A short time ago, when I was fighting with stretchy material, I had someone to leave me a comment that’s stuck with me.
The comment: “hi have you tried a walking foot it usually works with stretchy fabrics hope this helps keep calm and carry on lol”
Just a simple little comment.. and boy, have I been thinking about it.
My reply: Hey Nicole, Thanks for your suggestion. I hadn’t considered a walking foot. Your choice is so interesting to me. It’s inspiring.. It reminds me that I don’t have to do it the same way that everyone else does. Break the rules and get the job done.. I love that! Sorry if I got a little deep on you.. but you got me thinking about the ‘process’ and that’s my favorite part!!! Thanks so much!
It’s true.. who says I have to do it like everyone else? Who says? I’ve tried to force myself to read, and follow, instructions.. but it’s not as fun and going my own way. So, yes, I do break the rules..sometimes I chop ’em up into tiny little pieces :).. But most of the time I never tell you because I know it’s not the ‘right’ way to do it…I worry someone might read it and say, “That’s wrong, she doesn’t know what she’s doing.” Well, let me just say, they’d be right. I have no idea what I’m doing half the time.. but I keep going until I achieve the outcome I’m looking for. I only follow the instructions as a last resort. Sure, there are times when a project takes me longer than if I’d read the instructions.. Shoot, there are times when the whole thing becomes classified as a failure.. but something else, there are those special times when my project becomes something different than I had expected.. something better.. something that’s all mine.. and that’s when I LOVE doing this… when I’m breaking the rules, going my own way, and getting the job done.
My way may not be the ‘right’ way but it’s my way and I feel really good about that. There, I’ve said it.
I encourage you.. if you’d like to make something but feel as though you’re not capable.. that you don’t know the ends and outs of sewing well enough… Who cares? Go for it! It’s worth it. And just know, you’re going to have so much fun!