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Five Recently Discovered Sewing Hacks

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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.

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Photo credit: Sew McCool

Tip #2 – Wrap a large rubber band around your sewing machine arm to keep seams very straight.

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Photo Credit: Yesterday’s Thimble

Tip#3 – To avoid frayed ends, wash fabric in a pillow case with the end tied in knot.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Happy Wednesday!

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5 Comments

  1. These are great ideas and all are very helpful. I have one question about the pins in the soap. Are there any fabrics that the soap would damage or stain? Most soaps leave behind a residue of some sort and I wonder if it would transfer from the pin to the fabric. This is probably a silly question, but those are the kind I’m good at. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

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    • That is a fantastic question and one I had’t even thought of! I would imagine most fabrics would be fine except silk….however since you have brought this to my attention, I am going to test a small part of the fabric first before I pin the actual pieces.
      Thank you so much for your question!!
      Have a wonderful day,
      Aimee

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    • I am so glad that you liked them! Yes, the double pencil is such a good idea and I am also going to be using this one a whole lot! 🙂
      Have a fantastic day!
      Aimee

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