The changing seasons and a need for more work attire have put me in the mood for sewing with black. There’s only one problem. The shorter days mean I’m often working by artificial light and squinting at my sewing. Here are my 5 Top Tips for Sewing With Black Fabric!
Top Tip 5 – Prep In The Evening
If light isn’t on your side, do all the prep work in the evening. Wash and dry your fabric. Change the needle in your machine. Prepare a couple of bobbins of thread. Heck, you could even give your sewing machine a clean.
Top Tip 4 – Cut Out In Daylight
I’d suggest saving the cutting out for daylight hours. This is when you’ll want to carefully keep an eye out for any flaws and ensure that you’re confident of the right or wrong side of your fabric. If in doubt, add a mark to the wrong side of your fabric. I recommend this White Wax Tailor’s Chalk that melts away under the heat of an iron.
Top Tip 3 – Good Lighting
My home has filled with lamps of every shape and variety since I began sewing. If you’re going to sew with black fabric in the evening, make sure you have a good light source.
Top Tip 2 – Have A Lint Roller To Hand
You are going to pick up every stray dog hair, speck of dust and random thread in your half of the hemisphere. Failing a lint roller, I wrap sellotape around my hand, sticky side facing out, and use that.
Top Tip 1 – Buy A Head Torch!
Strange but true. A head torch can be the Sewist’s friend, aiming a single beam of light right at the area you’re working on.
Do you have any tips for sewing with black fabric? It’s worth spending time on makes in solid colours. You’ll pull these items out of your wardrobe time and again.