Sewing a straight line can be a little intimidating. How do you keep the fabric straight while stitching? I can be sewing along, thinking about what to make for dinner and then notice that I am no longer sewing in straight line but the fabric has somehow scooted away from where I am supposed to be sewing. Out comes the seam ripper to undo my stitching. Does this happen to you?
Then let me tell you some of my tips to sew a straight line.
An even seam is very important to the finished project especially when sewing a garment.
Here’s are some of my favorite tips to keep that seam line straight and even while stitching.
- First off you can use the lines on the plate underneath the presser foot to guide your fabric. These are marked in different increments so you can choose how wide you want your seam allowance. The most popular being 5/8 for garments and 1/4 for quilts.
I really like having a guide to lay my fabric against while I am sewing. There are a couple of options for that.
- My Bernina came with a snap on table that has a fabric guide that slides to the seam allowance measurement as well as measurements on the table itself. This makes it super easy to sew an accurate seam. I also use a tape measure just to double check that the guide is positioned accurately by measuring from the needle for any seam allowance that is larger than what is make on the plate beneath the presser foot.
- There is also a slider that screws directly into the holes of the sewing machine bed. I use it the same way as the table slider above. These guides are especially useful when using large seam allowances such as home dec.
- There are presser feet that have guides built into them. I love using these for hemming. I can use my needle position to get as close to the edge of the hem as possible. This is good for edge stitching, too. This foot is actually used for joining pieces of fabric or laces together. Such as heirloom sewing but I like it for a fabric guide.
Then there is my all time favorite way which requires no special equipment at all.
- A pad of Post It Notes. Just stick the pad where you want to guide your fabric and sew. When the paper loses it’s stickiness, just peel off for a fresh sheet.
It’s the little tricks that can make sewing so much more enjoyable. Especially if you don’t have to get out the dreaded seam ripper.
What tips do you use that makes sewing easier?
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