Sewing Tips To Make Your Life Easier

Besides the obvious sewing items like scissors and pin cushion, there are two items I keep on  hand at all times. They are masking tape and tracing paper. Here are some ways they can make your sewing process easier.

Tracing Paper

I use it when I sew clear elastic band (to avoid fabric from over stretching) , laminated fabrics or leather. For clear elastic (pictured above), I layered the strip of tracing paper on top of clear elastic so the clear elastic does not stick to the sewing foot. I sewed lace, clear elastic and tracing paper together. Once you are done with the seam, just rip the paper to remove it. 

Masking Tape

1. Use it to mark the right side of fabric.

Some fabrics are hard to tell which side is right and which side is wrong. In order to avoid mistakes, I cut a piece of masking tape and put it on the right side of the fabric as I cut the pattern pieces. 

2. Write down the needle size

I often get confused with what needle I’m currently using. I change the needle and keep using it, completely forgetting if it’s 11, 9, or a ball point needle. Sewing needle sizes are hard to tell from just looking at the needle. Now I have a solution. Whenever I change a needle, I write down the needle size on a masking tape and stick it right above the needle so I know exactly what I’m using.

3. Cover the edge side of bones

Instead of creating a bone channel, I use a plain white masking tape to cover the edges of bones and sew it directly on fabric. This only works for plastic bones like the ones shown in the picture, not the steel bones. 

More tips? 
Tips on Sewing Tulle Dress
Tips on Sewing with Kimono Fabric
How to Attach Facings with an Invisible Zipper(No Hand Sewing Involved!)



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Rental Sewing Space in Tokyo

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“Co-working spaces” have been popping up all over Tokyo these days. It is a great place for someone like me who works from home to work, to meet new people and network. I’ve signed up for one place near Tokyo station and have been enjoying the new environment. Little did I know that a co-working space for sewers and crafters existed. Recently, I saw a facebook post that my friend made. The place is called “coromoza” and it is where you can sew, print fabrics, use a CAD  laser cutter and hang out with like-minded people.
Some of my expat friends here in Tokyo sew, but have a problem finding space to set up a sewing machine or find the length of their stay prevents them from investing in a machine and other equipment. Coromoza seems to be a perfect place for them!
I decided to check out the place one afternoon.

The place is a bit hard to find, unless you have Google Maps or exact direction to the place. It is about a minute walk from the exit 7 of Meiji Jingu Mae (明治神宮前駅) station (Fukutoshin line or Chiyoda line). The outside looks like an ordinary apartment building without any distinguishing sign. The name of the building is “Jingu Heights(神宮ハイツ)”. I double checked because it felt as though you are going into someone’s apartment without permission. Coromoza is on the 4th floor of the building. Coromoza outside view Vivat Veritas BlogHow to get to sewing studio coromoza

The place is smaller than I expected, but is well equipped with professional sewing machines (the speed and power are somewhat between that of home sewing machine and industrial sewing machine), surgers, CAD, vacuum iron, embroidery sewing machine, fabric printer and more. The price is 270yen per 15 minutes for non-members (so it costs 1080 yen per hour) or 3780 yen for a day. More details here (Japanese only).

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P.S. My review on Japanese online sewing supply stores here.



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Got New Scissors! Video Review

scissors thumnail 630This will be boring if you don’t sew. I tried to share my excitement over my new scissors (I can’t seem to get the spelling correctly unless I google it everytime) with Andy, but he gave me a blank stare.. He wasn’t tying to be rude or anything, but he just did not get why I spent 7000 yen (70 bucks) for scissors. I had him try my cheap plastic scissors and the new expensive one, and asked if he could tell the difference, but he just laughed! So if you are not into sewing, don’t watch the video because I’m sure you will react the same way Andy did.

The scissors are from Okadaya in Shinjyuku, but you can also purchase them from Rakuten shop here. Mine are 24 cm in length, but I kind of wish I went with 21 cm. They are quite heavy and I think they would have fit in my hands better if they were a bit smaller. Anyway, I hope you will enjoy the video! If you have any video requests, please let me know.

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