We all want to sew faster; by doing so we can get more done. Problem is, when you rush sewing, you are bound to make plenty of mistakes. This sewing tutorial has a some tips and tricks that will help you sew faster, but minimise the chances of ruining your gorgeous project. This post includes several tips that will help you prepare your fabric and project as fast as possible.
Tip 1: Use Pattern Weights
Pinning your paper pattern to your fabric can take a long time, especially if you have a lot of pattern pieces. As long as you have a surface (such as a table or floor) that won’t get used for a while, you can simply place your pattern pieces on top of your fabric and keep them in place with a few pattern weights.
Haven’t purchased pattern weights? You can make simple pouches filled with rice in minutes, or use items that are just lying around like your mobile phone, tin food cans, and so forth.
If you’re worried about your pattern pieces shifting whilst cutting, you can use just a few pins to hold the pattern on grain.
Tip 2: Use a Rotary Cutter and Mat
Simply gliding your hand over the edges of your pattern is faster than clipping multiple times with scissors. Invest in a good quality rotary cutter, and you will easily halve the time spent cutting your fabric (if not more)!
Of course, when using a rotary cutter you will need a cutting mat to protect your table. The larger the mat the better as you won’t need to move your fabric and pattern pieces as often, but if you have limited space you can buy quite small mats and even mats that can be joined together to make a larger one!
Tip 3: Cut Multiple Pattern Pieces At Once
Most of us are familiar with cutting our fabric folded, but have you considered folding it more than once or using multiple layers of fabric? This is particularly helpful if you need more than two of the same pattern piece or if you are sewing more than one of the same garment.
Cutting multiple layers of fabric is fairly easy with a sharp rotary cutter blade. If you want to cut a lot of fabric layers at once then you can even buy electric rotary cutter machines!
Tip 4: Keep Supplies Organised
Do you have multiple projects being sewn at once? When buying your materials, consider placing all the supplies you need in organised bags for each project. That way you won’t get part way through a project and discover you are missing the right size or number of buttons or that zipper. Nothing makes completion of your project further away than needing to drive down to the local shop…
Do you have any tips that might be helpful for other readers? Let us know in the comments!