How To Finish Silk Seams
For the perfect silk seam finish, wrap the sewn edges together by sewing them in and make sure they are flat. Additionally, shorten the stitch length to 2mm to reduce the number of puckers you have. Lastly, guide the silk fabric through your machine and keep a little pressure before and after the stitch so the silk stays tight.
Best sewing needles to use with silk
Typically, silk fabric, and other lightweight fabrics, require a smaller needle such as a 60/8, 70/10 or 80/12. 70/10 needles work well with your fine silk and chiffon while 80/12 needles are best for medium weight silk.
The best machine quilting stitch length
The best stitch length for machine quilting is 2.5 to 3.0 which will give you 8 to 12 stitches per inch. Adjust your stitch length based on fabric thickness and weight, Stronger fabrics often require fewer stitches per inch but pieces with heavy padding require more.
Properly setting sewing machine tension
A 4.5 sewing machine tension setting is the default position for normal straight-stitch sewing. 4.5 is suitable for most fabrics, however, if you perform any stitch that requires width, like a zig zag stitch, you may find the tension is too tight. Conversely, fine threads may require less tension in order to prevent thread breaking.
How to tell the difference between sewing needles
Larger needles have a smaller number while smaller needles have a higher number. Example, a size 18 needle is thicker and longer than a size 24, which is shorter. To discover which you like best try a variety of brands, types, and sizes until you find one you are most comfortable using.
Best stitch length to stitch in the ditch
To lock your quilting pieces together securely the best stitch length to stitch in the ditch with is 1.5mm. Several layers of stitching will ensure you don’t end up with a hole in your quilt and 1.5mm is sufficient to keep your pieces together tightly.
The best sewing machine needles
- Groz-Beckert Sewing Machine Needles
- Schmetz Universal – Size 75/11
- Singer Multi 4758 Heavy Duty Machine Needles
- Honeysew Blue, Purple, Red Tip Needles
- 50 Schmetz Universal Sewing Machine Needles
- Organ Flat Shank – size 70/10
Embroidery needles vs sewing needles
Embroidery needles have larger eyes than regular sewing needles to accommodate embroidery thread. The sharp tips on embroidery needles penetrate tightly woven fabric and felt better. Embroidery needles, sometimes called crewel needles, are used for crewel embroidery
Sewing machine needles to use (and when)
The larger the needle number, the larger the blade of that needle. Both needle sizing numbers are typically marked on the package, such as 60/8 and 70/10. Home sewing machine needles are classified as 130/705 H system, which means they should be used in home sewing machines rather than industrial machines.
Different sizes of sewing machine needles
The numbers on sewing machine needle packages represent the thickness of the fabric you are able to sew with those specific needles. The larger the number, the thicker the fabric you can sew. Conversely, smaller needles are for sewing finer fabrics.Inspiration via threadsmagazine.com. "Align the strip with one seam allowance raw edge, and sew a 1/4-inch seam allowance. For precision edges, try a special presser foot designed for sewing 1/4-inch seam allowances. Wrap the strip to the underside of the seam allowance, and pin it in place. Stitch-in-the ditch along the strip seam to finish.".