Sewing Tips 

Helpful sewing tips.

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BABY QUILTS

Polar fleece makes a wonderful backing for a baby quilt; it's super warm, water resistant and so soft against baby's delicate skin! It also glides easily over the machine throat plate when machine quilting. Clotilde

BATIK FABRIC

What is right and wrong side of batik fabric? You can use either side. Use the one you like the best. Needlepointers.com

BATTING - CUTTING BATTING

Save an old cutting mat to use only when rotary cutting batting. Batting fibers can get lodged in the grooves made by the cutter and interfere with cutting fabrics. Clotilde

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Bird Nesting Material

Don't throw out thread and yarn trimmings and tiny scraps of fabric. Put them in a suet holder and hang outside for the birds to use as nesting material. Needlepointers.com

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BOBBIN STORAGE

Learn how to help keep bobbin threads from unraveling while storing by wrapping a tiny ponytail scrunchy around the bobbin. Watch video. Needlepointers.com

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BOBBIN STORAGE BOX

How to keep your bobbin storage box from opening accidentally. Needlepointers.com

BUTTONS

Sewing buttons with dental floss will give them a longer life, especially on children's clothes. GotFabric.com

DARTS - SEWING DARTS

Sew your darts from the widest point of the dart. Backstitch at the beginning of the stitch, gradually tapering to a point at the end of the dart. The last three or four stitches should be precisely on the fold. Continue stitching a few stitches off the edge of the fabric. Clotilde

Decorative Stitches

Do you have a sewing machine with built-in decorative stitches? Sometime the decorative stitch picture does not stitch as it appears on the picture. Make a decorative stitch sample. Needlepointers.com

ELASTIC CASING

When sewing elastic casing, use fusible web to hold down the interior seam allowance. The elastic glides smoothly through the casing without catching loose seam allowances. GotFabric.com

FABRIC BUTTONS (COVERED BUTTONS)

Hold the circle fabric in place when making covered buttons by using a glue stick and applying some glue to the wrong side of the fabric. Needlepointers.com

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FABRIC MARKER

Keep soap slivers for the best, washable way to mark fabric. Needlepointers.com

FABRIC MARKING

Cut the fabric with right-sides together; the wrong side will then be exposed for quick marking. All Free Crafts

FABRIC STORAGE

Don't throw away those cereal boxes anymore? Recycle them into simple bolts to store fabric. U Create Crafts

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FABRIC STORAGE

A quick tip and idea on how to store fabric by repurposing an old DVD video cabinet. Needlepointers.com

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FABRIC STORAGE

How to use an old dresser to store fabric. Repurpose an old dresser into a great storage cabinet in your sewing room.

FABRIC STORAGE IDEA

Remover door from sewing room closet, make split curtain to cover doorway with a spring curtain rod and store fabric in pull-out wire baskets. Bernina

FELT APPLIQUE

Use a big glue stick instead of spray adhesive when embroidering or sewing felt appliques. It works and saves on spray adhesive. Creative Machine Embroidery

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FOOT PEDAL

This quick tip will show you how to stop a sewing machine foot pedal from sliding around on tile or wood floors by using a mouse pad. Needlepointers.com

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Foot Pedel Demonstration

Demonstrating how to use a mouse pad to prevent your sewing machine foot pedal from moving. Needlepointers.com

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HAND SEWING AND HAND QUILTING

Do you ever have trouble pulling the needle through the fabric? This tips explains how to use a small piece of jar opener rubber to help pull needle through material. Needlepointers.com

HEM GUIDES

A heavy piece of cardboard can be used as an alternative to a hem guide. Simply mark the board with the hem width desired. Clotilde

HEMMING

When hemming by hand or machine, use a small needle to make invisible stitches. Quilt N Sew Studio

Making Patches

Store bought patches are usually thick and stiff. You can make a softer fusible patch with lining material and fusible webbing. Fuse one side of the webbing to large scrap of lining material and have it ready so all you have to do is cut out the correct size and iron it on. Life Tips

METALLIC THREAD

Prevent metallic thread from breaking by placing spools in the freezer for an hour or two prior to sewing. Creative Matchine Embroidery Magazine

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NEEDLE SIZE AND TYPE

Did you forget the size and type of needle in your sewing machine? There is a tip on how to always know the size and type. Needlepointers.com

NEEDLES

Keep a combo package of needles on hand. This will allow you to experiment with different needle sizes and types before you begin sewing your fabric. Clotilde

NEEDLES - How to dispose of sewing machine needles

To safely dispose of machine needles, rinse out the complimentary shampoo bottles from hotels and place used needles inside. Carolyn R Sew News

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NEEDLES - NEEDLE DISPOSAL

Don't throw sewing machine needles and pins into the trash. Learn how to dispose of broken and bent needles and pins safely. Watch Video. Needlepointers.com

NEEDLES - Sewing Machine Needles

When storing slightly used sewing machine needle, leave 4-5 inches of thread in the eye. This indicates that the needle was already used for a project. Love of Quilting Magazine

NEEDLES - SEWING MACHINE NEEDLES TIP

To keep track of the needles that I have taken off my machine but that still have some life left in them, I use one of the old-fashioned tomato-shaped pincushions. Mark each section with the size and type of needle, using a black permanent marking pen. Quilter's Review

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ORGANIZING SEWING & QUILTING TOOL

Watch video to see how pegboard is an inexpensive way to make much needed storage space for sewing and quilting tools in your sewing room. Just build a wooden frame on the wall and attach pegboard.

PAINTER'S TAPE OR POST NOTES

Painter's tape or post notes are a quick and easy for sticking on the bed of your machine as a seam guide. http://www.londas-sewing.com/

PATTERN ALTERATIONS

To make alterations to a sewing pattern, first trace pattern onto parchment paper. Make alterations to traced copy. This way you will not ruin the original pattern. Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine

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PATTERN PIECE TIP

Learn why you should press and how you should press wrinkled sewing pattern pieces. Needlepointers.com

PATTERNS

If you need to create a huge pattern, use newspaper. Craftionary

PATTERNS - TRACING PATTERNS

Why trace sewing patterns? Some reason are commercial pattern are not cheap, contain more than one size and you want to make the pattern several times. Transferring the pattern onto tracing paper is the solution. Needlepointers.com

PINS

Use a magnet for to easily pick up sewing pins. http://www.craftionary.net

Prepare the Sewing Pattern

Make sure you have all the pieces listed on the pattern layout sheet. Press the pattern pieces with a dry iron at a low heat setting. Make any alterations necessary for fit. Patterns pieces usually have lines to indicate where to change the length. Make sure to alter all pieces that will be are affected. Life Tips

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Quilt Fabric - Prewash or No Prewash

If you prewash fabric, how do you prevent fraying? Learn some techniques on how to stop fraying.

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