Do you have a regular sewing routine?

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.

I always keep my machine fully loaded for the
next day's work.

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.

Do you have a sewing routine? Do tell!

Happy stitching!

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:

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About Amber

Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

12 thoughts on “Do you have a regular sewing routine?

  1. I am the same way. If I don’t sew for several days, I get cranky. That is my me time, even if I am sewing something for someone else.
    I only have 30-45 mins just before bedtime when I can sew.
    The rest of the day is a crazy rush with work and kids.
    I am amazed at how many projects can be completed in that time.
    A little bit every day and my Christmas gifts are done!

  2. Several years ago, Nancy Zieman wrote a book; “5, 10 or 20 Minutes to Sew”. The main hint of that book was don’t wait for two hours of free time, use the 5 minutes that you have or the ten minutes. You can get so much done using that idea. It has served me well over the years. Bonnie

  3. One year ago I promised myself I would make time to sew every Monday evening, just for 30 minutes. At the time, I was working on a bunch of bibs for my granddaughter, an easy project to pick up and put down. After a few weeks I found myself at the sewing machine more than one night a week and for more than 30 minutes. Now, I find I easily “make time” to sew (or knit or quilt) almost daily. Best habit I ever formed!

  4. I try to sew every day. I have sewn since I was 13 years old and have never ever been bored with this craft. I make most of my clothes and have taught children and adults to sew in a studio in my home. Now I am retired and sewing is still the most rewarding thing I do during my day. I try to get all the necessary chores done in the morning leaving time in the afternoon to be in my sewing room. Sewing is rewarding in so many ways, being retired also gives me the time to do some charity sewing. I have always felt that God showed me something that I could enjoy for all my lifetime. Once you learn to sew it is a life time skill and enjoyment. For those that love to sew as I do, please pass your talent on to someone else!

  5. First– I make a point of sewing every day.

    Second- When I finish a project or quilt or whatever, I clean my sewing room and put
    away everything and sweep the carpet.

  6. Sewing for me is so very important . Wish it was everyday. I find that with a little planning I get the time I need. I Work days and some 1 to 9pm shifts. On the days I work at 1 I get up and Sew. Planning and having projects ready,clean work space lets you compleat many projects.

  7. Sewing for me is so very important . Wish it was everyday. I find that with a little planning I get the time I need. I Work days and some 1 to 9pm shifts. On the days I work at 1 I get up and Sew. Planning and having projects ready,clean work space lets you compleat many projects.

  8. Hi

    I get up at 5.00am each day and sew until I have to leave for work at 8.30am. I find that this ‘sets me up for the day’ and even better – the house is so quiet! I turn on my DAB radio or put a Bones DVD in my laptop and sew to my heart’s content.

    I made a machine pad to go under my hand crank machine as my eldest daughter told me that she could hear it. No noise now!

  9. I too need to ‘be in my craft’ on a daily basis. When my children were little, time to work on a project was hard to find. So I gave myself 15 minutes a day. It wasn’t 15 consecutive minutes but at least 15 minutes, sometimes more, sometimes less.
    I took it where and when I could. I would lay the fabric on the cutting table, go wash my kids face. Cut out the pattern pieces, do the laundry. Pin one piece on the fabric, watch kids brush teeth – get ready for bed. etc. By the end of the day, I might have the entire project pinned and ready to cut out before I went to bed. I accomplished a great deal in my 15 minutes over time. If you add the time up for an entire week, 1 hour 45 minutes. Now that is a nice chunk of time. But I could never have it all together, so I took it in 15 minute a day.

  10. When I was working, I made a point of taking my lunch and some handwork to work on. It was amazing how much I got finished and how much money I saved by not going out to an expensive restaurant!.

  11. I want to enjoy the process and take my time. Yes, sometimes “finished is better
    than perfect” however the details count. Sewing relaxes me. Put a needle and
    thread and fabric in my hand and I’m sure my blood pressure goes down!