Favorite Sewing Tips for Beginners | Episode 25
Three editors share their favorite tips for beginners in the Sewing With Threads video podcast, Episode 25. Seasoned sewing enthusiasts also may benefit from these bits of advice, as they include useful information for improving efficiency and making sewing more enjoyable. The tips cover a wide range of topics: There are tricks for threading your machine, using the right pin for each project, applying fusibles, and choosing the lighting that works best for you, among many others.
See a summarized list of the editors’ top 15 sewing tips here. For detailed discussion with more information, view and/or listen to the podcast, and for additional resources, check out the podcast show notes below.
The editors suggested using a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and pattern weights when cutting out a garment from a commercial pattern.
For more information about these tools, see:
“Essential Techniques: The spin on rotary cutters,” Threads #197, June/July 2018
They also underlined the importance of learning to use an iron. For more information about irons and pressing, go to:
“Better Pressing,” Threads #183, Feb./March 2016.
The proper pins are another key tool that can make sewing easier and more enjoyable. The Threads article, “A Pin for Every Purpose” is a guide to pin types and which to choose for most sewing projects.
Senior Technical Editor Carol J. Fresia suggests the fusible tape Steam-A-Seam to secure fabric layers. She also recommends fusible interfacings for many situations that call for stabilization. There are many fusible and sew-in interfacings on the market. Consider this list.
Carol also recommends specialty lighting, specifically with the daylight spectrum. Several sources offer multiple lighting options:
For more accurate sewing with less eye-strain, Carol suggests making use of magnification devices, such as the CloseLook Lighted Magnifier.
Watch and listen to the podcast by clicking the image at the top of this post, or simply listen by clicking below.
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