25 Sewing Hacks You Won’t Want to Forget | DIY Sewing

by Thursday, June 26, 2014

After sewing for years, I’ve naturally acquired a handful of tips and tricks. I’ve gathered together 25 of my favorites just for you! Read on for some of the best sewing hacks out there, and you’ll be master of the machine in no time. Don’t miss out on this awesome list of sewing hacks you’ll want to try at home.

I’ve seen tons of sewing tips, but none that were as simple and as straightforward as the ones listed here. You’re going to be sewing like a pro after you’ve gotten to the last one! Don’t believe me? Make your way down my list and see what you think!

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25 Best Sewing Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

1. How to strengthen your thread so it won’t break

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Use this little gadget! It’s a wax contraption. When you pull the thread through, your thread will be coated in wax. This makes the thread nice and strong while you hand sew.

2. How to get that needle through the hole (in a sanitary way)

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Use hairspray. Spray the tip so it stays straight

3. How to sew over lumpy fabric

 

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Next time you’re sewing over lumpy fabric like terry cloth or fleece, use a plastic bag. Place it over the fabric you are sewing and watch that presser foot glide!

4. How to sew in the easiest zipper

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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.

Be sure to check out our easy step-by-step tutorial on How To Sew A Zipper

5. How to use stay stitching to your advantage

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Stay stitching holds the shape of your material in place as you ease it around curves. Stay stitch anything that isn’t cut on the grain or cross grain to prevent it from becoming disfigured. To stay stitch, stitch within the seam allowance, try 3/8″ if your seam allowance is 5/8″ and follow the curve of the piece. Stitch symmetrically, start your line on the outside and work your way in on both sides, if working on a center fold

 

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Susan
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Susan
2 years 2 months ago

If you cut and sew your article side to center, bottom to top and wide to narrow, your fabric won’t stretch and pieces will fit together easier.

jonnie
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2 years 2 months ago

Thanks, that’s good to know. I’m just getting back to sewing, and discovered I have forgotten a whole lot of things.

Gaynor Mann
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Gaynor Mann
2 years 2 months ago

You really don’t need to buy a spool kit to use serger thread on your sewing machine. Just place a plastic drinking straw over your existing spool pin and the serger thread will ride along nicely!

Deby at So Sew Easy
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2 years 2 months ago

Some of those were new to me thanks. I’ve got lots of free sewing patterns to share and a page of sewing tips, tricks and tutorials over at So Sew Easy. I you liked this article, I think you’ll love my site too.

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Seamstress
2 years 2 months ago
It’s not recommended you use serger thread for regular machine sewn seams. Serger thread is thinner, twisted with two strands of light filament. It’s meant to get it’s strength by using in tandem with the other cones in the loopers in a three thread or more machine. If you use it to sew straight stitch seams your seams will likely pop at stress points. It’s also more than likely entirely polyester thread. Sewing thread for regular machines have three twisted medium strands. It’s thicker and stronger. It comes in cotton poly, cotton, silk. Good thing though, you can buy it… Read more »
Penny
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Penny
2 years 1 month ago

I was questioning the use of serger thread myself. I’m not quite as knowledgeable about why you can’t use it as you are, thanks for explaining it. The trick for using the larger spools is just so stinkin’ smart!! Thanks for sharing.

MarleneC
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MarleneC
2 years 1 month ago

I agree–using serger thread on your sewing machine is not a good idea.

Heather Feather
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2 years 4 days ago

Thanks for the feature! This list is great, and I read some tips that I didn’t know and will help me!

Sandy
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Sandy
1 year 9 months ago

I use serger thread for embroidery for my bobbin thread. Its just right for use in embroidery because it is thin. and It costs a lot less that bobbin thread. and comes in many colors.

Tracey
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Tracey
1 year 8 months ago

Hello everybody! I wad just wondering if anyone could help with my sewing table dilemma. I have an old sewing table but my new portable sewing machine doesn’t seem to have the two holes on the bottom to attach to the mounting pins on the table . Its a Brother LS 2125. Any ideas on how to mount the new machine in the old table? Thanks a lot!

Rynna Machate
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1 year 8 months ago

You may need to drill on your table if that’s an option you’d like to go.

Kim meyer
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Kim meyer
1 year 7 months ago

Making a faceplate for your machine and mount it to the plsteand on the other side of the faceplate have those holes match up to the mounting hardware.

Monica
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Monica
1 year 7 months ago

I used a wooden cutting board on top of the old Singer sewing table I had to cover the hole where the machine drops down in. Then just set my machine on top of it. Worked really great.

brittany
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1 year 8 months ago

I highly agree with using serger thread. It has saved me 100’s of dollars sewing.

I buy and use Maxi Lock serger thread exclusively to sew dog collars. I’ve sold literally thousands of collars & I’ve had solid metal hardware come apart before a stitch pops.

Rene
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Rene
1 year 8 months ago

A trick that has helped me a great deal is: When using bias tape as a facing around curves, press the tape in the shape of the curve before applying it (making sure that the open side of the tape is on the proper side of the curve to fit it over the fabric–made that mistake a few times!) It is very difficult to stitch bias tape around curves without stretching it, making the edge cup or flare. A simple round with the iron avoids that.

Texana
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Texana
1 year 7 months ago

Ok, I hate to be persnickety, but #2 probably refers to getting the thread through the hold of a needle, not the needle through the hole…sorry…

Texana
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Texana
1 year 7 months ago

hole, not hold of the needle…see, I can’t even type !

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Sheila
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Sheila
1 year 6 months ago

I have used the safety pin method shown on #11 often but have found that if you turn the pin and insert it butt first. It will not have a tendency for the pin to come undone while trying to push it through the casing. Great tips. I also use serger thread too and have no problems with seams ripping out.

Misael
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Misael
1 year 5 months ago

Thank you, very much…#22 is a bit too risky though, there is a wide group of followers and not everyone can handle a very sharp object hanging on your chest, belly, etc. but there is more good in all than just this quirk.

Melissa
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Melissa
1 year 5 months ago

I used serger thread on a quilt years ago. The fabric is coming apart, but the thread is still holding on fine. I put a small spool of regular thread under the cone of serger thread to help it turn smoothly. Guetterman serger thread comes on spools that fit my regular sewing machine.

carol chudy
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carol chudy
1 year 4 months ago

I have had a negative experience with using wax to coat thread (Tip #1) I used it on a hem for a bridesmaid dress – when I pressed the hem the wax melted into the fabric leaving a row of dark holes where the thread passed through the fabric.

gery horne
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gery horne
1 year 3 months ago

nice job! Thank you.

DIY Crush Marketplace
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1 year 3 months ago

Fantastic round-up!! Thanks for posting this!!

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