As the new academic semester is about to begin next week, I will teach a basic sewing class for my BFA students. This is a new challenge for me, as I have never taught sewing or patternmaking classes, but also for the students, most of whom do not know how to sew. One important aspect to remember when beginning to sew is to always check for your sewing machine: most problems arise from it being incorrectly threaded. Next, always have spare pieces of cloth near you. If you need to adjust your stitch length or your tension, for example, do it in the spare cloth BEFORE trying it out on the final fabric.
These are just part of the numerous tips for new sewers and sewing students.
1. Always have spare needles with you!
2. Have enough thread handy and wind your bobbins with the colors you’ll use beforehand. You’ll save much-needed time later.
3. Always baste curved pattern pieces, such as sleeves, before sewing them together. You’ll be happy you did!
4. Buy gross quantities of pins.
5. Put a pice of masking tape (preferably blue) to the 5/8″ mark on your machine (this is especially important on industrial machines) because it’ll guide you better so you can make straighter seams.
Do you have any other sewing tips to share? Let me know!