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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January 4, 2010 Flag

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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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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December 9, 2012 Flag

I have always had trouble getting my thread started on my bobbin before loading it onto the bobbin winder on the sewing machine. It seems that the hole in the bobbin gets smaller every year!

I decided to try my little Dritz needle threader and it works beautifully. Just insert the little wire piece from the outside edge of the bobbin, then push the end of your thread through that and pull it through the hole. Wind it around a couple of times and you are ready for the machine bobbin winder.

You don't have to let a bunch of clear plastic contraptions gain mastery over you! And what is better, you don't have to give up sewing just because you can't see your hand before your face. I remember as a little kid my mama had so much trouble with her sewing. I was a middle age baby so I was underfoot during the time she was struggling with the vision problems and oversized hands. I got my big hands from her.

Total Time: Less than 5 minutes

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December 10, 20120 found this helpful

Yikes! I misspelled threading! Sorry

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January 18, 2017 Flag

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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January 17, 2017 Flag

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.

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.

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November 22, 2012 Flag

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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August 24, 2010 Flag

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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August 1, 2011 Flag

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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April 14, 2015 Flag

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 Flag

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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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August 25, 2010 Flag

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 Flag

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 Flag

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 Flag

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 Flag

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 Flag

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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December 21, 2016 Flag

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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December 21, 2016 Flag

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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April 24, 2009 Flag

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 Flag

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 Flag

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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December 1, 2005 Flag

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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July 15, 2009 Flag

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

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April 9, 2009 Flag

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 7, 2010 Flag

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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July 13, 2010 Flag

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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June 6, 2011 Flag

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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July 18, 2007 Flag

I've seen others make things that looked great and with which they seemed very proud. However, I have not ever been totally pleased with everything I have sewn, usually because of the fabrics chosen.

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February 18, 2005 Flag

I use an easy way to gather fabric without the gathering thread breaking. Pull out both the bobbin and the top threads to a length longer than the piece to be gathered, and pull them to the right of the needle.

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Picking Up Pins and Needles
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Some sewing machine needles on a white background.
Discarding Used Sewing Machine Needles
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