So you are about to start sewing your project, and you want to make sure that it goes efficiently. Don’t just rush your stitching; you’re bound to sew some stitches wonky. Instead, use the following tips to spend less time fiddling about and more time enjoying.
Tip 1: “Sausage” Construct Pattern Pieces
When you have finished stitching your pattern piece, don’t immediately cut your threads and reach for the next pattern piece. Instead, continue stitching your next pattern pieces and cut the threads joining them later. Why call it the sausage construction method? It’s just like making sausages; the meat is twisted inside the sausage skin and then cut into separate sausages later.
Tip 2: Use Flat Construction Methods
Many people struggle to set-in curves on sleeves, necklines and so forth. Adjusting the ease, making sure there is no ripples of fabric and sewing such tight curves can be rather difficult after all. If possible consider using a flat construction method as it’s easier and faster; such as, sew your sleeve cap in before you sew your underarm and side seams.
Tip 3: Use a Serger
Did you know that a lot of sergers can sew a straight stitch? To save time moving between machines, you can sew your straight stitches on a serger.
You can also stitch and serge in one go. This is so much faster than straight stitching on your sewing machine and then serging your seams afterwards. A quality serger will also trim your seams down, removing all that extra bulk.
Tip 4: Sew As Many Seams As Possible Before Cutting or Pressing
Switching tasks, like from sewing to ironing, takes time. You have to move tables, wait for machines to power or heat up and adjust settings. You can save time by sewing as much as possible before moving to your iron, and ironing as much as possible in one go. This also works for other tasks such as trimming down your seams; focus on using one tool at a time.
Tip 5: Quickly Measure Your Seam Allowances
I’m repeating this tip from 5 Tips To Sew Faster And Get More Done: Using Notions since it is so useful. Most home-made patterns will use a 5/8″ seam allowance and you will probably find yourself regularly checking your seam widths. Rather than awkwardly using a ruler or trying to position a tape measure to get a clear view, just use the metal tip at the bottom of your tape measure. The width of most tape measures are 5/8″!
Do you have any tips that might be helpful for other readers? Let us know in the comments!