Sewing is tremendously important to me. It plays a huge role in my mental health and my overall well-being. If I go too much time without putting needle to fabric. I get cranky. And that's when I know that it's time to get back to my craft.
Like yoga, I try to make sewing a daily practice. This practice has evolved over many years of trial and error. Life is very busy and my main challenge is how I find the time to sew. At one point, I would bi be sew on the weekend. But then my weekends got too busy to binge. And in my mind if I could not sew an outfit in a sitting, I didn't want to get started. That inflexibility led to several lean sewing years.
And life is too short to not sew.
Lately, I have a new formula: Each night before I go to bed, I try to do one step in the pattern instruction. One step. That's it.
No matter how tired I am, I try to sit down in front of the sewing machine and make a tiny bit of progress. Sometimes I do more. Most nights I accomplish this simple sewing goal. And it's amazing how much I can get done this way.
For lots of runway-fresh patterns that you can create one step at a time, check out BurdaStyle magazine. Each issue is like having a whole new collection to sew.
P.S. A Special Note from the Field from Amber Eden, Stitch Magazine's Editor in Chief:
In early November, I had the opportunity to travel to the Puyallup Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington, (just south of Seattle!) to participate in 2-day Floriani machine embroidery seminar taught by RNK Educator Debbie Homer-Hofhines. The event drew hundreds of attendees, who flocked to Puyallup to expand their machine embroidery skills on the latest machines, win prizes, and do a little shopping. Mothers and daughters, sisters, sewing buddies, store owners, entrepreneurs, absolute beginners, and longtime experts all gathered to learn new techniques, create pretty projects using the Floriani stabilizers, and have a very good time. In this video. Debbie takes a few minutes to share her love for Floriani products: