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Thread: how long a session and how many projects?

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    Super Member annesthreads's Avatar
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    Once you sit down to play in your sewing room, how long are you likely to be there? And how many projects do you work on at the same time? I at last have the luxury of time, having retired recently, and am still exploring what suits me best.

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    I stay in my sewing room until I need. . . .
    to go potty
    someone is at the front door
    I need to take clothes from the washer or dryer
    it's meal time
    I need something to drink

    I try to work on one thing at a time, so I don't need to change thread colors.
    I totally lose track of time while I am in my "studio"

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    Yesterday, went in at 9am and left at 4pm (other than 1 bio break). That is rare. I was just in the mood to get some things done. I've not opened the door today. I usually spend at least a couple of hours every day, when I can stop looking at all the gorgeous quilts on this board! Enjoy your time however, you want to spend it!

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    Since I am lucky to have the luxury of time, I spend a lot of time in my sewing room. Anywhere from an hour to 10 hours a day. I have almost everything I need in there except a bathroom (which is only about 5 feet down the hall). I try to only work on 1 project at a time. Thankgoodness for the crockpot, my guys get a hot meal most nights.

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    Well .... I PLAN to be in there a few hours and it usually turns into all day! I try to get my chores done before I start sewing, otherwise they don't get done. I try to stick to one project at a time --- but I currently have 3 quilts in progress right now. Have fun!

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    I usually work on one at a time, but have been known to start a second one before leaving. I usually spend a few hours at a time and then move around to avoid stiff muscles. I love the calm I feel there so take it easy and can spend many hours there with calculated breaks. I, too, just recently retired and am finding my way.

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    Usually a few hours and I try to stick to one project during a session, just because for some reason I despise changing my machine feet/settings from FMQ to piecing and back. So if I have FMQ project, it usually gets finished prior to going back to appliquing or piecing.

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    I try not to sit at the machine more than an hour. Have to give my back a break. But I'll go in there several times a day. I may have 3 projects going at a time as I like to give a lot of thought to what I've done and make sure the next step is the right one.

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    If I were the sort to steal supplies from the hospital (and I'm NOT!), I'd have an IV and a foley catheter to cut ot the "bio breaks". I don't even get to sew everyday, so when I can, I go at it hard.

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    at least 8 hrs a day.......... I could live in there with no problem whatsoever

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    I try to work on one at a time and stay as long as i can!!!

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    who knows, I have not been in there for months now...sigh

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    I am lucky a lot of days to only sew 20 minutes....but on the weekend try to get in at least a few hours at least one of the days. I love when I have a quilt retreat or sewing day and can sew all day long...or all weekend long...of course getting up occasionally to stretch, iron, get a snack, etc.

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    I get up at 5:30 make coffee and breakfast and pack lunch for DH, see him off to work at 6:30 then I usually check in here then if I have chores I get them done first or else they will never get done. Then I go upstairs to my sewing room. When DH gets home from work I usually have thread hanging all over myself. I quit at 4:30 or 5 make dinner then if DH has something to do I get to go back up until 8:00 or so. What a life!

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    I sew almost every morning. I drink a cup of coffee, eat a banana, and sit down to sew for a while.

    Some days I only get 20 minutes. Some days I can spend all morning. I usually work on one project at a time. If I have more than an hour to play, sometimes I sew on one project for a while, then take a break and stand and cut or press another project.

    I have 14 UfOs. I'm not running out of projects any time soon!

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    gee i wish i could sew longer but with several surgery,s i can,t sew for long i have to take more breaks to rest a little in between ,my mind wants to but the body don,t let me like i would thats medical retirement for me but i can,t complain at least i sew some

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    I asked because I was curious - I'm finding that for me it has to be fairly short sessions, 1-2 hours, then I get tired and need a break. I may or may not go back later. I think one of the most important lessons I've learned is knowing when to stop - it's when I don't that disaster strikes!
    I've just bought a Featherweight, and am planning to have 2 projects on the go now: there's a big backlog of quilting to be done, but I think I'll use the second machine to do some piecing to give me a break from that. In fact the need to stop fairly frequently may be because I'm mostly doing quilting, which I find needs a lot of concentration, not to mention the physical effort of hauling a quilt through a standard-sized machine!

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