“If you don’t want to rip, you shouldn’t be sewing.”
Over the last couple of years, my mom and I’ve spent a lot of time quilting together. According to my husband, it seems like that’s all I’ve been doing. However, I know years from now when I look back on our time together I will say it wasn’t enough.
During these quilting sessions, I write down mom’s words of quilting wisdom. My plan is to share these bits of wisdom with you from time to time in a series that I’ll call “My Mama Always Says..“ I hope you will find them interesting and helpful, too.
My Mama Always Says..:
Where years of experience and bits of quilting wisdom guide me on my quilting journey.
So just why would mom say that I shouldn’t be sewing if I don’t want to rip out my mistakes? I don’t know about you but I make a lot of sewing mistakes. Maybe it’s because I am a perfectionist or maybe it’s because I just want it to look nice. Then again it might be that I just want it to look right or maybe it’s because I am still learning. Nonetheless, I’ve come to the realization that nothing is always perfect. So I’ve begun to hold my seam or block at arm’s length. If I don’t notice that the seams don’t meet just right from that distance, then it’s good enough.
For those times when it’s not good enough, I’ve found an easy and fast way to rip it apart.
If my stitches are very close together, I’ll use this method.
Recently, I showed our exchange daughter K. my latest sewing project and she pointed out a mistake right away.
I had looked at these blocks many times and had never seen the mistake. So I sighed, picked up the seam ripper, and remembered my mom’s words of wisdom, “If you don’t want to rip, you shouldn’t be sewing.” Thanks mom. You are right, as usual.
What I Learned Today:
- Ripping apart a seam by any other name—unsewing, unpicking—is still a pain in the backside.
- That old TV show, Father Knows Best, didn’t tell the whole story; Mother knows best, too.
- No one, including mom, ever said I had to be happy about ripping out those seams.
- I’d rather find the glaring error now before it’s been quilted and too late to do anything about it.
- There is no such thing as perfect; good enough can be just right, too.
- A set of fresh eyes (by that I mean someone else) helps in finding errors.
Question: Do you spend a lot of time ripping apart your mistakes or are you a “that’s good enough” type of sewer? What’s your “go to” method of ripping apart your mistakes?
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