25 Sewing Hacks that Will Change Your Life

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99 comments for “25 Sewing Hacks that Will Change Your Life

  1. ardene
    April 24, 2016 at

    Thank you for those hints! I use the metal hair clips to hold the binding down while sewing it in place.

    • Mary
      October 18, 2016 at

      I wish there was more information for #8. I don’t know how the yarn is supposed to make gathers

      • Kate
        October 28, 2016 at
      • Carmen Harrington
        November 12, 2016 at

        Mary,
        After to sew across the yarn using the wide zigzag stitch you gather it by pulling one end of the yarn holding the other end still.

      • pam
        January 7, 2017 at

        The yarn is your gathering tool.the zigzag zag is your yarn guide. Once zigzag Zayed on the yarn is ready to pull and adjust the the yarn and fabric. You can move the fabric to right area and how strong the garering. This is very similar to the way I gathered with a basting stich.good luck let us know how it went.

        • Zinetta
          June 18, 2017 at

          Is there a video for this. Sounds very cool, but I cannot seem to figure it out.

      • Lois Meikle
        February 12, 2017 at

        You have to anchor the beginning end of the yarn with a couple of small stitches and then after you zig zag over the yarn ( or string) without stitching through the string you can pull the fabric up along the string and it will gather very easily.

      • Maggie krasznavolgyi
        March 2, 2017 at

        Sew a zig zag over the top, being careful not to sew down the yarn, then pull the yarn. The zig zag threads will slide over the yarn making it gather.

      • lin
        March 4, 2017 at

        I have used string –Zig zag over the string and then pull to make the gathers… Use a narrow zig zag to keep control over the gathers.and then pull gently. Mark the fabric into sections before hand so that the gathers should be easier to even out. It is better than the ruffler foot for me. . Also on Sewing with Nancy(tv) she showed how to gather with basting stitch-and long thread tails—-Start stitching and the pull the bobbin thread forward directly under the foot to the front and sew over it- Then pull to make the gather… Have not tried it yet but it looks good. This was shown on the Doll clothes video.

      • Melody
        March 5, 2017 at

        I have done #8 and it is easy. On your gathering line lay yarn or heavy thread and zig zag over the yarn being careful not to catch the yarn in the stitch. when through simply pull the yarn and it will make your gathers.

      • Shirley
        March 18, 2017 at

        Zig zag over the yarn, don’t catch the yarn though, hold one end of the yarn and slide the fabric down the yarn to form the gathers. Then sew a straight line through the gathers to hold them in place…. pull out the yarn. Done.

      • March 25, 2017 at

        Use a large zig zag stich over the yarn….stich one end if yard in position..then pull other end of the yarn tight and move fabric into pucker

      • March 25, 2017 at

        Sew 2 separate rows of your sewing machines longest straight stitches, then pull the 2 lines of stitches together to make the gathers, change your stitch length to “normal” stitch length,sew the gathered piece to whatever you’re attaching the gathered piece to, in between the gathering, then the “gathering lines” are easily pulled out after you’ve attached the pieces together.

      • Missy Nad
        June 16, 2017 at

        Mary, in case you still haven’t figured out #8. Tye a knot at one end of the yarn, so it will not pull all the way through. While sewing the zigzag over the yarn, make sure it is wide enough to not catch the yarn in the stitches and do not backstitch. Once finished with the zigzag stitches, you will pull the yarn from the non-knotted end. This will gather your fabric. Once gathered, you can then sew them in.

    • Mary
      October 28, 2016 at

      Thanks, I love the V-neck directions, can’t wait to try it. The others are very useful and I plan on using several of them too! Thank You!

    • lin
      March 4, 2017 at

      thank you for that idea

  2. April 25, 2016 at

    I’m not saying this to be snippy but this piece would seem a lot sharper if someone would edit the typos, spelling (including foreign words), grammar and other basic issues of form. Please.

