Top 10 Sewing Hacks

sewing objectsSewing tips and hacks are in place to make the life of individuals who sew for a living or as a hobby easier. Below are 10 important sewing hacks that can be used to increase a person’s skills, keep things more organized or speed up the process.

1.Hand Stitching Guide

When looking for a way to sew hand stitches that are evenly spaced use a sewing machine to machine-baste a straight line of the required stitches and then use these stitches in the form of a guide for the hand stitching. The stitch lengths should be set on the type of hand stitch chosen. Now pull on a few of the machine stitches each time and hand sew following on the holes that have been left behind.

Alternatively, the machine stitches can be left in place and then pulled out once the hand sewing is complete. Machine stitches can serve the purpose of guides for various hand stitches like herringbone stitch, topstitch or blanket stitch.

2.Simplified Tailor’s Tack

There is another technique for tailor’s tacks which offers a way to hold threads more securely compared to the traditional methods. Once the pattern pieces are cut out, use unknotted contrasting doubled-thread in the hand needle. Now take one stitch that passes through the tissue pattern and the layers of the fabric.

Now from the other side take the needle back through the pattern and fabric and cut thread tails that are long in length. The next step involves lifting the tissue pattern off of the fabric allowing the tails to pass through. Now turn the fabric over use a different thread color and use a second stitch that goes over the first in the same technique leaving behind the long tails. Now pulling the layers of fabric apart, the one set will stay stitched onto the top layer of fabric while the alternative set will remain stitched onto the bottom fabric layer. These threads now mark a clear position for sewing that can be viewed from either side.

3.Why Two Safety Pins Are Better Than Just One

Many sewing enthusiasts pull cording or elastic through a type of casing. For this technique some people make use of a safety pin to guide it through. However, in some cases the cord or elastic at the start point can end up going into the casing. This is when it becomes a complex task to weave backwards and it usually means the individual has to start all over again. To avoid this issue use another safety pin for securing the tail of the cord or elastic to its casing.

4.How To Make A Button Shank Out Of Thread

When using flat buttons for thicker fabric, it is advisable to create button shanks out of thread. To do this start off with threading the needle using thread that is a double strand. The next step involves taking one stitch at the placement mark for the button on the fabric’s right side. This will hide the knots underneath the buttons.

Now take the stitch through each button as one would normally do but avoid pulling this thread tight. Follow this up by selecting a spacer that ensures ample room between the button and the fabric. When using thinner fabrics use a toothpick or pin and when using the thicker fabrics use a thin pen, chopstick, darning needle or bobby pin. Place the spacer underneath each button between these holes and then tug on the thread from the sewing needle to secure the spacers as well as tighten up the thread. Follow up by sewing on the buttons in the traditional manner.

Once the button is securely sewn making sure the needle is on the fabric’s underside remove the spacer ensuring the stitch remains taut. Now bring the needle through the fabric and then the button and wind this thread around the sewn stitches until a shank has been created. For a finished look, especially when using the larger spacers, use blanket stitches that are closely spaced around these threads opposed to just winding threads around this shank. When finished make sure the thread has been secured closely to the shank.

5.Extreme Makeovers

Shop consignment or resale stores that sell used shirts for men can be used for this type of project. Take the shirt and cut off the sleeves, cuffs and collars and open up the side seams. Now press all the items flat. Now lay a simple blouse pattern over the remainder of the shirt and use the existing hems and button plackets.

One can make a scoop-neck blouse by adapting the neckline in order to take advantage of the original button placements. From the original shirt shorter sleeves can be cut out and in most cases there will be sufficient fabric left over to cut out a new self-facing that will be for the neckline. Pockets can also be repositioned and dependent on the fit of the original garment, one can keep the yoke and shoulders of the shirt and only adapt the length, sleeves and neck.

6.Tape Guide Using Topstitch

One can sew straight top stitching onto fabric without any markings by using masking tape on the fabric in order to establish the top stitching guide. All that is required is to stitch along the tapes edge and then remove this tape once finished.

