Sloppy Sewing

Before I left on vacation, I completed several projects in a short period of time. One of these projects is a self drafted silk charmeuse top but I haven’t shown it to you because I’m embarrassed by my sloppy sewing. I tried, despite knowing what the results would be, to serge, turn, and stitch the armholes and they are seriously warped. It’s not pretty and this poor blouse may never be worn because of it.

I’ve started taking shortcuts in all my sewing projects and am seeing the poor results little by little. Now I’m not blaming the serger but this sloppy sewing started after I purchased the machine. The moment a project is introduced to the serger, my mind allows me to take shortcuts on all other aspects. I haven’t made a french seam for many, many projects and that just feels wrong.

The kimono sleeve dress is finished and my emotions have run the gamut with this project. There are moments that I love it and moments that I have doubts that I’ll wear it more than once. It took me all weekend to find a suitable styling for blog pictures. However, the thing I’m most disappointed with is my sloppy sewing. There aren’t any noticeable errors but the whole process felt rushed and the inside looks rushed. I wonder if I had taken the same amount of care that I did with the first version, would this dress feel more special. From this point forward, I’m going to consciously include other finishing techniques like I did before the serger was in my life.

Is there something that triggers sloppy sewing for you? How do you overcome it?


11 Comments to “Sloppy Sewing”

  1. The “Need to wear it now” feeling often induces sloppy sewing for me. Or the “lack of patience” personality flaw usually does it too. Take your pick. Unfortunately.

  2. All of the above. I will say, I’m really happy with the top I made last week, because I was consciously taking my time and being meticulous. I’ve just taken it from its first trip through the washer and dryer (as a garment) and the inside still looks great. Maybe this will help me learn my lesson!

    Still, I can’t wait to see your finished dress! You don’t have to show us the inside 😉

    • Exactly! I find that my favorite pieces are those that I took care to make and I don’t think that’s coincidence.
      Your top is adorable, by the way, and I apologize for not commenting on it sooner. I love Anna Marie Horner’s textiles and you picked the perfect pattern for the print!

  3. This may sound silly, but the fabric will make me less consciencous than I should be. If it’s a really good fabric and I have spent alot on it, I feel aware of that while I sew. I feel like the fabric knows what it deserves- I must sew worthilly…ok, that sounds crazy- does it make sense?

    • Doesn’t sound silly at all. Considering that this was my second kimono sleeve dress, you would think it would be better constructed than the first. However, the fabric was CONSIDERABLY cheaper and I don’t think I felt the gravity of wasting money if it didn’t come out perfect. Makes a strong case for spending the big bucks on my fabric, right?

  4. The end of a never ending project always makes me sew a bit too hastily. 😦

  5. I did the same thing when I got my serger! I used it for EVERYTHING and cut a lot of corners – and hence have a heap of things that – while totally wearable – left me feeling so-so about them. I think some people do a really great job of sewing quickly and efficiently and beautifully – but it doesn’t work for everyone. I have no doubt that you will figure out the methods that work best for you!

    • I can really identify with your post on sewing slowly and I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one to be affected by the serger. I just need to accept the machine as a tool and not the end-all-be-all of seam finishes. Thanks for the comment, Sallie!

  6. It’s been said, but for me it really is the pressure to “keep up” with my projects, especially if I haven’t finished something in a while. But I know that a) that’s ridiculous & made up pressure, and b) it’s usually due to some sort of procrastination earlier in the project that I’m now feeling behind. Much like prttynpnk, though, if I’ve spent a lot on something, I will slow down, treat the fabric well, and keep a slow/steady pace.

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