    • May 9, 2016 at

      Yes, there’s a huge difference between a viola {a musical instrument}, and “Voila!” {the French expression}. But, I’m a professional writer and I see nothing wrong with a few typos in an otherwise well-written piece. When a creation like this gets lengthy, it can be easy to overlook a few mistakes, especially if you get wrapped up in making the entirety just right. Don’t worry about the naysayers. Overall, it’s articulate, well written, and very informative.

      I know the criticism was intended to be constructive, but people who volunteer their time free-of-charge to share beneficial tips with others are a valuable commodity. They should be praised and appreciated. Thanks again!

      • Jane
        May 25, 2016 at

        Thank you, Becky. Well said. People need to lighten up.

        • Ksthleen Woodson
          September 8, 2016 at

          I suite agree. If you want free tips, you’ve got them. That’s what most people are here for.

      • May 28, 2016 at

        I agree. Thank you to all to are generous enough to “share” without a price tag.

      • Jeri Staley-Earnst
        May 30, 2016 at

        Absolutely agree.

      • Faye
        June 4, 2016 at

        Becky….well said. I’m happy to be able to see something like this posting and get some much needed inspiration. Faye

      • Ginnie
        July 3, 2016 at

        Becky, what a lovely response. I too appreciate the great information and see no need to criticize the grammar.

      • Andrea Weller
        August 1, 2016 at

        Hear hear!

      • August 10, 2016 at

        Could not agree more!!

      • Pam
        August 10, 2016 at

        Amen! Also, this being the Internet and not a professional sewing magazine, people need to remember that English may very well be the author’s second language. Considering that my sewing subscription costs me $36 every 6 months, I will take this, typos and all. I think I am intellectual enough to figure out what they meant.

      • Beverly
        August 19, 2016 at

        So true Becky, God bless your kind heart. Kudos to the one who took the effort very informative.

      • Cyndi
        August 24, 2016 at

        Well said!!!!

      • August 26, 2016 at

        From all the dyslexic readers in the room, thank you. 😀 Well said.

        • September 7, 2016 at

          Thank you Katherine Gillard, I am 58 and have missed out on so much, because of fear of someone making fun of my spelling and grammar. 😉

        • Linda M Jung
          December 22, 2016 at

          Amen to that one Katherine! Lisa, I’m 60 and I know exactly, what you mean! I think I have just about wore out the Google microphone.

      • Beth
        September 5, 2016 at

        Well said, be grateful for the tips.

      • Diane
        October 20, 2016 at

        Well said!

    • Dorothy Sheldrake
      June 7, 2016 at

      Well, if you were able to understand the message then I think you need to get over it and try to enjoy the information rather than to edit it. That would be unless the writer asks you to do so.
      My father always said you can spell “cat” CAT or KAT. The reader will know it is “cat”, but 2 plus 2 better always
      equal 4.

    • IRS
      July 2, 2016 at

      I’m with you, Valerie. The printed word means something to me, so I appreciate proofreading and editing. Everyone makes mistakes, but proofreading and editing are what corrects those mistakes before they get published.

    • Vicki
      July 9, 2016 at

      Yes I agree Valerie….spelling has always been important….One could aways do a spell check or double check before you post.

    • Shanter
      July 23, 2016 at

      I agree with you completely, Valerie!

    • Deborah
      August 1, 2016 at

      I totally agree …I am sorry to say … as it does become difficult to understand some of the instructions with the typos

    • Pam
      August 10, 2016 at

      English may not be her primary language. Also, it takes 1000 nice said things to heal 1 mean thing. So please stay positive. You never know how your words, although not meant “snippy”, can hurt someone who worked hard to make their video.

    • August 11, 2016 at

      Get a life-it’s not an educational classroom publication for vulnerable students-this is Pinterest where friendly folks share their ideas thru multiple forms of communication. Go somewhere else to be judgemental.

    • The Alteration Nazi
      August 22, 2016 at

      Yes you are

    • Ron
      September 14, 2016 at

      Are asking for your money back!

