Sometimes there simply doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Here are five tips to maximise what free time you do have to be more productive with any sewing project.
Cut Time with Your Cutting
When you have a little downtime, even if that’s in front of the TV on week nights, it can be useful to batch-cut your materials and fabrics. This way you’ll have the boring part completed, and you’ll be ready to get straight into sewing when you have the chance to enjoy your project.
You can speed things up by batch-preparing other elements of your sewing projects, too. Add all of the zips or do all of the seam pressing in one sitting. This will help you get into the zone when you get to your sewing project and save time without needing to swap between pressing and sewing or needing to change feet, needles or fabric quite as much as you go along.
Have extra needles, thread and bobbins ready to avoid running out midway through a session. Clear your space so there’s enough room to store everything and you’ll minimise time spent searching for bits and bobs you can’t find. Find out who stocks dressmaking fabrics to get the best match for your project, as this can ensure you have good dressmaking fabrics that are easier to sew and avoid any niggles further down the line.
Swap the Scissors
It can become tedious and time-consuming to cut around your pattern, so swap out the scissors for a 45mm rotary blade. Simply place your fabric on to a cutting mat and overlay the pattern, hold them down with weights, and cut around the fabric with the blade. A French seam and meter ruler can help make the cutout more precise.
Give the Pins and Back Stitches a Miss
Pinning is taken for granted as being a necessity, but using pins can damage some materials, not to mention break needles, and waste time if you run over them using the sewing machine. Go pin-free to speed things up and prevent such problems.
You may also be able to skip the back stitching. Often you’ll find that the seams are neatly kept together by stitching the side seams without the need for the additional stitching.