Sewing tips

Straight Stitches In No Time

To keep the regularity of hand stitches, you can simply draw two lines with a marker on your thumb – at the desired distance. This will give you a nice stitch pattern.

Hem Distressed Jeans

It can be difficult to find jeans in the right length, particularly if you aren’t supermodel height. If you’re finding it hard to find distressed jeans that fit right, you can actually alter the hemline without messing up the jeans. You just fold them over inside and leave the original hemline. This is much easier than it sounds and leaves your jeans looking like they were altered by a professional. Source and more info: justsomethingimade

Cut Slippery Fabric Easily

When you’re cutting slippery or slick fabric for a project, like silk or something similarly difficult to work with, place a layer of muslin under the fabric before you cut it. Pin down the layers of fabric and muslin and then cut. The muslin keeps the fabric from slipping which will help you to avoid cutting the wrong size or otherwise messing up your fabric.

Don’t Sew Over Pins

When you’re sewing, you just want to rip through that fabric and keep going. However, sewing over pins can be dangerous. It may be fast, but you risk hitting the pin with your sewing machine needle, which can break the needle and damage your machine. Instead, insert pins horizontally with the top facing the inside of the machine. Then stop just a fraction of an inch before you reach the pin, pull it out, and place it in a lid that you’ve got right there on top of the machine. Source and more info: sew4home

Learn How To Use Elastic Thread

Making ruffles is actually easy when you’re using elastic thread, but there is a trick to using it. You have to remember when you cut your fabric that the thread will pull it in, so you’ll need to it larger initially, since it will be about half the size when you sew it. Remember also that the close your lines are when sewing, the more gathered your fabric will be. Source and more info: rufflesandstuff

Wash Fabric Before Sewing

There are methods of pre-treating fabric that you should learn. Washing fabrics before you sew them can eliminate worries of shrinkage when they are washed afterward. There’s nothing worse than sewing yourself a new blouse only to find that it has shrunk and is too small once you’ve laundered it. Pre-treat your fabrics first, before you sew, to eliminate this problem. Source and more info: craftsy

How To Replace A Bodkin

Again, a bodkin is your best friend when it comes to feeding elastic through sewed fabric. However, not everyone owns a bodkin or wants to purchase one. If you don’t have one, all is not lost. You can mimic the same effect by simply pinning a safety pin to your elastic and feeding it through with that. It may take a bit longer, but you’ll still get it done.

How To Use A Bodkin

A bodkin is a tool that helps you to feed elastic through your fabric. If you’ve never used one, you’re really missing out on this easy sewing technique. There is an art to using one properly and learning how can make all those elastic sewing projects a breeze. If you don’t have a bodkin, they are relatively inexpensive, and once you get one, you’ll wonder why you never used one before! Source and more info: thesewingloftblog

Easily Turn A Crisp Corner

Turning a crisp corner and making it look good can be difficult. There is a way that you can make those corners perfectly straight and make your collars look amazing. This technique is practically fool-proof and is really easy to accomplish, even for beginners. The trick is in pressing and stitching the seam allowances. Source and more info: onegirlcircus

How To Easily Sew Circles

Sewing any shape besides straight down the line can be difficult. If you’ve ever tried to sew in a circular pattern, you know how hard it can be to get a great stitch and keep it circular. Did I mention that there’s a hack for that? You can use a round object and sand paper to create a template that lets you sew the circle and ensure that you have the perfect circular stitch every time. Source and more info: threadsmagazine