Favorite Sewing Tips ~ Part One

on May 25 | in Sewing + Quilting Tips | by | with 24 Comments

We’ll feature some of your favorite sewing tips here over the next few days. There’s a lot of great information out there!

Crafty Mummy always knows where her scissors are… Do you?!
Michelle shows you how to use a pencil to turn tiny tubes at greetingarts!
Mary Jo recently shared her favorite tools of the trade at Five Green Acres. Check out her tips for how to add a seam allowance, how to make pattern weights, her favorite “unlikely” tools and her all-time favorite tool, bias tape makers.
Use a straw and a pipe cleaner to save a bundle on repair costs with Cheryl’s sewing machine cleaning tip from Naptime Quilter.
Lindsay has a super-quick pattern weight solution at The Cottage Home.
Maddie takes us through her Scissor Hall of Fame at Fresh Thread.
Vanessa at Live, Laugh, Sew tells you her fabric pre-washing secret!

  • Ashleigh loves her magnetic pin holder and pins with glow-in-the-dark pin heads (“…Easy to find at night…”)!
  • Christine uses a pair of tweezers to thread her sewing machine and puts paper or fabric behind the needle to see the eye of the needle more clearly.
  • Sara from Joy in Everything also always has a pair of tweezers handy to get lint out of the bobbin area or catch bits of thread.
  • Susan uses a chopstick to push bulky fabric areas through her machine, to “iron” small seams while paper piecing, to push the seam while turning, etc.
  • Leslie uses a disappearing ink marking pen and pins rather than a tracing wheel and tracing paper for darts and tucks (see her full explanation at the bottom of this post).
  • Traci from my handmadehappiness uses her quilting bar to get precise channels when sewing boning in for corsets, etc.
  • Linda from Roscoe’s Ma takes a digital photo of her design wall when her quilt design is just right, then she prints it and keeps it handy for reference.
  • Kimberj from Arthur and I says office supply store butterfly clips on thick or slippery fabrics is like “…having lots of extra hands!”
  • Kirsten from Something Cheeky turns her sewing machine 45 degrees to the left when she does a meandering quilt stitch (which helps her control the stitches with more of her body).

More tips coming tomorrow!…

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24 Responses to Favorite Sewing Tips ~ Part One

  1. Maripat says:

    Thanks, ladies for the link about the hump jumper. I love your site and I just signed up to get your rss feed. Thanks for keeping the sewing world alive and fun!!

  2. mamabear says:

    great tips…very helpful

  3. starbaby says:

    I have the hump jumper. It’s wounderful.
    I’m having a problem sewing a new hem on my jeans. When I get around the leg it isn’t coming out even. Do I stetch the denim as I sew? I’m making capris.

    Ooodles of thank yous!

  4. Wendy Paton says:

    I use a fairly good quality makeup brush to clean my machine and serger. Has a bit of static in it so it really does a good job.

  5. Marsha says:

    Thanks for the great tips! A friend recently shared with me a product called Shout Color Catchers. It works great when you forgot to pre-wash your fabrics. 🙂

  6. sewlindaann says:

    Thanks again, it’s amazing how many simple and clear it is when someone else says it.

  7. Aileen says:

    I am so intrigued by the idea of turning the machine for meander quilting! Greattips, all. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Heidi says:

    Great tips, I’d never heard of a hump jumper before.

  9. Anna M. says:

    I never would have thought to use pipe cleaners for my sewing machine. Their original purpose was for cleaning though, so it makes sense.

  10. Katrina H says:

    I love the photos with these tips, thank you!

  11. Krystina says:

    These are great tips, thanks!

  12. sharonj says:

    Great tips, especially the hump jumper on the big seam allowances! Neat! Sharonj.

  13. Christine says:

    The washers for holding down patterns is brilliant! And I love the little scissors on a ribbon to be looped around the spool holder. I asked my hubby for a lanyard as a souvenir from his last business trip so I could keep my little snippers handy while I sewed. I was always losing them underneath my quilts and the lanyard has been a quilt-saver!

  14. Pamela says:

    Pencil eraser tube turning = Brilliant!

  15. Amy says:

    I love all the tips…and I learned I need a hump jumper!

  16. Vanessa says:

    I love Kirsten’s tip about turning the machine 45 degrees. I just tried it to see what she meant and I can definately see how it can help. Can’t wait to try it!

  17. great tip everyone

  18. Susan says:

    Well, smack my own head! Mary Jo’s “how to add a seam allowance” using two pencils taped together just made me say, “D’uh!” and smack myself. Jump back! That is the most clever thing I’ve seen in … well, awhile. Kudos to MJ!

  19. ~Helena~ says:

    I am so glad everyone’s willing to share, this is great stuff. Thanks

  20. Christina says:

    Ooooh I love these!

  21. Sara says:

    Great tips – thank you!

    I was inspired by your Giveaway Day to host my first giveaway ever on my blog. I’m going to make a custom messenger bag for the winner and I bet I’ll be able to use a lot of these tips and tricks!

  22. Mrs. JP says:

    What a wealth of helps! I’m going to use some very soon! My favorite? The needle threading tip – brilliant!

  23. Joy says:

    This are great tips! Thank you all for sharing!

  24. Sara says:

    These are wonderful and such simple ideas that will stick in my brain!

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