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When making mistakes when do you stop?

Old 10-28-2019, 08:46 PM
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Three times is my usual limit.
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Old 10-29-2019, 12:05 AM
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1st mistake -honest. 2nd mistake- I'm tired and this is not going to improve. Down tools!
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Old 10-29-2019, 03:05 AM
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I keep a couple of mindless projects going for those days when I want to sew but just can't seem to follow the directions. If I make a mistake twice, I put that project aside and pull out an ongoing string block or begin a new improv block. Fulfills my "need" to sew but keeps my main project safe until I can tackle whatever issue I am having. And, sort of, keeps me sane?
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Old 10-29-2019, 03:30 AM
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When I have make two or three mistakes on the same project in one day I quit. Often I do not recognize the signs soon enough however - lol - and I tell my self it will be fine. That's when I continue and get even more frustrated!
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Old 10-29-2019, 05:36 AM
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For individual seams I have a "3 times and your out" rule. If I've had to rip out the same seam twice, the third one stays even if not perfect. If the 3rd try is really unacceptable I'll put it aside and start another block. Sometimes at the end I'll have enough scraps leftover to replace that bad unfinished block.

There are days when nothing goes right. If I've had to rip out 3 different seams within 15 minutes I'll quit for awhile.
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Old 10-29-2019, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
If the undo process was very long and frustrating I know that I have to give it a rest before I redo because if I don't chances are pretty good that I'll make another mistake very soon down the road. I'm much more likely to mess up if I'm tired or distracted. The most frustrating thing for me is to sense a hint (Is that fabric upside down? Do I hear a funny sound from the machine? Is the tension still set for the last project?) and yet find myself just continuing to the end of the seam or whatever. Disregarding even the least little bit of an anomaly is almost always going to result in just that much more un-stitching, but I seem to have an almost irresistible urge to fight that gut instinct that tells me something is wrong and I need to stop - NOW! - and find out what it is before it gets worse. There's a little lying devil on my shoulder saying, "Shut up! It's fine!"
Last week I was sewing a long pieced row to another long pieced row. After carefully pinning and matching seams I proceeded to sew. First the needle came unthreaded. Then I sewed a few inches and realized I forgot to change the stitch to the quarter inch seam setting. After tearing that out I sewed a few inches and my bobbin ran out of thread! Then I started again but had to stop to answer the phone. Ok, finally got going again. I sewed a few a few more inches but something still didn't seem right. Then I realized that I was about to sew the row to the wrong side of the of the other row!
I think my machine was trying to warn me! It just didn't want to sew that seam!

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Old 10-29-2019, 11:10 AM
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I have no center vision because of a stroke. If I make a mistake I rip it out right away. If I make another, I rip it out again. The third time, I bundle everything up and walk away. It may be an hour or a day. But I feel that I am doing a horrible job and can't let it go. It is basically up to you how much you can put up with. I know I crocheted an afghan after I lost my sight and after I finished noticed a mistake in the 6th row. Needless to say my husband saw my arm going up and down while I was ripping out. I'm not perfect, but if I know there is an error, I can't let it go even if I know no one else will notice it.
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Old 10-29-2019, 12:01 PM
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I once found a mistake, chucked the piece across the room, started another, saw it was wrong, then realized I'd had it right on the first one. Definitely got up and left the room that day.
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Old 10-29-2019, 12:04 PM
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I can handle my first mistake , but I usually quit if it happens again on the same project because the mistakes seem to multiply after that. For my break, I either get a snack/drink, iron, or start to straighten the mess in the sewing room (I always have at least one part of the room that needs work
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Old 10-30-2019, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
I can handle my first mistake , but I usually quit if it happens again on the same project because the mistakes seem to multiply after that. For my break, I either get a snack/drink, iron, or start to straighten the mess in the sewing room (I always have at least one part of the room that needs work
I can relate to the mess. Whenever I sew it seems that I mess up more than I accomplish. If I am cutting fabric, I take the left over scraps (if small enough) and cut out squares. That way I always have them for a scrappy or donate to my guild for charity quilts.
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