From doubling it up 90’s style to practically living in your favourite pair of jeans, denim is a material that never seems to go out of fashion, which means you’ll always be bang on trend if you incorporate it into some stylish homeware makes. Versatile and hard-wearing, denim is ideal for making practical items such as oven gloves, as well as more decorative upholstery, bags and cushions. At first glance, it may seem like a tricky fabric to work with, but luckily Plush Addict, the lovely online fabric store, have given us some great tips.
Plush Addict’s top tips for sewing with tough, thick denim:
Rather than a normal needle, try a denim needle – they are stronger, with a sharper point to help sew through a heavier fabric.
Use denim thread, it’s stronger and especially important on stress seams.
Go slowly! Those layers of denim might leave your machine struggling, if that’s the case then slow down and use your hand wheel.
Try to reduce bulk by pressing seams out flat or by using thinner fabrics as facings of linings – which is not only practical, but will also add some pretty design features to your work. You can also trim seams right back to your stitching line (being careful not to cut your stitches of course).
Use a longer stitch length, about 3-3.5 should do it.
Amongst tons of other beautiful fabrics, Plush Addict have recently started stocking denim in a range of weights and colours – see the collection and find out more about denim here.