"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. "
- Audre Lorde
We know that slipper fabric can be annoying when you want to wear it outside, and it keeps slipping off from one or the other corner. However, today I am going to give you impressive cutting and sewing tips that you can try for your sewing projects at home.
Start with spraying your fabric with starch before cutting
Choose the slippery fabric and hang it over a rail or a hanger, whichever you are comfortable with. Spray the starch from the starch bottle you can get online from the most popular eCommerce stores that sell stuff for sewing crafts and projects.
This little do-over for your fabric will stiffen it up. However, start stiffening it from the corners for a better cut design later on. This is the best trick when you are planning for any kids’ crafts projects as well.
Get more accurate cuts with the help of a rotary cutter
Have you felt that nuisance of cutting the slippery fabric and being rewarded with uneven shapes and sizes? In this case, you might end up cutting the dress uneven with all the wrong cutting and sewing patterns.
However, you can make use of the rotary cutter. Get it from the sewing machine stores online or offline. This tool is pretty affordable and useful for all the projects related to the craft for children.
With the help of this rotary cutter, results will be accurate. There is no frustration of spoiling the dress for your kids or yourself. The blades of this cutter will roll evenly over and under the fabric, not ruining or getting influenced by the slipper notion of the material itself.
Cut the fabric in patterns or symmetrically
This is one of the tips or tricks that should be used by the core fashion designers or those who love art and craft. In short, if you know your way around the scissors, only then you can cut out beautiful fabric patterns without messing with the original dress design as such.
You can use the chalk pencil to draw the lines over the fabric to cut and sew it later on according to your choice.
However, make sure that the cut you make does not ruin the overall show of the fabric. After the cut, the patterns over the fabric must not look uneven or weird while sewing.
Use pins to hold the slippery fabric together
While imagining the sewing patterns in your mind, remember that pins are a designer’s best friend. Be it your DIY project or those kids’ crafts projects; you can easily excel in sewing and handling the slippery fabric when you keep using the pins judiciously.
However, do not throttle or hurt the fabric with the pin’s head. You have to use pins only to stow away or hold the slipperiness of the fabric. This is a temporary solution while you decide how you want to cut and sew the fabric and remove all the slipperiness at once.
Go for hand or machine basting or tacking solutions
You can hand baste or tack your slipper fabric to keep in one place. The long removal stitches are easier to remove and adjust when you do it by hand. However, using a machine is more manageable when the fabric is a lot more slippery, and you have deadlines to meet.
You can quickly join the slippery fabric with the one you have been sewing with knits. But this will be a temporary solution till you work up your skill for the regular stitches to be made on the same slippery fabric.
You can purchase the machine from the sewing machine stores. From there, you can also buy the cutting and sewing materials if you are falling short of them ever.
Moreover, basting is best when you are dealing with heavy and slippery fabrics. That means you can add a zipper to the jean or pants or a skirt using the basting technique.
You can also add layers to the quilt or another zipper over the same quilt using the basting technique.
Use the art and craft glue stick
This is one of the amazing tricks to follow when you want to cut and sew your favorite dress for the season. You can use any glue that is used in most sewing crafts and projects. But make sure to use it on a scrap fabric for its usability, visibility, and removability.
Once you ensure that the glue is working and not tampering with the fabric, use it on the fabric’s slipper seams. This glue will then put a hold on these slippery slopes or seams of the fabric. Then you can take your time and sew the fabric as and when you like.
You can even cut the fabric further and then stitch other layers to it. Once you are convinced with all the sewing work you have done, you can remove the glue gently from the slipper seam.