    • October 16, 2016 at

      You maybe being bit snippy as somebody has taken the time to write this to help others

    • Janie
      February 20, 2017 at

      I do agree with you completely. Gosh is there any harm in trying to do better with the next written piece? Sorry you got a lot of flack from people who I guess must just be too lazy to learn from their mistakes.

    • Kathy Boyd
      May 8, 2017 at

      I want to say that most crafters are right brainers. I can look past the spelling errors and appreciate the tips I am reading for free.

  3. Sandra
    April 30, 2016 at

    Please be careful with scissors hanging around your neck. A local fabric salesgirl tripped and fell forward, and was stabbed in the stomach by her scissors.

    • Valerie Morrell
      May 3, 2016 at

      Agree, NEVER hand scissors around your neck, or attach to body, pockets etc. VERY Dangerous idea.

      • hcondizzy
        September 9, 2016 at

        Maybe you should take your own advice and proofread your comments before posting.

    • Nora
      October 2, 2016 at

      Sandra comment about the scissors was well put but having been a fabric saleslady I learned to use a pair of round nosed scissors and adjusted to not having sharp points as long as they cut. Never hurt myself.

      • October 14, 2016 at

        I always have had my scissors hanging around my neck on a long lanyard and my frinds know me as the scissor necklace lady, I am also handicapped and sit in wheelchair so I dont run the risk of falling, but I also have to wear an ostomy bag and many years ago my scissors poked a small hole in my bag causing it to leak all over my clothes as I had bent over to pick something up that I had dropped…since then I still wear my sharp pointed stork scissors but use rubber safety tips that go up the whole shaft…problem solved…I dont know if a person were to fall down if a rubber tip would prevent an actual stabbing but I do think it would go a long way in helping to lesson the severity of it. I also had the impression the tip was to used when one was sitting down at the machine but anyway, that’s my input…
        Also, as its been stated, this info was put out for all to enjoy and learn from at no charge. She took her personal time to provide us with some tried and true tips. The spelling should be a non issue…also perfection is not all its cracked up to be and does nothing more than cause anxiety in the perfectionist as nothing will ever be perfect. Come on, take time to smell the roses and appreciate it for the info and not what isn’t perfect…if you want perfect grammer and spelling, then buy a subscription to an actual magazine but free is free and it is very true that english may be her second language. Even if it’s not, this article wasnt about an english course on spelling and grammer, it was a very nice informative list of tips and tricks to help you with your sewing. Nothing she said was not easy to understand and with today’s riduculous texting shorthand, this was wonderful! Bravo to the author and keep right on doing what you’re doing as there are some of us that appreciate it and you, just for what it is and not what it isnt. If others arent happy than they can go write their own.

        • Sharon
          October 22, 2016 at

          Incase many of you did not know “Only God has the right to judge”. My momma taught me that if I had nothing nice to say don’t say anything. I so appreciate any advice someone more knowledgeable than myself shares. I’ve also been a supporter of takingg what I can use from an article or conversation and leaving the rest.God Bless You sweet lady for sharing .

  4. Susan Lancia
    May 2, 2016 at

    I’m finding a few rubber bands right now to hold down the sewing foot pedal! Thanks.

  5. Sammarie Durushia
    May 4, 2016 at

    Never cut foil with your good sewing scissors, it actually is bad for them. Either use a sharpening stone or have a professional sewing scissors sharpener sharpen them. I would never use foil on my good Gingher scissors, I paid too much money for them. But if they are cheap scissors from the dollar store or retail chain store such as Target or Walmart, then go ahead. Check out the Gingher site for sharpening their scissors before ruining them. Also says how to care for them.

    • Darlene Tangedahl
      October 28, 2016 at

      Thanks for referring me to the Gingher site for hints on sharpening my scissors. I’m going to check it out.

  6. May 8, 2016 at

    Genius! Especially the use of a rubberband as a seam guide. My new machine’s markings are impossible to see. Also, I tend to be a bit impatient with little problems when I’m working on a project. Nevermind the clutter, I’m far too frugal to buy a bunch of gadgets that have only one use.

