Learning how to sew is a never-ending process and there are always room for improvement, even if you've been sewing for multiple years (speaking from my own experience here!). Here is a list of 5 tips that will help you sew better!
This list of tips is created in partnership with Organ Needles - needle industry experts.
Organ Needles are one of the leading brands in needle industry, with over 100 years of expertise in needle making. Organ Needles have a wide range of products and you can find a right needle for any type of project that you have on hand - even for tricky materials like super stretch fabrics. I've been using Organ Needles for several years in all of my machines - industrial sewing machine, domestic sewing machine, embroidery machine and serger. It's easy to recommend them as I use them regularly and their needle quality speaks for itself!
Now let's talk how to improve your sewing results!
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5 tips for better sewing results
Tip No.1: get into a habit of analyzing ready-made clothes.
Ready-made clothes gives a great opportunity to discover new seam finishes, different techniques, design ideas. They are also a good physical learning aid that you can study in-depth and analyze stitch by stitch up-close. Just by studying ready-made garments in your closet you can get a ton of ideas that you can implement in your future sewing projects!
Tip No.2: learn about different types of interfacing.
Interfacing is one of those teeny tiny details that have massive effect towards your sewing results. Learning how to use what type of interfacing and when will tremendously improve your sewing quality.
Tip No.3: get better at fitting.
This tip definitely requires some time to learn and practice, but it's so worth all the effort! Fit can make or break entire garment look, so this is definitely something you want to spend extra time to perfect. Take a lot of measurements, fit pattern before cutting the fabric, baste-stitch and fit garment before sewing and make one or two more fittings during the sewing process. Results will be worth the effort!
Tip No.4: use appropriate needles.
Before going to sewing school, I used to sew to everything with one and same needle... and then I would wonder why my seams aren't turning out the way they should! At sewing school, I got into a habit of switching between different needles depending on what project I'm working on. Most often -when sewing medium weight woven fabrics - I'll using Universal needle size 90, but if I'm sewing lightweight fabrics, I'll be using a lower size Universal needle (like size 70); for sewing heavy weight fabrics - I'll use Universal needle size 100 or higher.
I enjoy sewing knits, so I always have a pack of suitable Jersey needles - these needles have rounded tips, so they slip between fabric threads instead of cutting through them, thus creating a durable seam and prevents skipped stitches.
For special materials - like leather or silk - I'll use a special purpose needle to create nice stitches.
Sewing needles are a small - but important - part of sewing process and using correct needle for your project is a game changer!
Tip No.5: read sewing machine manuals.
While often sewing machines look very easy to use (especially if you have sewing experience), studying your sewing machine manual will teach you ways how you can maximize your sewing machine potential and achieve better sewing results!
I hope you enjoyed reading these tips on how to get better sewing results! If you liked these tips, you might also enjoy this video on how to sew knits better: