This month’s Threads has a column on what the music you listen to while sewing says about you. I did notice that hip-hop was not an option. *cough* But, the story got me thinking about how I like to sew.
1. In privacy.
Only in the last year did I acquire a sewing room all for myself. I had roommates before and as soon as the last one left I took over the smallest bedroom. I have a roommate again now, but you would have to pry the key to this room out of my stone cold fist. Now, I sew before I wash my face, do my hair or get out of my pjs. I need the privacy. Mostly, I need to keep the door closed so no one can see the state that I sew in.
2. With sound.
I love to sew on the weekend because I can listen to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, News and Notes, On the Media and What Do You Know on NPR. Because my dislike for A Prairie Home Companion manifests in a physical reaction, I listen to Slate’s Daily Podcast when it interrupts my NPR line up. When all that is done, I pull out my iPod and just put it on shuffle.
3. In long bursts
I get far more done when I can just get in the zone. But, I have tell myself to take my time otherwise I act like I’ve taken some meth to keep me going. So, while I enjoy long periods of time to sew, I have to take breaks.
4. All the time
I try to do something every night when I come home (or in the morning when I can’t sleep). I trace and cut patterns when watching tv or movies. I’ll do all my interfacing in one night, or sew up the darts another night. This helps me get more done when I can get to the aforementioned long bursts.
So, it makes me wonder, how do you sew? What music do you listen to? Do you like to be on the phone, chatting with other people? Do you like it quiet? Do you watch movies or TV? What do you do to get in the zone? Do you want to sit down and finish a project all at once or you don’t mind if it take a couple of weeks?