Handling Sewing Frustrations, with Sarah Veblen | Episode 64
Author, teacher, and fitting expert Sarah Veblen takes on sewing frustrations and strategies for dealing with them in this episode of Sewing with Threads.
Top sources of frustration
Sarah, who is also a pattern designer and sewing teacher, knows well her own sewing frustrations and those of her students. She shares six top sources of aggravation:
- Sewing technique snafus
- Ripping out
- Patternwork and fitting issues
- Sewing spaces
- Having too many choices
- Being productive
Sarah touches on each of these and offers suggestions for dealing with them and ways to avoid them completely.
Handle your sewing frustrations
Address sewing-related annoyances first by recognizing when you are getting frustrated, she says. Oftentimes, the indicator is somatic—a clenched jaw or knotted stomach muscles, for example. That’s when it’s a good time to pause for a few slow, deep breaths or to take a break by walking away for a few minutes.
Sarah prevents sewing headaches altogether by making test samples of everything from the planned stitching to the interfacing.
She also offers tips for making muslins, or test garments. A frequent Threads contributor, Sarah has written many articles about fitting, including “From Muslin to Pattern” Threads #212 (Dec. 2020/Jan. 2021).
Tune in to learn more of Sarah’s practical solutions to handling and even preventing sewing upsets, including when and how to rip out stitches and how to get back to your sewing space after an absence.
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Sarah Veblen portrait by Marcie Levendusky.