On the day that they were handing out the productivity gene, I somehow missed out.
Take for example the bias binding I made last month. Painfully slow. How I laboured over the process of transforming those plain fabric strips into such a simple trim. And what did I have to show for three hours work? Just one and half metres. Ridiculous.
A pity. Because I have a new project in mind and it needs 9 metres of bias binding. I'd do the math on how long it would take me to make, but after such a warm day, I'd prefer not to offend everyone's sensibilities. Counting on one's toes is so risky in the warmer months.
So what to do? Do I call in a man with a white coat and clipboard for a time-and-motion study? Or give up and simply purchase a ready-made trim?
Daringly, I decided to go on a different tack.
Hack (n): quick and dirty productivity trick used to get your work done hastily
Here are my bias binding hacks:
- Iron nothing; square nothing.
- Fold your fabric on the diagonal with a careless flip. What the heck if its not completely on the bias - how much stretch do we really need here?
- Remember, measuring is overrated. What's a few millimetres between friends?
- Avoid ruling out all those lines with tailors chalk - cut one strip and then use it as a template for the rest.
- Ditch the rotary cutter; use scissors with reckless abandon. If your straight lines look as if they have been cut with pinking shears, explain it away as a decorative feature.
- Whip the binding through the tape maker at break-neck speed. Avoid looking down unless you feel that you are in imminent danger of a steam burn from the iron.
- Remember at all times that less is more; less attention will make more binding.
And so it is, that I have just finished making 9 metres of bias trim ... in a fraction of the time of my first effort.
And you know what? The quality varies very little from my first very cautious, meticulous attempts. Should I be pleased or worried?