Top 10 Sewing tips

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.

Use This Technique for Crosswise Grain

Fabric must be cut along the lengthwise grain in order to drape properly. If you’re not sure how to find the lengthwise grain, use this technique to find the crosswise grain. You’ll then cut the fabric in the opposite (perpendicular) direction. [wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”” name=”Grainline: Finding the Grain” summary=”Use this technique to find the grainline when sewing. ” image=”6841″]

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Learn How To Use Elastic Thread

Making ruffles is actually easy when you’re using elastic thread, but there is a trick to using it. You have to remember when you cut your fabric that the thread will pull it in, so you’ll need to it larger initially, since it will be about half the size when you sew it. Remember also that the close your lines are when sewing, the more gathered your fabric will be. Source and more info: rufflesandstuff

Join Fabric Widths For Extra Wide Panels

You probably know that you can just sew fabric together to make it larger. Maybe you didn’t know that when you join fabric widths, it’s best to add fabric to each side of your center piece so that it’s done symmetrically. This way, the fabric looks the same on both sides and doesn’t instantly draw attention to the fact that you had to lengthen it. Source and more info: sew4home

Sharpen Scissors with Aluminum Foil!

If your scissors are getting dull, lightly rub them with aluminum foil. This will help you keep the blades sharp. You can also cut the foil if your blades are especially dull.

Use Painter’s Tape

Painter’s tape is a handy tool to use all around. Hold your pleats and ruffles together with painter’s tape. It doesn’t hurt any fabric and more importantly, it’s an inexpensive item!

Use A Hair Spray On Your Sewing Thread

If you’re having difficulty inserting a thread through a needle hole, one great tip is to use a hair spray onto it. It helps in stiffening the thread to make insertion easier.

Use A Pegboard

Here’s another great organization tip – a pegboard. You know that you have to be organized in order to save time on your sewing projects. Organization is the number one hack of any DIY project, after all. A pegboard in the sewing room gives you loads of space for organizing sewing essentials and keeping them where you can easily find them. Plus, pegboards are really inexpensive and you can customize your storage however you need it. Source and more info: sewcaroline

Use Dental Floss to Sew Buttons

Here’s what I discovered: Using your dental floss as a thread, sew your buttons right back into place. Dental floss is stringier than your usual thread and can keep your buttons from popping off more than regular thread. Now with this trick, I wouldn’t have to keep on sewing buttons back all the time.

Keep Trim Neatly In Place Before Use

If you sew a lot then you likely have tons of trim just cluttering up your sewing space. I’m all for organization, so I love this hack to keep trim in place. Just cut a piece of cardboard, from a cereal box or whatever you have on hand, and wrap the trim around it. Depending on how much you have, you may get all of your trim on one board. Then just pin it in place until you need it. Source and more info: craftsy