My GO-TO Sewing Supplies

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Hey everyone. I hope everyone is doing well. Today's post is about my favorite sewing supplies. This are what I use all the time and make the whole process so much easier.

Here they are:

1) Tailors Chalk- This helps mark your fabric for darts or for cutting. It washes off. You can even use chalk pencils as well.

2) Measuring Tape- This one is obvious. I have about 12 of them.

3) Tracing Wheel- This is useful because it transfers pattern shapes to paper.

4) Ruler- For obvious reasons

5) A good pair of fabric scissors

6) Pencils, Pens and Sharpie Markers

7) Straight pins and a magnet pin holder.

8) Binder to keep all my small patterns

9) Dresser to hold sewing patterns (I have an entire dresser holding all my sewing patterns)

10) A good desk that doesn't shake when machine is in use

11) Shelves/ Cubical to hold all your fabric

12) Dry erase board so you can write due dates of projects.

These are my go-to items and of course it depends on what projects I'm working on. If my favorites change I will update the list.

I hope everyone has a great rest of their Saturday :)

How to Fasten Threads

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hey everyone. Today I wanted to post a couple of tips on how to fasten threads.

Tailor's Knot

On better garments, a tailor's knot is used instead of a backtack to fasten the threads at the end of a row of machine stitching. To make a tailors knot:

1) Pull the needle thread through to the wrong side of the garment and give both threads a sharp tug.
2) Twist the threads together once or twice so they will be easy to handle.
3) Make an overhand knot to set the knot at the end of the row of stitching. The tailor's knot wont hold securely if it isn't close to the fabric. It may take some practice to set the knot perfectly.

To set the knot closer to the fabric, insert a needle into the large loop and then tighten the knot.

How to Stitch Piping on Curves. Quick Tips

Hey everyone. Today I wanted to give a couple quick tips on how to stitch piping on curves. I hope you enjoy it.

It's easy to stitch piping on curves if you remember to follow a few general rules.

1) When sewing piping to edges with inward curves, such as neckline, and armscyes, clip the seam allowances on the piping and hold the piping taut so you can shape it out smoothly.
2) When sewing piping to edges with outward curves, such as collars pockets and flaps, ease the piping to the seam line so the finished edge wont curl under.
3)When piping a square neckline, hold the piping taut at the corner.
4) When piping cuffs and collars, clip the seam allowances on the piping and ease the piping at all of the corners.

I hope these quick tips are able to help you out. 

How to Edge Stitch

Good morning everyone. Today's blog post will be a short one, as I will be giving a quick DIY Tip on how to edge stitch a garment. I hope you enjoy it.

It's easy to edge stitch evenly and close to a folded or garment edge.

1) Change your machine presser foot to a wide straight-stitch or edge stitch foot.
2) Align the folded edge or seam line with the inside edge of the foot and set your stitch length at 12 SPI (2.0mm)
3) Stitch 1/16 from the folded edge or seam line.

If you don't have a edge stitch foot, use a zigzag foot.