Sewing machines are fabulous tools for making a countless number of fun projects and beautiful garments at home. Yet using these units does require some training and practice. Whether learning on Janome sewing machines like the Janome DC5100 or some other machine, get some good practice sewing the various stitches referenced below for the best results on all types of projects.
Making Straight Lines
Although it may seem easy, making a straight line using sewing machines can be more challenging than it looks. Crisp, straight seams are an essential skill for the best results on any project, so for those who are having trouble with this, practice does indeed make perfect. Improve this skill by marking lines on a piece of scrap fabric with a ruler and a marking pen or by using a scrap of striped fabric, then sew along the lines or stripes. Keep working at it until stitching a straight line is very easy.
The backstitch is another important stitch that anyone using Janome sewing machines should master because it secures the beginning and end of every line of stitching. Using a piece of fabric scrap, put the presser foot down and slowly sew a few stitches, then stop. Activate the backstitch function on the machine, then go backwards to the edge. Switch the machine back to the forward stitch and sew again. Repeat a few times, then just continue moving forward. After reaching the other end of the fabric, backstitch again using the same technique. Do this in conjunction with the exercise above and practice two skills at once.
Curved Lines and Corners
Besides straight lines and seams, many projects may require sewing around corners and curves. Doing so evenly, without unwanted waves and uneven stitches, definitely requires some practice with a Janome DC5100.
Improve this skill by drawing a curved design on a swatch of scrap fabric, then carefully stitching around it. Go slowly, stopping to lift the presser foot, but not the needle, to turn the fabric as needed so the stitching can be done as close to the curved line as possible.
After getting the hang of how to adjust the fabric for slow, precise sewing, anyone can add curves to their list of sewing machine skills.
One of the best things about today’s computerized sewing machines is the many fun and fancy stitches that come programmed right into the units. After learning how to access these various stitches and determining which presser feet or other accessories may be necessary to accomplish them, practice the stitching. Take some time to use each option so when the time comes for a certain stitch to be used on a project, it will be easy to do.
The zigzag stitch is especially useful and should be practiced inset on the fabric, as well as along the edge. Go through the machine’s library of decorative and special stitches and try all of them. Play around with stitch size and length, then try them on different types of fabric. Learn how to use these special stitches in different ways so that embellishing a future project will be easy.
Like anything else, practice makes perfect when using sewing machines. Sewing looks easy and can be after some practice; however, it does require just that - practice. When learning how to make even, quality stitches, anyone using Janome sewing machines like the Janome DC5100 will see better results in all their sewing projects, with fewer mistakes to tear out!