Sewing tips for a successful project

Sewing- whether executed by hand or machine- has always been a highly enjoyable hobby, with tips and patterns that are often passed down from generation to generation. Regardless of your level of expertise, there is no denying that sewing remains a much-coveted hobby that can easily be turned into a successful business. Indeed, once you master the art of sewing, you can very easily make a plethora of crafts and clothes in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the financial benefits as you put them up for sale or keep them for your personal use. For example, instead of buying a really expensive designer dress, you can easily replicate it at home, with just some thread, needle and fabric. Best of all, sewing enables you to customize your favorite clothes or decorative accents.

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Create a neat and spacious workplace

Admittedly, there are quite a few tips and techniques that you should master if you want to benefit from a successful sewing project. To successfully see your project to term, it is equally important to determine in advance if you plan on sewing by hand or with a machine, and then adopt the proper techniques for each type of sewing. For example, it is highly recommended to create a neat and relatively spacious workplace to finish your project with minimal hassle. If possible, try to invest in holders or boxes or your spare needles, pins, thread bobbins and the likes.

Seam finishes for hand stitches

Contrary to popular belief, there are quite a few finishing techniques that you can adopt if you’re sewing by hand. In fact, experienced sewers always recommend that you finish machine stitches by hand to bring a professional and highly-polished look to your project. This particular tip will ensure that your seams do not unravel with time while delivering a solid finish to your project.

Accessories and tools

If you’re using a machine to sew, it’s not a bad idea to look for a machine with a wider work surface that will accommodate all fabric sizes. In fact, some apparatuses even include separate extension tables for storage. If they can, sewers should also try to invest in a machine cover to protect it from dust and enhance its performance. When sewing by hand, you should preferably buy a thimble, especially if you’re working with tougher pieces of fabrics. Other must-have accessories including bobbins, scissors, spare needles and bobbin holders.

The best types of stitches

There are several types of stitches that you can adopt for a successful

  • Basting stitch: This temporary stitch is commonly used to hold together various cuts of fabrics. A sewing machine is often used to finish up the project. The basting stich is removed afterwards.
  • Securing stitch: One of the best seam finishes, the securing stitch prevents your work from unravelling while providing far more secure hems and edges. Small, invisible knots are created all across the hems to ensure that the project doesn’t fall apart. Securing stitches are recommended for all types of fabrics.
  • Blind hem stitch: While some machines do come with blind hem stitches, it is also possible to do this type of stitch by hand. Blind hems- like the name suggests- are ideal for hemming, cuffs and collars. They can be used on just about any type of fabric.
  • Backstitch: Perfect for denim, leather and other such fabric, the backstitch can be used for seam repairs or to prevent tougher fabrics from unravelling. When doing a backstitch, it is recommended to start from the right and sew towards the left side of the fabric.