Creating clothing and accessories from patterns and then stitching them together on sewing machines is easy to do as long as you know how to properly prepare and cut the fabric. As simple as it may seem to open up the pattern, lay out the pieces on the fabric, and start cutting, there is definitely a method that you should follow.
1. Use the Layout Guide
Every packaged pattern for creating garments on sewing machines comes with a helpful layout guide. This guide is a diagram of the most efficient ways to correctly place pattern pieces on top of the fabric so they are placed in the right direction.
Follow the guide by spreading your pre-washed and pressed material on the cutting table in preparation to arranging the pattern pieces on top as demonstrated in the diagram. Pay particular attention to any notes on the individual pattern pieces that may indicate a piece should be set on a fold or positioned a specific way.
2. Pay Attention to the Grain Lines
After reviewing the layout guide, take note of the grain line marks in the layout guide. To ensure your finished garment lays and fits the way it should after being stitched on Juki sewing machines, you must cut the fabric on the correct grain.
Find the straight grain in your fabric, then refer to the direction the pattern pieces should be laid in relation to that. Avoid moving or rotating any of the pattern pieces, since doing so may change the grain of that piece, affect the direction of your pattern, or have an effect on your final results in other ways.
3. Pin and Cut
After checking the grain and properly laying the pattern pieces on the fabric so they are straight and aligned, carefully pin the pattern paper to the fabric. If necessary, use a ruler or measuring tape to make sure the pieces are laid straight with the grain according to the direction arrow on the pattern. Pin one end of the arrow, then measure and pin the other end to position the piece as indicated on the layout guide. Then pin around the outside of the pattern to prevent each piece from moving.
Once you are ready to cut, lay one hand on the pattern close to the pins to help prevent shifting. Slowly cut out the pieces, trimming close to the pattern edge.
4. Mark Your Pieces
Before you unpin the pattern and sit down at your Juki TL2000Qi to start sewing, mark your pieces according to the marks on the paper. Look for the symbols on the pattern that indicate stitch lines, darts, seam lines, pocket placement, and other important marks. This must be done before you unpin everything since improper placement of these important pattern marks could affect the fit and the way the garment comes together.
The results you get with the patterns used to create garments on sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Qi depend on a few important details at the very beginning. To ensure that projects sewn at home on Juki sewing machines look professional, always take time to read the pattern layout guide carefully and follow all instructions. You will avoid irreparable mistakes and the cost of wasting beautiful fabric!