No, I don't mean taking up your sewing machine in a revolt against the only clothing available in shops seemingly made for tiny, wafer-thin twelve-year olds (although that would be reason enough to get sewing), instead I'm talking about my reluctance to use the machine at all.
First, is that the machine is a pain in the neck to set up, it takes ages to get it all out, and then once it's out, it's a chore to pack it up again. What a load of rubbish this is. I timed myself this afternoon -
55 seconds it took to get the machine out of the cupboard, onto the table, unpacked, plugged in and turned on.
Next is the idea that I need a full day to sew or it's not worthwhile. I don't know where I get this from, and it's so silly. I rarely have a full day that I can sew and when I had the machine out today – for an hour in total – I managed to sew one side strip onto every square of the quilt I'm sewing. I call that progress!
The process seems more in my control and more immediate. Sewing with the machine I sometimes equate to finishing off the ends in a piece of knitting - a bit of a tedious necessity.
Is there a part of your crafting process you don't like, or procrastinate over doing? Do you have any techniques you use to get past these road blocks?