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Learning To Sew: Sewing On Fabric With Pivots And Curves

Sewing pivots and curves is a vital skill when it comes to sewing! In this article, I will guide you through sewing curves and pivots on fabric! 

Make sure that you read sewing straight lines on fabric before you read this article, as this article is a continuation of the other article!


In the last article I talk about how the type of fabric matters, the materials you need, lining up the fabric, tension, reverse/reinforcement stitches, thread tails and actually sewing the straight stitch! Because I’ve already talked about these topics in the past article, we can just jump right into sewing pivots and curves on fabric in this article!


   1. Read the last article!


   2. Grab your two pieces of (or folded) cotton fabric


Place the fabric underneath the presser foot and line it up!


   3. Staircase


Either using a fabric pen or just a normal old pen or sharpie, draw a staircase on the fabric. 


Sew along this line pivoting when you reach the corner. Reverse stitch at the beginning and the end.


   4. Zigzags


Either using a fabric pen or just a normal old pen or sharpie, draw a zigzag on the fabric. 


Sew along this line pivoting when you reach the end of the diagonal lines on the zigzags. Reverse stitch at the beginning and the end.


   5. Curve


Either using a fabric pen or just a normal old pen or sharpie, draw a curve on the fabric. 


Curves are a little bit more tricky, they involve both a lot of pivoting and they need good hand placement. Curves involve a good amount of pivoting, make sure to pivot or you’ll end up with bunched fabric and an awful line sewn! Your left hand should lightly guide the fabric whilst being placed directly beside and to the front of the presser foot. Don’t forget to reverse stitch. 


   6. Mixture!!


Either using a fabric pen or just a normal old pen or sharpie, draw staircases, zigzags and curves on the fabric! Don’t forget to add in a few straight lines!


This step is the most difficult and the most fun! Take your time and really try and sew on those lines. This mixture of sewing all of these different techniques is great practice for next week when you will do your first project!


Wow! You have now mastered the skill of sewing on fabric!! Next week I will guide you through your first sewing project, good luck!


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