Industrial Sewing Techniques

Industrial Sewing Techniques

For the at-home seamstress, using these ten industrial sewing techniques can take your project to the next level in professionalism. These tips are easy to follow when sewing cotton, canvas, and many other fabrics. For your next textile project, contact Commercial Bag and Supply.

 


 

Industrial Sewing Techniques Guide

  1. Reduce your seam allowances. Typical home sewing patterns have seam allowances of 5/8″. For collars, cuffs, and waistbands, this larger allowance often results in the garment looking bulky. Reducing the seam allowance on enclosed seams to 1/4″ will save you time on trimming, grading, notching, and clipping.
  2. Mark your notches by using 1/8″ nips. Rather than cutting diamond shapes, nipping will make your seams less susceptible to fraying.
  3. Instead of pinning down your pattern to the fabric, hold it down with weights.
  4. Make sure your piece of fabric is large enough that you can cut and mark all the pieces needed at once.
  5. Sewing continuously will result in a cleaner looking final product. Butt your pieces end to end and stitch from one seam to another. When you get to the pressing station, then you can cut them apart.
  6. Try to sew as many seams as you can before the initial pressing.
  7. Save time by sewing flat. Sew the details first (collar, cuffs, waistband,etc.), then move on to the rest of the garment. Do as much sewing as you can before you sew together the side seams.
  8. Sew buttonholes. When you’re ready to put the actual buttons on, open the holes with a punch rather than a seam ripper.
  9. Avoid using pins as it distorts seams and slows down the process. Match corners at the start and finish of seams. Use both hands to sew and keep raw edges matched while sewing.
  10. During the final pressing, start with the details. Move to the sleeves and the body. Press your buttons from the wrong side. Allow pressed areas to cool down before you begin pressing a new section.

Seed Storage Tips

Planting and harvesting your garden can be one of the most rewarding seasonal activities on your own or with your loved ones. Using these seed storage tips, you can keep growing your vegetable strains year after year.

How long will stored seeds last?

Depending on what kind you’re storing, seeds can last anywhere from a year to more than five¬†years.

Seeds to use quickly: Seed Storage

  • Corn
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Pepper

Seeds that last last 3-4 years:

  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Leeks
  • Peas
  • Spinach

Long-living seeds:

  • Beets
  • Chard
  • Cabbage(s)
  • Cucumber
  • Radish
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato

How should you salvage vegetable seeds?

Vegetables that are more “fleshy” should be seeded when fully ripe. These vegetables include tomatoes, squash, melons, and the like. Other vegetables like beans and peas should be left on the vine until their pods are dried out and crackly. Corn needs to be left on the stalk until the kernels dent. For fleshy-vegetables seeds:

– Scoop out the seeds
– Spread them out on a paper towel
– Leave the seeds to dry in a well-ventilated area

Is freezing bad for seeds?

Freezing seeds is better for long-term storage. The cold temperatures will actually extend the lifespan of the stored seeds.

Can you expect growth from frozen seeds?

The simple answer? Yes. You can check the germination rate by putting a damp paper towel in a plastic bag with some of the seeds. Then place the plastic bag into a warm area of the house. After about one week, you should begin to see germination occurring.

How to Store Seeds

  • Prepare the amount of mason jars you’ll need for proper separation of your seeds
  • Place a cheesecloth bag of dry powdered milk at the bottom of the jar
  • Put the seeds into each jar
  • Label and date the jars
  • Place the jars in a refrigerator or freezer for long-term storage