Beginning sewers need all the help they can get, as there are a lot of things to learn when getting started. If you are a new to sewing and feel a bit overwhelmed, you will definitely want to take the time to look over these tips to make things a lot easier.
1. Using a guide when hand stitching
When sewing evenly spaced hand stitches it can be very helpful to machine-baste a line of stitches as a guide. You should set the stitch length the same as the hand stitch that you plan on using. Pull the machine stitches a few at a time just before hand sewing and follow each of the holes that are left behind.
You can also leave the stitches in place until all of your handwork has been completed. Using this method can be a great way to get perfectly spaced hand stitching.
2. Two safety pins instead of just one
A safety pin is pretty much a necessity when pulling elastic or cording through a casing, but using two instead of one can prevent the end of the cord at the beginning point from getting away from you and going into the casing.
3. Using the right type of needle
Despite what many people think, the type of needle that you use when sewing can make a huge difference when it comes to how efficiently you are able to work. Most lightweight fabrics call for a smaller needle, while thicker fabrics like denim require a bigger needle, such as a 100 or 110.
4. Check the thread type
Always make sure that you use the same type of thread in both bobbin and spool, unless of course you are going to be using embroidery thread, which will go in your spool. Also, you can feel free to use different colors in the upper and lower thread, but make sure they are chosen from the same basic family.
5. Cleaning your sewing machine
Cleaning your sewing machine will be very important when it comes to extending its life as long as possible. Regularly cleaning your sewing machine with an air duster or compressor on a semi-regular basis can help you get the most out of the money you have spent on it.
6. Sewing a straight line
When you are trying to sew in a straight line, always avoid looking at the needle. While some people try to use the needle as a focal point, it just doesn’t work because it is constantly moving.
7. Check the amount of thread on bobbin
While it may sound a bit silly, it is very important that you check the amount of thread on the bobbin, because you don’t want to have to guess when it will run out.
If you want to avoid running out of thread in the middle of an important or difficult seam, it is highly recommended that you check this before starting each time; you will definitely be glad you did.