Just a quick tip today. Last night I was sewing pillowcases for my wonderful massage therapist, Cindy Clark of Hand Dance Massage. I know, this is good trade to have, right?
Some of the hems were deep, I needed a seam guide outside the ones engraved on my stitch plate. Painter’s tape/blue tape is perfect for this – it’s easy to apply and reposition, it has a sharp edge which I can see clearly against the machine, and it peels right off when I am done. Other types of tape work too but they may be more prone to leave sticky gunk behind (duct tape = no).
You can either use the edge of the tape as a guide or draw a line (or more than one) on the tape. Either way be as precise as you can with your measuring. Measure from the center of the foot, where the needle enters the plate when it’s centered. Once you know how far out the other lines on your stitch plate are, it may be easier to measure from one of them or from the edge of the plate. Try to get your tape even, and at the right distance, so you can use the whole length of it to guide your fabric.
Remember that if hemming, you need to sew slightly inside your hem to catch it. For example, I pressed up 2″ for a hem, so my guide here is at 1 and 7/8″. By watching the guide, you can sew the hem from the top or the bottom, whichever works better for your project.
Zoom in on the picture to see more clearly what I’m talking about.
What do you use painter’s tape for? What are you trading for?