After thinking about it for several days, you’ve finally gotten someone to help you out with sewing! Sure it must be real fun learning from someone who is not only eager to help you out, but also knows how exactly to go about the entire process step by step and as per your speed and convenience. That sure beats having to go to classes and learn from a teacher that you are yet to establish a certain comfort level with.
Having said all of this, it would still be worthwhile for you to note the fact that there are indeed a few things that you will need to keep in mind for your own good, even if you are taking help from an expert. Whether it happens to be an industrial sewing machine or a normal one, these set of tips pertain to all kinds of sewing machines all across the board. Here are a few tips :-
- The thread guide needs to be in the higher position: For this, you will need to turn the handwheel to start, thus making the needle unthread. Ensure that you make it a habit to check.
- Start with the handwheel: It is essential that you turn your handwheel anticlockwise in order to ensure that you do the first 1-2 stitches properly. This also ensures the smoothness of the needle in the fabric.
- Keep the needle down: Remember to never stop with your needle out of the fabric or pointing upwards for that matter. This along with pivoting in the fabric will ensure that you get a perfectly aligned seam.
- Rethread whenever things go awry: Whenever you happen to find a thread too loose or tight, your best option would be to re thread everything
- Check the needle and thread type: It is imperative that you chose the proper needle as well as thread since both are pretty much complimentary to one another. If one is lacking, it will automatically pull the other one down.
- Don’t look directly at your needle: Remembering this is vital if you want to learn how to sew in a straight line as you would perpetually get confused about which direction to take the needle.
- Keep scraps for practice: Now this is indeed a must if you plan to continue improving. You certainly can’t practice and hone your art on brand new fabrics, that’s for sure.
- Have control over your speed: Just remember that it is always better to start out slow at first, rather than try to go at hurricane speed. Not only will you get better faster, but you will also learn how to sew in a much more smoother manner.
- Recognize the importance of a good press: Knowing how to properly press seams ultimately does make all the difference between poor and outstanding work. You would be wise to remember that for as long as possible.
Apart from following these tips in particular, it would be best if you also developed a love and passion for the art of sewing itself as that would be essential with regard to you getting better and better at it as time goes by. Don’t forget the basic fact that patience is also a vital and important virtue that one must have in this regard. Who even know – soon enough you could go as far as to create your very own patterns and designs as well. Once you get hooked to the art, the possibilities are truly limitless in their scope.