Knowing When to Care

As you may have guessed from the title, today we’re going to talk about knowing when to care.


I believe that at some point in every person’s life, there comes a time when you have to decide whether you are going to care. Lucky for me, I’m not a doctor and I don’t have patients dying. And I’m not talking about your acquaintance in an unhealthy relationship who swears they are made for each other. I’m talking about something that, for some people, is much more emotional: caring about the imperfections in your sewing.


When I initially said that it’s more emotional, I was making a joke. But the more it fomented in my brain, the less of a laughing matter it became. We sew for the process, but also for the finished product and we want it to look good. As well we should! When you make a mistake, or – heaven forbid – someone points out a flaw in your work, it can seem like a failure in ourselves and our abilities. Let’s take a look into when it’s a good thing to care and when we need to practice L.I.G. – LETTING IT GO!


There are personal policies that some people use to judge their work objectively. The idea is that you get out of your head and out of the perfection we saw all over Pinterest. One rule is the “three-foot method.” If you can’t see the mistake from three feet away, you don’t need to fix it. This is great for garment sewing, when most people that will bring negativity are at least three feet away. And hopefully the man who stands uncomfortably close behind you in line at the post office has the decency not to say anything; though if he did, maybe he wouldn’t be standing so close to you.


If you have a personal policy for dealing with imperfections, please share it! What works for one person may not work for another, so the more ideas, the more likely everyone is to find something that works.


When to Care

When to NOT Care

  • You care deeply about the project
  • You want to take it somewhere fancy
  • It's a family keepsake you want to last
  • The purpose is for decoration
  • It's a gift for a loved one
  • You can't see the imperfection (i.e. inside the garment, covered by bias tape or backing)
  • Your (grand)kids are going to destroy it anyway
  • It's pajamas
  • Purpose is purely funcitonal
  • It's a gift for a coworker...wait, why are you putting so much personal effort into office gifts?!

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