Sewing Notions For Buttons, Trim And Fabrics

Having the correct notions for your sewing projects will make the difference between success and failure. This article covers basic sewing notions.

Having the correct notions for your sewing projects will make the difference between success and failure. Sewing buttons, trim and fabric requires different notions depending on the type of project. This article will cover some of the notions needed during basic sewing.

Sewing buttons can be done by hand, or by machine if your sewing machine is equipped with the ability to sew on buttons. If you are machine sewing your buttons you will need a special button foot, high quality thread, and a button! Your pattern may also call for interfacing, which is available in the notions section of your fabric store and is used to provide extra support to the fabric. Follow your sewing machine's directions for sewing the button on. You will also need to sew a corresponding button hole. Use the same thread (or same thread color) for your button and button hole for a nice coordinated effect. Some buttons can not be sewn on via machine (such as stem buttons), in which case you will need a hand sewing needle, and a needle threader if you are unable to thread the eye of the needle by hand without one. Again, coordinating thread should be used on buttons and button holes if the thread shows.

The notions necessary for sewing trim vary quite a bit depending on the type of trim being sewn. Consult with your sewing machine manual to make sure you are using the correct type of pressure foot for the type of trim you are sewing on. Depending on the style of trim, you may need to use a specialty needle as well. For stretchy, knit trims a ball point needle should be used. For woven trims, a regular pointed needle or a universal needle can be used. High quality coordinating thread should be used to avoid fraying and skipped stitches.

Notions for sewing fabric are too numerous to list in one article, and vary depending on the type of fabric and the project being sewing. Good basic notions to have on hand at all times include:

-Ball topped pins- An absolute must have for pinning items to prevent shifting while sewing.

-Sewing needles - A sharp needle will produce a better finished item. It is a good idea to have extra needles on hand, and replace them every other sewing project. There are different types of needles for different fabrics. A universal needle can be used with most knits and wovens. A ball point needle is the best for sewing knit fabrics. Regular sewing machine needles are best used with woven fabrics. A wedge point needle is used for sewing leather vinyl. The size of the needle is also an important factor. Fine fabrics should be sewn with a finer needle and heavier fabrics with a heavier needle.

- Thread - A good collection of thread is a must have for any serious sewer! Having a collection of different colors and fiber contents will ensure that you have the perfect thread for any project, without having to run out to the store!

- Seam Ripper- Even the best sewer makes mistakes, and this important little notion will help save you time ripping them out!

- Measuring tape- Yet another staple. There are a variety of measuring devises now from a traditional measuring tape to hard, clear plastic rulers. Each has its special uses, so having a collection of several different styles is handy.

-Scissors- A good, sharp pair of scissors is a must have for accurately cutting out patterns and working with fabric. Higher quality scissors will hold a sharp edge longer.

-Bobbins - Having extra bobbins on hand will allow you to have multiple colors of thread loaded and ready to sew!

-Trims - Having a selection of various trims on hand is handy during projects. Often times fabric stores will have remnant bags of trims at discounted prices. This is a great way to save money and stock up!

-Elastic- Another handy item to have "˜in stock'. Keeping several sizes of elastic on hand is great for spur of the moment projects!

-Other miscellaneous items that are handy to have on hand: zippers hook & eye closures, bias tape, seam binding, blanket binding, and hem tape.

Add notions to your sewing collection a little at a time by shopping sales and buying extra with each project you make. Before long, you will be able to sew projects on a whim without ever having to leave your house for that one notion you just don't have.

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