterns and fabrics. I find doing prep work a great way to “sew without sewing” and that makes the transition back a lot easier.
Make room for mistakes
If you are like me, after a long period without sewing, there are a lot more mistakes than usually. It’s the personal pressure to get it right and finish fast, with the desire to just get something finished. Instead of feeling bad about it, see it as part of a recovering time. Mistakes are part of our sewing journey and finding our feet back from where we stopped is not always a smooth transition. Everyone make mistakes and learning to realise that it is normal to be a bit ‘rusty’. Once that pressure is lift off you will see how quickly you will start to be back in shape and recover easily from those wonky seams. Remember, the seam ripper its not our enemy!
Make a habit of it
Sewing time it’s not a given. Learning to allow yourself your personal time it’s a skill that can be learned and practiced. Like everything else, creating a sewing routine require us to create a habit of not letting other problems get in the way. Life can be brutal and we get home tired and exhausted from work, to more housework like cooking, kids ( for those who have them) and it’s so easy to sacrifice our personal time. Create a personal time block for yourself, that everyone else know it’s your sewing time and make a habit of allowing yourself that precious moment.
Face your fears
Stuck in a sewing rut? It’s time to face your fears and try that pattern or fabric that been making you procrastinate. Learning a new skill and sewing something out your comfort zone will generate a higher sense of achievement. That extra energy will really boost your sewing desire and soon you will find yourself in a different level of sewing. I personally think we something get into a sewing ‘routine’ of unchallenging sewing things over and over without realising that we are slowly loosing the initial excitement. Have you even sew because you have to, not because you want to? Yes, that feeling could be making you loose your sewjo.
Love what you do
Nothing boost our sewing power like making something we are really excited about it. Don’t worry about what others will think, or what are the ‘current sewing trends’ out there. Trying to emulate others just because it’s what everyone doing isn’t good for long term sewing power. Do what YOU love. Want to only sew dresses? Good for you! Enjoy and be happy!