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Sewing is one the most useful and fulfilling skills that one can learn. The ability to create garments and toys is both practical for everyday use and ideal for personalised gifts. It is actually very simple to learn to sew, but there are always things one can do to improve your pieces and make your projects look professional – even with an affordable sewing machine like the Empisal Creations. Here are 10 sewing tips to give your projects that special edge:
- How to Backstitch
In order to secure a line of stitching, you need to backstitch it. This is done by running the machine in reverse, making one to three stitches over the already existing stitch line, securing it in place.
Sewing a baste is really important, as it allows you to hold the piece in place while you are sewing the final stitch. The baste is essentially a long stitch done to hold the fabric in place, and is removed after the final stitch is in.
When sewing a curved seam, you can flatten the material by snipping it along the inside of the curve; make sure you don’t accidentally cut your stitch.
- Finishing Seams
Sewing in a finishing seam stops the fabric from fraying. There are multiple stitches you can use to finish a piece, depending on the fabric used. For the best results, consider using the Empisal Overlocker EOL4D.
- The Difference Between Knit And Woven Fabrics
Knit fabrics have a lot of stretch, and will unravel – but not fray. Woven fabrics will have directional stretch, and will both unravel and fray.
- Cut a Notch
Cutting a notch in pieces that you have to overlay will aid in aligning them correctly.
- Grade Your Seams
Seams need to be graded to reduce the bulk created from having multiple seams.
- Gathering Stitches
To make your fabric appear fuller, use a gathering stitch. Leave long thread trails which you can pull to adjust the folds before you sew.
- Edge Stitch
To edge stitch, add a second row of stitches very close to the seam line on the right side of the fabric. This is usually sewn to keep pressed seams in place.
- Stay Stitch
Use a stay stitch around a curve to prevent distortion of the fabric.