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5 Ways to Make Your Sewing Projects Look More Polished

Episode 167: How to make your home sewing look professional.

Posted in: Seamwork Radio Podcast • November 15, 2023 • Episode 167

Do you ever wish your home sewing projects looked as polished as the clothes you buy in the store?

This is the third episode in this quick tip series, with episodes full of tips to answer your most burning sewing questions. Today, Sarai and Haley are discussing ways to make your projects more polished. They cover five different tips to help you get a professional-looking finish.

Below are the show notes for this podcast episode and a brief summary of what's covered, followed by a full transcript.

5 Tips for Making Your Sewing Projects Look Polished

Tip 1: Press (and invest in pressing tools)

Pressing your seams as you go is the best way to make your clothes look more professionally made.

And it's not just pressing. Make sure that you are using the appropriate tools to get a really good press. Read this article about how to use all of the most important pressing tools.

Tip 2: Don’t skip those little techniques that make a big difference

You'll usually find these little techniques in your instructions, and they’re there for a reason. Don't skip things like clipping and notching, trimming your seams, grading your seams, understitching your seams. All of these seemingly trivial steps add up to a polished garment.

Tip 3. Learn as many seam finishes as you can

Make a plan for your seam finishes before you start a project. Would French seams work well for this fabric? Or is a serger perfect? Read through the instructions and figure out what finishes you want to use where—and then make sure your seam allowances are appropriate for them.

Seam finishes can take your project to the next level, even if you’re the only one who sees them on the inside.

Tip 4: Fabric choice plays a big role

No matter how skilled you are at sewing, you’re ultimately at the mercy of your fabric. So having a firm understanding of how fabric behaves in certain types of garments (and on your body) will help you achieve the look you want.

Understand drape, body, and weight to start. We have an article here.

When you get stuck, look in your closet for similar garments and read the fabric contents. You’ll learn how different fibers and their percentages affect how a fabric looks and behaves.

Also, use good quality interfacing that's the correct weight for your fabric. We have an article here!

Tip 5: Track your mistakes so you can learn from them

You’ve heard us say this before, and you’ll hear it again. Keep a project diary or use the projects feature on the Seamwork Community to take notes of things you like about a project or the things you would change.

Tracking your measurements, fabric lessons, fitting adjustments, and pattern hacks helps you with each project moving forward. Plus, you get to see how far you’ve come!

Do you have any other tips for making your projects look polished? Comment and share!

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