Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness.
~ Marshall McLuhan
Liberty fabric bias tape - isn't it gorgeous?
Photo credit: Cabinet for the Curious
I bumped into one of my long-standing assumptions recently.
The topic was bias tape.
I'm not good at sewing bias tape. You know that whole theory where one side is just the tiniest bit wider than the other side, so that when you fold it over the fabric and stitch in the ditch on the front side, your needle just perfectly catches the very edge of the bias tape on the back side?
For me - eh, not so much...
But my assumption was that everyone else has got the hang of this and can do it perfectly, and I'm the only person who still has trouble with it. So it came as quite a surprise when 2 people commented on my post that they weren't keen on bias tape either!
Now, you'd think I'd know better. I am a research psychologist - the bell curve is my life. In fact, I am routinely thwarted in my attempts to find groups who are at one extreme or the other of the curve (rather than near the middle)! ;)
And yet, when it comes to my sewing, I just always assume that everyone else has moved past my struggles and I am alone at the lower end of the curve...
I know some folks who suffer from the opposite affliction - it always used to amaze me when we took some guy rock climbing for the first time and he just took it for granted that if I (a middle aged woman) could climb something, then of course he could climb it too. The thought that I had been climbing for years and he had never done it before apparently didn't factor into his reasoning.
Until he tried to follow me up the wall, of course... ;)
In fact, we're all wrong - I am not actually alone at the bottom of the curve in my sewing weaknesses and those guys weren't actually alone at the top of the curve in their awesome athletic prowess.
Ideally, I'd like to have an accurate estimation of my sewing skills - neither too low, nor too high. So, how about you? Do you think you have an accurate estimation of your skills? Or do you tend to underestimate or overestimate your place on the curve?