Did you get a chance to check out our last blog yet? If you did, then you already know about some of the most common sewing terms out there. It may seem like all you need is your Janome sewing machine and you will be good to go, but there are a few other terms that you should know before you start sewing:

  • Sewing foot- A sewing foot, sometimes called a presser foot, is an attachment on your sewing machine that holds your fabric flat, while you feed it through the machine.
  • Clipping- Clipping is when you cut the seam allowance of your project, perpendicular to your seam, but not into the seam itself. Clipping allows your fabric to lay flat around curves.
  • Raw edge- This is the edge of your fabric that has been cut. It is the opposite of selvage, which is the finished edge of your fabric.
  • Hem- A hem refers to an edge that has been folded over twice, half an inch each time, so that the raw edge is invisible.
  • Baste- A baste is a very long, loose stitch that is designed to hold your fabric into place before you sew or gather your fabric. When you baste, you will not need to knot your fabric at the beginning or the end.
  • Interfacing- Interfacing is lightweight, in most cases, and it helps to stabilize your project while you are sewing.
  • Notions- Notions are basically sewing accessories. They are all of the additional things that you will need to complete your project, like buttons, zippers, bias tape, etc.
  • Top stitching- This is a type of stitch that can either be functional or decorative. After a seam is turned, a top stitch can be added of the outside of the seam. Top stitches are great adding a decorative touch to a finished product.