- Go for content quality over quantity. I'm a sucker for the Walmart $1-2 table. But I have managed to stay away from the Joann clearance table for a good while. I need to learn to be selective.
- If I'm not buying with a specific project in mind, the color MUST be wearable in the general public. I have some funky, funky fabric. I dont know why I love ugly fabric.
- If I'm not buying with a specific project in mind, the fabric must have at least two options (like dress + top, or skirt + pants)
- No more remnants, unless it's for a specific project.
- Throw away scraps. I hate to waste, but it's for the good of my limited space and learning to let go... (Maybe I just need therapy)
- Keep fabric tickets! and write on it the pattern number that the fabric is for.
- Check for similars/duplicates before purchasing a new pattern.
- Read pattern instructions to make sure the pattern is worth my time. If there are too many pieces, I usually shy away.
- Analyze the style and shape - can it be made by combining other patterns?
- Can I draft the pattern myself? Case in point McCall's 5425:
I wanted this immediately and started looking into the next pattern sale. But as I think about it more this is a very simple style that I can draw up myself. I'd save $2, time waiting in line, time traveling & gas money for the trip (My crazy behind would travel the 20+ miles for the sale instead of waiting for the next sale at my local store.) I'm going to resist the temptation and make my own pattern.
Point blank: resist going to every single sale! No need to stock up, I have a Walmart and a Joann within very close proximity. Avoid the clearance aisle unless I am looking for something specific.
If I follow these rules, eventually I will have a decent stash that is not overstimulating or junky and be able to splurge on a really nice serger.
Feel free to make any suggestions that work for you.