7.Hem Guide Using Silicone

Hem guides made out of metal can be uncomfortablly hot when pressing the hem. To avoid this issue, use one strip of a silicone pot-holder. One can make these strips out of a whole pot holder and cut the strips into various sized hem guides. The iron will not harm the silicone and they will always remain cool.

8.How To Stop Disappearing Ink From Vanishing

To stop air-soluble disappearing inks from fading away to fast apply Scotch Magic Tape onto each mark. In addition, when pulling off the tape, there will be no residue left behind. This takes far less time for removing the tape compared to having to reconstruct these marks.

9.Marking A Hem Without A Helper

To mark hems without helpers take a string and stretch it tightly across the length of a doorway to the desired height for the hem and now tape or tack it onto the jamb on each side. Now dust bath powder over this string. Now with the garment on brush up against this powdered string which will transfer a dusting onto this garment at the exact right height. This is ideal for coats, dresses and skirts.

10.Using A Crotchet Hook To Remove Basting

Crotchet hooks are fantastic tools to remove any basting threads, open seams or ease up stitching threads. Use the rounded-point to get underneath a stitch and then the hook to remove the threads. This technique stops the dangers of snagging the threads fabrics or cutting an accidental hole into the fabric. This is usually a risk when using a seam-ripper. It is best to use a size 9 hook but smaller hooks work just as well.

Sewing machine needle working part, detail and accessories, modeThis article is meant to show you how to get started in sewing if you have the desire to sew but have never sewn before, or are new to sewing.

The information is fairly simple and gives you much needed information on simple matters and techniques of the sewing skill that you will need to get you started. I hope you will find this information helpful and informative. And I hope you learn to love it as much as I do.

Of course you will need at least a basic sewing machine. Your circumstances are going to detrmine whether you will go with a big fancy machine or a good beginner one with the basic tools. I used to just sit and sew with my momma’s machine. I learned pretty quicky on it and I was only four years old. Keep that in mind if you have children, especially little girls. They are not too young to learn as long as you are there with them and you teach them to be safe. I took to it and loved to do it, even at a young age. So don’t underestimate a child’s desire to take it on as a hobby.

To begin, you will need pin cushions, a measuring tape (sewing tape), pins, and sewing needles for the machine. It may sound over whelming but these items are small and simple as well as inexpensive. There are lots of places that sell a sewing kit. Walmart is a good example and they won’t break the bank with a starter kit. It will have everything you need to get started, and if you get one you will see how effective it is in getting the ball rolling with your sewing experience.

Once you have decided on the sewing machine and have it in your possession, you do well to read the manual and take a good look at the diagrams. They are pretty easy to read and will help you a lot. Don’t do as men do and throw it out. Use it for reference as well from time to time. Manuals for the machine usually have a troubleshooting section so you can refer to it if you are having a problem.

After you know how to install the needle and presser foot then you will be ready to sew. I recommend that you start with cotton fabric if you have not sewn before. It is easy to work with. You can try the different stitches on your machine and will gain great experience just from learning the various stitches that can be used when making clothes, purses, bags, or whatever you are wanting to design and create.

If things dont go as well as you thought and you get irratated, then the best thing to do is to just walk away from it until you calm down and are ready to go back to sewing. I have to do that sometimes and it works wonders. Just sit and sew until you feel comfortable with the sewing machine. And take a break every now and then so you wont feel burned out.

There are also lots of simple patterns you may want to check out. They have all types and sizes. Some are just straight lines and come together beautifully. You will want to read the instructions on the pattern peices and then look at the item you want to sew. The patterns are going to be on the instruction sheet. Learning to sew with patterns is some of the best practice with sewing, so be sure to put that as one of the first things on your list to get educated with.

