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.
Step 1: What you'll need:
If sewing by hand, 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
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.