Favorite Sewing Tips ~ Part Two

on May 26 | in Sewing + Quilting Tips | by | with 19 Comments

Today we have more favorite sewing tips from our readers! Don’t miss the first set of tips.

Robyn from Coffee & Cotton loves her quarter inch presser foot.
Chris has a whole series of tips at Pickup Some Creativity for using and preserving patterns, including her great-grandmother’s tracing paper, a tracing wheel, and her “tack-it.”
Wynn from zakkaArt shares her hand quilting method, complete with backstitches.
Munalba from SewJournal has four tips for you on her blog, including rolling up binding in a ball prior to attaching it and an easy ribbon “thread keeper.”
Amy shares her favorite free motion presser foot tip at During Quiet Time (it involves plastic drywall anchors!).
Liz from Liz Noonan uses bed risers to raise her sewing table so she can stand while sewing!
Melissa uses an adhesive dot roller for holding her hexagon templates in place at Ardea’s Nest.
Destri from The Mother Huddle has a series of her favorite thread tips for your sewing machine.
    Plus:

  • Julie from Oh Baby Redding serges the raw edges of new fabric before pre-washing… Without a serger?– She suggests a zig-zag stitch.
  • Jennie views used clothing as fabric (especially when it comes to linen!).
  • Jo-Ann from Carlseapatch’s Weblog loves her Teflon foot for tricky fabric.
  • Kathyh from Running with Rocks writes about how to use wax paper for tracing with collars or appliqué (see full explanation in the comments on this post).
  • Lindsay from Rhythm of Life wets the eye of her needle when threading (it wicks the thread through “every single time!”).
  • Gwen doesn’t lose her seam ripper now that she added Velcro to the mix (fuzzy side wrapped around the seam ripper, small square attached to machine).

More tips coming tomorrow!…

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19 Responses to Favorite Sewing Tips ~ Part Two

  1. liz says:

    love the velcro seam ripper! i’m always lising mine. must. do. that.

  2. Julia says:

    Great tips today!

  3. Heidi says:

    I love the idea of bed risers to raise your table.

  4. Mary says:

    I have never made a quilt but have been interested on trying it. My favorite tips are the hand quilting ones.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Great links for some great ideas! I’m going to bookmark this page for reference, thanks so much!

  6. Munaiba says:

    It’s so interesting to see other people’s tips. There’s so much valuable experience out there.

  7. Chris says:

    I’ve really appreciated this little series…and thrilled to be mentioned too. Thank you!

  8. These are great! I esp love the bed risers! Sewing while standing would be awesome. Thanks. Hope you make this a regular offering.

  9. ~Helena~ says:

    Thanks for these tips.

  10. Some great suggestions!

  11. Vicky Vallieres says:

    love Jennie’s tip of using second-hand clothing for fabric…not only is it “green,” it is also what our grandmother quilters did…I buy lots of wool clothes at thrift stores for wool quilts…just likje Jennie I want to start collecting linen clothes now…

  12. Sara says:

    Awesome tips I could REALLY use today!!!

  13. Greeblygreebly says:

    That tip about velcroing the seam ripper to the machine may well save my sanity, I’m going to do that TODAY! Thank you!

  14. Ramona Burke says:

    i love reading tips…

  15. Christina says:

    It’s amazing how creative people are!

  16. Jeanne says:

    Thank you for sharing the sewing tips!

  17. Desiree says:

    thanks for all these wonderful tips!

  18. Carla says:

    I am loving these tips! Keep up the good work.

  19. Destri says:

    Thanks for the mention!

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