8 Sewing Woes - Are Any of These Yours?

Posted by Wicked Fabrics - Vivi Richards on 7th Feb 2024

8 Sewing Woes - Are Any of These Yours?

Hello there! Today, we'll look at eight common sewing issues and how to address them. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started, these tips and tricks will have you get back to sewing like a dream in no time.

1. The Tangled Thread Tango

Nothing puts a damper on your sewing rhythm like tangled threads. The solution? Start by getting into the practice of using a thread net and if that doesn't help, check your thread quality. Poor-quality threads can often be the culprit. Also, ensure your bobbin is wound evenly, your thread spool is properly placed and you've threaded your machine properly. These are the sewing threads I recommend.

2. Skipped Stitches Blues

Skipped stitches can turn your masterpiece into a bit of a mess. The fix? It's often as simple as changing your needle. Different fabrics require different needles, so make sure you've got the right match and ones your machine loves (yes, some can be fussy).

3. Fabric That Just Won't Stay Put

Slippery and stretchy fabrics can be a real handful. To keep them in place, try using tissue paper underneath while sewing, then gently tear it away once done. Another great alternative is a walking foot! Pins or clips are your friends here, but not too many – you don't want to stretch the fabric out of shape.

4. The Case of the Vanishing Seam Allowance

A seam guide can be a real lifesaver. Whether it’s a magnetic guide attached to your machine or a piece of washi tape as a makeshift guide, keeping your seam allowance consistent is key to professional-looking results and ensuring your garment will fit!

5. Buttonhole Bother

Buttonholes can be intimidating, but with a bit of practice, they're a breeze. Try making a few practice buttonholes on scrap fabric first. Remember, the size of your buttonhole should be slightly larger than your button and practice makes perfect!

6. Zipper Zaps

Installing a zipper can feel like a high-wire act. For an easier time, use wonder tape (or even good quality sticky/masking tape) to hold the zipper in place before sewing. This eliminates shifting and helps achieve a clean, straight line.

7. Hemming Headaches

Hemming, particularly on curves, can be challenging. A narrow hem foot can be a game changer in this situation, providing a neat, professional finish every time. Ironing your hem down before starting will result in a neater finish.

8. The Overambitious Pattern Predicament

Sometimes, we bite off more than we can chew with a complex pattern. The trick is to break it down into manageable steps and not rush. Start with a positive mindset, study the pattern thoroughly before beginning, break it down, mark and label, practice tricky techniques, and don't rush!

There you have it, solutions to some of the most common sewing woes. Remember, every problem has a solution, and sometimes all it takes is a little bit of ingenuity and patience. Happy sewing, and may your stitches be ever even!


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