The 5 Basic Tips to Elevate Your Sewing Skills
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The 5 Basic Tips to Elevate Your Sewing Skills

5 Basic Tips to Elevate Your Sewing Skills

5 Basic Tips to Elevate Your Sewing Skills

Are you new to sewing? Well, if so, there are tons of things that you need to know in order to harness your craft. You see, sewing is not only mean to be a sort of hobby, but an art that could be an avenue for expressing your insights. Anyways, if you’re looking to level up your sewing career, here are 5 basic tips for you to keep in mind. And remember: be the sewing enthusiast you ought to be!

Guide for Hand Stitching

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When you want to sew evenly spaced hand stitches, it’s best to use machine-based line of stitches and use it as a guide. You can set the stitch length the same as the hand stitch you’re planning to use. Just pull the machine stitches a few at a time just before hand sewing and follow the holes left behind. Or, if you want, you can leave the stitches in place until finishing the handwork. The machine stitches work as a guide for different hand stitches, such as a blanket stitch, topstitches, or herringbone stitch. With this method, you can certainly get perfectly spaced hand stitching.

The Easy Tailor's Tacks

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There’s an alternative version of tailor's tacks that holds the threads in place more securely than traditional methods. How? After cutting each pattern piece, just simply use contrasting, unknotted, doubled thread in your hand needle and take a stitch through the pattern tissue and both layers of fabric. From the wrong side, come back through the fabric and pattern and cut long thread tails.

Next is to lift the pattern off the fabric, letting the tails slip through, and then turn the fabric over. With a different color thread, take a second stitch over each of the first in the same fashion from the wrong side, again leaving long tails. Pull the two fabric layers apart, and one set stays stitched to the top fabric layer, and the other set stays stitched to the bottom layer. The threads mark clear positions for your sewing that you can see from both sides.

Two Safety Pins Are Always Better Than One

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When pulling elastic or cording through a casing, use a safety pin to help guide it. If you’re too aggressive, however, the elastic or cord end at the starting point can get away from you thus sneaks into the casing. It is so difficult to "weave" backward that you might have to start over. Now, use a second safety pin to secure the elastic or cord tail to the casing. It holds securely that you don't ever have to worry about it accidentally sliding into the casing.

Extreme Makeovers

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First off, try shopping or buying at resale or consignment stores for used men's shirts. Cut off the collars, cuffs, and sleeves. Open the side seams, and press everything flat. Lay out a basic blouse pattern over the remaining shirt, taking advantage of existing button plackets, and sometimes even the hems. You can usually make a scoop-neck blouse and adapt the neckline as necessary to make the best use of the original button placement. Cut short sleeves from the original sleeves, as it would lead to having enough fabric left to cut a new self-facing for the neckline. Pockets can be repositioned. Depending on how the original shirt fits, keep the original shoulders and yoke, and just adapt the neck, sleeves, and length.

When Using Tape Guide for Topstitching

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Sew perfectly straight topstitching on fabric without marking it by putting masking tape along the fabric to establish a topstitching guide to follow. Just stitch along the edge of the tape, and remove the tape when you are finished. Remember, however, to be as accurate as possible to ensure that you’re project gets the best outcome.


Alvin is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing his own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives him another avenue to express his experiences and learning in his sewing journey.

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