10 Sewing Mistakes That Will Make Your Clothes Look Homemade
There are more sewing mistakes than what I discuss here, but if you avoid the ten listed below, you’ll be well on your way to a beautifully sewn, HAND made garment-to name a few.
1. Using fabric that’s unsuitable for your pattern design
It’s fine to deviate from the fabric recommendations on the back of your pattern; if the fabric isn’t right, it won’t look homemade if it wasn’t made with your own materials and hand-knits. It’s best to use the guidelines as a guide for choosing fabric.
2. Laying pattern pieces in both directions for napped fabrics or one directional prints
If you don’t fully understand napped fabrics or would like more information, go to *Sewing.org. All pattern pieces must lay in the same direction with napped fabrics, and you may need extra fabric depending on your pattern pieces and fabric width. If you don’t fully understand napped fabrics or would like more information, go to *Sewing.org.
3. Cutting fabric without making sure pattern pieces are straight
When the grainline of a pattern piece is parallel to the selvage of the fabric, it appears straight to the naked eye. The only solution is to re-cut them, measuring to ensure that the grainline of the pattern piece matches that of the selvage.
4. Using the wrong interfacing or no interfacing at all
Interfacing is required to give your garment a clean, neat finish as well as any additional structural support it may require. There are so many different types of interfacing that deciding which one is best for your project can be a challenge. Interfaces interface the entire front (and sometimes back) of the jacket–not just the front.
6. Pressing seam allowances after they’re joined to another seam
Pressing has a big impact on how good your finished garment looks, so keep a small ironing board or pad near your sewing station for easy pressing. You’ll be glad you put in the extra effort when you see the results.
7. Folding under & top stitching a neckline or armhole instead of using a facing or bias binding
Turning under a curved seam allowance and top stitching at the neckline and armhole will not yield a good result; adding a facing or bias binding will take longer, but the end result will be worth it. Oh, and if you add a facing, don’t forget the interfacing.
8. Leaving your seams unfinished and unraveling
Unfinished seams may appear insignificant, but if they unravel, they can become a major issue. If the ravel gets too close to your stitching line, you’ll end up with a hole, and patching the hole will reduce the wearability of your garment.
9. Using the wrong hem finish
If you use the wrong hem finish on your garment, it will stand out like a sore thumb. Hand stitching or investing in a blind hemmer can give you a perfect finish for your outfit. For more information on hem finishes, go to *Sewing.org.
10. Wearing your garment as is, without making any alterations to your pattern
Most of the time, you’ll have to alter your pattern in some way, so make sure it fits your body before you put in all that time at the sewing machine. Use muslin to test every new pattern, and don’t waste your time or money on mistakes.
How do you sew a perfect hem?
How to make a super-tidy hem with minimal effort.
- Step 1: Sew the hem using the basting stitch as a guide.
- Step 2: Iron the hem using the basting stitch as a guide.
- Step 3: Fold the raw edge to the fold.
- Step 4: Sew the hem.
What tension should I use on my sewing machine?
So we’ll just talk about the top thread tension because that’s where you’d usually make the adjustments: the dial settings range from 0 to 9, with 4.5 being the ‘default’ setting for normal straight-stitch sewing and most fabrics.
How do you fix puckering?
Use a high-quality sewing thread with a low-friction lubricant applied to it and set the needle thread tension as light as possible while achieving a balanced stitch. This will reduce puckering while the thread is stretched and improve the sewability.
What tension should I use to sew cotton?
Cotton requires a moderate tension setting, usually between three and four, and you should always start with your upper tension when adjusting your tension settings.
How do you sew bias binding around a neckline?
FRENCH METHOD FOR BIAS BOUND NECKLINES Stay stitch the neckline; in our case, we’re sewing at 5/8u2032u2032 and trimming to 1/4u2032u2032. Fold your bias tape in half with wrong sides together, aligning raw edges. Pin the folded binding to your neck opening, aligning raw edges.