Learn How To Sew
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15 Money Saving Sewing Tips To Save Time And
I still remember the
excitement of my first sewing course. I made a
skirt for my young daughter and was thrilled
everytime she wore it. Since then I have
enjoyed collecting sewing hints to save time
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
6. Sew a large button on
each end of the drawstring on pajamas and sweat
suits. This will keep the string from
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
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