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…]
Many sewing machines, particularly modern ones, allow for multiple stitching options and effects. However, there really are only 10 basic sewing stitches you need to know for garment construction and home decor projects. [Read more…]