5 Extremely Practical Sewing Tips For Beginners
You’re never too perfect at stitching and there’s always a great deal to learn. If you’re a beginner, this is a good read to start from. It is always tough to be a beginner at something but practice makes you perfect. Stitching right is not solely about being skillful, but choosing the right machine, the right needles, the appropriate thread, a relatively easy cloth material is just as important. Understanding the basics of sewing machines can help you sew like a professional in little or no time, depending on the number of hours you put in.
1. Choose Needle and Stitch Accordingly
Needles come in different sizes and as a beginner you may find it overwhelming to decide which one do you need. For beginners, generally an 80/12 needle size is recommended. This size is widely available and adjusts to the different kinds of threads you’ll be using as a beginner. Once you’ve learnt the basics, you can choose the right needle by keeping in mind the needle eye size. The needle eye should be big enough for the thread to pass through easily without putting strain on the needle.
2. Understanding Seam Allowance
Seam allowance is the area between the stitched and raw part of your cloth. It joins the pieces of fabric. If left raw, the seam will wear out and make your end piece look very unprofessional. There are a variety of ways you can finish seams, i.e. French seams, Zig-zag seams, Flat felling etc. Cut inward curves into the seam allowance to reduce bulk and to remove excess fabric. This will ensure that your fabric lies flat once you’re done stitching.
3. Use Pins to Sew Accurately
Sewing silky cloth or a gathered piece with a non gathered piece may be tricky, especially when you’re a beginner. This is where pins come in handy. To keep the pieces flat against one another, attach them together using pins. Keep the number of pins minimum to avoid fabric distortion. You can either attach the pin to keep the pieces lying flat perpendicularly or parallel to the cloth. Pinning perpendicularly is preferred as you can easily pull out the pin as you sew.
4. Choose Easy Projects for the Beginning
You don’t want to stress yourself out too much by choosing tricky designs and cloth material such as silk or jersey. Choose simple patterns and designs, such as A-line skirts to gain perfection. Once you’ve learnt the basics well, you can shift to complex designs and patterns. Avoid sewing zips and buttonholes at the beginning. Don’t forget to wash and press your cloth first because you don’t want it to shrink later.
5. Keep your Sewing Machine Serviced
Often taken for granted, leaving your sewing machine un-serviced is certainly going to affect your results. It is important to get the proper sewing machine oil and to keep it clean. Oiling frequency depends on your usage. If it is used frequently, then you will have to oil it frequently as well. It will save you the noise, work better and for a longer period.
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