Being so excited to start a new sewing pattern can be great until you feel like you are looking at a bunch of hieroglyphics when you see all the lines and marks in the pattern. These different tips and tricks can make every sewing project you complete from here on out as easy as pie to finish. Whether you like sewing clothes, home décor, or toys, learning how to properly pin your patterns is a great skill to have!
How to Pin a Pattern to Cut Fabric
What to do First
- Before you pin a pattern to fabric, you need to make sure everything is ready to go. Prepare your fabric and iron your pattern to ensure that your measurements are as precise as possible.
- Get to know your fabric before you sew. You want to find where the grain is as well as decipher how your fabric will act when you sew it. Ask yourself does it stretch, and will it shrink?
- Cut out your pattern from your paper.
Bonus Tip: make sure that you cut just outside of the line. It is much better to have pieces that are a little too big than too small. This will also allow for some error while cutting your fabric. Learn more Quick Tips on How to Cut out Fabric Perfectly, to ensure that all of your cuts are as precise as possible.
Bonus Tip: The way you pin your pattern to your fabric depends on what kind of fabric you are pinning. Learn the right type of fabric for your sewing project before you get started on pinning. If you are using a delicate fabric, you want to use as few pins as possible or maybe even decide to opt for pattern weights instead. Silk, for example, does not heal well from too many pin pricks.
How to Pin A Pattern to Fabric
What to do first
How to Know Which Pinning Method to Use
- Pros for Vertical Pinning: Pinning vertically can require less pins and may end up with a more precise cut.
- Cons for Vertical Pinning: Pinning vertically means you cannot pin on the seam, so if you are using delicate fabric the damage the pins do could be more noticeable.
- Pros for Horizontal Pinning: Horizontal pinning means that any damage the pins do will be closer to the seam of your project, so any damage it does will be practically invisible when your sewing project is complete.
- Cons for Horizontal Pinning: Horizontal pinning can make the fabric bunch more.