Years ago I took a speed-sewing class because those were the days when my sewing machine was in nearly constant use, and I was always looking for a shortcut. I loved sewing for the family, and it gave me great pleasure to see a job actually finished that I wouldn’t have to do again the next day (like the dishes).
I started sewing in high school and sometimes my dad would laugh that he was going to come in and throw a bucket of water on the machine to cool it off. My motto then was “Sew it tonight; wear it tomorrow.” I found out years later that my dear mother would redo zippers and re-set sloppy sleeves while I was at school. I never even noticed! She didn’t want to discourage me by insisting that I redo the reckless seams, but at the same time, she couldn’t bear to see me go to school in some of those outfits. So I just continued to sew like crazy, although I did eventually begin to take more care on the details.
So it strikes me as funny now that I actually took a speed sewing class. (What I really needed was a slow sewing class.) At any rate, I was just remembering one of the hot tips I learned from that class, and I was thinking of all the many applications it has. Here’s the hot tip: to speed up your sewing, eat chocolate and drink coffee. Actually, that is sage advice, and I paid good money to learn it. So, to justify that expense from twenty years ago, I decided to use that hot tip this afternoon to help me speed-grade some ninth-grade quizzes. I tell you, it works like a charm.