Ironing and Pressing: What You Need To Know While Sewing. If you want to make sure you get professional results, careful pressing is just as important as accurate stitching. Each time I get ready to sew I make sure my iron is ready to go and I press as I go. This means I never sew cross one seam with another without first pressing the original seam.
Gathers are created when fabric fullness is drawn into a smaller size. Usually, before the fabric piece is sewn to another part of the garment such as a sleeve head or where a cuff is attached. Another common area is the waistband area of a gathered skirt or attached ruffle.
While you can gather by hand sewing, using your sewing machine is quicker and will help ensure even-sized gathers. [Read more…]