10 Good Sewing Practices | Commercially Alternative

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

10 Good Sewing Practices

1.      Measure twice (or thrice!) and cut once
·         Always a good practice
2.      Cover your sewing machine when not in use
·         Dust is your sewing machine’s enemy
3.      Clean your sewing machine after each project.
·         Open up the bobbin case, following your instruction manual, and clear out the dust using the brush provided with your sewing machine.
·         Vacuuming the inside is a good idea too.
4.      Change your needle after each project
·         I don’t do this, but this is what my sewing instructor said. Therefore, it’s probably a good idea if you plan to sell your clothes.
·         In other words, don’t use a dull needle.
5.      Don’t use your mom’s 30-year-old thread you found in her sewing basket.
·         The thread will break, fray, and, in general, gunk up your machine.
6.      Use paper towels when using fusible interfacing
·         Put paper towels between your fabric and the ironing board and between your fabric and the iron.
·         Accidents happen and you don’t want interfacing permanently fused to your board or, worse, your iron.
7.      Hang up fabric pieces that have not been used yet
·         This will save you from ironing every piece multiple times.
8.      Use distilled water in your iron
·         This will extend the life of your iron.
·         Tap water leaves calcium deposits that will gunk up your iron and get on your clothes.
9.      Iron pattern pieces before you lay them out and cut
·         This makes it easier to lay and pin pattern pieces.
·         It also decreases inaccuracies caused by folds and bumps.
·         Set your iron to low heat with no steam and iron out bumps, wrinkles, and folds.
10.  Baste everything!
·         Seriously
·         Especially hems
·         Everything except completely flat edges that line up perfectly. It may take some time, but it will save you a lot of trouble.

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