There is a right way and wrong way of doing everything; using sewing machines is no exception. Of course, almost everyone forgets a few details here and there; however, when it comes to sewing, little omissions can ruin a project. Whether sewing on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL-G220 or a more basic machine, the best results can be ensured by avoiding the bad habits referenced below.
Not Measuring Twice
The old saying “measure twice, cut once” is believed to have been coined by a carpenter; however, these are golden words for sewers as well. Always measure carefully, then measure a second or even a third time to reduce the possibility of an incorrect measurement that results in both wasted fabric and time.
Not Preshrinking the Fabric
Not all fabric needs to be preshrunk; however, this is an important choice to consider when starting a new project. Skipping over the pre-wash and dry to let cotton and similar fabrics shrink before cutting increases the possibility that the final garment will shrink or warp after the fact. After putting in all the work of measuring, cutting, and then sewing a garment on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL-G220, it would be a shame to end up with something that doesn’t fit or shrinks unevenly.
Not Having A Dedicated Pair of Fabric Shears
A pair of sharp shears that are used for nothing other than cutting fabric is an essential item that everyone should have in their sewing kit. Using fabric scissors for other purposes, even to cut paper, quickly dulls and damages the shears, which will affect how crisply and precisely they cut fabric.
Not Cleaning and Maintaining the Sewing Machine
Like any other machine, sewing machines require routine care to keep them working their best. Frequent cleaning is necessary to prevent problems; other maintenance may be needed depending upon the model. Adding a fresh, sharp needle before starting a new project should be considered a part of regular maintenance as well.
Not Pressing While Working
It may seem like just one more extra step; however, frequently ironing a project while working on it is important. Pressing acts as a guide for making straight seams and also prevents issues that can arise when fabric gets wrinkled or shifts out of place.
Not Checking Fabric Grain
Knowing the directions of the grain on all fabric is important to ensure the best results with any project. It is easy to assume that a pattern is woven into the fabric with the grain; yet this belief can lead to trouble. Always double check by finding the selvage and confirming the direction of the grain and if the pattern actually does go along with the grain.
Not Finishing Seams
Even though the seam allowance is on the wrong side of the fabric and not seen, leaving seams unfinished invites problems. The garment or item will be bulkier at the seams and the seam may be subject to unraveling. Always take the time to press the seam allowances down, then finish seams by stitching them down on the back side. A finished seam can also be created by using any number of great seaming techniques.
Not Taking It Easy
Creating beautiful projects with sewing machines is not something that should be rushed since it can be easy to make mistakes. The best results can be achieved, no matter what the project may be, by reading the pattern instructions carefully and thoroughly, using the right tools and supplies, and then working at a comfortable pace until finished. This includes stopping to remove stitches and restitching in the event a mistake is made.
Although these are just a few pointers for those using sewing machines, they describe some of the most common bad habits that sewers might easily develop. Once a bad habit begins, it can affect the way a project made using a Juki HZL-G220 or any other Juki sewing machine turns out. Instead, establish good habits that promote correct sewing techniques from the beginning and enjoy the results!