Bringing home new patterns and fabric to sew on your sewing machine can be exciting. I bet you can't wait to get your pieces cut and start stitching with your Juki TL2000Qi. Hold on - don't make a mistake by being in too much of a hurry. Did you know that improperly cut fabric is the cause of most problems sewists encounter with their sewing machine projects? Avoid this problem by keeping your machine switched off and taking the time to cut your fabric correctly.
Use the Right Cutting Tools
To get the most precise cut and avoid stretching or fraying your fabric, it is essential to use sharp cutting tools. You must be sure to use the right tools according to the type of fabric you have selected. With most types of material, you should use a sharp pair of dedicated fabric shears to cut out your pattern pieces in preparation for sewing on your Juki or another sewing machine.
Some fabrics like leather and faux leather are more easily cut with a sharp rotary wheel cutter on a cutting mat. Carefully pin, clip, weight, or otherwise affix pattern pieces to your fabric, then cut carefully using your sharp cutting tool. The more precise your cut, the less chance you will encounter problems later on.
Pre-Wash And Press First
Washing can affect how different fabrics behave after you have finished a project. Always pre-wash the fabric according to the directions on the bolt end, dry it, then carefully press it flat. Avoid stretching the fabric during pressing so it does not warp, which could lead to crookedly-cut pattern pieces.
Know Warp from Weft
Before you start cutting pattern pieces to sew on your Juki TL2000Qi, find the grain of the fabric. Fabric grain is determined by looking at how the threads are woven. The threads that run lengthwise are the warp threads that make up a straight grain.
The threads that run widthwise are the weft threads or cross grain. Find the lengthwise or straight grain by folding the fabric in half so the selvages match. Ignore the raw edge, which may be incorrectly cut and not straight.
Keep Pattern Pieces Straight
Once you have found the grain of the fabric, lay down your pattern pieces in the direction that is marked on each piece. Before you pin and cut anything for stitching on a sewing machine, make sure your pattern is laid straight on the grain line by aligning it with a clear sewing ruler.
Align the lines on the ruler with the fabric grain. Then align the directional lines on the pattern pieces so they are positioned correctly with the fabric grain. If you are working with fabric that has a directional nap, be sure to align with the nap running the right way.
Cut Out Your Pattern Pieces
Set up all of your pattern pieces on the fabric and pin them down in the right direction to make sure you have enough fabric for the entire project. Then cut carefully around the pinned pattern paper with sharp scissors or a rotary tool. You can also mark around the pattern pieces with tailor’s chalk and cut out the pieces. Be sure to cut just on the inside of your chalk line to avoid adding extra size to the pieces by cutting on the outside of the line.
Cutting fabric to sew on your Juki sewing machine is not difficult; however, it does require some attention to detail. If you take the time to prepare the fabric correctly and make sure your pieces are set straight with the grain, you should encounter few problems when the time comes to assemble them on your Juki TL2000Qi. Straight and crisply cut fabric produces the best results when you are making a project on your sewing machine!