Learning to sew can be an exciting time for many as it gives you the freedom to create whatever you want by hand and provides you with an inexpensive hobby. Sewing has also become fashionable again and it is certainly worth going through the learning process in order to gain a real sense of achievement. It is likely that most of us have things to work on and learn in our sewing, whether you’re experienced or a complete beginner. So to help you improve your skills, we’ve come up with some handy sewing tips and tricks!
#Clean Your Sewing Machine
This is an issue that is often overlooked, but cleaning your sewing machine will help to improve its lifespan and performance. An air duster or a compressor are ideal for removing tiny pieces of thread that are hidden in your machine.
#Vintage Patterns Are Useful
Beneficial in more ways than one, vintage patterns can be fun to sew with and you can learn a lot of new techniques with them. They are also cheap but can be challenging since they direct you with the assumption that you can sew in the way people used to.
#Press Your Fabric Properly
It’s easy to forget that there is a difference between pressing and ironing but it is worth distinguishing between the two. Ironing involves using heat to smooth out creases, whereas pressing involves using tools such as a pressing ham or bar for curved edges.
#Details Make A Difference
Don’t be put off the idea of sewing something by hand if your craft project requires it. Sometimes the final stitch may need to be completed by hand and it is worth the extra bit of time in order to gain the best results.
#Understanding PatternsIt may sound obvious, but having a real understanding of how to use sewing patterns is an essential skill before you even pick up a needle. To find out more about them, take a look at our previous blogs for some advice.
#Check Needle Type & Conditions
There are some important factors to remember when it comes to starting your sewing and this involves checking the thread type and needle type. A universal needle may be ideal for starting, however you may need a proper needle with special kinds of fabric. In addition, you should generally use the same thread type in both bobbin and spool.
While this is only a handful of tips and tricks for sewing, the advice will be a great starting point for beginners and may also be a good reminder for those who are more experienced.
If you’re feeling inspired, please find our full range of sewing patterns here.