    I put a piece of silicone shelf liner under my foot pedal. it works great to prevent slipping, too. The rubberband will make it that much better. 🙂

    Thanks so much for your help!

  7. Susan
    May 15, 2016 at

    There are only seven

    • Kate
      May 16, 2016 at

      Hey Susan! I am sorry that you had issues viewing the rest of our ideas! If you use the arrows located above the articles, you’ll be able to scroll through the remaining ideas. I apologize for the confusion, and I hope you enjoy the article!

  8. May 25, 2016 at

    I have lace curtains that the hems have come undone. What is the best way to fix them without getting hung up with my presser foot?

    • Dianne
      May 25, 2016 at

      Cut several pieces of tissue paper (or other lightweight paper) three times the width of your curtain’s hem. Fold them in half lengthwise and place over the hem with hem inside the fold, like a sandwich. Sew as you would normally, but with a slightly longer stitch length. Once you’ve finished sewing, very gently tear the paper away from the fabric and voila! You’re finished!

  9. May 31, 2016 at

    Thank you. Saves us novices many wasted hours and frustration. Appreciate you taking the time .

  10. Faye
    June 4, 2016 at

    Becky …well said. I find typos in my writings after I have proof read but had already sent so who really cares. So nice to see these sewing hints and give me the inspiration I so neded! Whoops a Typo!

  11. Marylou
    June 12, 2016 at

    I use dental floss instead of yarn when I zigzag for gathers. It doesn’t stretch or break. Just an additional note – I also use dental floss to string beads.

    • Linda
      December 22, 2016 at

      Great Ideal Marylou. Thank you, I am going to use that!

  12. Amy J
    June 21, 2016 at

    I’m sorry but I’m not sure I understand the last tip. Is it in the measuring of a seam allowance that you use the two pencils as a guide? All these tips are great. I’ll be using several, especially the washi tape. We’ve come a long way since tracing paper and wheel!

  13. Dori
    June 23, 2016 at

    Great… new ideal always needed..

  14. June 24, 2016 at

    I have a singer xl 6000 does any one have this problem with it it will not transfer from the computer to the machine can anyone help singer is no help thank you

    • Janice
      August 1, 2016 at

      Try reinstalling the program on your computer.

    • Gaga
      June 19, 2017 at

      Make sure what you are transferring is not too much for your machine to handle. I bought new card still had problem until a friend told me this.

      The tissue paper works great when trying to sew silky material. I also use single ply paper towels.

  15. Lara
    July 1, 2016 at

    You’re using “viola” ironically, right?

  16. Joanne Robinson
    July 1, 2016 at

    Great tips, especially for doing the quilt binding, I have been wrestling my corners into place so this will make for happy fingers

  17. KarenM
    July 12, 2016 at

    No matter how long I’ve been sewing (since I was 8), I’ve always found someone who has something clever to share with me.

    Again, there are many new, great tips here from lots of creative and talented people who are willing to share generously with others. Thanks to all!

  18. Pat
    July 17, 2016 at

    Where is the DIY pattern weights tip referred to in tip 11?

    • Kate
      August 25, 2016 at

      The link didn’t seem to be working, but I added it in when you click on the word “weights”. Hope this helps!

  19. July 31, 2016 at

    I don’t understand number 6.

    • Kate
      August 25, 2016 at

      You can use your hair straightener as a mini iron. Flatten the pieces in-between buttons to help them sew on better!

  20. August 2, 2016 at

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sharing keeps this age old craft going. Many times I’ve found household items for a solution when the nearest fabric store is miles away or just plain too late at night.

  21. Lula Mells
    August 17, 2016 at

    Thank you for sharing .please don’t stop.

  22. Linda
    August 25, 2016 at

    An alternative for tip #9 you can also use washi tape as seam guide.

