Sewing is one of the most popular hobbies around the world. This is also a very productive hobby with real values. When you are getting started with sewing, you will encounter some common terms on a regular basis. In order to have a solid grasp on sewing, you need a clear understanding of these terminologies. This post will introduce you to the common sewing terms.
Applique: This is the technique used to attach two fabrics one on top of another. This is usually performed by using a tight zigzag stitch.
Baste: Baste is the longest type of loose sewing possible by your self-threading sewing machine. This technique requires you to set the machine to the longest setting. Baste is primarily used to keep the fabric in the desired place before you perform the final sewing.
Bobbin: Bobbin is a crucial part of any sewing machine. This is the thread which comes from the bottom and meets the spooling thread to perform the stitch. In order to get the perfect stitch, you need to insert the bobbin in the proper way.
Buttonhole: As the name suggests, this is the technique to create holes which will keep the buttons tied. While some modern machines can do this automatically, you can easily do this on your own too. Just sew two parallel stitches from top to bottom and cut the middle to get the hole.
Foot Pedal: You need to press on the foot pedal to get the actual stitches. According to popular sewing machine reviews, this pedal is located on the floor so that you can operate it with your foot.
Hem: Most stitching patterns will require you to perform a hem. In order to do this, you have to fold the fabric half an inch and press to form the fold. Then, fold it second time half in an inch so that the raw edges are not visible. Now, stitch it to keep the fold in place.
Interfacing: Interfacing is using a special type of fabric to make the stitches sturdier or to stabilize the fabric in place. The special fabric is put inside the folded fabric and then stitched on top. As there are different weights in interfacing, make sure you know which weight is perfect for your pattern.
Knot: Knotting requires you to see forward for about an inch, and then sew backwards, and forwards again. This technique is used to strengthen stitches in places which are likely to be used more often.
Lining: This is an additional layer of fabric which is sewed right under the actual fabric. You must have worn some girl dresses which had different fabric on the outside and inside. Lining allows clothes to last longer and make them less see-through.
Needles: The needles for your sewing machine are different than the regular needles. This thicker, heavier needles need to be inserted properly in the appropriate place in order to get your machine working.
Mastering the art of sewing is a continuous process. You always need to be on the lookout for finding out new techniques and tools to improve your sewing. This article introduced you to the basic sewing terms which every beginner should be familiar with.