I apologize for the click-bait-y title, but seriously, this is the best sewing tip I’ve learned in the past year. Of course, you may have learned it the first time your mama sat you down in front of a sewing machine, but I was sewing for 9 years before someone clued me in. Forgive my assumption, but this is a game changer for those that haven’t heard yet.
Have you ever perfectly lined up your fabrics and pinned them properly to only have the top layer shift forward on you while sewing the seam? This used to drive me bonkers. I found myself compromising by using a walking foot more often than was probably necessary. Then I learned this tip that solves the problem 9 times out of 10.
Sewing Tip: If you put the most stable layer of fabric on top, your seams won’t shift and pucker.
What do I mean by “most stable layer on top”?
- The heavier fabric goes on top of the light fabric.
- A woven layer fabric goes on top of a knit layer.
- The stabilized layer goes on top of the unstabilized.
- The layer sewn flat goes on top of the layer that is gathered or eased.
- The bag exterior goes on top of the bag lining.
Sewn like this, the flimsier bottom layer is eased under the presser foot by the feed dogs on the bottom and is also held in place by the more stable layer on top, and it won’t shift.
Have you heard of this tip? Have you found it as helpful as I do?