I’ve been participating in House of Pinhiero’s SewPhotoHop on Instagram this month, and one of the days focused on sewing tips. As I searched my blog looking for something to put up I realised how many handy little one-liner tips are hidden within larger posts in my blog, never to be seen or heard of again – sad! As a result I thought I’d introduce a regular monthly feature, highlighting 5 sewing tips that only the most intrepid sewing explorers would discover within the pages of Pattern Scissors Cloth. I hope you enjoy reading them and learn something new!
Try using an ordinary one-sided zip foot to sew an invisible zip – you’ll be able to sew much closer to the zip coil, and no zip tape will show on the right side. The aim of an invisible zip is to look like the rest of the seam – and be invisible!
Have you ever sewn rouleau loops that ended up a teeny bit too small for the buttons? This problem is often easily solved by slipping the tip of your scissors into the loop, then opening them slightly to stretch the loop. This trick can save a lot of fiddly unpicking and resewing!
Cut one way whenever you can. By this, I mean cut with all your pattern pieces laying in one direction on your fabric, with the top end of the pattern all to the ‘top’ end of the fabric – in this picture that is to the right:
Cutting layouts often have pattern pieces top and tailed to minimise the amount of fabric required. If you have the available fabric, rearrange your layout so they are all laying in one direction. Many fabrics have slight directional shade differences that are barely discernible until – Murphy’s Law – it is sewn up and finished! I never take this risk and always cut one way.
If you are not going to start sewing straight away, gently fold all your pieces into a bundle so you don’t lose those important small parts. Add your zip and other notions to the bundle too, and tie it up with a strip of selvedge or waste fabric. This keeps your work organised and ready to sew when you are.
Have you ever had to sew a dart in a sheer fabric, only to be faced with an unsightly dart wedge showing through your beautiful lace or chiffon? Arrowheads aimed at your bust point – no thanks! Your answer lies here – How to French Seam a Dart
That’s it, 5 Sewing Tips for September – edition one! Do you use any of these tips in your sewing, or do you do things a bit differently?