Use A Band Aid For Straight Seams

This tip is for all sewers! I'm 65 and I learned this from my mother when I was about ten or twelve. Many times it is hard to sew a straight seam because your machine's markings aren't clear or easy to see. I use an ordinary Band-aid along the seam width I need. First, I fold back a small amount of the tape to make it easy to remove. Next I place the Band-aid along the seam allowance starting quite a ways before the machines markings. This helps to align the fabric before it reaches the presser foot. Try it. You'll like it!


By Judy from Birmingham, AL

July 23, 20070 found this helpful

Great idea - I usually use blue painters tape for the same thing. I do a lot of quilting, and want to keep those seams straight, so I mark the front of my machine with the blue tape. It is really easy to see, and easy to remove when necessary.

Next time I can't find the blue tape, though - I will reach for that box of bandaids!

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July 23, 20071 found this helpful

I don't sew all that much anymore but you got me wondering if the machine marks (on the pressure plate?) could be removed easily (mine could) & remarked with something to make it readable like red nail polish (enough that it could be felt) or red permanent marker ?

just wondering ...

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