12 Sewing Hacks You Should
Know by Guest Blogger, Helen Spencer
|Photo Courtesy of Brand Ambassador, Katie Wyatt|
difference between sewing something great and sewing something amazing is
subtle. Even so, this subtleness is the fine line that separates a skilled sewer
from a professional one.
that step forward and becoming a pro yourself is actually not all that hard. To
achieve that, you will need someone to show you a few tricks that can improve
your sewing almost instantly. Today, this article will be playing that role and
helping you get there with the following hacks.
Clips and Clothespins
you don’t want to or can’t use pins. If the fabric is too thick, pins tend to
fall out and not stay in place. On the other hand, if you’re working with quality fabrics you don’t want to damage,
like leather or silk, using pins is definitely out of the question. To
keep the fabric in place you can use clothespins or binder clips instead. They
will do the job equally well as those expensive clips you can find in stores
that sell sewing supplies.
the seam Allowance on Your Machine
you wish to use a seam allowance that isn’t clearly marked on your machine,
here’s what you can do. You can use some kind of sticky tape to make the
marking on your own. You can use a rubber band as well, as long as it is
stretchy enough to go around your entire machine. Or you can use a simple
sticky note in the same way you’d use the aforementioned tape.
the Seam Allowance On Your Pattern
patterns don’t have seam allowances marked on them, which can be a bit
annoying. Adding them on your own with a ruler and a pencil takes quite some
time. To speed this up, just tape some pencils together and you’ll cut your
work in half or more. Use mechanical pencils if you want extra precision.
Use Pill Trays for Storing
the ones senior citizens use to store their pills for each day. They are great
for sorting different buttons and having easy access to them. If you can find
the one that allows you to change the size of a section, get it.
Nearly Empty Bobbins for Basting
throw away threads you don’t like. If you have some thread you know you won’t
be using leftover on the bobbin, store it for when you’ll make a baste stitch.
Why waste money on a different thread when you can use the leftover ugly one?
Use Wedges for Sewing Bulky Fabrics (And Adequate Machine)
your machine is having issues to get started when sewing thick fabrics or
multiple layers of fabric use a wedge to lift it a bit at the beginning. Wedges
are sold in most haberdashery stores, but you can even make your own by using a
piece of the fabric. Roll it up a few times until it is level with the rest of
the fabric and place it under the presser foot. You can also use a piece of
cardboard or even a nails file.
Don’t try to work on large leather or upholstery projects on a regular home
machine. Use a heavy-duty upholstery sewing machine instead as heavier
materials need to be held together by heavier thread and stronger stitches and
you can’t use a heavy-duty thread and an industrial-grade needle on a regular
A Tape Measure is as Wide as the Most Common Allowance
you have to quickly mark an allowance, you can use a tape measure for
reference. Measuring long distances this way is pretty easy.
Wrap Your Fabric with Paper and Write the Details On It
will help you find the fabric you need very fast. Write details like the length
and width of the fabric, what type of fabric it is and whether it is washed or
Use Toe Separators to
your bobbins from rolling around everywhere by putting them inside a toe
separator. The holes for toes are the ideal size and they’ll hold the bobbins
Get the Perfect Buttonhole with a Small Help from a Pin
pin across the buttonhole, near its end. It will keep you from accidentally
tearing too much of the fabric when you’re cutting the hole open.
Sharpen Your Chalk
can mark your fabric very precisely by using sharp chalk. Some sandpaper or a
fruit peeler will help you sharpen it up properly.
Store Used Needles on a Corkboard
you switch a needle on your machine don’t just throw it away. Each one of them
is capable of working for 8 to 10 hours before becoming useless. As you take a
needle out, stick it onto the corkboard. Write the details about it and how
much you used it so far below. Then put it to good use during one of your
I hope you liked the article. Now you should be able to call yourself a true