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From: mozeyrn
Date: 01-09-2006, 11:40 AM (1 of 9)
Ever since I got back into sewing I don't think I've gotten a full nights sleep! I keep saying to myself, 'I'll just sew a little more' or 'I'll go to sleep after I cut the fabric'. Some nights I can't start sewing because I know I won't go to bed till 1am. Am I the only one this happens to? Most days I'm working on 6 hours of sleep - and after I turned 25 sleep became a beautiful thing. When I was younger 6 hours of sleep seemed like alot.
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
Kenmore 16231000
User: mozeyrn
Member since: 11-29-2005
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From: paroper
Date: 01-09-2006, 11:59 AM (2 of 9)
When I left a salaried job and started sewing professionally at home, I found that my best sewing hours were after the kids went to bed. I could make remarkable progress...but I seldom got much sleep. Welcome to the addicted!

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: MaryW
Date: 01-09-2006, 12:13 PM (3 of 9)
LOL, it happens to all of us. I have to quit when I get too tired or I start making silly mistakes. You are motivated to sew, enjoy it.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: carman
Date: 01-09-2006, 01:50 PM (4 of 9)
lol i get like that when i am near the end of a quilt, i go all night and hubby is getting up for work and i am still at the machine, its like a good book you can't stop.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 01-09-2006, 04:36 PM (5 of 9)
I'm always up until 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning sewing. It's an acquired addiction. I catch up on Saturday mornings when my DH lets me sleep until I wake up. :monkey:

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Total posts: 318
From: bridesmom
Date: 01-12-2006, 03:47 AM (6 of 9)
I find that I lay awake thinking about sewing, how to do this, what to change here, especially with this jacket I'm making, so I now keep a pad of paper by the bed and I write down my thoughts, so I can get some sleep. I've gotten up at 4 am to start sewing if I can't sleep. Most of my sewing is done during the day as I am home alone and I start work at 4 pm, but I find that at 3:30pm I am trying to finish off just one more thing, then running around like a madwoman getting ready for work trying not to be late.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: glamma1940
Date: 01-14-2006, 01:24 AM (7 of 9)
I think it's a sewers thing. I know one time I was sewing a dress for my DD when she was little & I kept saying "I'll just sew the collar, I'll just finish the sleeves, & on & on until it was 6:00 am! I went upstairs to our bedroom & my DH rolled over & said, "What time did you come to bed?" We laugh about that one all the time. I could have been gone from the house & he wouldn't have even noticed!!!
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From: blackie
Date: 01-22-2006, 08:41 PM (8 of 9)
LOL, it happens to all of us. I have to quit when I get too tired or I start making silly mistakes.

Mary is dead-on. It took me a couple years to learn this. The nice thing about stopping and going to bed, is that your project also magically looks better in the morning. Also you are likely to tidy up a bit before you leave it, instead of just taking off and collapsing into bed with the sewing room all torn apart!

I am impressed with you ladies who stay up all night. I am only 28 and I don't think I could do that. Of course I have two kids under 4 and they tend to keep me protective of my sleep.

Anyway, I "cured" my nighttime staying-up-too-late addiction by exercising more. Six days out of the week I get up at 5:30 AM and an hour later meet my girlfriends for a 3 mile walk in town. The days I walk I am less likely to pull a late--nighter!

I'm not saying everyone can and should do that particular regimen, but that getting a good dose of physical exercise can remind us to take care of our bodies through the rest of the day.
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Member since: 03-31-2004
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From: nativetexan
Date: 01-25-2006, 06:50 PM (9 of 9)
I quilt and the reason I have a lot of UFO's (unfinished objects) is because ideas pop into my head for a new quilt and I can't go to sleep! So I have to make it or never sleep. :re:
User: nativetexan
Member since: 11-15-2005
Total posts: 57
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