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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
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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.

By MaggieGrace from Pittsburgh, PA

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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!

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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.

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    Closeup of sewing machine bobbin.Bobbin and thread.Putting thread puller through bobbin hole.Thread pulled through bobbin hole.
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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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August 1, 2011 Flag

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.

Pullilng fabrid through tube with needle nose pliers

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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
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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 Flag

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.

Mark Opening for Turning a Sewing Project

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July 27, 2015 Flag
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I'm upcycling an UnderArmour shirt and I can't get my sewing machine to sew it. I've changed my needle, the tension, semi-cleaned the machine, rethreaded it a few times, but I can't get the thread to catch more than maybe one stitch. It works fine on other fabric, but not on this material. It is going to be so cute! I just really don't want to have to hand stitch it. I've changed the height of the needle too. I'm considering using another fabric as a "catcher" fabric, I guess you can call it. I've also had problems with dropping stitches a lot. My old machine never did that, but I'm not very experienced with sewing either. Help?

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    September 6, 20150 found this helpful

    Buy a " teflon" needle.

    To the unecessary comment stating - a fabric is made so it can't be upcycled...DON'T BE RIDICULOUS! Anytime, any item can be utilized by another to extend its purpose, is perfection. Why add to the trash heaps?

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    August 25, 2010 Flag
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    Make large pattern pieces from inexpensive shower curtains. The pattern pieces will last much longer than paper patterns.

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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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    November 8, 2010 Flag
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    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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    October 14, 2013 Flag
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    Those little pins for sewing and holding fabric together are so small!

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

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    June 23, 2010 Flag
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    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
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    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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    November 9, 2010 Flag
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    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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    April 24, 2009 Flag
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    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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    August 17, 2014 Flag
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    This tip is too easy, but I never thought of it. I always wrapped mine in duct tape. My sewing machine instructor said that she puts her old ones in an empty medicine container, keeps it in the drawer till full then tosses. I love this idea.

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    November 8, 2010 Flag
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    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
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    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 Flag
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    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 1, 2005 Flag
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    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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    April 9, 2009 Flag
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    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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    January 11, 2015 Flag
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    package of curved sewing machine needlesI have some curved Precision needles and can't figure out what they are used for.

    By Jeanne

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    January 12, 20150 found this helpful

    Vintage sewing machine needles.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/250-Product ... k%3D1%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D131345772185

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