Tuesday, 19 May 2009
I've just finished a big order of printed pencil cases, and I can now officially sew fast. (Really fast: 'purrrrrrrr' instead of 'clackity-clackity-clack' .)
Other things I learned:
There's a difference between sewing a zip from the wrong side and the right side. Oh yes there is...
If something takes 5 minutes to do, then doing it 70 times will take 350 minutes, or nearly 6 hours. That's just how it works. I don't know why that's so hard for me to understand.
Use a thimble for hand sewing. Sure, it feels clumsy, but not nearly as bad as poking the back of the needle through your skin.
Pinning is the thief of time. Use as few pins as possible. There are many seams that don't need any pinning at all.
If there's a gap that has to be left in the lining for turning things inside out, find the balance between the wide gap for easy turning and the small gap for quick stitching. Forcing something through a small gap is less painful than having to do 5 extra stitches each time.
The crucial step you can leave out to make everything 30% faster will only come to you halfway through. Don't beat yourself up; rejoice and carry on.
Making 140 of one thing is a really good way to find out how long it takes to make one.
And here's a quick snap of two of the finished objects in a slightly crumpled state:
They'll be available exclusively from Urban Degree, any day now.