If you are a beginner sewist just learning how to sew with sewing machines, you already know that there are countless tools, techniques, and fabrics out there for you to work with. To really learn how to use Juki sewing machines like the fun Juki TL2010Q from the beginning, it is important that you start off slowly and work with simpler fabrics. Improve your skills quickly using easy, agreeable fabrics so you will be well-practiced when you move on to working with trickier ones.
Easy Fabrics Vs. Challenging Ones
There are countless varieties of fabric available today for home sewists to use when making clothing and many other projects on your sewing machines. How well your project turns out depends on your understanding of fabric and your ability to work with it properly.
Since many fabrics act differently during measuring, cutting, and stitching, it is a good idea for beginners to learn how to sew with easier fabric. You will have much better control over the fabric so you can concentrate on your machine technique. Once your machines skills have improved, you can move onto learning how to work with more difficult fabrics.
Best Easy Fabrics For Beginner Sewists
The easiest fabrics for sewists who are just learning to use Juki sewing machines are adaptable woven fabrics that do not stretch, slip, or require any special handling:
• Cotton - Cotton is the simplest fabric to use for everything from simple beginner projects to advanced garments. It is available in many weights, fiber blends, colors, and patterns. Cotton does not stretch or slide and is easy to cut and stitch. It is also the most inexpensive fabric to learn with. Denim, canvas, muslin, twill, and non-stretching cotton velvet are all woven cotton fabrics that possess these same qualities, making them easy to work with.
• Linen - Linen is another good choice when just learning as it has most of the same qualities as cotton; however, it has a bit more of a finished appearance. Linen is also available in various weights and as various cotton blends. It does crease more easily than 100% cotton and is more expensive. It is great for looser garments like tunics, skirts, pajamas, and other casual clothing or even for draperies.
• Flannel - Made from cotton, wool, or even synthetic fibers, flannel is another woven fabric that is easy to work with. Flannel has no stretch and does not slide, is available in many weights and patterns, and is fairly inexpensive. It is great for sewing clothing, blankets, and other utilitarian items with a Juki TL2010Q.
• Synthetic Woven Fabrics - Polyester, polycotton, and voile are popular fabrics made from synthetic fibers that are also easy to use and available in many weights and colors. They are adaptable, crease-resistant, and quite effortless to work with. Synthetic and poly blends are great for clothing that needs a more finished look than that of 100% cotton or linen and are also farily inexpensive.
• Wool - Woven wool fabrics are similar to cotton and linen, except wool is heavier. It is also fairly easy to work with and available in many weights and types. Unfortunately, it is considerably more expensive than many other woven fabrics.
When using any of these fabrics, you should have few problems learning the basics of sewing with great Juki sewing machines like the Juki TL2010Q. Once you have mastered these fabrics, you will be ready to move onto more challenging material like stretchy knits, slippery rayons and satins, and even specialty fabric like velvet and corduroy. You will be happier with the project you make on your sewing machines when you know how to handle the various fabrics!