SAINT AUGUSTINE – Over the years of writing this column I have come across many good sewing tips. The tips are random at best and I thought I would put a bunch of these together in one column. So, enjoy the sewing tips.
- Whenever you are sewing a shorter piece of fabric to a longer one, sew with the short piece up. In the case of a contoured waistband, the waistline stay is shorter than the garment. The feed dogs on the sewing machine will take up more of the bottom piece than the top, thereby easing it, and matching it, to what’s on top.
- Thread can be strengthened by running it over a piece of beeswax. Beeswax is available in a little cake, much like a tiny bar of soap. Lay the thread on the beeswax, then pull the thread across the surface while holding it with your thumb to lightly coat it with the wax.
- If you can’t remember which curve of a princess seam to staystitch, then staystitch them both.
- If you are sewing a knit fabric and your sewing machine doesn’t have many stretch stitch options, leave the machine in the straight stitch mode but mover the zigzag dial to 0.5. The narrow zigzag will accommodate the stretchiness of the fabric. This is a wonderful tip. I have used it many times.
- If you machine-stitch through multiple thicknesses of fabric, it may be necessary to switch to a larger size needle so that the needle doesn’t break.
- Basting the pocket allows you to concentrate on topstitching without worrying that the pocket might shift while sewing.
- A scrap piece of fabric doesn’t mean an old sheet. Sheets are tightly woven and difficult to sew. A scrap piece of flannel or cotton is what you are looking for.
I hope these tips will help make your day of sewing a much nicer day. Enjoy.