I like change. I really do. I get bored if things get in a rut. Usually.
But, it often takes me so long to learn “X New Thing” that it makes it not worth it.
A small example might be, say, a new grocery store. One opened up fairly near to me recently, a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. Maybe this isn’t a fair comparison, because I’m really not a fan of Wal-Mart anyways. (I heard on the radio the other day that Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the state. I found that somewhat disturbing.) However, I’ve only been in the “Neighborhood Market” twice, both times to pick up one “quick” item. I will not return. I like “my” grocery stores, and the time it takes to learn where everything is located, and all the ins and outs of shopping at a new place, well, it’s just not worth it.
I’ve made a few crib bumpers in my sewing days, and I make them pretty much the same. However, in one I’m making currently, I decided to inspect the (store-bought) one that I’m using in Fiala’s cradle. I saw that they sewed the two short sides, the bottom long side, then bound the top with… umm… a strip of enforced fabric (I don’t know what the term is). I thought, “How clever! What a time saver!” Previously, I’ve sewn the two long sides, one short side, then turned the whole thing right-side out. I thought this new way would save so much time.
Well, I won’t go into the reasons why, but I’m now about to rip-stitch out the binding. For the second time. The first time, I was only about 1/4 done. This time, I was about 7/8 done. Hmph. It has not been any kind of time saver, due to my mistakes and unforeseen problems.
I’ve learned a lot, like all the things that can go wrong with such a technique. And, each time I attempt it, I am doing it better. But, I’m finding myself really wishing I had done it the “old” way in the first place.
However, having a contrasting bound bit across the top is really appealing to me now, and even though I could alter the bumper to do it the old way, I’d lose the contrasting binding, and I really don’t want to do that. I like the way it looks with contrasting binding.
So… rip stitch it is.