Yes takes longer but worth it. I love seeing them come alive and I can take them with me everywhere. i keep a project in my purse for when I have to take hubby to doctors offices, I can sew a leg here and arm there and then stuff them and complete them later at home. It gives me something to do and I feel like I done something with the time you have to wait. Can't wait for pictures of your bear.
I think it is different with each maker and customer. The bears seem to talk to each of us differently. I have both and have made both. Everyone I have shown my bears to always have their own favorite. Me I just love making the bear come to life and letting it tell me what it wants to wear or not wear.