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My name is Aderonke Olubanjo and I am the Principal Instructor of the leading fashion college in Oyo State Nigeria – Ibadancity Fashion College.
I also run a unisex and kids fashion label- Dgvstyles. You can search these 2 names on Facebook and Instagram to see more of what I do.
Today I want to share few tips that helped me improve my sewing. We all know sewing is an interesting and creative art, and it has its days. I personally this sewing thing has its own mood swings. Because how do you explain some days you want to sew all day and some days you just don’t feel like holding a scissors.
It happens to me too, now you know you are not the only one on this table.
In fairness, sewing has helped me a lot of times to calm myself, If you’d want to know, it is therapeutic except you are in a wrong profession. Then, I’ll say check within and find your passion.
Let’s dive in.
So what are the tips I have to share today.
1. Sewing has to do with you, all of you. If a project is boring, you are likely to waste a lot of time doing it. I have seen this happen over time. Which made me select my specialty areas from the beginning of my sewing career.
If it doesn’t thrill you, you may get to dump the project or be very slow on it. So, watch out for boring projects, dull colors that make you bored. Or doing the same thing for too long. Don’t abandon, just keep it aside. Pick an interesting and short project to give you a mood lift, then go back.
This tip works wonders. Whenever I’m dealing with one same color for too long, I often have ‘break projects’ , and i ensure its something I fancy. Could be as easy as scrunchies, bags, casual tops or anything to keep me ‘hyped.’
2. Another tip is – ALWAYS MARK THE WRONG SIDES. You don’t want to get to the middle of the project and realise you’ve mixed the patterns and sides up. This can be so frustrating, I tell you.
Mark the wrong sides and mark with Tailors Chalk ONLY. Any type available to you. It is unprofessional to mark with pens, please don’t do it.
Some fabrics have 2 sides that look so alike, always mark. And when sewing plain light colors , be careful. What I do is i use a light pencil to mark these kind of fabrics on the edges I know will go into the seams.
Some marks don’t go, so do not spoil your work with markings. Be careful and professional.
Last tip i will drop today is , don’t fight with your sewing machine. I always say this in the college, ” your sewing machine cannot talk, you can. So solve the issues and better still, avoid it by taking precautions”
Machine timing can go off. When it does, it starts sewing abnormally. This happens when you sew over needles, or the needle hits the throat plate wrongly further affecting the plate the feeddog or the bobbin case under.
When needle breaks on speed while sewing, it can also cause the timing to go off. So take cautions ⚠️.
This video below also has some very useful tips. Watch and drop your questions and comments there if you have any.
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