That was the question I asked on the sewing forum Everythingsewing. Each year our smocking group "Apple Valley Smockers ", donate a smocked stocking to CASA. These are then filled with gifts and given to foster children at Christmas. The smocked stocking is only one of hundreds made and donated by groups and individuals.
We smock a row or two and pass the project on to the next person on the list. I think you can see where this is going. When doing part of a job and passing it on, mistakes are going to be made.
As I started the second row, I found the first row was off, I had a choice to work around the mistake as in repeating the mistake in each row or to take it out and start over.
I dislike taking things out!! I am sure some of you feel the same way. I was actually trying to talk myself into leaving the mistake---I could not stop thinking about it though, I knew it was there and would remain. What if the next person I hand it off to doeesn't want to work around the mistake and I leave a mess for the next person?
So, it all came out! I am so happy I took it out. In the process now of putting it all back in.