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Thread: What sewing/quilting bad habit have just never been able to break?

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    What sewing/quilting bad habit have just never been able to break?

    I have had my share of bad sewing/quilting bad habits. You would think after more than 4 decades of sewing/quilting I could stop doing some of them.
    My worst habit , is yes ...... I do sew over pins ( not all the time). Thankfully I have slowed down my machine when I do this , and no damage has been done. But I can still hear my Mom yelling at me , STOP sewing over PINS!
    So fess up .... whats your bad habit, one you really wish you could break?

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    I wait too long to change my rotary blade.
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    I don't always iron...okay, I hardly ever iron especially with quilts that have small peices because that just gets to be too many seams to iron over
    It's not a mistake, it's an unconscious decision to change the pattern.

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    I sew over pins
    I keep starting new projects even though I stopped counting at 29 ufo's
    I am sure there are more but I will have to contemplate on that :^)

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    I have to say that I've broken quite a few of my bad habits since I started quilting. I became friends with my iron (I always thought it was so unnecessary to iron seams when I was sewing clothing). I also measure twice, cut once and I keep my sewing machines cleaner and I take better care of them. Quilting has made me a better sewer and I have more fun in my sewing room now.

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    I wait too long to change my rotary blade -- and I also sometimes don't close the blade.
    I don't clean the machine after every project -- though I do try-- but when I do clean I am very thorough.
    I forget to replace the needle in a timely manner.

    This is not bad, but when I cut my fabric, the bulk is on the left -- I cut from right to left. If I don't use the shape cutter, I use two rulers when I cut the fabric.
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    Have to fess up to starting new projects before I finish others waiting in line!! I used to sew over pins, but I finally have stopped doing it. My Mom would be proud!!
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    Sewing to fast has always been my worst. I am a very impatient person I need things done quickly. This has caused me more redo's than I care to think about.

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    I, too, sew over pins. (Hangs her head in shame)

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    I sew over pins, without shame ... I have never broken a needle in 50 years of sewing, although I have bent a few pins!
    Liz / Calgary

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    I hold pins in my mouth. Bad habit.

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    I think my most persistent bad habit is forgetting to turn off the iron. My bad habit I seem to have conquered is misplacing my tools. Now they all have a place to live and I make sure they go "home" when I'm done with them.
    If I'm too busy to quilt, something else has to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
    I wait too long to change my rotary blade -- and I also sometimes don't close the blade.
    I don't clean the machine after every project -- though I do try-- but when I do clean I am very thorough.
    I forget to replace the needle in a timely manner.

    This is not bad, but when I cut my fabric, the bulk is on the left -- I cut from right to left. If I don't use the shape cutter, I use two rulers when I cut the fabric.
    I cut right to left also. I think it is because I watched TV shows to learn how to quilt and I never mirror imaged what I saw on the screen when the hostess's were rotary cutting their fabric. I like the double ruler method too.

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    I sew over pins. I hold pins in my mouth. I forget to close my Rotary Cutter. I don't clean my machine as often as I should. Maybe one of these days I'll learn.

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    Honestly, I hate to iron, most times when sewing blocks I use a plastic thing a ma gig. Next is the rotary blade issue, try to get the last roll out of the blade, then last is organizing my scraps/stash by colors. Everything is a mish mash. Once a year of so, I take everything out of bins, closets and organize only to mish mash when designing a project.
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    About sewing over pins-I remember in high school during home ec, I was told it was ok to sew over pins if they were placed correctly. Was my home ec teacher telling fibs or was it the thing to do a couple years ago---ok 30 ish years ago?
    I rarely sew over pins now.

    I cut under my arm with the rotary cutter, I hold the fabric and ruler with my left hand and cut under the arm with the rotary cutter. I always check to make sure no new people are around when I cut because I don't want them to pick up that bad habit.

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    I am also quilty I don't always iron but in my defence I do finger press

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    Wow, I believe I am guilty of ALL of the above
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    My worst habit was biting through thread when I was in a hurry. It's no longer a problem since my "bite" has changed. Getting old is the pits!

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    Waiting too long to change my rotary blade. I used to wait too long on needle change also but finally realized that it's best to change it when it starts to make a thumping noise. My machine sews much smoother then.

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    I hold pins in my mouth! My mom did, and I just learned that way! I had a little boy that was visiting while I did fittings on his sister tell his mom that that was not good. I can hold quite a few, and still talk. It is just something I have always done and have heard horror stories about swallowed pins, etc. just can't stop. I also spit on my thread to thread needles, lick my fingers to seperate fabric, etc. My DNA is on everything I make. Linda

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    I don't change the rotary blade or the needle often enough.
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    Starting something new before completely finishing the last project

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    I am the world's worst about that. Even though I have new blades in my stash, I just wait until I am sawing thru fabric. :\

    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    I wait too long to change my rotary blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Wow, I believe I am guilty of ALL of the above
    Same here.

    And regarding listening to your mom about sewing over pins, a while back I was sewing on my mom's machine and she actually told me "That machine will sew right over the pins." I also remember our sewing teachers telling us we could sew over the pins. Must be like charity-crafter said, a generational thing.

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