The 4 types of measuring tape you need in your sewing room

As a tailor, fashion designer, seamstress or seamster, you need to consider having this measuring tools to make your projects easier to handle at any given time.

I’m already certain you have an idea of what a measuring tape should be like. Also remember we have different textures and brands of these tapes.

Buy the ones that will last longer. And buy different types that will come in handy whenever you need them.

1. The regular 60 inches with cm on reverse side for easy conversions


2. 80 inches, don’t limit yourself to 60. Save yourself the stress off adding up measurements


3. 120 inches is a plus. Especially if you will be sewing beddings/ curtains.


4. Retractable taperule- your easy Carry on tool everywhere you go

How to stop your threads from breaking when sewing .

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Sewing with a wrong Needle

As fun as sewing is, we all know when the frustration sets in…

• Thread cutting

• fabric puckering

And so on……

What could be the cause?

At the fashion college – Ibadancity Fashion College- we had an instructor who was nicknamed “Mr Change your needle ” he would tell anyone who came to ask him to fix their sewing machines if they had changed the needle.

He understood that many problems come from using a wrong needle to sew, and this leads to other small issues.

No matter how beautiful or strong your sewing machine is, the needle can make it malfunction if any of the following happens.

Using Dull Needles

How often do you change your needles?

If you are constant on your machine, try to use a new needle daily if possible. It’s not costly, so it’s a low maintenance issue.  It saves you a lot of stress. Dull needles pucker the fabric and can cause real damages to soft fabrics like silk, chiffon, satin even some cotton fabrics.

Bent Needles

Will keep hitting your machine and making strange sounds. The danger of this is it can cause damages to the sewing machine plates.

Wrong Size and Wrong type of needle

We have different brands and these brands may have the same sizes, the fineness of the sizes differ. A size 16 violin (brand) is different from a size 16 butterfly or orange brand etc. It’s safe to have different brands and sizes in your haberdashery.


If you’re not using industrial sewing machine, HA type is most suitable, although you can settle for DB, DP is also common In the market but the problem of DP is its too strong for some machines and fabrics.

Know Your Tools – it makes your work easier and smoother.

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STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO TAKING MEASUREMENTS FOR YOUR SEWING PROJECT

We are not all in the sewing business for money. Right? Some of us are here only to learn how to make clothes for ourselves, our family and make the necessary amendments when needed without having to go look for a tailor.

If you’re in a country where getting tailor isn’t as easy as it is in other countries, most especially developed countries. You don’t like the idea of booking appointments, or the nature of your work doesn’t give the time, how can you blend this in?

Knowing how to take your measurements by yourself saves you a lot of stress.

Either when sewing or when you have to send your measurements to your tailors or choosing clothes online / in a store.

This video is as simple as ABC.

The guide is easy and you will see its really not a big deal getting a hang of it.

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HOW TO START A SMALL FASHION BUSINESS

Are you thinking of a new side business to start this year?

Is fashion or sewing on your list?

If yes, this post has some information and guides for you.

If I ask why you’re choosing sewing or fashion, your answer could be –

– You’re looking for means of generating side income. Either from home or you eventually plan making it bigger. This is a good enough reason to consider starting a side business.  We are in the era of multiple streams of income.

Why sewing? Maybe you have deep interests in fashion. Or you just don’t know why, you just like it. Sewing is a trending business – Always trending.

To start a sewing business, you do not need too much capital. You can start with a small budget and work your way up to the top.

Start with the essential tools and equipment. Don’t Invest in every fancy equipment, buy the ones you need urgently. Some equipment will only result in tying down your capital.

Get a good sewing machine. How do you know one? We should have an old post that talks about it on this blog. There will be a revised edition soon.

Set it up and start working from your small space.

Before this, triple check your finishing skills. Customers may come easily, little issues can turn them off especially in this sewing and fashion business. 

Make your jobs speak for you.

Start by designing clothes that will attract more customers to you for yourself. You are first contact person, they will look up to you.

Keep practicing all the styles you can think of now. Use yourself as the experiment, it’s safer than using customer’s clothes for experiment.

Get the essential sewing materials. While learning or training, you would have noticed some supplies you’re always using eg bias, threads, multiple needle sizes, different Scissors, trimmings, fusibles- stay (different ttpes), zippers etc

Starting your business won’t be difficult if you start by working with your budget.

Make a list and sort in order of priority.

Start with that one client and give it all it takes .

SEWING TECHNIQUES. TYPES OF OPENING IN GARMENT CONSTRUCTION

For every closure in your garment there is an opening. Ironically, the same principle applies to life. But today we are focusing on sewing.

How many types of closure and openings can you handle. At least, these few ones here, you should be able to handle them as a fashion student or fashion designer.

What Are Openings And Closures?

Openings and closures are the spaces you leave on garments made to allow for wearing and removing. These openings are closes in different ways as you choose or as suits your design.

Let’s examine a few-

FACING – easy to handle and one of the basic opening techniques you learn and master as a fashion designer. It is sewn by cutting fabric of same shape around the neckline but shorter than the garment. It’s few inches long, and flipped inside or outside the garment as the design calls for.

This is made by a slit and sewing on fabric cuts to make the placket. Same or contrasting fabrics can be used to achieve this.

