As you sew things you learn lots along the way, or I have at least!
Here are a few things I've learned over the past few years that have made me a better sewist/sewaholic and enabled me to produce garments with a more professional finish.
It's worth taking time to correctly transfer all notches from your pattern to your fabric.
This will make it much easier to ensure all pieces are correctly aligned as you sew them together, resulting in less frustration and a better fit.
|Little snips are all you need.|
The iron is your friend!
Press your seams to set them then iron them open.
Iron fabric before cutting.
Press pieces as you go for best results.
|Use your iron for good!! Sew with it!|
Pin for quality
Use glass headed pins - as Carmel says - they won't melt when you are using your friend the iron.
Always place your pins perpendicular to the seam, as shown below.
Get new pins when they become blunt - they aren't expensive but might save your sanity or your fabric!
|Pinned and ready to sew|
Take your time to properly prepare
As for the notches - take your time and correctly prepare all pieces - mark all buttonholes/buttons, pleat lines and dots for matching so that when it comes time to sew it will be quick and easy.
In order to do this use a good quality marking pencil - try a few til you find the one you like best.
Don't mark tonight, with a fading marker, the things you want to sew tomorrow!!
|Marking the pin tuck lines for a Family Reunion dress|
Do you have a tip that makes your sewing life easier??
I'd love to hear it if you do.