» » »

Sewing Techniques and Tips Hays KS

If you’re sewing a garment that has many seams, make the seam styling stand out by inserting piping without filler between each seam. This treatment is preferable over regular piping in curved princess seams since it lies flat. Please feel free to read the following article to find more information on sewing tips.

Madd Matter Frame Shop & Gallery
(785) 628-3552
112 E 11th St
Hays, KS
 
Pottery Works
(785) 628-2738
126 W 9th St
Hays, KS
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(913) 962-8550
15210 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Shawnee, KS
 
Northwest Kansas Consignments eBay Sales
(785) 871-7696
210 N Kansas
Norton, KS
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(785) 271-8887
1900 Sw Wanamaker Rd
Topeka, KS
 
Laurie'S Franklin Framing
(785) 625-9212
333 E 8th St
Hays, KS
 
Heartland Crafts & Gifts Llc/Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio
(785) 628-6199
2414 Vine St
Hays, KS
 
Michael's Arts Crafts
(913) 780-2464
12025 South Strang Line Road
Olathe, KS
 
Hearts Desire
(316) 681-3369
3210 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS
 
Hobby Lobby Creative Centers
(785) 825-0900
2450 S 9th St
Salina, KS
 

Sewing Techniques and Tips

Sew It Seams
If you’re sewing a garment that has many seams, make the seam styling stand out by inserting piping without filler between each seam. This treatment is preferable over regular piping in curved princess seams since it lies flat.

Cut 2”-wide strips the length of the seam from contrasting or coordinating fabric. Cut on the bias for curvy seams and either on the bias or crossgrain for straight seams. Press the long strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.

Position the strip on the fabric right side with the strip raw edges even with the cut edge of one seam allowance. Place the opposite side of the seam over the first with right sides facing and sandwiching the strip. Keep all raw edges aligned; pin in place.

Sew a 5⁄8” seam. A G” contrasting strip will appear between the seam on the fabric right side.

Washing Up
To keep your jeans and T-shirts looking new, always turn the garments inside out when you put them in the washing machine and dryer.

When preshrinking a knit, prevent it from stretching out of shape by basting together the selvages.

Keep black garments looking black by never putting them in the dryer. Let them hang to dry instead.

Knitty Gritty
Become familiar with different weights and drapes in knits. A double knit works best in pants and close-fitting skirts since it won’t stretch out of shape. But the same double knit will be too heavy for a top. A thin drapey knit works well for a top or a wrap dress, but is too wimpy for pants and will make them look like pajamas.

No Fear

Don’t be afraid to sew with genuine leather and suede on your sewing machine.

  • Use a 90/14 NTW needle for mediumweight skins and a 70/10 HJ needle for lightweight skins.
  • Use a Teflon presser foot to prevent the skins from stretching as you sew.
  • Use 100% polyester thread. Any other thread will rot from the tannins in the leather.
  • Pins will merely bend if you try to pin leather or suede pieces, so hold seams together with paper clips.
  • Lengthen the stitch to 3.0 mm.
  • You can use fusible interfacing, but never press using steam. Use a dry iron and a brown paper bag as a presscloth.

Done With Ease

When cutting fitted garments on the crossgrain or from fabric with no give, add extra ease to the back.

Cut apart the back pattern piece from shoulder to hemline (not into the neckline). Split the pattern apart and add H” all the way from the shoulder to the hemline.

Since the back shoulder is now H” wider than the front, run an easeline on the back when working with soft fabrics.

Add a 1⁄2” dart when working with firmer fabrics. Position the dart in the middle of the shoulder and make it 3H” long.

Tooling Around

Why use a rotary cutter? It’s more accurate, especially when cutting through tissue paper on slippery or unstable fabrics. The blades may dull, but that’s a small price to pay for accuracy without hassle. One piece of advice: Pur...

Click here to read the rest of the article from Sew News

© Creative Crafts Group, LLC. All rights reserved.