Hemmed openings is about the simplest, but one needs to be extra careful to avoid stretching the curves thereby giving excess. The fabric is folded in twice and sewn. As much as it appears simple, it can go wrong if care is not taken. This type is best used when working with sheer fabrics, delicate fabrics etc.

FALSE PLACKET- as the name suggests, it’s just a placement for fashion sake. It’s not exactly an opening, but sewn on the garment to give an appearance of one.

BIAS BOUND- using BIAS cut fabrics or bias tape / ribbons to finish the garment opening. It can be done inwards or outward. When sewing this, avoid stretching the bias fabric/ tape and the fabric. Stretching either of this will equally alter the size of the opening originally planned. And may cause gaping.

FLY OPENING -for zipper closures. It’s a layover kind of opening. Used mostly on trousers but not for trousers only, can be used in skirts, blouses, dresses, etc.

This openings are on the seam lines. Side, back, shoulder etc. Any type of zipper can be used. But the use of invisible zippers is common with this type of opening in menswear lately.

OVERLAPPED OPENINGS as seen in wraps or surplice designs, jackets, tops, and more. This can be used in a way it works with the design you are working on.

BACK OPENINGS- who doesn’t know a back opening? No one. Simply and can be used among side facing, bias bound, false placket, zippers on and on. When making garments won’t high front neckline and you want to avoid zippers, back opening can be used and closed with fasteners of your choice. – hook and eye, snaps, etc.

GATHERED/ DRAWSTRING – commonly seen in off shoulder maxi tops and dresses, or any other kind of garment. Here little excess are drawn together to make the opening firm. Also used in finishing skirts, trousers etc.

The art of sewing is a constant lesson. Don’t stop learning.

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Tailor’s Clinic – Your Machine’s Check-Up

          by now, we should know our tools and equipments are nothing to be overlooked if we want a smooth job. Nothing discourages or stresses out more than a sewing machine giving ‘issues’ or thread cutting etc…… We can go on and on…

Most sewing machine problems are caused by neglect, overlook and poor maintenance. Sparing just a few minutes daily or weekly, depending on how much you are using the machine, can keep your machine running smoothly. Your sewing machine should not be going to the repairer always, know few tips to keep you working.

 Keep it covered 

Dust, lint,hair, threads and other tiny dirts can find their way into your machine and cause problems, especially in the tension disc area. Do not place Your sewing machine near an open window, and always cover it when not in use. You can make one yourself, or even use an old pillow case- but keep your machine under wraps and cover when you’re not sewing.

  

 Change your machine needles regularly

Proffessionally, Its recommend you replace the sewing machine needle after every four hours of sewing time. Each time you sew, the needle passes through the fabric thousands of times per minute, and each time it does two things: It makes a hole in the fabric for the thread to glide through, and it forms a loop with the thread to make the actual stitch. The bobbin hook picks up this loop by moving just .05 mm or less behind the needle- about the thickness of a piece of paper- so if the needle becomes bent or dull, you may get skipped stitches, broken or looped threads, runs and pulls in the fabric, or even damage to your machine.

When the needle is compatible with your fabric and thread, your machine sews more smoothly. An inappropriate needle will force the thread through the fabric instead of letting it glide cleanly through the needle hole and may cause broken threads or puckered fabric. A common mistake is to use a needle that’s too small for the thread. For example, a size 70/10 needle is the right choice for fine fabrics like silk, and a size 60 or 65 with fine, lightweight thread. 

  
Regular ballpoint needlesare still the best for sewing knits, fleece fabrics, and elastic. And now there are needles specially designed for sewing with metallic threads that havecoated eyes to reduce friction and thread breakage. Unfortunately some of these are not available in our local markets. Endeavor to make it a necessity any time you visit another country to visit their tailors’ market or any haberdashery store you see around. 

Wind the bobbins correctly


A bobbin not well threaded or inserted can jam the machine and cause the upper thread to break. Always use a bobbin designed for your machine in order to avoid skipped stitches, loose threads, and noise, as well as permanent damage to the bobbin case. 

  

Regular cleaning is essential 

Get in the habit of cleaning your machine after each day’s work or project. Basically, a routine cleaning can be accomplished quickly and easily this way 👉🔻

Start at the top and clean the tension disks with a folded piece of fine fabric. Be sure the presser foot is up, so the tension springs are loose and the fabric can move easily between the disks, dislodging any lint. blow air into it from back to front, to remove loose particles from around the tension disks and to clean other areas inside the machine. Don’t blow into your machine too much because breath contains moisture and will eventually cause corrosion.

  
Always remove the machine’s needle and throw it away after completing a project. Then take out the throat plate, bobbin, bobbin case, Clean under the feed dogs and around the bobbin area with a small brush, and blow out any lint from inside of the bobbin case. If the hook mechanism is removable, wipe it clean with a dot of oil on a piece of muslin, and add small drop of oil before returning it to the machine. Use a light oil recommended for sewing machines ONLY.  Check with your manual regarding other areas on your machine that may require oiling, and use only a small drop for each spot. It is always better to oil too little more often than too much at one time, and avoid oiling any plastic parts.

   
  The shaft under your machine, the lever shaft and other moving parts need to be oiled well for effective function. 

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