Sewing Machines

No matter what you make with sewing machines like the Janome 7318, every project starts out the same. You select the fabric for the project, then place the pattern pieces on the fabric to cut out and sew together. Before you cut any fabric, take a few extra minutes to do the three important things referenced below. Making the best projects on Janome sewing machines begins with correct fabric preparation before doing any cutting.

1. Pre-Wash Fabric

Shrinkage is a problem that can ruin an entire project after you have spent hours carefully cutting out pattern pieces and stitching them together on your sewing machine. There is nothing worse than devoting so much time to something, only to have it shrink after its first washing.

Fortunately, you can easily avoid this problem by pre-washing the fabric. Washing and drying before you cut helps ensure that the finished item will not shrink later. Launder fabric according to the directions given on the bolt of fabric. This lets the fabric soften and shrink. Dry cleaning non-washable fabric achieves the same effect as well.

2. Press Fabric

Wrinkled and creased fabric is more difficult to cut than smooth and pressed fabric. Attempting to hand-flatten or cut through wrinkles also increases the chance that you will make a mistake and the cuts will not be precise. This may not initially seem like a problem; however, it could make sewing projects on a Janome 7318 more challenging.

Avoid crooked cuts and improper measurements by laying your freshly washed fabric on an ironing board and press it flat. Your soft, smooth, and pre-shrunk fabric is now ready for the cutting table.

3. Find the Grain

Before cutting your pattern pieces for sewing on quality Janome sewing machines, there is one last thing to do. As insignificant as this may seem, finding the grain is essential in helping make sure the fabric lays and fits properly so you achieve the desired results.

There are three different grains you should be know about as mentioned below, as each could affect your project in different ways:

  • Straight Grain - This is called the warp and consists of the threads running up and down the fabric parallel to the selvage edge.
  • Cross Grain - This is called the weft and runs perpendicular to the selvage across the width of the fabric.
  • Bias Grain - This grain runs diagonally at a 45-degree angle between the straight and cross grain.

Identifying fabric grain is important because it lays differently depending on the direction of the grain in the cut pattern pieces. Fabric cut on the bias has some stretch, while pattern pieces cut on the straight or cross grain will not. The pattern will tell you which grain to use when cutting out the pattern pieces. Cutting along a different grain risks the possibility that fit, stretch, and even seam construction could be affected.

Before you rush into pinning pattern pieces on any fabric and then begin to cut them out, stop and take the time to do the three simple, yet important things referenced above. After pre-washing, pressing, and finding the grain, any cuts you make will be precise and ready for assembly with your Janome 7318 or other Janome sewing machines.

If fabric is properly prepared in advance, you can expect to achieve the best results when using your sewing machine. Getting fabric ready ahead of time is time well spent on details that can make or break your project!

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