10 Sewing Tricks Professionals Refuse to Share

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If you enjoy sewing, you should know all the best secrets and tricks that professional seamstresses use. These tricks make it easier for any home sewer to work more efficiently and improve at the art of sewing. So stick around to see 10 sewing tricks professionals refuse to share!

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  1. Surprisingly enough, professional sewers rarely bother taking the time to pin things together. {A trick I believe in!} Pinning just creates one more step. As you get better at sewing, you’ll get better at just holding your pieces together as you feed them through the machine.
  2. Use the steam of your iron to help you manipulate stiff fabrics more easily. You don’t even need to touch the iron to the fabric. Hold the fabric over the iron and release a burst of steam. It helps soften the fabric and makes it easier to work with.
  3. If your fabric is stiff or heavy enough, you can fold a simple crease in it to mark various lines–stitching lines, fold lines, etc. It’s much faster than getting out your chalk or marking pen!
  4. Professionals continually experiment with their sewing techniques to find what really works best for them, and you should too! Don’t be locked into what you’ve been told is the best way to do something. If it’s uncomfortable for you, experiment until you find an easier way.
  5. Patterns usually call for a standard 5/8″ seam, but you don’t have to stick to that. It’s too bulky for certain things such as collars and waistbands. You can reduce those seams to as little as 1/4″ and it’ll save you time clipping them open later on.
  6. Instead of trying to cut those annoying diamond shapes to mark seams, just nip them about 1/8″. They are really more accurate and won’t fray your seams.
  7. Instead of pinning the pattern to your fabric, weight it down with weights. Think of the time you’ll save!
  8. Sew as many seams as possible before stopping to press them open. This is another time saver the pros really use.
  9. Don’t mark where your buttons go until after you stitch the buttonholes. Then cut the buttonholes open with a punch, not a seam ripper. Much easier!
  10. Instead of an ironing board, which is often not wide enough to keep your fabric from hanging on the floor, build yourself an ironing station. A sheet of plywood covered with wool and muslin is much wider and accommodates a much bigger section of whatever project you’re pressing.



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2 comments for “10 Sewing Tricks Professionals Refuse to Share

  1. LaNell Mueller
    April 18, 2018 at

    Where are the other nine sewing tricks. I was only able to open one.

  2. Anita Thomas
    April 22, 2018 at

    As someone who worked in the industry as a pattern drafter for over 24 years, I can tell you #5 and #10 are not at all true. ALWAYS sew at the recommended seam allowance. If you do not, you will be altering the size and fit. It’s unfortunate home sewer patterns are made with such wide seam allowances, but it is what it is and you have to use that. In the industry we put ON THE PATTERNS 1/2″ seam allowance and 3/8″ around necklines and 1/4″ around collar, cuff and placket edges that are being turned out. As for #10, never do we use a big board to iron on. It’s important to use the shape of a proper ironing board to facilitate construction pressing as you work and in the final press. Pressing can be the mark if a “home-made” or a professionally made garment. Learn how to do it right. All else mentioned were good.

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