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Five Tips for Hassle-Free Sewing

Five Tips for Hassle-Free Sewing

Looking to make your sewing projects less of a pain and more fun? You’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a helpful list of ways to make every project — no matter what you’re creating — enjoyable.

1. Quality Thread

1. Quality Thread

Make sure that you’re using a high-quality thread. Since you are reading this on Madeira’s blog, you have already made the right choice to start your project off with a good quality thread brand. Bargain threads become less of a bargain when you encounter inconsistencies, heavy lint, uneven color and breaks. Madeira thread comes in a wide variety of types and colors for all your sewing, serging and quilting needs.

2. Spool Cap

2. Spool Cap

Next, check to see that you’re using the correct size spool cap for your thread spool. Make sure that the cap is pressed up closely to the spool. The cap should be the closest match to the thread spool size. If the cap is too big, thread will get caught as it leaves the spool. If the cap is too small, it may not properly provide enough support and keep the thread spool on the machine.

3. Machine Threading

3. Machine Threading

While most machine threads are similar to one another, each machine has their own little differences. Each thread guide has its purpose in making sure the thread is delivered through the machine correctly with enough tension to give you the correct stitch. Your machine’s tension and resulting stitches can be greatly affected by missing a guide or improperly threading one. Be sure to refer to the owner’s manual for your sewing machine or serger’s specific brand, make and model.

4. Needle

4. Needle

The right needle can make or break your project. Just like thread, needles come in many different types and sizes. The needle’s size should correspond with the thread’s size to ensure the thread can feed freely through the eye. Too small of a needle can break easily and too large of a needle can create holes in your fabric.

5. Bobbin

5. Bobbin

All machines are timed to work with a specific bobbin. Your machine comes with several bobbins that match your machine perfectly. Though they look very similar, a bobbin’s size, height, width, weight and material can be different. The bobbin from your old machine (even if it is the same brand) may not work with your new machine. Always refer to your owner’s manual or your retailer for the correct bobbin type and the proper method for winding a bobbin.

So, do you have everything you need to sew worry-free? Set yourself up for success the first time with Madeira thread and other quality supplies you can find on this very site. Find your local retailer and get started on your next great project.