Some people sew only because they really have to. Then there are some who are really passionate about sewing and would sew every chance they get. Unfortunately, not all of these hardcore sewing enthusiasts have much time for a hobby in their hands. But then again, there are some little things that can be done to ensure that you are able to maximize your sewing time.
Make sure you have everything you need for sewing in an area you have dedicated for that purpose. Your supplies should all be packed neatly in clear organizer/ drawers with the most used items on top of other materials that you rarely use.
If you want to see a neat trick to better organize your fabric stash, please read this article:
Make Sure You Have Sufficient Sewing Supplies
As mentioned above, almost everyone nowadays has a busy lifestyle and having the supplies you need for a certain project on hand will really help you maximize what available time you have for sewing. You don’t have to buy all the materials at once, and you also don’t have to go out of your way to buy sewing stuff. You can just get a thing or two whenever you are doing the weekly grocery shopping. Make a list of what sewing projects you’d really love to make first. Here are some basic things that you’d need to have on hand:
- Manual and machine needles
- Elastics in various widths
- Different zipper types and sizes
Ensure That You Have Handy Tools
Aside from the usual fabric, threads, and needles, there are some items that don’t seem to be really necessary but they actually are especially when you want to make the most out of your free time. The following items are recommended to always have in handy:
- Rotary Cutter and Mat
- Tube Turner
- Bias Tape Maker
- Water Soluble Stabilizer
- Fusible Tape
- Tailor’s Ham
- Tracing Wheel/ Chalk
Here's our take on what tools are essential in your sewing kit:
Additional Tips And Tricks To Maximize Your Sewing Time:
- Press the fabric/ garment before sewing as it will make it a lot easier to see if everything is even & folded smoothly before you sew.
- Make patterns and cut-out several fabrics in advance so you can be more productive when you get to actual sewing.
- Recycle a pattern and be creative with altering designs for new and different looks.