Cotton is one of the most commonly used fabric. They are light and inexpensive. Every colour on the planet is available in cotton. All of these properties is what makes it this common. With one cotton may seem like an easy fabric to work with but there are a few things you should know before starting.
Cotton is perfect for beginners. A simple sewing pattern and some basic sewing will get you what you need.
Step 1: Preparing the cotton fabric
Always pre-wash your fabrics, That is something every beginner should remember. Each and every fabric changes after a wash and if you stitch them before, washing can even mess up your stitches. Cotton tends to shrink a lot after washing. So be careful and always wash before sewing with cotton.
Step 2: Cutting the fabric
Cutting a fabric is the most important step of sewing with cotton according to me. If you mess up the cutting part, everything goes south. So you have to be careful with cutting. If you are a beginner, select easy sewing patterns. Using plainclothes are also good for a beginner. You can use complex patterns and striped cloths as you become more experienced. Use measuring tape and scissors for cutting. Always make sure the scissors are sharp before cutting or else you can ruin the cloth. Also using pins are helpful for keeping the fabric steady.
Step 3: Inspect the fabric
Cotton comes in different weights and qualities. Always make sure that you use good quality cotton. Select cotton appropriate for your use. If you are making a lightweight dress select lightweight cotton or if you are making a winter dress select heavyweight cotton. Always make sure that you’ve selected 100% cotton fabric. There will always be markings on the fabric indicating this.
Step 4: Sewing the cotton
Sewing with cotton differs according to the cotton you’ve selected. Even though cotton lends to most of the seams and needle there may be changes according to the weight of the cotton. a french seam is considered as the best for a cotton fabric. Cotton is a lightweight fabric and the french seam is lightweight too. Maybe that’s why they are considered perfect for each other. Also, do not use any bulky seams on cotton since it can have a bad impact on the fabric. Make sure you have a top rated sewing machine that can easily handle cotton. You can find them at TeachYouToSew.com.
Needle sizes also need to be changed according to the weight of the fabric, there is no perfect needle for a particular weight. you have to test this out on scrap piece yourself to find the perfect needle.
Step 5: Finishing the cotton project
Hem is a finishing method for garments. For this, the edge of the fabric is folded and stitched to prevent unravelling. A simple hem is enough to finish off a cotton fabric. It can be done either by hand or a machine. Finishing off your project with a blind hem can give it a professional touch. A blind hem is a method used to create invisible hems. These are not literally invisible, but can’t be seen on the first look. …