10 Better Sewing Habits
Your sewing habits can often make or break a project. Good habits enhance your results, while bad habits-which may at first seem rewarding-stymie success. In this article from Threads #164 (December '12/January '13), we asked our authors to share what they considered to be good habits for a better sewing experience.
It's easy to believe that developing good habits requires herculean efforts. But to replace one behavior with another, you simply need to be aware of how you sew, rather than sewing on auto-pilot. Take small steps; change one behavior for each new project. Then, continue sewing with the new habit for every subsequent project. Repetition is the key. If you can't identify your bad habits easily, below are some that Threads authors have observed, along with their suggestions for better habits that will improve your sewing.
|Balance Tension Through the Feed Dogs You Go|
Sewers sometimes drag a garment through the needle and feed dogs in an attempt to get a smooth, pucker-free seam or to move delicate fabric through the machine without snagging. But it can have the opposite effect and create other problems. Overriding the feed dogs this way can bend or break needles, damage your sewing machine's timing, and stretch the seam-causing a different kind of puckering.
To eliminate puckers the correct way, adjust your machine's tension setting, and use the correct needle and the correct size thread. Sometimes you do need to taut-sew, but do it the right way: Exert equal pressure on the fabric in both directions (forward and backward), so that the tension against the needle is neutral and so that the feed dogs can still do their job. -Judith Neukam