My sewing year for 2015 was pretty poor and having recently emerged from a long spell of no sewing motivation I was inspired to post about this.
Understanding why your mojo has disappeared.
There so many reasons that this happens but the ones that I hear the most are the following:-
• Stress - work, personal or just feeling out of sorts
• Being busy – being away with work, holiday and not managing to fit into the day
• Working on projects that are uninteresting or not going well
• Feeling overwhelmed by your stash and/or works in progress
My recent bout of no sewing mojo was due to a combination of all three. I had a huge amount of work related travel in 2015 and particularly towards the end of the year. That combined with being out and about in London and a succession of wadders ground my sewing to a halt.
What to do when you are lacking motivation?
1. Just because you are sewing less, does not mean that you are not sewing
When the motivation to cut out or sew projects is low I take the time to do sewing related activities. I also count this as time spent sewing whether I have my sewing mojo or not!
• Re-organising your fabric and pattern stash
• Making a list of projects that you would like to sew for the season ahead
• Making a wishlist of patterns that you would like to buy or techniques that you would like to learn
• Preparing yourself for projects. Go shopping for your zippers, buttons, elastic and any other notions that you might need for when you get back you sewing mojo. I also count pre-washing my fabrics as sewing!
2. Surround yourself with fun sewing related activities
Despite having nothing to show for 6 months I really enjoyed attending LDC meetups to see what everyone else was working on and empathising with others that were feeling the same way and were struggling with a lack of sewing motivation. Attending fabric swaps, fabric shopping trips, attending fashion exhibitions and reading other sewing blogs to keep up to date with sewing trends made me feel as though I was still engaged with a sewing community.
3. Don’t put pressure on yourself
Understand that you may not always have as much time or inclination to sew and that is ok. For me if I am sewing when I don’t want to I am bound to make a mistake so I just have to step away from my sewing machine. This also allowed me to become fully immersed in my new hobby of cross stitching. I found that it was pretty mindless and could even take it travelling with me.
Remember - If you sew as a hobby it should be something that you do because you enjoy it, not because you feel guilty for not doing it
Keeping up sewing motivation
I am very aware that if I have a long spell of no sewing it can be difficult to get back into the habit of sewing regularly. Over the years I have discovered the following:-
• Understand what hits the spot
For a long time I tried to get my sewing motivation back by sewing really easy tried and true patterns. I found that this didn’t challenge me enough and easily lost interest. For me now, I always tackle a new simple pattern that is likely to have minimal fit issues (for me this is usually a stretch knit dress). However for other people a Tried and True sewing project is the only thing that gets them back on track. Take time to think about which past sewing projects you have enjoyed and why.
• Sew with a purpose
Take time to decide why you want to undertake a project. I find that I am 10 times more likely to finish a project when I do this.
• Make sure that you have everything you need for a project
Nothing is worse than feeling like you want to sew and realising that you don’t have enough fabric or that it isn’t wide enough, or that you have no interfacing or are missing the zip for that work in progress you finally feel like tackling. It’s worth spending a little bit of time organising your projects so you can really enjoy sewing when you feel the urge to do so.
It would be great to hear what other things people do when they have lost their sewing mojo! And are there any LDC members or otherwise that can relate?