You’ve nearly finished your project and you are so excited. If you try to skip those frustratingly slow steps right now you risk leaving your product looking unprofessional and home-made.
Tip 1: Use Grey Thread For Inside Seams
This tip only applies if you have multiple machines (see above tip).
Re-threading your machine can take up your time, especially on sergers that use multiple threads. Consider sewing your internal and unseen seams in a medium-grey color. It’s a thread color that blends well with most fabric colors, so won’t be too distracting. Not only will it save you money (you won’t need to match thread color for each fabric color you use), but it can be used across multiple projects!
Tip 2: Don’t Iron Unless Absolutely Necessary
You don’t always have to use an iron to press your fabric. Many fabrics work well if you simply finger press your seams, or apply pressure along the seam with something hard like the edge of a point turner. I honestly use the lid of a pen or my fingernail. In fact sometimes it makes a nicer, more crisp, press than what my iron can do. Plus I don’t need to move workstations or wait for my iron to heat up.
Tip 3: Keep Any Altered Patterns Handy
If you are regularly altering patterns, then keep a clean copy of an altered pattern handy. Chances are you will come across another pattern with similar structure – such as two patterns both using princess seams. That way you won’t need to re-measure and calculate again, you can simply use your earlier pattern alterations! Just don’t forget to make any necessary adjustments.
Tip 4: Update Measurement Reference Charts
Chances are you measured yourself – or your friend – whilst you were prepping your pattern. Now is your best opportunity to make sure you got all your measurements written for future reference. Unless you go long periods of time between sewing projects – or your child goes through a growth spurt – it’s much faster to look up those measurements than take them again (and you will probably write them down anyway).
Do you have any tips that might be helpful for other readers? Let us know in the comments!