Sewing tips

Use Dental Floss to Sew Buttons

Here’s what I discovered: Using your dental floss as a thread, sew your buttons right back into place. Dental floss is stringier than your usual thread and can keep your buttons from popping off more than regular thread. Now with this trick, I wouldn’t have to keep on sewing buttons back all the time.

Use Painter’s Tape

Painter’s tape is a handy tool to use all around. Hold your pleats and ruffles together with painter’s tape. It doesn’t hurt any fabric and more importantly, it’s an inexpensive item!

Use Freezer Paper to Cut Patterns

Press freezer paper to your fabric. It sticks to your fabric and you’ll be able to cut your fabric according to your pattern without weights and unnecessary errors. And even more wonderful, it doesn’t leave any residue! RELATED: 15 DIY Sewing Room Organization Ideas From Sewing Mavens

Sew Buttons on the Inside of Your Coat Sleeve

Buttons are so prone to popping off. Here’s what I discovered: Sew extra buttons on the inside of your coat sleeve. In case you lose some buttons, there will always be some handy.

Find the Right Fit

A good fit is one of the key aspects of a professional-looking garment, but it can be the trickiest to learn. Commercial patterns are made to fit a very specific, uncommon body type. If your shape doesn’t match the pattern’s ideal model, you’ll need to make adjustments. There’s no shame in this! Learn your body’s quirks and how to compensate for them. A great guide for common fitting adjustments is Palmer and Pletch’s Fit For Real People. Here’s another tip: take the time to sew a mockup. Sometimes called a muslin or toile, it’s what the experts use to get a perfect fit. Basically, you’re going to sew your garment from unbleached muslin (or some other cheap fabric) in order to test the fit and make necessary changes—without risking your good fabric. Tip: A good source for mockup fabric is your local thrift shop. Look for secondhand flat sheets!

Use Binder Clips in Applying Your Binding

| Who knew these cute little school supplies could help make sewing bindings easier? Just clip these little binder clips on your binding and voila! It’s like you have your own little helping hands. Talk about handy sewing tips!

Graph Paper Doubles as a Hem Guide

Create your own hemline tool use graph paper. As you sew line up the fabric with your graph paper. It is thinner than regular printer paper which helps your machine needles last longer. This’ll help you iron perfectly straight hemlines and folds every time. This is one of the sewing tricks that will improve your sewing skills immediately.

Adapt Any Pattern – Genius Sewing Tip!

Use a rubber band and wrap it around two pencils together to easily create a seam allowance, anytime you need one. The pencils will be about 8 mm apart. That makes it exactly what you need to go up or down a size! Pattern making is going to be a cinch with this sewing trick!

Use Washi Tape as a Sewing Guide!

Machine sewing becomes easier when you can follow a line. Washi tape is invaluable in the sewing room! You can mark fabric, use it to make bias binding, mark out seams, etc. It’s 1/4″ wide, so it’s a handy seam measuring tool. This is such a clever sewing tip that will help keep your sewing by hand to a minimum.

Sharpen Scissors with Aluminum Foil!

If your scissors are getting dull, lightly rub them with aluminum foil. This will help you keep the blades sharp. You can also cut the foil if your blades are especially dull.