Our post last year on must-read quilting hacks was so incredibly popular with readers that FaveQuilts is bringing it back for round 2. This time, we’ve compiled reader tips from last year’s comments into one awesome brand-new list filled with all kinds of tips and tricks for quilters! These fantastic list of quilting hacks is filled with ideas for cleaning your sewing machine, marking patterns, and more. If you want even more wonderful quilting hacks, be sure to check out last year’s post, 15 Quilting Hacks You Can’t Live Without. Here’s wishing you happy quilting!
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- “On wood floors, use a mouse pad to stop the foot pedal from sneaking off.” – Lisa
- “I find a flat foundation brush from the make-up counter to be more efficient than the manufacturer’s brush for cleaning my machine.” – Jacquie
- “I also use my grandchildren’s small paint brushes to clean in the tiny and hard to reach places in my machine !” – Marion
- For alternatives to using a marking pencil: “I like to use small unused soap. Let the small end bits dry really well. It is just like using tailor’s chalk. White soap for dark materials and coloured soap for whites and light coloured material. It just washes out. Fabulous!!” – Gina
- For preventing chalk stenciling from smudging: “Spray with hairspray to keep the powder in place. I use Aquanet.” – Diane
- “I vacuum lint out of tight spaces in my machines by holding a drinking straw in the end of the vacuum cleaner hose. It’s not necessary to fasten the straw – I just cover most of the opening of the hose with my fingers while I’m holding the straw.” – Elaine
- “I use foil cookie sheets to hold my cut fabric or sewn pieces & then stack to save room & keep organized.” – Linda
- “I also keep old prescription containers handy for broken or bent needles and pins. They are childproof and safe to dispose. Just add a bold label or marker so it doesn’t get mixed up. I keep mine in the drawer on my sewing table and eventually throw out.” – Kim
- “I found that lint and dust mess up my spools of thread, so I keep all my quilting thread and standard sewing thread safely in big glass jars with lids on a shelf. It’s like having thread pickles, especially since they are also somewhat organized by color! Cleaner thread means smoother sewing.” – Teri
- “Even though I own several seam rippers, they always seemed to be elsewhere when I wanted one. At a workshop I saw another quilter’s machine had a pocket she’d made of self-backed duct tape attached to it. Now my rippers are always handy. If you don’t want to use tape, Velcro dots would work too.” – Joy-Lily
- “I have many, many spools of thread for my embroidery machines, and a lot of just sewing thread too. I have been the lucky one to inherit a few sewing rooms because my friends know I sew. Some of the thread is pretty old, so I take and put it in the freezer for a day or so, then take it out and defrost it and it sews a lot better. Puts a little moisture in it and that seems to stop the thread from breaking so often.” – Elaine
- “My vintage machine came with about 12 different feet and I became annoyed looking for the zig-zag foot in the plastic box via the manufacturer. To solve this problem I purchased dated pill box with 7 compartments and labeled them with the name of the foot (i.e. 1/4 inch, zig-zag, straight, etc). Then I put the foot in each compartment and snapped the lid. This goes in the larger box with the cleaning brush, button foot, etc. Made finding the foot I was seeking much easier!” – Barb
- “I use turkey feathers for cleaning my machines. The flock that wanders in and out of our new neighborhood is kind enough to drop some feathers for me. I wash the feathers with alcohol as soon as I find them.” – Wanda
- “Filing fabric in file cabinet works great…but if you are in a high moisture area, you should use some silica packs to absorb moisture to prevent rust from forming. Speaking from experience” – Susan
- “I use the rubber grip (rubber shelf grips) for under my foot peddle and I also use a small piece under my ruler when cutting to keep it from sliding.” – Frances
We’d love to hear which of these ideas is your favorite! Be sure to share your own quilting tips and tricks below in the comments!