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!
· 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.