I tend to be a bit behind the times. I think that is one reason why I enjoy the past so much. 🙂
So when it comes to sewing, I am truly a trial and error kind of sewer. I encounter a problem, and then I sit and think about how to fix it. I am a very “keep my eyes on my own paper” type of person. However, I will often miss out on tricks of the trade that other experienced sewers have discovered which could help make my sewing easier and more efficient. So, I spent a little time searching out some of these little tips and thought I would share my favorite five. Many of you may already be very familiar with these ideas, but in case you are like me, you may have never found them on your own without a little bit of help! 🙂
Tip #1 – Use two or three pencils rubber banded together to add in your seam allowance when tracing or designing your own pattern.
Photo credit: Sew McCool
Tip #2 – Wrap a large rubber band around your sewing machine arm to keep seams very straight.
Photo Credit: Yesterday’s Thimble
Tip#3 – To avoid frayed ends, wash fabric in a pillow case with the end tied in knot.
Photo Credit: The Mother Huddle
Tip #4 – This tip hits home as I have ruined many a gown with ripping through a buttonhole. Place a pin on one end of the buttonhole to avoid tearing through the fabric.
Photo Credit: Simple Simon and Company
Tip #5 – Keep pins in a bar of soap to help them slide through fabric easier. I imagine this would be wonderful when pleating large amounts of fabric into a waistband.
Photo Credit: Make it Love it
I hope these little tips will help make your sewing more effective and enjoyable…I know they have mine!
Did you know that I have begun creating more 19th century clothing to sell?
Feel free hop over here for a little peek!!