As I was cleaning off my cutting table I thought and thought about a comment that one of the member of an online Facebook quilt related group that I belong to. After many members posted pictures of their sewing studios, one member wrote, “After seeing everyone’s sewing room I have come to two conclusions-1) I don’t have nearly enough fabric 2) everyone has a Long arm except for me. ”
The comment truly made me sad. I don’t want to bash anyone…I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but I want to take a minute to say this….
Please don’t let fancy rooms, stashes and equipment discourage you. I know people with long arms that afraid to use them. Last summer while I was shopping at a quilt shop, Hubby was outside in the parking lot talking to another shoppers husband. He explained that about a two years ago his wife bought a long arm quilting machine. She hadn’t touch it as she was afraid to touch it. What use is it for her to have it??
I know people who have a long arm yet take their quilt to a long armer as they don’t like their own work.
I personally know people who have stacks and stacks of fabric. Yet they rarely finish a project.
I know people who have stacks and stacks of fabric that hate the fabric they have as it’s dated or not the look they want. These people just add more and more to the stacks because they don’t want to sew with the old stuff-then what’s the use of having it?
I periodically go through my fabric and pass it on to people who are just learning to sew or charity groups just so I don’t become enslaved to a stash of fabric I no longer love.
I am not for a second telling anyone how to manage their sewing room, their sewing stash or the equipment that they buy…but I want to say this…
I know people who sew on their dining room table and make amazing quilts. I know people who sew on old machines that only straight stitch and are old…really old. They still make amazing quilts.
Please, please, please, don’t ever become discouraged with what you have. Make beautiful quilts with a cheap machine and tie your quilts bypassing a long arm all together. Just enjoy what you do. Sew from only scraps and recycled fabric…just enjoy what you do.
When I do to a guild event where I am teaching I am not impressed with the person who has every single odd gadget-the person who has the fanciest matchy poo-poo fabric. I am impressed by the person who is having fun and enjoying themselves whether that’s the introvert in the back corner or the loud silly one in the front-regardless of their equipment.
It’s not the equipment and stash that you have…it’s honestly how you use it!!