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Over the years, there have been grave mistakes that most tailors have always made and these always made their work look so unkempt and unprofessional. This article deliberates on this issues and gives important tips that are vital and obligatory to alleviate oneself of these problems.
Just like every other profession, there has been a lot of development in this field that has been necessary for an improved and admirable work.
If you are thinking on how to get back to basics and learn how to sew these like a professional, these simple tips can be really helpful and will have you sewing like a pro in no time. I grew up in a house with four sewing machines. Every morning, I will always stand beside my mom astonished by how the little needle that was always going up and down would join fabrics of all kind.
Over many years sewing, I have garnered much experience, and my work has never been below perfect, all thanks to mom. If you are interested in tips on how to sew like a pro, I have put some mom’s little secret together for you.
#1 Choice Of Sewing Machine
The most important factor to consider when sewing, is the functions of your sewing machine. As a beginner you’ll not be struggling to use the ‘Janome 8077 Computerized Sewing Machine’ when you can’t efficiently use the ‘SINGER 4411 Sewing Machine’, this is a common mistake that beginners make. There are lots of machines out there that you can easily get for yourself, just check for the best sewing machines for beginners on maybe amazon or any store around you.
Even if you are a pro with hand stitching, just bear it in mind that you can’t go much far with that. The sewing machine benefits you in diverse ways. Invest in the right sewing machines and get off your comfort zone to attain great heights.
In case you are confused on which machine to get for your skill, I have recommended a few machines for both beginners and professionals of all ages.
As a beginner, you can use the Brother CS6000i for quilting, it is also good for home use.
If most of your projects are on thick layered fabrics and leather then get the “SINGER Heavy duty 4411 sewing machine.” It sews several layers of fabric conveniently.
#2 Always Go Through Your Manual
I believe that right now you’ll be like ‘wait, did she just say manual?’ yes, go through the manual, and you’ll learn to master basic functions that people, most people seem to overlook.
#3 Always take care of your machine, the sewing machine is not cheap.
Do you want to be a pro? Then get the right kit for your profession, it makes the course more interesting. No one is an island! Even as a pro engage yourself; there are a lot of clubs out there that you could sign up with and get enthralling lessons. As a beginner, it is mandatory that you join one if you want to improve.
#4 Check Online For Classes, Sign Up And Be Consistent.
Most people join these clubs and end up remaining the same. It not all about joining a club or subscribing to videos online, you’ll have to practice and set goals.
Once you have mastered the basics, set yourself more challenging tasks and projects. It may seem as though you are not improving, be persistent, and always bear it in mind that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. Check out this class they’ve got a lot for you.
#5 Pressing the seams.
Before you start any project, wash and press your fabric. It makes the work look neat and makes the thread to accurately fit into the fabric. If you’re not really good at pressing then check out this video.
#6 Cut Off All Excess Threads Neatly
No matter how hard you try to follow right details to make a perfect work, you should know that protruding threads are certain. However, these protruding threads are not the issue, but it is the neatness of your cut that matters.
To trim your fabric, I recommend that you start on the right side of the fabric so that when you pull over the thread from the wrong side, the little thread that remains from the right side will pull over to the wrong side.
Always clip the protruding threads, it always gives your projects a clean and professional look.
#7 Check For The Right Thread Color
Threads in fabrics should not be noticed unless you are purposely using a contrasting thread for design. Always use threads that match the color of your fabric, because it makes your work look clean and professional.
#8 Use Short Stitch Length
Short stitch length is more advisable when sewing. It keeps your fabric durable and prevents it from tearing away. In case you are using a sewing machine with the millimeter calibration, try the 2.4 mm; it is my best stitch length. This depends on the fabric you are using for the project.
The short stitch length, makes your work look neat and presentable.
Improving your sewing skills is not about the machine or fabric you use, it is more about personal decision and consistency.
If you’re really passionate about sewing then start up with practice. Do not hesitate for time waits for no one. Start your practice now and see yourself become a pro. You don’t really have to spend even a year, 6 months is enough – that’s with enough consistency. Just follow the instructions keenly and always take the classes.
I still have a lot of tips that could help you, you could check out my next post for more vital ones.
There are so many helpful videos on YouTube.