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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

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July 23, 20071 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, 20072 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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