6 Helpful Sewing Hacks Everyone Should Know
As enjoyable as it is to create a beautiful piece of clothing or reupholster your favorite furniture, there are some aspects of sewing that just aren’t fun. Searching for dropped pins and keeping bobbins from unwinding can be frustrating. Here are 7 tips that can help on your next sewing project:
Wax Your Thread
Even if you typically use a sewing machine for most of your projects, there will be times when you must use an old-fashioned needle and thread. To avoid getting your thread tangled and having to cut and re-thread the needle- apply wax to your thread. Use a beeswax thread conditioner to help the thread stay in place and help when hand beading material.
Organize Your Ribbon and Lace
Frustrated by all the spools of ribbon and lace coming undone and creating a mess in your sewing basket? An upright paper towel dispenser is the perfect size to hold them. Once you have all your supplies re-wound, stack them one on top of the other on your paper towel dispenser. Perfect for storage and unwinding the exact amount of ribbon you need; your paper towel dispenser will be a huge help when adding trim to the piece you are creating.
Store Your Bobbins
Bobbin storage has never been easier than with this next trick. To keep yours from unthreading during storage, all you need is a pedicure toe separator. We recommend lining up your toe separators in a small box, with your bobbins organized by thread color to make choosing the right one faster and easier than ever before!
Sharpen Your Scissors
Sharp scissors are a must when it comes to cutting fabric, and if yours have grown dull all you need to do it head to your kitchen cupboards and grab a couple pieces of tin foil. Cut through the tin foil a few times until your scissors are once again sharp and then get back to work on your crafting project.
Pick Up Your Pins
Even if you try your hardest to keep all your pins in your pincushion, a few are bound to fall to the floor as you work at your sewing machine. Instead of worrying about crawling on your hands and knees to search for them, purchase a heavy-duty magnet and wave it slowly across the surface of your floor when you notice a pin drop or at the end of your sewing session.
Use freezer paper to transfer patterns. You can iron freezer paper to fabric to create a hand-made pattern. Freezer paper can also be used to transfer another pattern to the paper. Simply place the shiny side face down on the pattern paper. You will be able to easily trace the pattern through the transparent paper.
With these sewing and storage tricks up your sleeve, your next project will be organized and enjoyable to complete. All that is left to do is to pick out your fabric and get started. Here at Nick of Time Textiles, we have a wide array of knit and woven wholesale fabrics available for purchase. Shop with us online or contact us by phone at 610-395-4641 for assistance finding the right fabric to meet your project needs.