Saturday, March 10, 2012

Do You Suffer from SMAS?

Stack O'Quilts
This is what it has come to. I now have to leave notes to myself demanding that I take care of this stack of quilts. All the hand stitching is complete. The dreaded machine stitching awaits.
Detail of Quilt Shop.
It seems I can spend hours and hours adding hand stitchery to a piece. But when it come to 20 minutes of machine work, I just can't find the time.

This is called Sewing Machine Avoidance Syndrome or SMAS. Do you suffer from it too? If so, I'm thinking of founding a 12 Step Recovery group for people like us who put off machine quilting.

Step 1: Write yourself a note.

10 comments:

Gene Black said...

Actually I have just the opposite problem. I suffer from HSA -hand sewing avoidance.

Janelle said...

I too have the opposite problem. I love machine quilting, but not the hand work. Part of my problem with hand work though is a little boy who always wants to help me out and causes messes with my threads.

Margaret said...

My name is Margaret and I have SMAS. Yep. Would rather hand stitch any day. May fear: FBFMQ (Frozen By Free-Motion Quilting)....

Linda said...

My name is Linda and I have SMAS.......may I please join your recovery group?

Susan said...

Do the notes really work? I have one preemie baby quilt on the frame and four more waiting in the wings and no real desire to quilt them. I love everything about quilting except the ACTUAL quilting part!

Ruth Anne Olson said...

I must have it, too, even though I quilt almost exclusively by machine. I like a quilt top that I've made, and I'm afraid it will be ruined by the wrong choice of thread or design.

Or maybe I'm just procrastinating again?

WoolenSails said...

I am the same way, have a pile to quilt, but I rather be sitting and stitching. I do want to do more machine quilting, and if I play my favorite music, it helps to relax me and keep me sewing for hours.

Debbie

Sewconsult said...

Yes and also I have the same as Gene. Actually, I need therapy. The past year, my machines have stopped and other things have had to take priority. I want to stop the world and hide in my sewing room for about a month. Leave me alone, People, and let me sew!!!!!
Beckie

juanita said...

I purchased a sewing machine in January and it has been sitting untouched on my table for two months because of my reluctance (while I finished several hand stitched pieces). I finally used it to do some sleeves and now I am feeling a little more eager to try something with it. But I really prefer hand stitching.

patchouli moon studio said...

I have a huge pile of quilts waiting to be quilted. I love hand work, but don't want to hand quilt large projects anymore. My fear is that I do so well with everything then if the quilting doesn't come out right by machine, it's too hard to rip it out and looks bad if you do rip out. So all that work and if the quilting isn't good then I end up not liking what I've done. Some days my quilting is great and it all comes together perfectly, other days not so much! Could you shorthen that 12-step program down to a 3 or 4 step program? 12 steps seems like way too many steps to take and I may throw the 12 steps onto the ever growing tops-to-be-quilted pile.