Top 10 Sewing tips

Use overlock thread for the sewing machine – this is how it works!

If you have a lot of unused overlock cones and prefer to sew with your sewing machine, you can use the large overlock thread rolls with a simple trick. Place the large roll in a cup and then thread it into your machine as you normally would. Now you can sew without the roll falling over! We hope you enjoyed our Top 10 sewing tricks and hope you have fun trying them out! If you are new to sewing and have been daunted by all there is to know or somehow hesitated to start the first project this article is for you! If you are interested in starting your sewing journey, you can look at these beginner crafting projects. Be sure to also check out our Pinterest or find your perfect pattern on Makerist!

Use Clear Nail Polish To Protect The Thread

After sewing buttons on, cover them with a coat of clear nail polish to keep the thread from unraveling and to hold the button in place longer. What a smart hand sewing tip! Related Post: 21 Clever Uses For Nail Polish (Not On Nails)

Cut The Edges Of Your Fabric Before Pre-Washing

Using your pinking shears, cut the edges of your fabric first before pre-washing them. The zigzag edges help prevent lots of unraveling and falling apart.

Make Patterns Last Longer

If you tend to use patterns more than once, and let’s face it, you totally should use them more than once, you may notice that the delicate paper tears easily. You can make those patterns last much longer by simply ironing interfacing onto the back of them after you’ve cut them out. This is a great way to save money if you tend to have to purchase patterns over and over again due to tearing. Source and more info: sewaholic

Wash Fabric Before Sewing

There are methods of pre-treating fabric that you should learn. Washing fabrics before you sew them can eliminate worries of shrinkage when they are washed afterward. There’s nothing worse than sewing yourself a new blouse only to find that it has shrunk and is too small once you’ve laundered it. Pre-treat your fabrics first, before you sew, to eliminate this problem. Source and more info: craftsy

Neatly Store Buttons

Save additional time by keeping your buttons neatly stored, so you can always find the ones you need. A simple wire run across a section of the wall and some small plastic bags are perfect for keeping buttons organized. The bags make it easy to find the buttons you need, and you can hang them across the wire with mini clips. Source and more info: mellysews

Spread Clear Nail Polish On Top Of The Button Thread

Nail polish isn’t just used for your nails but is also a smart idea to secure your clothes button threads. With just a few dab of it, then it can already prevent a lot of those clothes button threads from fraying.

Keep Buttons In Place

Buttons tend to come lose and fall off at the most inconvenient times. You can keep them snugly in place by simply adding a thin layer of clear nail polish. The polish, when added to button tops, keeps the threads in place so they won’t unravel and cause your buttons to come lose.

Learn How To Find Your Grain

Finding your grain can often be the most difficult part of beginning a project. However, if you clip into the selvage just a bit and pull on a loose thread, you can easily find the grain. The loose thread will tug on the fabric and you can pull it out gently. This line that is left is your cross-grain and the cross-grain runs perpendicular to the grain line. Once you fold the fabric in half, your lines should match on both sides. Source and more info: colettehq

Help the fabric feed smoothly

Sewing with oilcloth is very similar to sewing any other fabric, but the “stickiness” of the fabric can make it difficult to feed through your sewing machine. A walking foot, Teflon presser foot or roller presser foot can help. If you don’t have one of these, some other options are:

  • Place tissue paper between the presser foot and oilcloth.
  • Put masking tape on the bottom of your presser foot.
  • Put masking tape on the oilcloth itself (although this can be a challenge to remove!)