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What Blocks You?
Guest Editorial by Carol Broscheid, 
as published by Robbie Fanning, Creative Machine


As someone who has enjoyed making clothes for many years, I have been frustrated by my recent lack of motivation, but I know that I'm not alone.

Many of us seem to fantasize about sewing more than we actually do it. We visualize wonderful sewing projects while at work, while we are driving, when we can't sleep at night -- but when it comes to making these sewing dreams come true, we just can't get going.

Here are seven reasons for procrastinating and some solutions that have worked for others. Above all, remember that it's worth it to knock down your own blocks. Remember what you like about sewing, and strive to reach that happy place once again.

1.  No Time

2. No Place

3. No Plan

4. Fear of Failure

5. Fear of Fit

This is the number-one fear of many garment sewers.

6. Perfectionist

This one, closely related to fear of failure, is a hard one for some of us.

7. Overwhelmed

It's easy to be overwhelmed by encroaching fabric stashes. messes, UFO's, goofs, and information overload.

When Carol Broscheid moved across the country from a large house to a small one, she lost her sewing room -- and her motivation. She mentioned this to our on-line discussion group, which sparked an extended discussion of sewing blocks and how to break them. Happily, Carol and her husband have just bought a house with a big sewing room for her.

"Reprinted with the permission of The Creative Machine Newsletter, PO Box 2634-R, Menlo Park, CA 94026-2634, 800-906-6788 or 650-366-4440, fax 650-366-4455"


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