For every sewer, sitting down and being able to dedicate a part of their time to their work is very essential. But sometimes, we are unable to do so because of various factors that vary from person to person. When situations like that arise, we have to either hurry through our work or just postpone it altogether. Most of the times we find ourselves in the middle of a deadline and it cannot be postponed. If that isn’t necessarily the case for you, maybe sewing is just a hobby. Nonetheless, learning some easy and do-able techniques and tips for both professionals and amateurs alike can prove to be efficient. We have comprised 20 of such Sewing Tips and tricks that will definitely make your sewing experience a pleasant one.
20 Easy Sewing Tips:
1. Sharpening your Thread DIY style
If you are trying to pull your thread through a needle eye but to no avail, it is probably cause of a blunt thread end. To fix that with very little effort, simple spray on some hairspray onto the thread end and you will be able to pass it through in no time.
2. Handling your Needles
You would not want extra needles falling around when you are supposed to be focused with your stitching. It is not only annoying but also dangerous for anyone walking around, barefoot or not. Prevent that from happening by carrying a pin cushion around, in which you can easily stick your needles into.
3. Take a Picture of your half Stitched Fabric
In case you have to leave your work halfway through the middle in order to attend to something else, it is better if you take a quick picture of your work in progress beforehand. This will be of big help when you are back at it again. You can start off exactly the same way you stopped.
4. Always keep the Thread guide turned upwards
Just like a light switch, make sure to keep your thread guide facing upwards. If you forget to do so, you will find yourself with an unthreaded needle within the second you turn the hand wheel of your sewing machine.
5. Anticlockwise turning before clockwise
When you’re just starting out, turn the hand wheel anticlockwise the first few times in order to check the smoothness of your fabric and how the needle will glide by it.
6. Don’t leave the needle up
When you are taking a break from sewing with a machine, keep the needle low instead of high above the fabric. This applies to when you have to change fabric corners or pin positions as well, as it keeps the seam line straight.
7. Rethread when Necessary
Don’t postpone rethreading thinking it might be able to outlast until you are done with your entire fabric. Chances are it may become too loose or even too taut, resulting in jammed threads or loose stitches.
8. Make use of Appropriate Needles
Different types of fabrics require different types of needles. While lightweight fabrics such as silk or satin require small needles, more heavier and thicker fabrics like denim or quilt may need bigger needles to pierce through without ruining the fabric. It’s better to not use Universal Needles for every type of cloth as it may result in unwanted holes later.
9. Same Quality of Threads
It’s recommended to use the same type of thread for the bobbin and spool unless you’re creating embroidery. In that case, only the spool can have embroidery thread. But different types of threads, in general, can lead to jammed stitches or breakage.
10. Work with scraps first
If you are a starter, you should prefer working with scraps at first. This is to not only for practice but you can also check out your machines adjustments and calibrations through this.
11. Thread Amount on Bobbin
Just after a few minutes of sewing, check the amount of thread left on your bobbin. This is to make sure you don’t run out of thread halfway through during a crucial part of your stitching.
12. Keep hold of your Thread tails
Needless to say, this is very important unless you want your fabric to get sucked into the needlepoint, especially if it’s something lightweight. Hold the tails of your thread with your unused hand to prevent this from happening.
13. Control the Speed
If you’re a beginner, control the speed by starting out slow on the foot pedal instead of racing away. This allows you to have control over your work pace and make adjustments as per that.
14. Making a Straight line
Create a seam guide if possible alongside your fabric with the help of tapes or elastic bands in order to maintain a straight line throughout your sewing.
15. Retrace your Stitches
Keep going back and forth over your stitches to achieve a fixed seamhead. Always start a few centimeters inside your cloth and then do a back stitch. Sew the seam afterwards.
16. Pressed Seams are Vital
You wouldn’t want your end result to look sloppy and poorly made. That’s why you need to properly press down the seams whenever it looks open or loose.
17. Creating Simple Ruffles
To get the look of well planned out ruffles, place a crochet thread alongside the seam line and stitch over it in a zig-zag motion. Gently tug on the thread to create that look.
18. Test out Fabric Quality Beforehand
Always make sure to check if the color of your fabric can get drained out or not before you start sewing. This will save you the hassle of working on something that’ll turn useless in the end.
19. Handling Slippery Fabric
One amazing tip when you’re dealing with the slippery material is to place tissue papers or anything that has enough friction between them in order to hold it in place while sewing over.
20. Keep your Machine Clean
Clean out your serger machine with a blow of compressed air free from moisture to properly get rid of lint and thread remains. Spray outwards instead of inwards so the residues blow out.
We hope these Sewing Tips proves to be beneficial for you to a large extent. Happy sewing!