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11 Useful Sewing Tricks from Our Readers!

Last month, we sent out a newsletter asking our readers from AllFreeSewing.com to share their best sewing tips with us. We selected a winner at random–which you can see below–and sent them a bundle of sewing supplies. But we were left with a handful of awesome sewing tips that just needed to be shared! The top 11 tips–because we could not narrow it down to an even 10–are what we bring you today! Take a look, learn a thing or two, and maybe you’ll even spot your own tip.

 Tip #1:

Never give up on sewing, or decide you are too old to learn a new technique. The more you sew the better you get.  I’m 56 yrs old and just started sewing 5 years ago. I surprised myself. I didn’t know I could SEW!

Tip #2:

Who says that an ice pick is for chipping ice? I don’t own a stiletto, so I use my ice pick for one. It works very well well, and I don’t get my fingers in the way while sewing small seams in doll clothes.

Tip #3:

Next time a friend or family member asks you to “fix” something, offer to help them fix it instead. That way, you help them learn a valuable skill…and you’ll have more time to work on your own projects next time they need a repair. 😉

Tip #4:

When you need to gather, do a narrow zig-zag stitch over some waxed dental floss – the floss pulls up easily!

Tip #5:

When I cut out a quilt or other project, I cut the smaller scraps into strips or squares and place them in Ziploc bags according to size for later projects.

Tip #6:

I don’t have a face plate for my sewing machine that is not for zig-zag. I just tape a thin piece if cardboard down with an 1/16″ hole in it.

Tip #7:

If you’re buying an old sewing machine, make sure it was popular at the time it was originally sold, and be sure you will still be able to buy parts for it at a fairly reasonable price. Parts for some of the old machines can be rare and/or costly.

Tip #8 and the WINNER of our contest:

Those teeny tiny post it notes that are one inch by one and half inch can be used to mark your blocks and rows when setting your top together. In 2000, I had only a king-size bed to lay out my blocks and I had to pick them up by four and fix supper. I was in an office supply store and saw these tiny blocks of post it notes.

Tip #9:

If you have trouble threading your needle, don’t just wet the thread– wet your needle as well. It removes that little bit of static that keeps the thread from sliding in to the needle eye. Works like a charm!

Tip #10:

My needle threader would bend or break as I tried to thread floss or yarn. I now use a 10 inch piece of fishline and have no further problem threading my needles. I use this to thread my sewing machine needle also.

Tip # 10:

I keep a wallpaper roller in my sewing box. It’s that thing you roll over wallpaper seams to ensure the edges adhere securely to the walls. They are cheap and readily available at any paint supply store. This simple tool does the same thing a more expensive steamroller would do. I use it to flatten and secure open seams on fabric. What I especially like is that it prevents the edges of a typical 5/8″ seam from leaving an imprint on the right side of the fabric. It works very well on wool or fleece, and is also great for sealing glued seams on leather or felt craft projects.

Tip #11:

I purchased several telescoping magnets at the hardware store, I keep one by my sewing machine to pick up dropped pins and needles without getting up from my chair. I keep one with my hand sewing basket for the same purpose. The magnet is strong enough to pick up scissors and seam gauge too.

Got anymore sewing tips or tricks for us? Share them below!