Section 1: Introduction
Sewing is an important life skill and is a tool to teach self-confidence through skill-building. With tailoring, you can develop excellent motor skills, improve focus and concentration, and shows the importance of patience and self-control. Most people start sewing at a very tender age to help develop their skills over time.
Section 2: Basics
Section 2.1: What is sewing?
Sewing is the activity of making or mending clothes using a needle and thread. Sewing is seen by many as a dying art, but it can be a relaxing and rewarding hobby. With it, you’ll be able to create beautiful masterpieces and repair clothes. Sewing can be used to create quilts, bags, tailor clothes, or do any other thing.
Section 2.2: Benefits of sewing
- Lifetime of Learning
Sewing and then pattern making is an excellent extended learning mission. Keeping the brain active is great for keeping our minds younger than we are. It also lessens the chances of us having dementia in our older years.
- Environmental impact
Making your clothes will make a little more connected to the environment. You’ll also know where each of the items you’re wearing came from.
- Sewing is creative
Sewing is not just therapeutic but also super creative. Think of all the different ways to sew a seam, finish ahem, and insert a zipper. There are also different types of fabric to work with and all the different patterns to create. Getting creative with our construction techniques and fabric choices means we are engaging our brains in more creative thoughts. This could be great for the mind.
- Helps maintain proper posture
It is better to use your time at the sewing machine to practice an appropriate position. Sitting upright will also help reduce back pains and headaches you have as a result of stress. This is one of the valuable health benefits of sewing skills because proper posture will carry over into other tasks.
- Emotional well being
Sewing can be quite therapeutic as it makes one calm, happy, relaxed, and content.
- Hand-eye coordination
Sewing with a needle and thread by hand, or by machine, requires eye-hand coordination. Practicing eye-hand coordination helps to keep our brains as nimble as our fingers.
- Lowers high blood pressure
Our psychological state dramatically affects our physical health, as well. While sewing, your mind will be taken off so many things. All you want is to concentrate so you won’t make a mistake. People who take sewing as a hobby have lower blood pressure.
Section 3: Techniques/Tips to improve
Section 3.1: Tips to improve your sewing
- Press as you sew as good pressing will make your sewing look so much better
- Try to cut accurately and also transfer your markings to the cut fabric accurately
- Sew as precisely as you can by using the markings on your sewing machine to help you sew with an accurate seam allowance. However, you can also put a piece of tape on your tool to use as a guide.
- Use quality materials because the poor quality fabric doesn’t look as good as quality ones.
- Use coordinating threads
- Finish your seam allowances and pick appropriate seam finishing techniques
- Hand bastes when necessary. It will save you time and frustration and will protect you from ripping stitches to re-sew
- Keep your eyes on your stitch tension. Make sure the stitches are even, and the thread doesn’t pucker
- It’s not everything that you must sew. Sew things that are at your skill level and that you feel comfortable making
- Study clothing in stores, in your closet, shops and in museums to learn how it was made and to get ideas to improve your sewing
- Make sure the fabric you’ve chosen is suitable for the style or pattern you’re making.
Lisha Vidler, yesterday’s Thimble blogger, also shared ten tips on how to improve your sewing. She mentioned that getting quality tools and materials is the first thing needed to improve sewing.
Section 4: Correcting common problems
There can be many reasons for the difficulties faced while sewing. Knowing the cause of these problems and the solution for each of them is essential. Some common sewing problems and their solution are:
- Bobbin or looper thread breakage
A badly wound thread on the bobbin could be averted by adjusting bobbin winder alignment. You might start using pre-wound bobbins. If the tension is too tight or there is bobbin over-running, adjust bobbin case tension. You can also insert a washer or a spring to prevent over-running.
For sharp edges on bobbin case or spring or looper eyelet, just polish edges and correct surfaces. However, if the bobbin case is not fitting correctly, check the size/type of bobbin for flange distortion.
- Seam pucker
A variable differential fabric feed could be averted by improving the fabric feed mechanism. Replace worn out feed dogs and reduce the maximum sewing speed. For high thread tension, keep the bobbin tension as low as possible and set the needle thread tension accordingly.
- Needle thread breakage
Misaligned off winding from thread package could be avoided when you ensure that the overhead guide is directly above cop stand pin, at 21/2 times the height of the thread package. Use a foam pad to prevent package tilting.
Section 5: Analysis of Best practices in the industry
- Textile is a fabric that is knitted or woven and made from yarn
- The textile industry is responsible for taking a raw material and spinning it into yarn that is later used to create a fabric
- Fabrics can be broken down into two major categories: synthetic and natural
- Natural fabrics are those that occur naturally from animals and plants
- Artificial materials are those that are created in a lab and are human-made e.g., rayon, spandex, polyester, and nylon
- Sewing is easy to get started
- Everything is easy when you have the right tools in place
- There are skills needed to make a simple garment
- Putting in the time in sewing is refreshing and creative
Section 6: Tools you can use
Below are the essentials tools used in sewing
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Extra bobbins
- Seam ripper
- A magnetic pin dish and pins
- Measuring tape
- Fabric marking pens or pencils
- Extra sewing machine needles
- Hand sewing needles
- A cutting board