Rules of Thumb When Sewing Garments9:13 PM
There are many tips for sewing clothing. Everybody wants their project to turn out great! Here are some Rules of Thumb I use when sewing for success:
1. Press, press, press!
- Press your seams open as you go. This will help your garment look professional and not home-made. (Note: When quilting, don't press seams open. Press them to the side.)
- Press collars and hems well. You want a crisp finish.
2. Be sure that all supplies and notions coincide with each other.
- ie: If you are sewing with cotton quilt fabric, use a Universal Needle size 80/12, all purpose thread in a matching color and a lightweight interfacing (if using). Seam stitches will be at regulation length.
- ie: If you are sewing with denim, use a Denim Needle 100/16, all purpose thread for seams, heavier contrasting thread for top-stitching and a heavier weight interfacing (like hair-canvas). Seam and top-stitching can be done at a slightly longer length than regulation stitching.
3. When looking for matching thread and it's nowhere to be found, go with thread that is a shade darker. The seam shadows will hide the fact that it's darker.
4. Don't underestimate trimming and grading. It takes away a lot of unneeded bulk.
5. Read through pattern/tutorial completely before beginning a project.
6. Use good fabric! If you're unsure about the fabric you're using (doesn't feel right/look right), then it would be better to ditch it and go with fabric you like.