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Bad habits are easy to pick up. They usually start out as simply cutting a few corners here and there, then develop into methods that make using sewing machines like the Juki HZL F300 more frustrating rather than easier. Many develop these habits unintentionally when first learning how to use Juki or other sewing machines.

Unfortunately, bad sewing habits have ways of undermining progress and causing problems with the finished project. Read the 7 common bad sewing habits listed below and avoid the problems that they can cause.

1. Skipping Pressing

The first thing that should always be done before beginning any project is pressing the fabric. In order to measure accurately and cut precisely, fabric must be flat and smooth when laid out on the cutting table. This is especially important when material needs to be preshrunk, since it can be quite wrinkled afterwards. Avoid issues like incorrectly cut pieces and crooked seams after stitching on Juki and other sewing machines by always pressing first.  

2. Using A Dull Rotary Blade

The second step in precisely cutting pattern pieces for assembling on sewing machines is to always use a sharp rotary blade. Dull and damaged blades make cutting fabric more difficult and can even cause damage to the material. As soon as the blade starts to feel less responsive or if it becomes nicked, replace it with a new sharp blade.

3. Sewing Over Pins

There is a significant risk of damaging a machine when sewing over pins. If the needle hits the pin just right, it can break or cause the timing to become unaligned. There is also the possibility that a sewist could be injured if a pin breaks and flies into his or her face. Avoid all of these concerns by taking the time to slide pins out before stitching over them.

4. Saving the Thread Snipping for “Later”

It is very tempting to only cut the tails on a seam and keep on going, leaving snipping and securing the beginning thread for later. The problem with this habit is that when later comes, many of these threads may be missing. Rather than winding up with little thread ends sticking out once the garment is in use, slow down and snip them completely after finishing each seam.

5. Skipping the Little Details

Creating the most beautiful, wearable, and useful projects on machines like the Juki HZL F300 means paying attention to the little finishing details. Things like basting, seam grading, and understitching, which may take a little extra time, really make a difference in the final product.  

6. Not Keeping A Clean Workspace

Remember all those thread ends that need snipping in #5 above? These threads, along with fabric scraps and even sewing machine lint, can wind up all over a project if there is no effort made to keep the sewing space tidy. Always pick up threads and scraps after cutting, snipping, and stitching to keep the area clear of unsightly tagalongs that just waste time later and must be picked off the sewn item.

7. Too Many Projects at One Time

Creating beautiful projects using sewing machines is exciting. With so many patterns to choose from and different fabrics to experiment with, it is easy to take on too many ventures at one time. Doing this increases the chance that none of them will actually get finished when there are so many things that need attention in each project. Avoid becoming only a starter. Be a finisher by working on no more than a couple of things at a time, waiting until each one is completed before undertaking anything new.

These habits may not seem all that serious; however, each one works against productivity in its own way when creating items using sewing machines like the Juki HZL F300. Achieving great results with these Juki sewing machines means slowing down and using good habits, rather than falling victim to the sly bad ones. In the end, sewists will be much happier with their creations if they simply skip these 7 bad sewing habits!

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