Remember what we were talking about last week?
now it’s time to sew, but better avoid those common errors!
Sewing directly on garment, without practicing on scraps
Always save some scraps of fabrics while cutting to practice stitching, new techniques, buttonholes… everything!
I’m sure you don’t want to ruin your project right on the last detail, just because you decided not to loose time on regulating tensions on a little scraps… and you can always toss them later, when the project is finished.
As you may guess, I don’t throw away fabric’s scraps, I put them away, waiting for next project: you never know
if when a T-shirt sleeve can come in handy!
Using an old needle
You’ve certainly previously chosen the right one, basing on your fabric and thread, now remember changing it frequently (a good advice is to start with a new one every project. I have to admit that, if I know I’ve used a needle for a short project, I re-use it).
If you find a notch on a pattern, it’s because it need to match with something.
Sometimes it looks like a notch is in the wrong place but perhaps it’s not!
Try basting, if you’re not sure, sometimes pins can deceive you!
Sewing on pins
I am often guilty of this one: sewing over pins!
It’s a big no-no because you can broke your needle (that in the worst scenery can finish its run in your eyes) and damage your sewing machine timing.
Run against the time (a.k.a. not sewing at your own pace)
Especially if you’re a beginner, better spend some more time in doing things (and make them good) than be faster and inaccurate, just because a pattern envelope says “you can complete your first pair in half an hour“: sewing must be a fun activity, not a run against the time (well, most of the times)!
If you take your time while cutting, pinning, sewing (and the rest of that stuff), your finished garment will be more likely to be worn and appreciated, and no one love to spend time and money for sewing something that will never see the sunlight, on its hanger, inside a closet!
Double check for grainlines, use them for aligning your pattern; topstitch going slowly: you’re not loosing your time doing that, nothing screams “poorly homemade” more than an out-of-grainline top or a clearly not parallel topstitching…
Not pressing while you sew
This is a must, I always repeat it to everyone (and to myself too).
It’s a suggestion that occupies an entire chapter into one of the most complete classes I’ve had lately on Craftsy:
My Tip 1: Spend some more time on your seams
I hate when weak seams are popping the first time you (or, worst, someone else) wear something I’ve sewn… it always makes me feel bad!
It happened to me so many times that now I try to reinforce every seam placed on a stress-point (and, with a 5 years old daughter, all seams are involved).
My Tip 2: Warning: your scissors cut!
When you’re reducing a seam allowance (if you’re not using a serger, obviously) or cutting anything else, like a thread tail… check TWICE your scissors points aren’t reaching any other piece of your garment or… you’ll have a “nice” V-cut somewhere…
Once, I cut off my mouse wire… then I was wondering why it was no more working... I had made a wire-less mouse LOL
Are you guilty of any of those beginner’s sewing mistakes in sewing?
Do you have any mistakes to add to the list?
Speak now, or shut up forever (just joking!)
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