I have a sewing achilles heel. What about you?
I don’t know why, but the same blind spot pops up over and over. It seems to be some sort of mental block that I just can’t overcome: I keep cutting things upside down.
See, I’m a fast cutter. It’s never been my favorite part of the sewing process, so I tend to whiz through it pretty fast. I’ll put on my headphones, get out the old rotary, and glide right through. I never pay attention to cutting layouts, since they’re usually imperfect.
It’s only after I cut that I seem to remember that some fabrics have directionality.
(In other words, some prints can’t be cut upside down or they look, well… upside down.)
The worst example I recall was this Negroni I made for Kenn in this wonderful (and expensive) Liberty print. I was taking so much care to match up the print exactly right along the front, and even on the pockets. I mean, look at those pockets:
The moment I finished cutting, I realized that I had cut the back yoke upside down. Even when I’m paying attention I cut upside down.
Luckily, I had enough fabric to fix my mistake, but it definitely wasn’t the last time I did it. Thankfully, I’ve always managed to fix my mistakes somehow.
Who knows? Maybe writing about it like this will finally get it through my skull to check for direction before I cut.
Do you have any issues that constantly trip you up when you sew? What’s your achilles heel and how do you fight it?