Have you ever been frustrated because projects you’ve made with Juki sewing machines have turned out less than perfect? Mistakes happen to everyone, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Could the problem b e poor sewing habits?
You might be surprised to learn just how easy it is to develop bad habits that can affect your projects. Avoid these habits when you sit down at your sewing machine and get great results from your Juki HZL-DX7.
1. Skipping the Prewash
Unless your fabric cannot be washed, always, always prewash, dry, and then press it before you do anything else. Prewashing is essential as it rinses out any excess dye; most importantly, it gives the fabric a chance to shrink before you cut it for stitching with sewing machines. If you cut before you shrink, chances are your garment is not going to fit the way it should once it’s been washed the first time.
2. Not Measuring Twice
Cutting is forever. Once you've cut your fabric, it’s done. One of the main ways that sewists waste money and beautiful fabric is by cutting after making measuring mistakes. Measure twice, cut once, as the saying goes. Reduce this possibility by going over your measurements twice to confirm where you need to cut before you actually do so.
3. Not Reading Instructions Thoroughly
The second most common way that sewists get into trouble is by not fully reading their pattern instructions. Combine this with not measuring twice to catch any mistakes and your whole pattern could end up off. Before you do anything else when starting a new project on your Juki HZL-DX7, read through the entire pattern instructions and make sure you understand it. Then continue on step-by-step so you achieve the best results.
4. Assuming Fabric is Straight
Fabric grain and pattern alignment can be a critical factor in how professional your project looks after you've sewn it on Juki sewing machines. Assuming all fabric comes off the bolt straight or that all patterns are printed straight is a bad habit that can leave you with crooked results. Avoid this problem by checking the grain after prewashing and before you start pinning pattern pieces; then your patterns and grainlines will always be correct.
5. Skipping Pressing and Seam Finishing
As tedious as it may seem, it’s important that you press as you go. Pressed seams stitch down flatter without any waves or creases that could affect the final look of your item. Pressing also makes your fabric layers flatter and easier to sew and finish with sewing machines.
Similarly, a finished seam will ensure that whatever you’ve made will lay properly and hold together while giving it a professional look. It’s easy to get into the bad habit of skipping both of these tasks; however, you’ll be much happier with your items if you don’t.
6. Not Changing Your Needle Often Enough
A dull or bent needle can spell disaster for anything you sew with a Juki HZL-DX7. It can cause snags in the fabric, skipped stitches, and knotted thread as well. Get in the good habit of changing your needle every 10 to 12 sewing hours or starting a longer project with a fresh needle.
7. Using the Wrong Needle or Thread
Needles come in many sizes, designed with different points for sewing different types of fabric. The same goes for sewing thread. If you don’t use the right needle or thread for the job, you could run into snags, skipped stitches, and broken thread or needles and end up very frustrated. Take the time before you start sewing to figure out what needle size and type you need and which thread will work best for your project.
8. Not Cleaning Your Machine Often Enough
Dirt and lint in your machine are yet one more cause of skipped stitches, thread knots or breakage, and other sewing problems. Make it a habit to clean out your machine every time you put in a new needle. Do it more frequently if you’re working with fabric that gives off a lot of lint. A clean, well-lubricated machine will always perform best for you.
9. Rushing Through Things
Making projects with Juki sewing machines is exciting and you may be anxious to get yours finished. Rushing increases the chance you'll mistakes or cut corners. Slow down, take your time, and pay attention to all the details so you're actually happy with your items once you’ve finished them.
10. Not Trying Something New
The beauty of sewing is that there’s always some new skill to learn and a new project to make. Accept that you’ll make mistakes along the way; however, don’t let it keep you from trying new things. The more you experiment, the better your skills will become and the more you’ll enjoy your Juki HZL-DX7.
Bad habits can sabotage your efforts when working with sewing machines. On the other hand, when you develop the right good habits, you’ll be much happier with your work. Choose good habits for sewing with quality Juki sewing machines and say goodbye to all that unnecessary frustration!