It’s time for sewing tip Tuesday. Today we are going to talk about How to Improve Your Sewing Skills.
Improve In Just 4 Easy Steps:
Cut Your Patterns Carefully:
When you are transferring your patterns to pellon, if the pattern is extremely wrinkly don’t be afraid to iron it a little to help with the transfer process.
Pay attention to the fabric grain. If the pattern tells you to cut something on the grain (most do), this indicates that you should line up the pieces in the direction the “warp” thread that was used to weave the fabric was woven. Most of the time the warp thread is the thread that runs the length of the fabric. Generally the “on grain” direction will stretch less than the other way.
If your project calls for you to measure certain dimensions, be sure to measure twice before you cut. Use a ruler and a rotary cutter with a cutting mat to help make clean, even lines. This also assures that you will be aligned with the grain line.
Measure Your Seam Allowances:
Don’t just assume that any old measurement will do with seam allowances, with any project–a slight miscalculation in your seam measurement for one part of your project can mean that the entire finished project comes out the wrong size (I’ve seen this happen).
Check the pattern and follow the seam allowances they tell you to use every time. Be sure and check for each part of the project because they can change for different parts of a project.
If you are not sure how wide a seam allowance is going to be, always test it on a scrap piece of fabric. Afterwards mark in your sewing machine or presser foot so that you will always line your seam up correctly.
Trim down seam allowances after sewing, and don’t forget to clip around those curves and corners as we’ve discussed before. Doing this helps reduce bulk and helps whatever you are making take its proper shape.
Press Your Fabric Properly:
There is a difference between pressing and ironing.
Use the proper pressing tools for your project. If you are pressing curves or tight spaces it helps to have a pressing ham or presser bar.
Use the correct heat setting for your fabric. Before you press the actual project, test a scrap of fabric with your iron first.
Spray starch can help give crisp, clean lines or when pressing difficult fabrics.
Details Make A Difference:
Don’t be afraid to hand sew something if it’s called for. Sometimes you have to hand stitch a final seam on a stuffed toy or a hand stitch a quilt binding to get a better result. Hand stitching does take more time but there are times when it’s worth using rather than your machine. It can make a p project stand out in a really good way.
You can use decorative stitches to make your project stand out. It doesn’t matter whether you use a decorative stitch mode on your sewing machine or if you hand embroider something on it. These little details can make it stand out.
Whether it is home decor or sewing clothing, piping is a great way to make something stand out. It can take something everyday and really make it special. You can make it yourself or buy it already made, either way it’s a great addition to making a difference.
We hope that you will find these tips helpful in your sewing endeavors. Thanks to “The Sewing Loft” for their help and inspiration for today’s information.