This week’s poll is about your sewing bête noir – the thing that you just hate doing.
I know a lot of seamstresses of various skill levels who hate doing zips, buttons, or sleeves, but those don’t fuss me. What I really loathe, stuff-up all the time, and try to avoid, is gathering.
I did not enjoy making the skirt of this dress!
I know! It seems so simple! But my gathering lines are always breaking, and going wonky, and when I sew the gathered pieces together somehow I always get a big pleat caught up in the gathering. It’s horrible and evil I tell you, evil.
That’s why I love corded gathering so much. I was so, so excited when I discovered it. It’s so much easier!
And my desire to avoid gathering is also why I am willing to pleat metres and metres of silk organza into tiny pin pleats by hand. Anything is good as long as it means I don’t have to machine gather!
My very first garment that I learned to make was actually a gathered circle skirt with metres and metres of fabric cut into 8 quarters and gathered into the waistband. It was so enormous! And I had no problem with it, but ever since, I’ve loathed gathering. I think I just overdid it the first time!
Funny isn’t it, what we don’t like doing, and find hard, and avoid?
So, what did you pick in the poll? And why? Have you always hated/been scared of it? Or is it based on one particular time when the technique went horribly wrong? Do you invent elaborate stratagems to get around doing it? Or try to force yourself to do it in the hope you will get past the dislike?