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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.

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

  1. Diane G. says:

    Hmmm I think my pet peeve is just not having enough time to sit and sew! I’m planning a few retreats this year to get some projects done!

  2. Bonnie M says:

    Mine is trying to find a way to keep patterns and fabric organized but accessible in my teeny tiny apartment.

  3. Kathey E. Craft says:

    One of my biggest pet peeves in sewing is to run out of bobbin thread in the midst of making a buttonhole.

  4. Alana LeSueur says:

    I have been unable to sew lately due to a back injury, however, my pet peeve in my sewing room, is the crap that unexpectedly comes out of the iron while in the midst of ironing.(and it usually is onto something white or light). I have a steam iron that literally spit out bits and particles of silver gunk that permanently stained my brand new ironing board.

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  6. Susette says:

    Not having enough time to sew.

  7. LauraM says:

    My pet peeve is that the main pattern companies won’t update their slopers to fit the majority of today’s women.

  8. CB says:

    When my husband stacks stuff on top of my sewing table and never puts it away. I don’t mind him using the table temporarily, but *I* need it, too!

  9. Seam ripping, seam ripping, seam ripping! Such a pet peeve, when the smallest thing goes wrong but results in your having to rip out long lines of seams.

  10. Amy S. says:

    My pet peeve is every time I want to sew I have to drag everything into our dining room because I use the table to sew on. Then, at dinner time I have to put it all away. Sometimes things go missing. It gets frustrating.

  11. Cathy M says:

    the fact that I have to work to provide for my sewing habit. As I work, I can’t be sewing…. I have to work to provide for……:)

  12. Janice R says:

    My pet peeve is every time I go thru my stash and throw or give away stuff I end up with more. I think fabric grows!

  13. Kay says:

    Not finding the correct sewing notion I need when I’m sure I have it in one of my many storage containers.

  14. Connie says:

    My pet peeve is blind-stitching…well truthfully any hand stitching. I just have not been able to refine my skill at this. When my children were small, I was able to avoid blind stitching the hems of dresses by adding a beautiful fancy stitch hem, or added lace, rick-rack, or machine embroidered hems. Don’t misunderstand me, I LOVE hand embroidery, cross-stitching, and other needlework, but I really just don’t like hand stitching!

  15. Nancy Robinson says:

    My little kitty hangs around my sewing machine and I have to be so careful not to sew up her paw or my finger trying to keep her away from danger!!

  16. carla says:

    Prewashing and ironing fabric!! I never wear clothing that requires ironing, so I’m not really exactly sure how to use one… Plus having to stop and pre-wash/pre-shrink the fabric really throws a bucket of cold water into the works when you really just want to sit down and start PLAYING!

  17. tish says:

    Pet peeve is not having everything I need to finish project. And feeling pressured for time and making a mistakes have to rip out. Really hate ripping out stitches!

  18. Brenda Green says:

    I hate the clean-up. I make a mess of the sewing room when I sew.

  19. abby mabry says:

    My sewing room doubles (or maybe triples) as the sewing room, play room for the grandkids and guest quarters. I sew almost day and must completely clean up and put away in case the little ones show up. It’s worth it so that I can indulge my sewing passion.

  20. wandie williams says:

    it drives me crazy when….., since I do my project at the spur of the moment when an idea hits me, I use the fabric I have on hand, then I get almost finished and I need maybe 1/4 yard to complete it the way I want! I either have to make a trip to the fabric store or go back and audition what I have again! But who am I kidding, I love playing in my fabrics! Fustrting as it is!

  21. Mary Service says:

    I think that there should be some system so that husbands/children/pets are all self feeding and self cleaning……..

  22. Pat Hunsucker says:

    My pet peeve is having to stop my important stuff like sewing to do HOUSEWORK YUK

  23. Tina says:

    Mine is cutting out the pattern.

  24. wendy says:

    Not having enough time to sit and sew !

  25. Lena says:

    I have a wonderful large sewing room so I can’t complain about that..

    Something I really hate is when I buy fabric that looks great in the store light, to find the color really different when I bring the fabric home..

  26. Anna Hutchins says:

    Nice my pet peeve is knowing that I have the fabric for a pattern but have lost the pattern. Would like to find a solution to be able to keep ALL the items in one organized place. my stuff is in three rooms.

  27. Cammie Kotz says:

    Not being able to create if my sewing room is in disarray. I like it to be neat but then doing that takes up my sewing time…

  28. kelli says:

    When the bobbin runs out in the middle of sewing.

  29. Kathy Sellner says:

    My pet peeve is fabric that shrinks too much (or at all!) and then you end up short for your project. Such a bummer.

  30. Nancy J says:

    Running out of bobbin thread mid-seam and multiple interruptions. Grrrrrr!

  31. Nolajen says:

    I live in an apartment, therefore everytime I want to sew I had to move stuff out of the way to even begin planning to sew.

  32. Jani says:

    I hate how my sewing room can get trashed in no time at all, but it takes hours or days to return it to normal!

  33. Maria says:

    Not having enough space to work in. My sewing area shares space with our home office, and my ironing board is across the hall in our spare bedroom. And not having enough time to sew! That’s two, I know, but both bug me equally.

  34. Inita Bermudez says:

    I need my sewing room organized better. Any takers

  35. Lori D. says:

    Depending on the pattern , I really dislike transferring all the markings from the pattern to the fabric. Especially curved darts !

  36. Barbara Smith says:

    My biggest pet peeved is when I run out of bobbin thread and I only have 3 inches to go.

  37. Evelyn says:

    Changing my mind about which fabrics to use in a project after I’ve cut everything out and started sewing.

  38. Marilyn Snow says:

    I get busy doing different projects and don’t always take the time to clean up everything. Then I set something down and can’t find that same thing when I need it later. :(

  39. Debora Kerr says:

    My pet peeve is anytime the fabric bunches up underneath and gets caught in the seam, resulting in a need to rip the stitches out and start over.

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  41. Bettie F says:

    My least favorite thing is cutting out. Second would be lack of time to sew as often as I would like. Sewing rocks!

  42. Maggie Craig says:

    Losing the strength in my hands and not being able to hold the ruler to cut a straight line. Frustrating!

  43. Jean Bradford says:

    I hate having to stop and rip out a seam. Sometimes it takes forever! And then I reeeeally get pissed if I have to do it AGAIN!!

  44. when I down to the part of a project and find out I sewed it wrong and have to rip it apart or I sewed a piece of something in that dont belong there

  45. Brittaney McDaniel says:

    Losing my scissors!

  46. Teresa Keisling says:

    Pattern instructions not being clear so that I have to have an interpreter to understand them.

  47. Marthie says:

    Pet peeve? Winding the bobbin

  48. Sandy L says:

    That the day only has 24hours and not all of it belongs to sewing.

  49. Annette says:

    I’m working with a ’53 singer sew I hate it when I forget to oil it and when the bobbin gets knotted up.

  50. Dana says:

    My pet peeve is cutting out the pattern. I don’t know why I dread it so much but I do. I’m not crazy about marking it, either. Still, I love sewing so much. My love of sewing is what gets me over the dread of cutting the pattern out.