I think some people think to sew -- especially to sew well, or at least to sew well enough to make things you love -- that you need to be near perfect. Every seam must be straight, you must follow every rule.
I break 'em all the time. And half the time, I don't even realize I'm breaking them. And the results turn out fine. Maybe not perfect. Maybe I won't open my Etsy shop tomorrow. But I enjoy myself and make things cute enough to at least use myself with some degree of pride.
Here are two I have broken recently.
I sewed about five minutes the other night with the wrong needle. I forgot I'd been using a ballpoint needle. My seams were looking a little wonky and then finally my needle just broke. And that's when it dawned on me -- wrong needle.
The second is a really bad one. Tension. I forget to adjust it all. the time. Actually, I think I've made my last 2-3 projects without giving it a second thought. I'm sure that was stupid of me. But you know, both things turned out fine. Shrug!
So, what's your sewing confessional? What mistake do you make, even if you know better? And how did it affect your finished project?