Today is Day 21 of 31 Days of Sewing School.
When I originally previewed the idea of Sewing School, one of the most common questions was in reference to sewing a straight line. I definitely don’t claim to be an expert, but here are a few helpful things I’ve learned.
How to sew a straight line
- Make sure the edges of your fabric are straight.
- As you sew, use the measurement marks on your machine (on the throat plate) as a guide, or alternately use the edge of your presser foot, depending on the seam allowance you are going for.
- Don’t sew too fast, or too slow! Find a pace where you can control it, and keep the speed steady.
- If you need extra guidance, put down a tape line on your machine to use to guide your fabric along I really love Glow-Line Tape for that. As a kid I had a magnetic metal sewing guide that magnetized on my machine’s metal throat plate to help me guide my fabric.
- Use both hands (on your fabric at the front of the machine) to guide your fabric through the machine.
- Unless the fabric is particularly slippery or with thick layers, I like to space my pins a bit and take out a couple at a time. I find that if I’m stopping and starting too much to remove close pins, my line will be less straight.
Do you have any tips for sewing a straight line? Leave them in the comments so we can all improve our skills. Tomorrow (or rather, later today, since this post was late), we’ll talk about other stitches!