A top 10 list…

Alternative titles to this post:

  • Things they assume you know when giving directions
  • Common sense isn’t so common
  • I get it, I can sell off of your patterns, so you don’t want to make it easy
  • You put a time limit on your project so I feel incompetent when it takes me MUCH longer

It’s been about a year since I’ve been crafting. For me crafting is done through paper, sewing and needlework. When following instructions and/or a pattern, needlework is the easiest. For paper and sew projects there is a lot of implied knowledge that takes place.

One theory I have is that because patterns can be patented, but the final project cannot, the pattern makers leave out pieces to make you work for that final project. They aren’t just going to give you a final product to sell with minimal effort; they want you to work for it. And maybe, just maybe, they can sell that same, original project, at a cheaper price, because their labor hours are shorter.

The other theory is that pattern makers, instruction creators, aren’t that malicious and they just expect you to have a certain amount of information filed away so they don’t have to explain every little detail.

Well, whichever conspiracy you identify with, here are my thoughts on “things you should know, but probably don’t know, and won’t know until you figure it out yourself”

  1. Pinning fabric is a wasted step
    1. Alternatives include:
      1. Stapling (my preferred method)
      2. Taping (if you have good tape)
      3. Paying attention and holding the fabric together (you are already sitting at the machine, why not give yourself something else to do)
  2. Seam allowances are only relevant in clothing
  3. The pattern is just a suggestion. Kinda like driving directions from Siri. It’s a suggestion that you turn left, but if you turn right, she’ll eventually get you to where you are going. But not without a couple of u-turns and turns in the wrong direction.
  4. Why trace a pattern when you can staple and cut directly on the fabric.
  5. For hands on stuffed animals, you must use the hand wheel
    1. And then any other intricate turns you must also use the hand wheel
    2. Do the new machines still have a hand wheel?
  6. The amount of time on the instructions does not include the amount of time your machine decides it doesn’t want to work, nor the amount of time it takes you to cut, nor the amount of time it takes you to go shopping for the pieces required, nor the amount of a time a non-professional takes to complete the project.
    1. Anyone else have issues with thread tension from the top thread? I swear every 3rd of 5th start I get wonky.
  7. You will very rarely receive a thank you for a hand-made gift. Ensure that your internal satisfaction will get you to the next project.
  8. 12 of any item are too many.
    1. At least all at once.
  9. You may not want to get rid of your scraps, but just get rid of them – they are too small to reuse anyways. You aren’t going to make that quilt.
  10. Putting your purchased items in your purse instead of a company plastic bag, means you have less evidence that you bought more crafting stuff.

They say to limit lists to 10. Minus the extra thoughts, I met that limit 🙂

This means that I have the opportunity to create ANOTHER list. How exciting is that?!? Considering that it took me about a year to compose this list, no worries to the reader, I won’t have another list too soon.

While I may have a list, or two, or three, of “complaints”; don’t you worry; I’ll still be creating. I’ll continue to do things my way instead of the way I’m told to, and I’ll tell you all about it!


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