You LOVE our post on sewing hacks. So now, without further ado, we present to you a list of our favorite QUILTING HACKS! These clever tricks will blow your minds and tickle your fancies. They’ll help you move faster through large and small quilts alike, which will be awesome, considering how many free quilting patterns you have waiting for you on your desk. Go ahead…take a minute or two to look them over. Some of them you may know, some of them might be brand new. Happy Quilting!
1.When cutting out several blocks at one time for a quilting class, keep track of them by placing each block on a paper plate, stacking as you go. This will make transport easy!
2. Glue magnets to the bottom of a ceramic dish so you can place your sewing needles on top of it without worrying about them sliding out and falling on the floor.
3. Adhere Velcro on the bottom of your sewing machine foot so that it won’t slide.
4. Use soup bowls as round templates for applique circles and rounding off the corners of quilts.
5. Orange wood sticks–which are typically used in order to push back your cuticles–can function as a stiletto awl.
6. Use Elmer’s glue to create your quilt binding.
7. (Literally!) file your fabric in order to keep it organized! Although it may take some time up front, it will pay off. After all, keeping your fabric stash organized will help you avoid purchasing extra materials, too.
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8. Instead of canned air, use a bicycle pump to clean out the insides of your sewing machine. Want to dig in and really start cleaning? Then you’ll want to check out this guide on how to clean a sewing machine.
9.Use pencil grips to protect the tips of your scissors.
10. Pipe cleaners can be used to grab lint in hard-to-reach places inside your sewing machine.
11. Write your list of cuts on a dry erase board. Erase as you go in order to make staying on track easier.
12. Instead of using a marking pencil when outlining a design with a stencil, use a sponge brush dipped in chalk.
13.Bolster your free motion quilting muscles by drawing on a Magna Doodle.
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14. Use barrettes or binder clips to hold your fabric in place as you hand-sew binding.
15. Use parchment paper as an applique pressing sheet. If you’d like to find other methods, then this applique collection page is a must-see!