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Sewing a seam is the most basic of sewing skills to learn! It's super easy to do, but there are a few things that will make your sewing go nice and smooth. :)

To prep yourself for sewing a seam, check out my "how to sew" instructable.

 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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For this project, you'll need fabric (I'm using 3x5 pieces of muslin for this - the perfect size for practicing), pins, thread and scissors.

If sewing by hand, you'll need:
If sewing by machine you'll need:
  • a sewing machine (this is mine - it's the best sewing machine I've ever had)
  • a bobbin loaded with the same thread you're using in the needle on the machine (mixing threads can cause problems with tension sometimes)
  • an appropriate machine needle for the weight of fabric you're using. Because I'm using muslin, I've got a quilting needle installed.


For both handsewing and machine sewing, I like to use a cotton/poly thread. It's a bit stronger than plain cotton. :)

Step 2: About pinning

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Everyone has their own preference - but I prefer to pin vertically instead of horizontally, especially for machine sewing! (And that's only when I pin - I mostly pin during my instructables to make things look organized, otherwise I run wild with no pinning. It's faster!)

Sewing over pins is dangerous to boot and can break your needle, so you have to pull them out as you go. I like to zip along so pinning vertically is the way to go for me.

Also, when sewing on a machine, always points the tips of the pins toward you - this will save you stabbing yourself in the hands.

hunter9994 months ago

Well documented and an easy turtorial. Thanks for sharing! :-)

foobear4 months ago

You make these tasks look so easy and beautiful! What is the advantage of the beeswax? Thank you

jessyratfink (author)  foobear4 months ago

It stiffens and smooths the thread a bit, so it glides through the fabric easier and won't loop around itself so much. :)

lindarose924 months ago

This is very useful, thank you for making this instructable Jessy! I had never heard/seen the beeswax before, at least in sewing, I need to look it up now!