  23. Belinda Kirchner
    September 10, 2016 at

    another easy way to thread elastic through a casing is with a long zip tie the ones about 3 feet long that are meant to hold up crossover pipes under double wide homes works great. I keep one with my elastic supply and they are just stiff enough to push through the casing and the the locking end is big enough to fasten the elastic to easily and you can pull it through the casing in one motion.

  24. Ann Seabolt
    September 18, 2016 at

    I’m usually a bit of a nitpick when it comes to spelling and grammar and truthfully I didn’t even notice the errors. Were there errors? I guess I was more interested in the information you were kind enough to share.

    • Kate
      September 28, 2016 at

      Ann,

      Thank you for your sweet reply! I truly appreciate it!

      • Dee
        October 8, 2016 at

        It appears that comment option has closed, hence using this luttle space. Ive just read through these helpful tips, and wish to add my tganks for them. I’m a veteran seamstress and always enjoy learning a new thing…now I discovered a whole bunch! Thank YOU, leaning us an ongoing process.

  25. Pam
    September 23, 2016 at

    How do you do the gathering again?

    • Genita Jones
      October 12, 2016 at

      I was so busy thinking how brilliant these ideas were, that I didn’t even notice the typos. All I could think was, why I didn’t think of that!
      I am constantly amazed at how people criticize each other on the internet. As for me, I’m truly grateful that you took time out of your day to give these hints to us.
      Growing up, I was taught, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Obviously, not everyone was taught this.

  26. October 11, 2016 at

    It has come to my attention that when I read anything, the typos sort of leap out at me. I just go on reading and trying to soak up all the information people are kind enough and thoughtful enough to share. Thank you all so much. As for the people who are really bothered by typos, here’s hoping you never make any. Oh! I forgot! That’s different.

  27. October 14, 2016 at

    I have been sold on the “Wonder Clips” to hold binding and just about everything else together with my sewing and have in many ways almost replaced my pins (almost) but the binding clips I had never though of and they are so much cheaper! Those Wonder Clips can get quite expensive especially the bigger the size I get but these also come in big, little, small, and jumbo too for a fraction of the cost. Thank you so much for helping us novice and expert sewers out! I think of myself as beings somewhere in between those two terms. :0)

    • Kate
      October 17, 2016 at

      Kitti,

      I am so glad that you found it helpful! Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! 🙂

  28. Jo
    October 16, 2016 at

    The picture with your article shows 4 bobbins threaded onto one needle, I don’t see anything related to that in the article. What’s that about?

    • Kate
      October 28, 2016 at

      We just wanted to add a picture that was related to sewing. Hope you have a great day!

  29. October 28, 2016 at

    Great tips, especially for someone like I am – I’ve been sewing for years, and have made many things, and still feel like a novice sometimes. Thank you!

  30. Linda M Jung
    December 22, 2016 at

    Number 19, I have asked my Hubby to save his used sandpaper. And I use that to sharpen my scissors, I turn the sandpaper over and cut that waay too so I get both blades. But you should have seen the look in his face then I asked him to save it for me. I took my scissors out to his workshop with me so I could show him. So he saves me his 60 grit. He said that one was the best grit. Thank You So Much Kate, for sharing all your tips and so much more.

  31. March 25, 2017 at

    I’m just wondering, is this article about sewing or was it an English class? I took it to be about sewing and not the proper way to spell. We all make mistakes and auto correct doesn’t always work. Sometimes it has a mind of its own! By the way, did I spell everything correct here people?

  32. March 25, 2017 at

    Thank you very much to sharing this tips

  33. Paula Fontes
    March 25, 2017 at

    If I may make a suggestion? My southern granny always used butter knives (regular table knives) as pattern weights. I’ve been using them the 40+ years I’ve been sewing. They are smooth, they easily fit on sharp corners and they’re always in your kitchen.

    • Kate
      March 27, 2017 at

      Paula,

      I had never considered this! What a great idea! Thank you!

  34. Jtodd
    April 26, 2017 at

    When sewing buttons on, thread the ends between the button and fabric….tie knots. They are hidden and subjected to less outside forces.

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