One of my goals is to learn at least one new thing every day. Once you get to a certain level in anything, it is easy to keep plodding along not learning anything new – and I don’t want that to happen to me. The ‘new thing’ doesn’t have to be a big thing, sometimes even the smallest ideas can be game changing – which is what these sewing tips are all about!
Did you know: when sewing a curved hem, the narrower it is, the easier it is to sew?
When you go narrow on a curved hem, the difference in length between the cut edge and the sewing line is minimised. And so is any distortion – ugly things like twisting and roping will be a thing of the past.
When sewing a dart, fold it down the middle and aim for the dot:
Allow some slight curvature for your body shape, taper smoothly towards the apex, and your dart will be savvy as.
Need some piping to spruce up a project? Make your own!
All you need are some bias strips of your fabric (try contrast for extra fun), some 3mm (1/8″) piping cord, and a zip foot. Fold the bias strip tightly around the cord and sew closely with the zip foot to create your own magic!
I know this is not the most practical idea for the home sewer, but… long term, fabric is best stored on a roll, away from sunlight.
I know this is not as cute as prettily folded pieces in a display cabinet in your sunny workroom – but hey, at least it won’t be permanently creased or faded along the fold lines when you come to use it!
At my first job in fashion I worked with a sample machinist called Pat. In her sixties, she knew a lot. And she taught me this simple but revolutionary trick:
Try this technique, and you’ll never have to unpick a seam again because your stripes don’t match!
Here’s hoping you found a couple of new tips among these to keep you on your sewing learning curve. Have a great month everyone! (Although I will see you sooner because I have actually sewn something 😉 )