What quilting/sewing step is the most frustrating? That’s the question I posed earlier this month, via this blog, Facebook, and Pinterest. From tedious tasks to complicated steps, there are quite a few areas that can be frustrating. Enjoy the selected responses, plus a spotlight on one of my followers.
Note from Nancy:
I must admit, I was hesitant to ask this question of the month. My goal is to take the possible frustration out of this hobby. Yet, no matter what the hobby, there is generally a step or two that’s not as enjoyable as the others. My suggestion to you is to sew with a buddy, or have your sewing buddy help you and you help them. That’s the best way to make sewing and quilting a totally relaxing process.
“I think the most frustrating for me is cutting out a pattern/or fabric for a quilt because I just want to sew… I listen to stories on CD from the library while I sew but can’t start until I have all the prep work done. I like the peacefulness of the actual sewing process.”—Cindy Szoke, Brantford, Ontario Canada
“Cutting, because if it isn’t cut right, it won’t fit right. The second most frustrating is scant quarter. Why not just quarter? I have a line for that; the scant is a guessing game.”—Mary Hintzman, Kensington, MN
“The most frustrating to me is the chore of cutting out dress and blouse pattern pieces from slippery fabrics, such as rayon. No matter what steps I take, it always seems to be a fight to keep the fabric from escaping the pattern piece and my scissors. Just when I think I’ve got the fabric placed straight on the table, I swear it slides on its own!”—Virginia Hill, Rhineland, MO
“I love to piece my quilts, but I am not fond of cutting out all the pieces that are needed to do it.”—Jackie Gehrke, Jefferson, WI
“Cutting is the absolute most frustrating. It has to be so perfect to make everything else work good.”—Susan Watson, Cedar Park, TX
“I’ve had zipper-phobia since seventh grade sewing class. Then there are the buttonholes! For sewing, these are my most frustrating steps.”—Beverly Smith, Charlotte, NC
“The most frustrating step for me is the zipper. No matter how I put them in, one side always seems to be narrower than the other one. I can never get them to be even.”—Clovis Perkins, East Chicago, IN
“For me it’s pressing in the right direction so seams will nest. Sometimes it doesn’t really matter—but when it’s important to keep bulk to a minimum, like the center of a Lemoyne Star—I struggle with figuring it out. When I goof, I end up re-pressing.”—Jean, Riverview, FL
“My most frustrating quilting step is attaching the two ends of binding together when finishing a quilt. I always have to look at a few videos before I feel confident in binding the quilt correctly. Thank goodness for the technology that allows it.”—Thunder Kaplan, Wildwood, FL
“The most frustrating sewing step for me is just before I start. I’m always wondering if I’m making the right thing with that particular fabric, and I may hesitate for days before committing the rotary cutter to the fabric!”—Cecilia Nilsson, Rijnsburg, Netherlands
November’s Reader Spotlight:
Elia is our featured reader. Although we all have sewing technique frustrations, Elia’s answer tackles an area of sewing/quilting construction that is not typically addressed. Many of us modify sewing or quilting patterns to suit our own style and design aesthetics.
“Hands down, the most frustrating sewing step is calculating how much fabric I need when I’ve altered a pattern or designed my own. It’s not rocket science but there are times that it feels like a very close second. ”— Elia, Martinez, GA
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