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When undertaking hand sewing, the following kits are necessary shears, straight pins, thimble, thread, seam ripper, hand sewing needles, clear gridded ruler and tape measure. The hand sewing technique is applicable in numerous stitching stages such as when attaching buttons, transferring markings or finishing hem. The sewing process itself also requires one to have several needle sizes depending on the fabric type. For example a smaller needle is most suitable for sewing a delicate or lightweight fabric such as lightweight cotton or chiffon while a heavier fabric like denim would need a large needle.
The most frequent handmade stitches include hand basting, catch stitch, hemming stitch and tacking stitch. For example the catch stitching contains some built-in stretch that makes it especially suitable for hemming knits. Hemming knits using this type of stitching will help keep the finished edges smooth while preventing the fabric from overly stretching. Catch stitch is also suitable for securing edges such as those of facings in place. The stitch prevents the edges from rolling to the outside of your fabric, while keep the stitch itself almost invincible.
On the other hand, when using the sewing machine, you will require the following kits; a sewing machine, small screwdriver, small brush, sewing machine oil, sewing machine needles, zipper foot and bobbins. Sewing machine practice beginners are advised to start small, this can be done by making small samples of different seams and seam finishes on muslin, which can then be fit into a sewing scrapbook. The scrapbook can be used as a handy reference tool; that can assist you learn and sharpen your sewing skills.
Seams are the bedrock of sewing; they are basically a line in stitching that enjoins 2 or more layers of fabric. Seams are normally stitched by following a steam line; examples of seams includes plain seam, flat-fell seam, French seam, welt seam and top-stitch seam. The plain seam is perhaps the most often used seam. It is suitable for variety of fabrics whether soft or crisp, woven or knit, and heavy weight or lightweight. Before applying the plain stitch; width the right sides together, then stitch along the seam line from the cut-edge using a regulation length stitch, then rest the seam on a plain flat surface to set the stitch. Lastly, open the fabric and the seam allowance in a manner that sets apart the right sides; then press the seam open.