You learned here that this is initially how my I got the "itch" for sewing. Naturally, curtains has become my "go-to" when I need a quick pick-me-up in my sewing world.
A few tips/tricks:
1. Always iron your fabric before you sew. Whether it's the whole piece of fabric or your edge. It makes a world of a difference.
2. Always pin down the line before you sew. It's time consuming but until you reach "Expert" status, PIN IT down, girl (or guy).
3. Sew an extra-line at the top of your hem for an extra "fluff" at the top. It gives your curtains a little pizazz. (I'll add a "how-to" on this later)
4. Remember: You have a seam-ripper for a reason. Don't be afraid to use it. I use mine all the time. :)
5. Did you know there are actual sizes to your machine's needle? If your sewing thick fabric and want some extra muscle for your machine, trade out your needle for a stronger one. I was sewing a thick piece of interfacing with two other pieces of fabric and using a 9 needle. I found a 14 needle made quite the difference. I got this information regarding Singer Sewing machine needles (below) from Wikipedia here
|Shank color||Point type|
|red||regular, for woven|
|yellow||ball, for knits|
|blue||heavy-duty, for denim|
|brown||chisel, for leather|
|Shoulder color||Shaft size|
Whether you're sewing curtains or interfacing - remember that important piece of your machine - your needle! Otherwise, you'll be breaking and bending needles more than you'll ever imagine. I've already broken 1, bent 3 - all because I was using a 9 when I should have been using a 14 or 16.
|Finished product, however, ignore our unfinished back splash, please.|
Anyone else out there have a "go-to" sewing project?