Sewing a gift for a friend or making something for yourself? Here are a few tips to help make your sewing projects less daunting.
- When outlining your seam, use two pencils to add a uniformed seam allowance. In order to do this, you would hold and use both pencils in the same hand as if you are using one.
- In most things, details can make or break the deal. And that how it is with sewing. Using a serger to finish your seams makes them strong and gives them a neat finishing. But if you do not own a serger or have access to one, a good finishing for your seams would be to use pinking shears. After you have sewn your seams, simply cut along the edges. Then make sure to iron properly.
- It works out more economical to buy bigger cones of thread. But they might not be able to hold on your machine. So a good way to keep your big cone of thread is in a cute mug. This will keep it place and allow it to rotate as you sew along.
- Have bobbins all over your sewing room? Or you just can’t manage them in that little box or bag you keep them in, because it can turn into quite a task to dig through and find the colour you need? Use toe separators that are designed for pedicures to organize and store your bobbins. This will keep them organized, and you will be able to access your desired colour as soon as you need it.
- Button holes can be quite tricky to make. Stitching the area with your sewing machine isn’t so hard at all. Neither does it seem like cutting the hole afterwards. But most times the cut you make for creating the whole can look a bit tacky, because the fabric won’t stay in place. To get your fabric and stitching to stay inline while making the cut, use a pin to hold the two sides of the stitching together. Then you can have an even cut and neater button holes.
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