1.) Inspiration comes from within and can’t be forced, BUT if you are not already sewing, it’s not going to come at all. So, setting a habitual sewing time, such as every tuesday and thursday evening, will invite inspiration and it will come more easily. Not everything you sew is going to be magnificent, but if you are not in the habit of sewing, nothing is ever going to be magnificent.
2.) Even if you consider yourself an expert sewer, read directions thoroughly. I have made so many useless mistakes by not reading the directions to a new pattern- it’s such an arrogant habit that needs desperately to be broken!
3.) Anticipate mistakes and problems because they will happen. Accepting that your seam ripper is going to be used often, makes mistakes so much less frustrating. Prewashing and pressing your fabrics, pinning, basting, and cutting carefully are all ways to anticipate mistakes and avoid them. I thinking accepting that I am human and not a machine also keeps me from getting frustrated when a make a silly sewing mistake!
4.) Be sociable. I spent the first several years after I learned how to sew looking on blogs and Flickr (there was no IG back then!) and never letting anyone know I was there. I had to makes myself start to comment and like and be known. If you like something you see- make it a habit to let that person know! Say “i love these fabrics you combined!” or “those pin tucks are so pretty!” Many of us sewers are introverts, but giving support is a fabulous habit to acquire! And when it starts coming back to you, it only makes your sewing time more fun and satisfying. So make comments, join groups, talk to people at the cutting table of your quilt shop, and just become part of the sewing community.
5.) Kick the habit of second guessing your fabric choices. Trusting your fabric decisions is a great habit to cultivate since it will let you focus on the fun of creating something. We all spend time laboring over what fabric to use, but trusting yourself and your style can make the whole process much easier. and will give you more time to SEW.