How to Prep Fabric for Sewing

laundry detergent and washing machine temperature dial

Hey, you!

Every chef and foodie home cook understands the importance of mise en place.

Mise en place is a French culinary phrase that essentially means “everything in its place’ or “putting in place.” It refers to the gathering, chopping, dicing, mincing, and organizing all the ingredients that will be in a dish BEFORE cooking takes place.

Well, for those of us who sew, fabric prep is our “mise en place.”

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An Ultimate Guide to Woven Fabric

stunning polyester silkie

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I need to be brutally frank with you…

A poor choice of fabric will frack up our garment project and leave us with some “thing” whose only destination can be the trash can and have us cursing our wasted dollars and ruined dreams.

To avoid all this nonsense, we need to really understand fabric, so we can make wise choices more often than not. Because we ain’t got no time to sew or flaunt ugly.

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How to Care for & Clean Your Sewing Machine

a Janome sewing machine with its hard cover

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I love a clean, clutter-free home. I love a clean, clutter-free sewing space.

Both a clutter-free home and a clutter-free sewing space give me room to exhale and allow my imagination to run wild and free. For me, none of that is possible in a cluttered space.

Well, sewing machines like to be clean and free of dust too. A dirty sewing machine will be a noisy, unhappy sewing machine.

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How to Adjust Stitch Type, Length & Width

stitch length and width selector sliders on a mechanical sewing machine

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By now you know a lot…

And with this wealth of knowledge, you are well on your way to being the boss of your machine.

However, we still have to learn about stitch type, stitch length and stitch width if we are to sew pretty stitches.

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