5 Novice Sewing Machine Mistakes.
Sewing machines are fantastic tools, like any tool though they can sometimes be tricky to master.
Here are 5 great beginners’ tips that will save you time and have you using your machine like a pro in no time.
Needles Are So Important.
Problems with them can be invisible but ohhhh they can really mess up your sewing karma.
Bad stitches, poor tension, looping threads, pulling fabrics, breaking threads are just a few of the problems that can link back to a bad needle.
My sewing law is at the first sign of a problem: Change the needle before messing with anything else.
Print off this schmetz-needle-chart for the best advice on the right needle for the right job.
Starting To Sew With the Presser Foot Up!!
Yup, every novice has done this.
It makes a lovely spaghetti tangled mess that needs cleaning out. When this happens always make sure every thread is removed from under the spool feed area.
It can also cause the needle to bend and become burred.
Re-thread and learn to double-check foot is down until it becomes second nature.
Using Poor Quality or Old Thread /Fabric
Avoid the 5 reels for a $1 bin unless they are named brands and are not sun faded!
Modern 120 gauge polyester will do for a wide range of fabrics, however, be aware one thread does not suit all fabrics.
Needle size, fabric type and thread type are all interconnected for the correct thread tension.
Cheap fabrics can be a bargain or a nightmare. So always pre-wash your fabric and remember it’s often cheap for a reason, if you are prepared to work hard it’s often best not to let your project down with terrible quality materials.