If you enjoy sewing clothing at home on a domestic sewing machine like the Juki HZL-355Z, it’s important to learn the proper techniques you’ll need to finish your projects correctly.

You don’t always have to go by the book, as there are plenty of times when you can get better results by adopting a slightly different technique.

Sew with your Juki sewing machine like professionals do on their industrial machines using these practiced tips that produce better results.

You’ll be able to turn out garments that look like they came right off the rack at a designer store in less time.

  1. Reduce the Seam Allowance In Certain Areas - Use a smaller seam allowance of ¼” as opposed to the standard ⅝” for things like collars, cuffs, waistbands, facings, and other more detailed areas. The larger allowance is too bulky for these areas and can affect the final look of the garment.

  2. Nip Your Marks - Don’t waste time notching your marks; nipping the fabric with â…›” cuts is faster and less likely to weaken a seam or allow raw edges to fray.

  3. Don’t Pin Unless You Have To - Pinning slows you down, can damage the fabric as well as the needle on your Juki sewing machine, and can distort your seams. Use fabric weights for fabric cutting and use two hands to sew, guiding from the front and the back.

  4. Cut Clean and Cut Close - Clean, straight, close fabric cuts are essential for making good seams with little bulk. Cut on a large surface with a rotary cutter and don’t leave any extra fabric around your seam allowances.

  5. Interface, Mark, and Cut Everything At Once - When cutting out your pattern pieces, save time and ensure everything is done the same way by doing all the interfacing at once, then marking and cutting all the pattern parts afterward.

  6. Prepare Everything First - Before you start sewing anything with your Juki HZL-355Z, collect everything you need to finish your project including all cut pattern pieces, any zippers or buttons, trims and other notions, and keep it all together. Don’t leave it so you have to interrupt your sewing to prepare pieces of your garment or look for notions you want to use.

  7. Group Your Processes - In addition to interfacing and cutting your fabric at the same time, group other processes that you need to do while sewing your project. Sew all your project pieces at once before moving on. Press seams all at the same time. Add buttons and trim at the same time. Avoid switching from process to process.

  8. Make Buttonholes Before Adding Buttons - The easiest and fastest way to add buttons to any project with your Juki sewing machine is to measure and sew the buttonholes first. You can then use the holes to mark the position of the buttons without having to measure those too.

  9. Avoid Start and Stop Sewing - When sewing your project together, sew all the pieces continuously and cut them apart afterward. Avoid stopping, starting, and having to position your fabric under the needle repeatedly.

  10. Press Efficiently - When you press, do everything that needs pressing at the same time. Press all your fabric prior to cutting and press all seams flat after sewing them. Do your final press by first doing all your detail spots and then the rest of the garment.

Save Time and Maintain Quality and Consistency By Sewing Like A Pro

One of the more common reasons you might find issues with garments sewn with your Juki sewing machine is inconsistency in your sewing processes.

You can avoid these problems and speed up your sewing by doing it the way professional sewists do, zipping through things while still maintaining their production quality.

Consistency and efficiency are the keys to sewing beautiful, professional-looking garments on a home sewing machine like the Juki HZL-355Z!


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