It’s difficult to immediately get a perfectly straight line when using a sewing machine for the first time. My first lines weren’t ideal, but after a lot of practice you begin to notice how much easier and better it gets. You obviously want the workpiece to be done in a masterly way and to be able to sew it quickly and flawlessly. A straight stitch is the main type of stitches and is widely used in various types of work.
I’ll show you some simple ways to help sew it.
Method 1. Ready-to-work sewing machine.
A sewing machine should get prepared according to the following rules: adjust the tension of the thread and the stitch length, check if the machine is threaded correctly, wind and install the bobbin, pick a needle and thread that is suitable for the fabric, adjust the pressure of the presser foot. If you are not sure whether the line will be straight, try first sewing on a small piece of fabric and you’ll see.
Method 2. Choose a presser foot.
A quilting foot with guide, a straight stitch foot, a walking foot with guide, an adjustable guide foot — all of them can be used to make a straight line.
Method 3. Seam guide.
A seam guide is a great helper in sewing a straight stitch. You can use a presser foot, a scale, a sewing machine throat plate as a seam guide. Or you can create it yourself: attach a piece of adhesive tape on the sewing machine base at a necessary distance from the needle. Don’t look at the needle but at the guidelines when sewing.
Method 4. Speed control.
You can control the sewing speed using the button or the pedal. If you are just learning to sew, it is difficult to do it quickly. One step at a time, slowly, you will learn how to make a straight line. After a while you can increase the speed to the one that you’ll feel comfortable with.
Method 5. Leave the needle in the material.
When you need to stop sewing or make a turn, be sure to leave the needle in the material so that the line doesn’t shift.
Method 6. On its own.
Do not pull the fabric or push it under the needle when sewing, but support and guide it.
Method 7. Marking the fabric.
Draw a line on the fabric using chalk, a disappearing ink pen, a water-soluble marker or any other device that won’t leave stains.
Try to sew following the line and your stitch will be straight, as it should.
Method 8. Sew on paper.
To do this you will need a piece of paper from a ruled or squared notebook; the sewing machine has to be unthreaded. Stitch strictly along the line of the paper, then stitch a parallel line. This method should be applied if you’re using a sewing machine for the first time. Try not to skip this method.
Method 9. Practice on pieces of cloth.
A good way to practice is to stitch straight lines on pieces of fabric. It helps a lot.
I hope these tips will be useful and your products will be with no flaws.
Practice and become successful!