1. Planning. I need to plan out my projects better, I have an idea and just dive into it which sometimes works but I would have more success if I planned things better. I also think while I'm learning I should possibly stick to following patterns or other tutorials rather then making my own up. Rather then learning and then mastering a new technique or skill I'll try one thing then jump into learning something else, which means I'm not giving myself a chance to really get to grips with some sewing techniques.
2. I rush, I get an urge to sew and rather then waiting till I have time to do it I try and squeeze it into my day, usually at the wrong time. Rushing is not conducive to sewing lovely things. I need to take more time when making things and take it more slowly when I am cutting my fabric or actually sewing. Hubby always says to me "measure twice and cut once". Very sound advice! I get inpatient though and then start making mistakes.
3. I am messy. I start off organised but by the time I've finished sewing something
my sewing the study ends up in a right mess. A messy environment isn't ideal for creativity well not for me at least.
This image is nothing, the mess gets a whole lot messier, trust me!
4. When I'm making something and I can see that it's not going quite right instead of stopping and having a little think I just bulldoze on and then end up having to start over (I am becoming an expert in unpicking thread though).
5. Avoidance. I avoid projects that look difficult or mean I have to really stitch neatly for example, top stitching. How can you get better at something unless you practice, practice, practice. Until recently I have continued avoiding top stitching but I now have an edge stitch pressure foot which I love. It has helped but you still need to be careful, I think I will be needing a little more practice with it. Another new foot I bought was a 1/4 inch foot, great for getting those neat seams, or a wider top stitch.
I could probably think of lots more but the above are the things I definitely need to work on. How about you? What are mistakes that you did/do make? Any tips to help me improve on the above?