5 Sewing Tips is late this month because I’ve been on holiday! I was hoping to post before we left, but no such luck and it is now June. Better late than never as they say!
If you are sewing a bias skirt or dress, pin it to a dress stand before you sew the side seams. Any irregularities will be revealed, like this extra half inch on one side:
If I sewed this side seam and matched the hem edges exactly, it would end up curling forward or back, or kick out at the hem. By ‘listening to the fabric’, and sewing the seam in the position it wants to be (ie mismatching the hem edge), the finished seam will sit straight.
Try pressing side bust darts upwards instead of down – they will be less visible that way. I once did this photo comparison – the left image is pressed up, the right image is pressed down:
The dart pressed upwards looks better doesn’t it? Most commercial patterns are designed to press downwards, so you may have to adjust the dart base before cutting if you want to go down this route.
Another tip for making life easier – when sewing bias tubes, taper the stitching out towards the end of the tube to make a little ‘funnel’:
Getting the turning process started is so much easier! (To be honest, I forget to do this half the time and kick myself later!)
Zips – we all love them don’t we?! An important thing to pay attention to is sewing across the upper edge. I always allow a 3mm (1/8″) gap between the plastic zip stop and my stitching, which accommodates the fold of the zip tape nicely.
And don’t forget to ensure both sides are the same distance, as any variation will be obvious. I give you permission to sneakily adjust the seam allowance here – sshh don’t tell anyone!
This month’s tutorial link is all about turn of cloth allowance. This is one of the must-know tricks to make your sewing look truly professional.
Have a good read and say goodbye to curling collars, visible linings and flipping out facings forever!
Now I better get started on June’s tips before that month is over! I have been doing quite a bit of sewing, but not photographing it much, so there is a lot of catching up to do around here. Also, there is some exciting sewing news in this household 🙂 🙂 🙂