Sewing and pressing: update

Thank you so much to all those who gave me feedback on my post about ironing and pressing. You gave me such great ideas that I thought to collect them all in one post for future reference.

  • Many of you suggested to use an iron with an automatic shut-off feature. I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I didn't know such feature even existed (I guess I've always used "mediocre" irons). This is definitely a good way to save electricity and something I'll be looking for when buying a new iron.

  • Nat and Suzy redirected me to a post on Karen's blog where she explains that leaving the iron on for an hour or switching on and off 5 or 6 times in the same time does not make a big difference on your bill. So, if you're going to use it a lot, it's probably more efficient to leave it on (Sallie confirmed it).

  • Alice, Nat and Chie suggested to make more seams as possible before passing to the pressing process, and it's somethink I already do and saves a lot of time and energy.

  • Indigorchild sent me a link to a post on Grainline's blog where she uses a very small iron. It's from Clover and could be great for pressing seams and smaller tasks.

Finally, I have one more little solution I forgot to include in my previous post. For fabrics that are easy to press and smal tasks, I have a little travel iron that heats up in about a minute and requires less energy than a full-sized iron. I got it from ebay and find it very practical.

One more thing: coincidentally, Gertie wrote a post on pressing seams open yesterday, so maybe you'll see more on this subject there.

Has sewing changed your life?

My very messy sewing corner

That's what Tilly asked last Saturday and this is my (late) answer.
Soo... yes! Sewing has definitely changed my life!
I've been around sewing machines since I was a child, because both my mom and my granny are seamstresses.
I didn't start sewing seriously until about 4 years ago and it became an increasingly important activity in my life. Right now, it's one of my most frequent thoughts and my favorite pastime. It's a great way to channel my creativity and I wear my creations with pride. I love the look on someone's face when I tell them I can sew and, although I deal terribly with compliments, I'm really happy when someone compliments my handmade garments.
I don't know anyone around my age with the same passion, so starting a blog and connecting with the sewing community has been awesome. I "met" some great people and it's an awesome support system.

Some other thoughts on sewing:
- I'm not the most social of people and I like to spend a lot of time at home. Sewing is a great way to keep myself busy, instead of being just lazy and unproductive.

- It allowed me to bond even more with my mum. We always had a good relationship, but we didn't always get along well during my teenage years (I wasn't the nicest of teenagers...). Now we go fabric shopping together, I always ask for her advice and she's a great supporter of (almost) everything I make.

- It allowed me to improve my language. Reading sewing blogs, books and pattern instructions in French and English, I feel very strong on sewing and fashion vocabulary and I can add this to my CV as a translator.

- Money! I managed to earn some (through my shop) and to save some more, both on RTW clothes I didn't buy and on presents for friends I made with my hands.

I hope this was useful, Tilly!
If you lovely readers want to share your thoughts, please feel free to do it, I'd love to hear from you guys!