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What is your sewing pet peeve?

For me, it’s all the ironing! Stopping to iron often takes the wind out of my sails on a project. Yet, it’s so very necessary.

From all the responses we’ll randomly choose one as our winner and announce the winner on Monday. Thanks for reading and good luck!

 Free Stuff Friday! Win a Mysterious Grab Bag!
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222 Responses to Free Stuff Friday! Win a Mysterious Grab Bag!

  1. Carrie Cunningham says:

    It “seams” that the phone only rings when I start to sew! I’ve got my music on and the pattern all cut out…then the phone rings (or something else interrupts me). I always want to sew until my project is completed…but, we all know that in the real world, that is not always possible. :-)

  2. Jan Maynard says:

    I hate it when I’m trying to use what I have and not have to buy anything. Then run short of something and HAVE to go buy something that I won’t use for ages.

  3. Susie says:

    I hate to stop to iron too, but bigest irritation is having to stop sewing to go to work. Work always gets in my way!

  4. lora says:

    ironing : (

  5. patricia Regular says:

    bobbin thread running out before i’ve finished !!!

  6. Wendy Adams says:

    My bobbin running out.

  7. Ruth Ann Ketler says:

    I hate having to rethread my serger. I don’t have one of those automatic threader kind.

  8. Linda Oldham Burns says:

    Having the fabric not cooperate with your ideas for the pattern!!

  9. Tambra Vandal says:

    My sewing pet peeve would have to be, completely running out of the thread color I’m using for a project & have to stop to go purchase more.

  10. Molly Martin says:

    Cutting out the pattern!

  11. Amy Casner says:

    Pins that bend too easily. I swear they don’t make them like they used to.

  12. Charlotte H. says:

    I don’t like having to cut the pieces for the pattern. Always afraid of cutting it wrong.

  13. Linda says:

    My pet peeve is when my husband is not home and I need a strange color that does not convert the numbers to ones I have. Being colored blind I CANNOT just pick out a color for embroidery. I know it is a small thing but think about it the next time you go to pick out a color for anything

  14. Susan Guynes says:

    Doing the same stupid mistake more than once. Like putting a sleeve in wrong side out three times before I decided to quit for the night and go to bed.

  15. Leslie Duffield says:

    My pet peeve is when you bring home new fabric that you have selected for a new project that you’re excited about but you can’t start right away because you have to wash, dry and iron your fabric before you can start!!!!!

  16. Allie says:

    Cutting fabric. Maybe I just need better scissors haha. :D

  17. Deborah Shreckengost says:

    Getting really excited about a project and gathering all of my supplies and having everything except that one piece of matching fabric that just fits the project. The closest fabric stores from me are 45 minutes to an hour away! Soooo frustrating!

  18. Rina says:

    I hate cutting out the pattern or the pieces for a quilt. I just want to get to the fun and sew!

  19. Karen Jautaikis says:

    Incomplete and unclear instructions.

  20. Patricia Hotz says:

    having to rip out a seam…because I forgot to set my1/4 inch~duh!!

  21. Jamie F says:

    Laying out the fabric and pattern!!!!

  22. Jessica Fetty says:

    Losing track of time!! The kids come in from school and I’m like, what are you doing here! Haha

  23. Marie K says:

    Being called by family members to find their stuff!

  24. Brenda Myers says:

    My pet peeve would have to be top thread breaking and/or bottom thread running out when doing machine embroidery!

  25. Samantha Meadows says:

    Having to stop to take the dog out because my son forgot to do it! :)

  26. Marie K says:

    Having family members calling to have you find something for them.

  27. Patsi N says:

    Procrastinating the finishing work……I hate finishing work lol

  28. Pamela Johnson says:

    I hate all the little threads and scraps of fabric that fall out of the waste bag. Even more irritating is the fact that when I sit down to sew, it is the signal for the cats to come and walk over my work. Plus my chihuahua thinks that he must sit on my lap when I sew.

  29. Carol Womick says:

    pre-washing fabrics! Necessary, but I hate it!

  30. Marisa says:

    Time! There isn’t enough of it with everything (elderly parents, teenager, work, house) to even finish a simple pair of pants!

  31. Dolores Robbins says:

    I hate running out of bobbin thread.

  32. Beth B says:

    Having to stop sewing when I am on a roll to do something else.

  33. Savannagal says:

    My pet peeve is making stupid mistakes. Mistakes that easily could have been avoided with just the smallest of forethought. Measure twice, cut once, right??

  34. Leslie says:

    Trying to do so much in a short period of time. I always THINK I can finish a sewing major project in the time I’ve allotted… Sorry to say, I usually don’t meet the deadline…

  35. Effie Waguespack says:

    Unclear instructions

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  37. Carol K E says:

    I hate it when my needle breaks. But at least then it gets changed. My husband does not like finding pins with his feet!

  38. Pam Ferguson says:

    Realizing I did not buy the correct yardage of fabric after I have cut out most of the pieces required to make my project.

  39. Jyothi says:

    Kids that want to help…..

  40. Lois Jacobs says:

    broken needle thread while embroidering!

  41. Judy Frain says:

    I hate having to use a seam ripper!! I’m always afraid I will ruin the fabric with a slip of the seam ripper. Plus it means I have goofed up :(

  42. Kelli Hubbard says:

    I hate to have to pin things. I like it so much better when I can just hold the pieces together.

  43. CCarawan says:

    I really don’t like too much start/stop during a project.

  44. Meghan Kaminski says:

    Definitely when my toddler (or Pomeranian) find their way into my fabric basket and unfold everything!! Happy Friday everyone!!

  45. Candy says:

    Having to stop sewing to take care of something else around the house. I wish I could hang a ‘Do not disturb” or ‘Find it yourself” sign!

  46. M. Emerick says:

    My Pet Peeve is not having enough roooom in my sewing set up, like everything gets piled on the sewing table only creating a huge job of unloading everything to get to the machine! Once it’s all clear though, it’s time to make something gorgewah!

  47. Barbara Robinson says:

    Poorly written, unclear or incomplete project instructions.

  48. Barbara says:

    Having to change thread color

  49. Debbie Huard says:

    My pet peeve is cutting patterns/fabric. I mainly sew clothing, so I like to try and make a master pattern with swedish paper first so I don’t have to cut the original pattern. So I’m tracing then cutting, then pinning, then cutting fabric… which takes FOREVER. Only then do I get to get to the fun part which is actually the sewing. : ) Oh, and I hate how the patterns never ever fold up back into their neat little bag. Its like a road map (do people still use those) or an air mattress. LOL

  50. Cindy Cockburn says:

    Running out of bobbin thread.