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Last week I gave you all 5 steps to becomming an unreal cosplayer! If you haven't checked that out I suggest you do!
Ofcourse most cosplays require at least a little bit of sewing, so here are my top sewing tips that I want to share with you!
Iron before you sew!
This can get annoying and tedious but trust me it will save you unpicking a whole lot! You will have perftectly even seams and your machine will glide over your fabric like disney on ice.
Have the corrcet tension
Tension is different with all types of fabrics and threads. It can be hard to know exactly the tension you need.
Practice on a piece of spare fabric (the same kind you are about to sew.) I found you an awesome diagram to help with that pesky problem of thread tug-of-war!
Awesome diagram discovered on ohyoucraftygal
At the start and end of each line of sewing make sure you backstitch just a couple stitches. This will prevent your seams coming undone before you get to finish your creation.
Guide your fabric
As you sew guide your fabric through, hold the back and front as you sew and keep a light tension on the fabric.
Your machine should already have marked lines for you to accurately measure your seam allowance as you sew, so make sure you stick to them! However sometimes you need a different measurement - this is where coloured or masking tape comes in handy! Simply stick it on (make sure it's straight) and off you go!
Changing needles and feet
Once you have changed the needle or foot, without thread - turn the wheel by hand a couple times to make sure it is running smoothly. If your needle stoppes or scrapes and hits the foot or base then STOP! Don't force it, you will end up with a snapped needle flung at you. Double check you've inserted everything correctly including the bobbin (without thread.) Check your manual or look online for your make and model. If all else fails you may have simply bought the wrong needle or foot for your machine.
Stretchy fabric stretching your patience?
First of all get a stretch needle. they have a rounded end not a sharp point so it gets inbetween the threads instead of breaking them apart. Make sure you have the right tension and make your stitch length longer. If your machine has a zig-zig stitch use that instead of straight.Don't stretch the fabric all the way out as you sew it. Put a little tension on it like normal fabric and off you go!
Give me some closure
If you have anymore tips and tricks please share them in the comments below!! Or if you have questions or need help with some sewing problems I will get back to you with an answer asap!
Happy sewing everyone!
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