Get Yourself Unstuck with a Project

by | Sep 12, 2022

Get Yourself Unstuck with a Project…

Do you ever find yourself so excited to start a new project but then very quickly run out of steam? Believe me, you’re not alone. It’s a tale I hear often from my students and in fact this summer it’s happened to me too.

But how do you get yourself unstuck when this happens?

Here I’ll take you through a few steps to get you going again.

Don’t beat yourself up about it

Life is full of ebbs & flows. Somethings our motivation wanes and that’s OK. Accepting that will make it much easier to pick it up again when you’re ready.

Be realistic about what you can achieve in a timeframe

Want a new dress for your holiday but got heaps of stuff you also need to do before you depart? Is that dress going to get finished? No, probably not! I am sooo guilty of expecting time to stretch to fit in everything I need to do. But sadly it doesn’t.

Starting a project with a super tight (self-imposed) deadline rarely ends well. Be realistic and give yourself more time than you think you’re going to need. We’re not on the Sewing Bee here. You do not need to speed sew. It’s actually more fun if you take your time.

Read about when I set myself a Sewing Bee challenge.

Enrol some help to get yourself unstuck

Why are you stuck? Is it because there’s an element or technique you find daunting? Or is there something new that you’ve never tried before? Get some sewing friends, so you can sew together to support each other. Or book a lesson with a pro!

Book lessons with me here

Keep track of where you are

If you know you are prone to abandoning a project part way through, then keep track of where you’ve got to, to make it easier to pick up again. Tick off the instructions as you go.

Get Yourself Unstuck with a Project keep track

Take notes on any machine settings you use, or special stitches.

Keep all the stuff you need for your project in one bag or box. That way when you do come back to it, you’ll know where everything is to get going again.

Only do one project at a time

Avoid shiny new object syndrome by only focussing on one project at a time. The satisfaction you get from actually completing a project is so fulfilling.

It is easy to get tempted but if you make a commitment to yourself, you won’t end up with lots of unfinished projects.

Get everything ready before you start

The reason I stalled my jeans making project this summer was because I ran out of topstitching thread. It took a while to get the correct colour delivered as lots of places were out of stock.

If I’d have bought enough before I started then I wouldn’t have been forced to stop and would have kept momentum.

Also getting everything cut out, any markings transferred to fabric and interfacing applied before you actually start sewing will mean you don’t interrupt your flow.

Try to break it down into small chunks

If you’re stuck because your overwhelmed by what you’ve got left to do. Then break kit down into smaller chunks. Do one step at a time. That way, you’ll be surprised by how quickly you make progress.

Have you got any tips that help you get yourself unstuck? Please share in the comments.

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Alison xx

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