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When you are just a sewing beginner, you not only need to know how to use the sewing machine, you also need to learn to sew with your hands. To help you out, here are 4 tips that will help you hand-sew like a pro.
Have the necessary sewing equipment
Everything begins here as there is no way you will undertake proper sewing when you don’t have the right equipment. You need a number of equipment to accurately hand sew your fabrics. Some of the equipment that you need include:
Thimble: The thimble provides an extra layer of protection between you and the finger. As a result, you don’t prick your finger when sewing.
Frame: The frame allows you to place your fabric on it and concentrate on sewing.
Gripper: If you are having problems drawing the needle without the fabric, you should get a gripper. You can use a rubber glove or deflated balloon.
Use high-quality thread and fabric
The success of your sewing project is highly influenced by the raw materials that you choose. When it comes to the fabric, you should choose one that is within your skill level. As a beginner, go for light to medium-weight cotton.
The thread is the fiber that holds everything in place; therefore, you should ensure that it’s of good quality. When choosing the thread, ensure that it matches the size, weight, and properties of the fabric that you are working on.
Press the fabric
For you to avoid having irregular pattern pieces that give you an unprofessional look, you should always press the fabric before you cut it. You should start by pressing your seams open and then use the hottest setting for the fabric that you are working on.
Finish your seams
You should always finish your seams. One of the best ways of finishing the seams is to trim the seams with pinking shears. You can also use an overcast stitch or a zigzag stitch along the edges of the seam.