The only top 5 sewing tips you need for foolproof sewing

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Whether you’re a pro-star sewer, or a total beginner it’s always good to get your hands on some tips. Anything to help those projects look better has got to be aces, right?

I’ve put together my top 5 favourite tips. Some my mama taught me back in the day. Others I’ve picked up through trial and error (ah hem, more error than success to be fair!).

 

Top 5 Sewing Tips (for foolproof projects)

 

Foolproof Sewing Tip #1: Pin everything (well, maybe not your face)

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Pinning things securely is a great habit to get into, especially if you’re a beginner.

Pinning stops fabric from sliding all over the shop and, did you know you can sew straight over pins if they’re perpendicular to the needle (e.g. sewing foot goes over the width of the needle)? I didn’t until two years ago and it’s totally rocked my world.

 

FOOLPROOF Sewing Tip #2: Basting is your friend

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I know it seems like such a total faff, but trust me, basting (a loose temporary stitch) has got me out of many tricky situations.

Basting allows you to check the fit and temporarily hold sections together to check you’re assembling things the right way. I use it when I’m unsure how something will fit – and it saves me lots of seam ripping (which is always a bonus).

 

FOOLPROOF sewing Tip #3: Thread, glorious thread

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If you’re using a solid fabric, get a thread that’s darker than your material. For patterns, choose a colour that’s in between the lightest and the darkest colours in the fabric.

 

FOOLPROOF Sewing Tip #4: Get the right needle

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Do yourself a favour and get the right needle for the fabric you’ll be using. Trust me you don’t want to spends hours on a project just for it to fall apart after one wash (like happened to me).

Needles aren’t that expensive. Your time is though.

 

FOOLPROOD SEWING Tip #5: Iron your way to victory

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You should aim to iron every seam you sew. A steam iron is your secret weapon to victory here. It’s time- consuming, I know, but it produces great results.

Iron the seam open to help the stitches settle and then iron again if the seams need to be in a certain direction (like for darts). I’m always tempted to skip this step, but ironing is the easiest way to get wonky stitches (e.g. 90% of my work) to appear half decent. Fact.

  1. Reply
    Katie

    Great tips, and it's true, these things really do make all the difference!

  2. Reply
    Jenny

    Great tips – I love the basting tip. It is my favorite thing to do if I'm not sure of the fit – baste. It always works like a charm when I'm sewing a new pattern and I'm not sure how it's going to look. I would also add a tip about markings – mark your notches (I don't cut mine out) and mark those little circles – I have learned they do matter!

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    La vie en DIY

    Great tips! But by the time I get on learning properly how to sew I may ask more questions.. I wonder now how to choose the right needle… I may start to go to the shop with my fabric and ask…And I seriously had never imagined ironing had something to do with sewing..I may have second thoughts of learning how to sew now…:)

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    La vie en DIY

    Hi Elena,
    I just shared your tips with my facebpage followers and they gave me a couple of extra suggestions for beginners like me: to wash the fabric before in case it shrinks and iron it too to fix the colours. I wonder if you do this too!

    Isabel

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      randomly_happy

      Washing! Of course! That's a great tip – and one I fail to do consistently! Thanks for the reminder. You've got facebook fans:)

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