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Sewing Tips and Tricks

All crafts can be made easier if you are able to pick up some useful tips. Sewing is no exception. Sewing tips can speed up your work and may help you create a nicer final project. This page contains sewing tips and tricks.
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Free denim? We are a short family. It is hard to find the 29 inch length jeans that my husband wears for work and play. I have become an expert at cutting off and hemming the 30 inch to fit. I decided if I had to cut and hem, why not buy the longest length possible 36 inch or longer. I now have extra new denim for patching or other crafts. I also do the same for my own jeans.

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By MaggieGrace from Pittsburgh, PA

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March 7, 20150 found this helpful

That's a great idea! Many times I have found pants that were at a wonderful clearance price only passed on them because they were too long for me or my family. Next time, I'm grabbing them!

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September 7, 2011 Flag

I used to do a lot of sewing and it was so hard to get the patterns back in the package, so just put them in a large baggie and it keeps them nice and neat. If you spray them with spray starch it will help keep them from tearing.

Also, when my pins would get dull, I would just sand them with a little sandpaper, or an emery board. Your sewing machine needle will sharpen if you sew through very fine sandpaper.

I hope these tips work for you, they have worked for me. Hope they will help you enjoy your sewing!

By Dorothy from New Creek, WV

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September 8, 20110 found this helpful

I hate to iron...lol

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March 8, 20170 found this helpful

Thread pulled through bobbin hole.

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Threading a bobbin on a sewing machine can be a little difficult if you haven't done it before. This is a guide about threading a sewing machine bobbin.

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November 22, 2012

I found this at J Hittle in Louisville, Kentucky. I buy a lot of my supplies from them because I am not to be trusted in a fabric store. I can order just a few things. The sewing machine needle is inserted into the end with the flat side toward the back of the machine.

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January 17, 2017

Pre-thread Your Needles - spool of black thread with a rethreaded needle stuck in the thread

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Make your next mending project a little faster by pre-threading your needles. I have needles already threaded in all the colors I use. I have two or three needles threaded for each of the most popular colors, like black. At the end of a mending job I make sure my needles are threaded for any future job.

August 1, 2011

Pullilng fabrid through tube with needle nose pliers

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Turning fabric tubes right side out can be very frustrating. I found a way that works great for me and is much safer than the turning tool I purchased, as it makes a hole in some fabrics.

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August 24, 2010

Use dollar store plastic or vinyl tablecloths to transfer sewing or craft patterns onto. They last a lot longer by doing this.

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April 14, 2015

Mark Opening for Turning a Sewing Project

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Accidentally forgetting to leave an opening to turn a sewing project right-side out can be very frustrating. At a recent sewing class, the teacher gave me this fabulous tip to keep from sewing your project shut. Determine where you want your opening to be then mark the beginning and end of the opening with 2 pins.

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November 3, 2010

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One of my favorite hobbies is sewing. I create new items and also do a lot of repair for my family. Today, I could not find my seam ripper anywhere. While looking for it, I found a cuticle trimmer. This trimmer worked just as well if not better than a seam ripper.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

A hoody with a drawstring

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Whether a bathing suit, hoodie or sweat pants a large safety pin can help guide that string back where it belongs. This is a guide about rethreading drawstrings.

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August 25, 2010

Make large pattern pieces from inexpensive shower curtains. The pattern pieces will last much longer than paper patterns.

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November 8, 2010

If you're ever stuck with a tent, tarp or piece of leatherwork to repair and you don't have a thimble on hand, tape a coin to your finger to help you push that heavy needle through the heavy fabric or leather.

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November 9, 2010

Keep a hemostat in your sewing kit if you know a nurse you could get one from. It is handy for pulling/grabbing needles through thick fabric.

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October 14, 2013

Sewing pins with duct tape tabs on ends for seeing more easily.

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Those little pins for sewing and holding fabric together are so small!

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June 23, 2010

Sewing heavy material like canvas can be as hard on the needle as it is on your hands. If, however, you rub the fabric well with soap before you stitch, the job will be a lot more comfortable and the needle will slip through the cloth without nearly so much danger of breaking.

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April 5, 2010

I am adding iridescent ribbon to the ruffles on my daughter's prom dress and was having a difficult time seeing to sew. I found that using a head-lamp, the kind that you strap onto your head for hiking, etc. is wonderful to use when hand-sewing.

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April 24, 2009

As I become a WOW (wise older woman), I find it easier to see if I mark the slot on a spool of thread (the little slot that holds the thread to keep it from unwinding) with a dot of red nail polish.

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November 8, 2010

Another use for rubber shelf liner is to place a scrap piece under your sewing machine. This is handy and keeps my sewing machine from moving while I'm using it.

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February 23, 2012

When I am doing machine sewing, I set up 2 small wastebaskets - one on each side of my chair. That way I can drop scraps, thread, etc. with either hand. Saves a lot of time and waste motion.

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July 15, 2009

When using thread, take a dryer sheet, and run it up and down it. The thread will have less knotting.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

Some sewing machine needles on a white background.

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This is a guide about discarding used sewing machine needles. When discarding used sewing machine needles, crafters each have their own method to get rid of them safely.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

A pile of sewing pins with bright heads.

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This is a guide about picking up pins and needles. When sewing, pins and needles seem to always find their way to the floor. As they can be dangerous to small children and pets, in particular, they need to be completely picked up after your sewing session.

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April 9, 2009

When sewing if you need to rip out your work, when you are done run a lint roller over the thread and all the little pieces come right out.

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July 13, 2010

When making coffee cozies, I needed something for a closure that would work with a big button I was using for the design. Since I didn't want to make a large button hole, I discovered the perfect thing for it was a thin elastic hair band.

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July 7, 2010

I really enjoy sewing, but lack the finances to buy some things I would like to have. For quite some time, I have wished that I could afford to buy a clapper, like I have seen on some sewing shows.

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June 6, 2011

Being the frugal person I am, instead of buying a spool of thread to match the item I am hand sewing, I keep on hand a bag of embroidery 6 strand thread that has many choices of colors to chose from.

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December 1, 2005

I put up a shelf above my sewing machine and attached a 24 inch light from Walmart to the bottom of the shelf for additional lighting on my sewing project.

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February 18, 2015

scraps in bowl

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With cats at our house, I try to be extra careful that they don't get ahold of the threads and scraps from my sewing projects. I went to a fundraiser recently and bought a decorative handmade bowl that I didn't have a use for yet. I decided it would be the perfect solution to contain my scraps.

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Crafting Tools
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Crafts SewingFebruary 9, 2012
Guides
A pile of sewing pins with bright heads.
Picking Up Pins and Needles
Some sewing machine needles on a white background.
Discarding Used Sewing Machine Needles
Thread pulled through bobbin hole.
Threading a Sewing Machine Bobbin
Woman Threading a Sewing Needle
Threading Sewing Needles
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