Isn’t it true that denim sewing is one of the toughest sewing tasks for any fashionista? And, isn’t it also true that a lion share of the fashionistas is unaware of the proper way of handling denim let alone sewing? In case, you’re one of them then congratulations, you’re at the right place. Because, today, this article presents you with the must-learn techniques of denim sewing under the title what to consider before sewing a denim.
We don’t guarantee that our write up will instantly convert you to an expert denim tailor. Instead, we assure you that you will be enough knowledgeable of the pros and cons of denim and its dealing. This is going to be the basis of your denim expertise.
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What to Consider Before Sewing a Denim
As you are going to sew denim with an unusual machine so you must abide by a number of manners. We have provided the details of those under different subtitles for your better understanding. Here we go!
Have a sound knowledge of your fabric
Step 1: There is denim with multiple weights starting from light chambray denim to heavy dark. And, every type provides you with a certain number of advantages, which are unique. For example, you can over-dye, stone-wash and stretch the basic tough cotton twill. In short, there are many choices waiting for your green signal.
Step 2: Measure the breadth of your denim fabric. Otherwise, you may end up buying denim whose width is not comfortable for you.
Step 3: Keep in mind that it is always unwise to start cutting denim let alone sewing it before washing with water. It doesn’t matter what the heaviness and width are, you must wash the denim. Why?
Because the only way of examining shrinking and colorfastness is washing. For being over sure of colorfastness, you can dip the denim in warm water and vinegar.
O, another vital fact to mention here is – if your denim’s color is dark, you must wash it twice.
Cut the denim
Step 1: We have seen many fashionistas who have no choice of denim pattern. They mix up the pattern choice with that of fabric. But, you must consider that denim and usual fabric are never the same things.
However, go for a pattern that suits denim, creates a vibe. As an example of perfect of denim pattern, you can consider famke skirt and maisie cap.
Step 2: While cutting the denim or you’re about to start, always observe the grain of the denim. Make sure that no grainy part is cut. Otherwise, your hard-toil sewn garment may twist when you put it on.
Step 3: Does you denim fray? Then, there are two possible ways for you to deal with the problem. First of all, you can cut the fraying edges with a sharp scissors. Cutting may be tough if the denim is very thick and another matter is cutting is less effective solution.
Then, what’s the most effective solution to the issue? Well, for this, you should serge or zigzag edges. Believe us, there will be no such problem anymore.
Making the right choice
Step 1: Remember that you can’t choose any needle randomly to suit to denim. In fact, there are special needles for denim. You should go for denim needles manufactured by Singer, Universal, Schmetz or Klass. The needles of these brands are strong and sharp enough to pierce denim of any thickness.
Step 2: Just like the choice of needle, your choice of thread can’t also be random. Go for thread that is not much thick suited to your sewing machine but sufficiently tough. For example, you can use polyester thread of the following brands: Coats, Rasant, Gutterman or Clark.
Besides, there is one more option for you. That is sewing the denim with double thread. For this you must thread your machine with bobbin and spool thread together. Pass both threads via the points and even insert them together into the needle eye. This will produce double thread outside of the creation and a usual single thread inside.
Step 3: Are you sewing denim that is lightweight? Don’t you sew denim regularly? Then, a normal sewing machine with the combination of correct thread and needle as mentioned above will be okay.
But, if you are sewing denim regularly and the denim is really very thick, then you have to use a heavy-duty machine. The machine must incorporate a strong skeleton inside and a super powerful motor.
Step 4: When you are done with making all the choices perfectly and you’re all set to start sewing, don’t start sewing instantly. Instead, take a scrap of your denim and sew on it for some time. This will give you a hint regarding whether everything has been done perfectly so far or not.
Step 1: Choose and lock a seam that is suitable not only for your style but also for the denim weight and thickness. For example, you may choose either bound or graded or fell seam
Step 2: Adopt top-stitching for the outside of the denim. This may require you to replace the needle for once with a needle of large eye.
Step 3: To flatten the seam, there is no substitution for pressing the denim as you sew. For more effective output, press the seam with hot iron when you are done with creating seam.
Step 4: Is your denim very thick? Then, turn the hand wheel and guide the needle all over the inflexible spots. This will prevent the unexpected needle breaking and denim slipping.
Step 5: For sewing denim, you must adopt either of the feet: roller or jeans.
In the end, we would like to say that a unique fashionista is that person who is aware of every pros and cons related to sewing. Until and unless you are expert in turning impossibility of sewing into possibility with exclusive techniques, you don’t become an artistic tailor. So, give yourself a chance, kick off the process of becoming someone uncommon and artistic with the knowledge of denim handling tactics.