Making garments and other projects with sewing machines is definitely a practice that requires patience and careful precision to produce the best results. Still, everyone makes mistakes from time-to-time. One way to reduce errors is to pay attention to the small details that can very easily derail a project when they go unnoticed.
1. Work With Good Lighting
Before considering any of the other tips on this list, sewists must understand the importance of working with good lighting. Poor lighting not only makes it more difficult to see fine details while cutting fabric and stitching on sewing machines, it causes unnecessary eye strain. Reduce this strain and prevent simple errors by making sure there is enough quality overhead lighting and spotlights or lamps as needed for closer work.
2. Read the Instructions
Pput down the scissors and get away from those wonderful Janome sewing machines for a few minutes to carefully read the pattern instructions. Missing unexpected steps or details are one of the main sources of errors that cause great frustration later on. Take the time to go over the instructions precisely to avoid missing any important details.
3. Measure Twice
The adage of “measure twice, cut once,” is famous because it offers wise words that applies to both living and sewing. It is easy to make a miscalculation when measuring. Without double checking, those using a Janome HD3000 sewing machine could very easily miss one small detail causing the cut to be wrong, which may affect the entire pattern. Poor measuring causes both frustrating mistakes and fabric waste.
4. Note Important Pattern Markings
Along with tips 2 and 3 above, sewists should always mark their stitch lines for precise stitching. After cutting the pattern pieces, mark these lines and other important pattern marks with pins, tailor’s chalk, or fabric markers. This will make stitching faster and easier once the fabric is ready to sew. This little extra step result in proper stitching and reduces the need to rip out any incorrect stitching.
5. Work Slowly - Don't Rush
After taking all other tips into account, sewists should take their time when working on projects. As exciting as it may be to see a new project come to life, rushing through the various steps is a sure-fire way to miss details and make both costly and time-consuming errors. In addition, it is important to recognize when fatigue sets in and it is time to take a break. The time spent refreshing will serve to improve the quality of the final sewing outcome.
For those who enjoy making fun and useful items on their sewing machines, mistakes may happen; however, it is possible to reduce their frequency. Following these 5 simple, yet practical tips will help most anyone achieve great results with their Janome sewing machines. By working with models like the Janome HD3000 sewing machine, all levels of sewists can avoid the frustrating errors that take the fun out of their sewing time!