Thank you so much to BConky, Mamafitz, Julia, Sarah E., Carla, Myrosia, Elaina, Debbie, Cindy, Shannon, Summerset, Becky and Sarah for talking back to my confession a couple of weeks ago! I confessed that I can mess up the simplest sewing tasks when I am tired, and asked if others have the same experience.
The answers were pretty unanimous:
- It's not uncommon to make stupid mistakes when you are tired, stressed and/or simply not "in the mood" to sew.
- When you start making mistakes, just walk away!
- If you don't walk away, the mistakes will likely build on themselves and things will get worse and worse...
Interestingly, we had the same comment - I can't sew at night - from both a self-proclaimed morning person AND a self-proclaimed night person.
Only one specific cut-off time was mentioned - 9 pm - but it was mentioned by 2 different people. Summerset, for example, will do sewing-related chores, like cleaning up her work room or threading her sewing machine, but rarely does any real sewing after 9 pm.
Myrosia pointed out that this isn't just true for sewing - in her experience, it's true for work and for dancing. She also noted an interesting thing about tiredness - it probably clouds your judgement regarding what you are capable of doing at the moment - kind of like a tipsy person being confident that he/she can drive home safely.
Shannon had a great story about trying to sew simple elastic waist pants when she was tired, and actually attaching them incorrectly 4 times in a row - each time making a different mistake! That's practically genius - I could definitely mess up sewing on pants legs, but 4 different ways? I'm not sure I could do that if I tried! ;)
And Cindy said that, if you think you get frustrated when you make stupid mistakes out of tiredness, imagine teaching a class where ALL of your students are in this type of slump at the same time, and you can't "walk away" because it's a class... Yikes, that does not sound fun.
The 2 Sarahs summarized things nicely. Sarah E knows that it's not a good sign when she finds herself putting pressure on herself to get something done quickly. And Sarah points out that sewing should not be stressful - it's what we do to escape the stresses of the rest of our lives...
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to leave a comment! And I'm sorry I'm late with this follow-up post. I was on a business trip last week and time got away from me... Anyways, I don't feel like such an idiot and will try to learn to walk away in the future. :)
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