Embarking on a sewing project can be both exciting and rewarding, but to ensure success, it's crucial to pay attention to the details. These are the five top tips that we use here at MAES London to ensure we get that crisp finish.
Tip 1: Measure Twice, Cut Once
The age-old adage holds true in the world of sewing: measure twice, cut once. It's a mantra that saves us from costly mistakes and ensures the success of all sewing projects. Before making that crucial cut, we take extra time to double-check the measurements including the seam allowance. A little extra time spent here can make all the difference to the quality of the make.
Tip 2: Dedicated Pair of Fabric Scissors
We make sure to invest in a dedicated pair of sharp fabric scissors and to guard them with our crafting life. We never use them for cutting paper as this can quickly dull the blades. We usually opt for a heavier pair of scissors and believe it's a real life-changer as they tend to provide better control and cleaner cuts, contributing to the overall quality of our projects.
Tip 3: Lock Your Stitches
We prevent the unravelling nightmare by locking all of our stitches. Beginning and ending the seams with a few reverse stitches ensures the security of the thread in place. This simple step makes sure our skilled seamstresses hard work stays intact, even after repeated wear and washing.
Tip 4: Press As You Go
We achieve that polished, professional finish by pressing the seams as we go. Not only does this set the stitches, but it also gives the garment a crisp and clean appearance. Investing time in this step really elevates our sewing projects to that expert-level status.
Tip 5: Fold from Selvedge to Selvedge
When cutting fabric, remember to fold it from selvedge to selvedge, aligning with the direction of the fabric weave. This is particularly important for us when working with sewing patterns, as it ensures proper alignment and a more accurate construction of garments.
Sewing is both an art and a skill, and mastering these fundamental tips contributes to the success of all our projects. These practices help us achieve a level of precision and professionalism that sets our creations apart. So for impeccable results, remember to measure meticulously, invest in quality tools, secure your stitches, press with purpose and mind your fabric cutting direction. Happy stitching!
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