Making clothing on Juki sewing machines by using pre-made patterns is a great way to expand your wardrobe with perfectly fitted garments that are just your style. Yet when it comes to making pants on home sewing machines, many people are intimidated because they do not know how to modify the pattern.
Before you decide to skip the pants or assume you will just have to deal with an imperfect fit, try the professional pattern alteration tips below. You will be soon be making custom made pants like a tailor on your Juki TL2000Qi!
Alter the Rise
The rise on a pair of pants is the distance from the crotch to the hips. It is a critical measurement that should be properly altered before fabric is cut and stitched together on your sewing machine as it affects the overall fit and comfort of the pants. Taller people need pants with a longer rise and shorter people need pants with a shorter one.
If the rise on the pattern is too long, alter it by cutting the pattern at the hip line, raising the top piece up as much as necessary, and then piecing the pattern back together with pattern or tracing paper. Blend the curves to bridge the added space between the two pieces and you will have lengthened the rise.
To shorten the rise, simply do the opposite. Cut the pattern at the hip line, overlap the pieces as much as necessary to get the right length, then tape the pieces back together. Again, blend the curves so the pieces meet up and the rise will be shortened.
Alter the Waist
The waist is another area that commonly needs adjustment before the fabric is cut and you begin stitching using your Juki TL2000Qi. Whether you are decreasing or increasing the waist, the process is the same. Select the piece in your pattern package that has a waist size that will fit, lay it under the main pattern you are working with, then draw in lines to blend the current pattern to the size of the wider, or thinner waist. A good waist adjustment will prevent bunching, gapping, or pulling, and make the pants feel better.
Alter the Leg Length
Change the leg length so there is no need to trim or hem further once you make the finishing hem using your Juki sewing machine. You can also lengthen the pattern if it is too short. The process is basically the same as the one used to alter the rise.
For a pattern that is too short in the leg and needs lengthening, cut it at either the knee or as indicated on the pattern and extend the pattern down as much as necessary to get the right length. Next, draw in the lines to connect the two pieces again. Shorten the pattern by cutting at the knee, overlapping it to the proper height, then once drawing in new lines to ease the pattern lines back together.
It really is as simple as stated in the tips above. In just a few extra minutes, you can alter your pattern for a great fit on the pants you sew on your sewing machine. Altering the pattern eliminates the need for alterations after the fact and makes sewing pants on Juki sewing machines easier and faster. Once you try these methods, you will wonder why you avoided sewing pants with your Juki TL2000Qi for so long!