Words of Wisdom 

Sewing tips, hints, etc.

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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
img 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
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
Pre-wash fabric before you paint, sew or glue onto it to remove sizing. Sizing, which is found in most fabrics, will prevent craft materials from adhering to the surface properly. i-craft
FABRIC
Pre-shrinking and washing fabric before sewing removes chemical treatments leftover from manufacturing as well as excess dyes. Avoid using fabric softeners during this process as they can leave spots on certain blends. 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
img 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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A quick tip and idea on how to store fabric by repurposing an old DVD video cabinet. Needlepointers.com
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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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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
img Foot Pedel Demonstration
Demonstrating how to use a mouse pad to prevent your sewing machine foot pedal from moving. Needlepointers.com
img 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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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
NEEDLES - NEEDLE DISPOSAL
Use old pill bottles to dispose of sewing machine needles - prevents getting poked by the needles. 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
img 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
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
ROTARY CUTTER TIP
use eyeglasses cases to store my rotary cutter. The hard plastic ones are perfect for larger cutters, and smaller cutters fit in slimline eyeglass cases. Marcus Fabrics
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A tips about scissors. You should have three different types of scissors for different purposes. One scissor for cutting fabric, one scissor for cutting paper or other craft projects and one scissor for threads and delicate work. Needlepointers.com
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