Topstitching makes a simple, yet attractive embellishment that can be easily done with all types of sewing machines including those without decorative or embroidery stitches. You can give a finished look to any project sewn on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL-DX5 as long as you do it the right way. Follow these practical topstitching tips from the pros to give all your projects that extra special designer touch.
1. Plan Your Design
Designed to be plainly visible and one of the last things you'll do when finishing projects made with sewing machines, plan ahead to be sure you know what you're doing before starting to sew. Draw a sketch of your pattern and mark where you plan to do the topstitching. Pay attention to things like button placement, seams, corners, places where stitching will intersect, and other pattern details. With a good plan, you’ll be able to concentrate on keeping the stitches straight without having to make other decisions at the same time.
2. Try Different Threads
A wonderful thing about using topstitching on the projects you sew with machines like the Juki HZL-DX5 is that you are unlimited in what thread you can use to create your embellishments. Don’t limit yourself to standard weight sewing thread. Look into heavier-weight thread designed specifically for topstitching, metallic thread, and other types that can add different and more appealing results.
3. Use the Right Needle
Although a universal needle is perfectly fine for topstitching, you’ll get better results with an extra-sharp topstitching or a Microtex needle. Sharper needles produce great stitches which make the thread stand out more. Topstitching needles have very sharp points and slightly larger eyes to accept thicker thread. Microtex and topstitching needles also make topstitching on fine or slippery fabric easier.
4. Choose the Right Stitch
Whether you're working with Juki sewing machines that have a large selection of decorative stitches or a standard machine with only a few basic ones, choose carefully so the stitching looks good on your project. Look at ways to modify or combine simpler stitches to create different effects; also try out more complicated stitches. Allow yourself time to consider all the various options so you can create amazing looks.
5. Keep the Seams from Shifting
When the layers of seam fabric shift underneath the stitching as you’re sewing from the top side, you may end up with wavy or bubbled fabric around your stitching. This can be avoided is by either using a walking presser foot or by pressing the layers of seam allowance down with a washable fabric glue stick to secure them.
6. Stitch Straight
Because topstitching is a focal point on your project, it’s essential for stitching to remain straight as any waviness or other mistakes will be clearly visible. Keep your lines straight by using a seam guide with your Juki HZL-DX5 or by using a piece of tape stuck down that you can use as a guide. Go slowly and keep your fabric aligned with the guide or tape.
Using these great tips for topstitching with sewing machines, you should have few problems creating beautiful and tasteful embellishments for your many projects. Juki sewing machines and the right supplies make it easy to finish garments and other items with attractive topstitching!