I am going to be honest about this: I am by no means an experience seamstress and I always have a hard time sewing a straight line, especially when I am using a machine. I know HOW to sew a straight line with a sewing machine, but I am just not very good at it. Experienced sewists have a lot of practice with their machine. Much like a race car driver knows their car very well, sewists know how to whip their machine into shape. Me? I feel like mine is always betraying me. Plus, it can be hard to keep track of your seam guide.
How to Sew a Straight Line
If you need help sewing a straight line on your sewing machine, use painter’s or washi tape to help you out. Once you know which seam guide you are going to use, tape a strip of tape along that line. This way you can keep track of your seam across a wider area.
This tip is insanely helpful for people who are have a hard time focusing or find themselves squinting while sewing. You can easily follow the guideline you set own. Plus, the beauty of painter’s tape and washi tape is that they do not leave a mark! This means you will have no residue left on your machine!
Need help learning how to sew a straight line on a sewing machine? Check out our brand new tutorial on AllFreeSewing.com! With this week’s smart sewing hack and this tutorial, you will be sewing straight lines in no time.
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