I still remember the excitement of my first sewing course. I made a skirt for my sister and was thrilled every time she wore it. Since then I have enjoyed collecting sewing hints to save time and money.
Here are a few tips that I would like to share with you:
- Before discarding pants, cut off the belt loops and use to sew on the inside of children’s coats and jackets for a coat loop. No more fallen coats at school.
- Before sewing on buttons, tape each one where it belongs with a strip of transparent tape. After the first stitches are made you can remove the tape.
- To avoid pinholes when hemming delicate garments, mark the hemline with tailor’s chalk and use clips to hold the fold in place.
- Prevent future errors in sewing by slipping a memo into individual patterns explaining any size alterations or changes for that item.
- Prevent fraying by reinforcing the hems with a row of zigzag stitching in matching or contrasting color.
- Sew a large button on each end of the drawstring on pajamas and sweatsuits. This will keep the string from disappearing.
- Keep a spool of clear nylon thread on hand. Because it is transparent it will pick up the color of the fabric. This will also work when a bobbin runs out and the spool is almost empty; just put the clear thread on your bobbin.
- Place a thin sheet of foam rubber under your sewing machine’s foot pedal to prevent it from sliding around when you use it on an uncarpeted surface.
- Store a magnet in your sewing basket to attract loose pins and attach one to your sewing machine to hold extra needles. If you glue a small magnet to the end of a wooden yardstick you won’t have to bend over to pick up any pins that fall on the floor.
- Thoroughly washed and cleaned mascara brushes can be used to clean the crevices of your sewing machine.
- When letting down a garment hem you can diminish the crease by applying white vinegar to the wrong side of the fabric and steam press it.
- Try this economical substitute for custom-cut table pads: Place a quilted mattress cover over your tabletop and trim with scissors for a custom fit. You’ll have a sturdy, heat-absorbent table pad to protect the finish of your table.
- For a substitute needle threader: push the needle through a sheet of white paper, the eye will be easier to see.
- When shopping for accessories for a recent sewing project, staple a small fabric sample to an index card and carry it with you to the stores.
- To organize loose buttons: String them on twist ties and twist the ends together for an easy way to store them.