I still remember the excitement of one of my first sewing projects. I made Halloween costumes for my kids and was thrilled when I saw them wearing them. Since then I have enjoyed collecting sewing hints to save time and money.
Here are few of tips that I would like to share with you:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. To avoid pinholes when hemming delicate garments, mark the hemline with tailor’s chalk and use clips to hold the fold in place.
4. Prevent future errors in sewing by slipping a memo into individual patterns explaining any size alterations or changes for that item.
5. Prevent fraying by reinforcing the hems with a row of zigzag stitching in a matching or contrasting color.
6. Sew a large button on each end of the drawstring on pajamas and sweat suits. This will keep the string from disappearing.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Thoroughly washed and cleaned mascara brushes can be used to clean the crevices of your sewing machine.
11. 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.
12. Try this economical substitute for custom-cut table pads: Place a quilted mattress cover over your table top and trim with scissors for a custom fit. You’ll have a sturdy, heat-absorbent table pad to protect the finish of your table.
13. For a substitute needle threader: push the needle through a sheet of white paper, the eye will be easier to see.
14. 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.
15. To organize loose buttons: String them on twist ties and twist the ends together for an easy way to store them.