For those getting started with sewing, it might feel like there is a lot to learn before being able to start sewing beautiful garments. While this is a skill that is perfected over time with lots of patience and practice, becoming familiar with basic sewing techniques gives a person just getting started the confidence to handle garment sewing.
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Cutting Patterns And Transferring Pattern Marks
A successful sewing project starts with knowing how to prepare and cut fabric and patterns. Attention to detail and accuracy make a difference in sewing since even small mistakes can lead to frustration later on when constructing a garment. Honing your pattern cutting skills can help you to get started on the right foot.
Garment patterns usually include some kind of mark for indicating buttonhole, zipper, or pocket placement or notches for ensuring that separate pieces align properly once sewn together. Transferring the patterns just like cutting them is very important.
The method for transferring marks partly depends on the fabric being used and partly on the personal preference of the one sewing. Notches can be transferred by using a line of tailor’s chalk or making a tiny clip in the seam allowance. Carbon paper and a tracing wheel can be used for light colored fabric.
To help them fit and function properly, many garments involve closures. Buttons are one type of closure. If you haven’t done it before, sewing button holes might seem like a daunting task. But most of the modern sewing machines have automatic buttonhole attachments making the process quite easy. Attention to detail
here will save endless hours of frustration. Taking time to ensure proper buttonhole placement ensures good results. Try out this easy buttonhole method for your next buttonholes.
Zippers are another type of closure that are also a potentially intimidating task. Fear not! Zipper installation is not that complicated. But it does takes a little practice before you’ll become really comfortable sewing them. Here’s a great tutorial on proper zipper installation. It will be very easy to make high quality and attractive garments using these simple zipper sewing techniques.
Sewing Pleats and Darts
Darts are popularly used in design for providing shaping to garments, especially in the bust area. Pleats are also commonly used to provide texture or shape to garments. Some people find it easier to sew pleats than darts but this depends on the individual. Either way, with a little practice, they’re not at all difficult. Here’s a good method for pleats and darts.
Topstitching refers to any stitching sewn on top of the garment. It is typically both decorative and functional. People getting started with sewing might find topstitching intimidating since it means that the stitching is exposed which will make it hard to hide slightly crooked or less-than-stellar stitching. However, after practicing this technique, you’ll be sewing beautiful lines and won’t need to worry about making a functional or visual mistakes. Here’s a good topstitching technique from craftsy.com
Sewing might seem like a daunting task to a person who is just getting started. Once you master them through a little practice, these 5 sewing techniques will get you up-to-speed and you’ll be sewing a variety of projects. Lots of practice will turn a beginner into a pro in no time.