Sewing tips

Learn Threads

One of the best ways to cut down on sewing time is to know which thread to use before beginning. If you use the wrong thread, you run the risk of thread breaking or having to undo stitches and redo them again, which could add hours to your project time. Know which threads are best for which materials to ensure a quick and easy project every time. Source and more info: sewmodernbags

Know Which Side To Sew

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be really difficult sometimes to know which side of the fabric is the right side. Normally, the right side is where the pattern is shown best, but if the pattern is all the way through or there is no pattern, you want to know how to tell which side you should show. You want to keep the fabric consistent throughout your project. Source and more info: howtosew

Easily Turn Think Projects Inside Out

This trick is great if you are making sewn animals or other small items. If you have a tail or a bag that needs to be sewn and then turned, you can use a straw and a skewer or chopstick to get the job done easily. You just stick the straw on one end and then use the skewer or chopstick to push the fabric through, turning it inside out or vice-versa. Source and more info: happysewlucky

Cut Out Patterns Easily

If you’re having trouble keeping patterns in place while cutting and you don’t want to bother with weights, you can use freezer paper. Just press freezer paper to your pattern which will cause it to stick to the pattern pieces. Now you can easily cut out those pieces without worries of weighting them down and without cutting into the pattern itself.

Sew Without A Machine

You may often want to sew without using your machine and without worrying with hand sewing. While a glue gun can be a messy way to sew, it is also very effective. If you’re just looking at making something simple, like a burlap table runner for instance, you can use a hot glue gun to create the seams instead of getting out the machine, and this is a great fast fix for hems that have come loose, when you just don’t have time to sew them back into place. Source and more info: grecodesigncompany

Use Sponges When Quilting

Quilting is wonderful but sewing quilts can be difficult. You can help to move your fabrics along when you’re quilting by using sponges to move the fabric. Just hold a small kitchen sponge – a 3 by 5 inch sponge will do – in each hand when you are sewing to help guide the material through the machine.

Learn How to Sew in an Invisible Zipper

If you have ever wondered how to use the universal invisible zipper foot on your sewing machine or you just want an easy tutorial to learn how to sew in an invisible zipper, this is a great one. Invisible zippers can be hard but this tutorial shows you an easy way to do it. Get the needed zipper foot and invisible zipper from amazon. There are only a few steps involved and you can learn step by step how to prepare your garment for the zipper and put in that zipper, ensuring that it doesn’t show from the outside. This is a great tutorial for those of you who may want to beef up your sewing skills. Zippers on their own can be difficult but this project is about as easy as sewing projects come. Learn how to put in that zipper and how to use your zipper foot. Who knows what you may want to make once you get the hang of it Lovely video by ProfessorPincushion.

Keep Extra Buttons Handy

You know when you buy certain clothing and there are extra buttons sewn inside? This is for when you lose a button. You can do this yourself and ensure that you are never without replacement buttons. When you sew clothing, just add an extra button or two to the inside so that if you lose one, you’ll always have a replacement that perfectly matches the other buttons.

Keep A Tape Measure Handy

Keep a tape measure attached to the edge of your sewing table so that you always have the proper measurements. You can easily attach a tape measure with Velcro or a similar solution. This ensures that your measurements are always exact and that you never misplace your ruler.

Sew With Decorative Thread

Metallic thread is beautiful but it can be very difficult to use. If you are sewing with decorative thread, you can use two spools (one decorative and one regular) threaded through the machine and around the needle. Do this the same way that you normally would, only with two pieces and thread both pieces through the needle eye. The regular thread will help to support the decorative thread and push it along. Source and more info: sulky