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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2018, 04:42:49 AM »
YES!!!! putting zippers on coil. Not fun.


Cutting days aren't my favorite that is for sure.

Build yourself a zipper fork. (Or pay $40 for a bent piece of metal) It's life changing if you're doing a lot of zippers. Heck, even if you only do them occasionally. I used to spend 5min to get one pull on sometimes. And now it's effortless with a fork.

Oh, my. Looks like I am going to be taking a hacksaw and file to some aluminum bar stock. Thank you!!!

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2018, 08:26:14 AM »
I'm surprised that so many of you struggle with zippers... I do it pretty much every day, in all kinds of sizes from #3 to #10, in regular, reversed, reversed coated, invisible and with locking and non-locking sliders in various combos up to 4 sliders per zipper and while at times it can be fiddly, but it's not the part that sucks or eats time in my world.

Hate:
- Repairs/Modifications. The client has 0 idea about the stuff involved in repairs or modification, so you can't make money on it. And it sucks to pop out year old dirty thread. But I don't do repairs or modifications because I hate it.
- Cutting. Holy fucking hell cutting by hand sucks. Especially for bigger projects or batch cutting. Everything sucks to cut in it's own way, but light fabrics that fray in the wind are the absolute worst.
- Production sewing. Unless you have a crew of friends and tons of beer, anything more than a batch of 2 drives me crazy.

Suck at:
- Coverstitching without spending a lot of time preparing it. If you miss the edge that is supposed to be covered, the only way to make it nice is to start over.
- Threading flatlock machines.
- Work at home on my own projects after a day at work.
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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2018, 10:39:05 AM »
All routine things make me feel blue. Maybe even deep blue, hihi. PALs stitiching, long stitches, adjusting part one to another. But perhaps it is so just because sewing is a hobby for me, and I'm trying to keep it in status of hobby. The greatest point in sewing is a moment of creation, or oeuvre. All moments distant from creation is boring.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2018, 03:59:23 PM »
This thread is making me depressed  :-\

Hate:

- Sewing repetitive batches. 2,3,4 is fine, but over 20 sucks. I find music and good preparation/organization to be helpful. Timing yourself/setting goals also keeps it more interesting. You really find out which designs have too many assembly steps!

- Cutting fabric/webbing by hand. For one or two items itís no problem, but production cutting needs to be done by machines. Laser for fabrics, especially complex shapes, and auto webbing cutter for narrow materials.

Suck at:

- Allocating product development time. Every small business needs to manage time effectively, but I find itís hard to set enough aside specifically for perusing new ideas. Often the process of developing a new product takes a tremendous amount of time and effort, with very little short-term return. Rushing the process can lead to substandard products and potential issues in the long run.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2018, 10:53:53 PM »
Sewing old stuff designed before the laser cutter arrived.. but I can see how much progress I've made design-wise since then. Still it feels embarassing.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2018, 07:11:23 AM »
On my list of things I donít like to do:

Top stitching after turning right side out, it can be a pain to get the fabric to fold next to the seam line when using 1,000d with 1,000 d. I currently use a long flat screwdriver shoved in the product to coax the seam out.

Repairing old gear, because of ripping old dirty stitches out and then trying to put it back together when the binding feels like it either grew or shrunk. Also because the customer has no idea how much time it takes to modify their gear, for that reason I rarely do these jobs and when I do, itís only only for family or close friends. (Which further reduces my chance of getting paid). LOL

Cutting intricate parts out of fabric, pre-laser. After the laser purchase it was the time consuming part of learning CAD and replicating my existing patterns.

I have a love/hate relationship for repetitive jobs. I time myself for each operation to help stay motivated because a simple one minute operation on a 300 piece order is five hours. Which I recently came to realize while working on my largest order to date.
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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2018, 09:16:10 PM »
Scott,

When it comes to turning and topstitching, try using a seam ripper to "pull" out the seam. I find pulling out around 6" at a time, then pressing the seam flat, then topstitching works quite well.

I can shoot a video and post on YT if anyone would be interested in this.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2018, 09:31:40 AM »
If you have the time for it, why not.
It could always benefit someone. If not now, maybe in the future

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2018, 06:49:52 PM »

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2018, 11:00:27 PM »
Thanks Dan,
I will try this in the future.
Scott

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2018, 04:53:45 PM »
hate:
I hate sewing molle...I dont have a bartac so it all triple stitch and is just too time consuming with setting everything up, keeping it aligned and then cutting all the thread..hate it

suck at:
tape...still going it by hand :(
As a sysadmin my next project is to network my sewing machine.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #26 on: June 11, 2018, 08:59:17 PM »
hate:
I hate sewing molle...I dont have a bartac so it all triple stitch and is just too time consuming with setting everything up, keeping it aligned and then cutting all the thread..hate it

suck at:
tape...still going it by hand :(

Even a cheap $20 ebay binding attachment will be a godsend over doing it by hand. Still no replacement for a proper setup but it'll get the job done especially if you're not doing any curves.