One of the most useful things I’ve learned is how to sew. I’m not talking about anything crazy, but knowing how to reattach a button or fix a frayed seam have helped me in numerous occasions, especially when I travel for work and have a limited number of clothing options to work with.
This post is from Cait with Cait’s Cozy Corner and she’s sharing with y’all 10 tips and tricks to sew like a pro!
Growing up, my Mom was an incredible seamstress. She would always create gorgeous costumes for Halloween or beautiful birthday gowns for my parties. As a parent myself, I’m the first to admit I didn’t get that gene of loving to sew but luckily there are so many tips and tricks to help those that are sewing challenged like myself.
Use hair spray to make needle threading simple! I thought it was a joke at first and almost laughed remembering being a kid and spending minutes attempting to get the small thread through the needle hole. It was unnerving. I attempted this trick and sure enough within a few seconds of spraying the hairspray, I was able to easily thread my needle! Why didn’t someone share this hack with me earlier?!
No More Bent Pins
I know I can’t be the only one to get angry when the pins aren’t straight. You know that moment I’m talking about when you can’t wiggle them through the fabric and you want to scream in frustration? Let me ease your pain but just using a bar of soap! That’s right! The soap gives your pins a slight coating and helps the pin move right through your fabric! It’s the best trick and you’re sure to have soap with you in your house!
Sew Over Lumpy Fabrics
When faced with fabric that can bunch up easily, there is an easier alternative. When you’re sewing certain fabrics like terry cloth or fleece, use a plastic bag. You’ll want to place it over the fabric you are sewing and watch your presser foot glide. It also helps to have a soli sewing machine for difficult fabrics as well.
Sew Seams Easily
Sew up your seam as you normally would, place zipper face down over the seam allowance and sew it in place. Cut open the seam with your seam ripper to reveal the zipper underneath! How simple is that!
My children used to pop buttons off all the time! As a result, I keep on sewing buttons back all the time. Here’s what I discovered: using your dental floss as a thread, sew your buttons right back into place. Dental floss are stronger than your usual threads and can keep your buttons from popping off less than regular threads. Now with this trick, I wouldn’t have to keep on sewing buttons back all the time.
Use A Glue Glun
A glue gun is a messy and clunky way to sew. However, if you’re not interested in making anything fancy, perhaps just a new table runner for the next party, or a quick pant hem, break out the glue gun! Just keep the same rules of sewing in mind, and don’t forget your seam allowance.
Alter Your Shirts An Easier Way
Turn your clothes inside out and sew up the sides to make them fit better. If your clothes are made of a stretchy material, use the zig zag stitch on your machine. To truly get the perfect fit, wear the clothes inside out, and pin on the sides. Mark your fabric where the pins are, remove them so you don’t stab yourself, then remove your clothes and sew up the sides. You’ll find all your clothes are fitting much better in no time.
In the need of a quick elastic stitch fix? Or maybe you want to attach elastic to something but don’t want to bother gathering it, or dragging it through the casing. Just stretch out your elastic over the area you want to cover, and sew it in place, holding the stretch elastic over the flat garment. The garment will pucker as you sew, but the elastic will remain taut as long as you hold it in place.
Fake A Hem
Use the same pattern piece you used for the bottom of your garment to cut the hem, but just trace the bottom 2 inches. Cut out your fabric, pin it to the bottom of your garment (right sides together) stitch and turn. Viola! A perfectly fitted hem, no weird puckering or unforgiving stitches.
Finding the Right and Wrong Side of Your Fabric
Did you know all fabric has a RIGHT and a WRONG side? This terminology might sound a bit odd while sewing: “Sew the wrong side? That can’t be right!” Just keep in mind, the right side is typically the side where the pattern is at its best, or the side you want people to see. If your fabric is truly the same on both sides, just try to keep your sides consistent so you don’t get confused.
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