Sewing takes time to become a great seamstress, but doesn’t take long to learn the basics. If you put your heart into it you will get the structure down pat and start moving on to greater and more complex projects. You are going to love to advance with it! I will try to post more on sewing tips and will try to appeal not only to the beginners but as well as the more experienced.

Sewing is not just a hobby but also a great practical skill. This is the reason that it has existed for centuries. Over the past few years, interest in sewing has been on the rise due to easy availability of tutorials, guides and other things that make it easy for beginners to learn and practice sewing. A number of models of sewing machines are available in the market ranging from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.

Sewing for beginners is cheap as one can get started with a low cost sewing machine and there are hundreds of free sewing projects available online to practice. Many people take up sewing as they find the whole process therapeutic and it also helps them save money.

Sewing For BeginnersIt is also a great way to make your own gifts for others as handmade gifts are always more prized than store bought gifts. Another advantage of sewing is that it allows you to make a dress exactly as you want it. On the other hand, tailored dresses cost a lot of money. If you’re interested in sewing for beginners, here are a few tips to help you get started:

Get Your Hands on a Sewing Kit

One of the most important things you need to do when you begin sewing is to get a high-quality sewing kit and keep all the tools in one safe place. You will need a number of needles as well as various other tools and threads while sewing and keeping all the tools in box will prevent the needles and threads from getting lost. Make sure that the box you use for keeping your tools is big enough to hold all the threads, needles and other necessary things.

Professional tailors have huge number of tools and their collection may fill a few rooms, but as a beginner, you shouldn’t focus on collecting too many tools. Instead, your focus should be on completing easy projects in the beginning.

Always Sew on the Back

You always sew on the faded part of the fabric as it ensures that sewing does not affect the overall appearance of the fabric or clothes. When you sew on the faded part of the fabric, sewing won’t be visible.

Tutorials

There are a number of text as well as video tutorials available online for individuals looking to learn sewing. It is important that you take advantage of these tutorials to learn sewing the right way. Keep in mind that it is extremely important to start learning the right way as it is very difficult to change sewing habits at a later date.

You also need to take proper care of your tools. For instance, the scissors you use for cutting fabric should never be used for cutting paper, foils or other such things as it damages the edge of the scissors.

Overall, these are some helpful sewing tips for beginners. There is no dearth of learning material available online for individuals looking to learn sewing. You should start with simple projects and move on to complex projects only when you have gained enough confidence and have learned the right way to use the sewing tools.

Threading a sewing machine is one of the first things you have to learn as a seamstress. If you’ve never used a sewing machine before, this can seem daunting, and even put you off for good.

As a matter of fact, all you need to do is learn and follow the right steps. On older machines, the first thing to do is to disengage the needle. This would allow you to wind the bobbin without the needle flailing like crazy during this operation. Newer machines have a special wheel that disengages the needle automatically. Next, you have to get the bobbin out of its special compartment under the sewing needle. The bobbin is a small spool that needs to be prepared with a thread before you can sew anything.

Sewing Machine Close UpOnce you’ve got the spool out, place it on the top of the sewing machine, on its special pin. Wind the thread around the bobbin a little, and then set everything in place for the automatic threading. If you don’t know how to do it, you can either check out the diagram that came with your machine or search for help online. Anyway, the winding tension disc on the top of the sewing machine is easy to see, so all you need to do is make sure you position the spool in such a way that the thread goes counter-clockwise.

Before pushing the pedal to start the automatic threading, you should slide the bobbin pin over to lock the spool in place. Try to apply an even pressure on the pedal, and keep it constant until the bobbin is full. By this moment, the winder should automatically stop.

Now it’s time to reengage the needle and to place the bobbin back into its special chamber. Before inserting the spool, you have to unwind a few inches of thread, as it’s going to help you later on, in the process. Dropping the bobbin into place is easy, as it can only go the right way, thanks to a special cutout that prevents insertion errors. Close the cover when you are done.

Next, you need to pull the upper thread though the machine, closely following the diagram printed somewhere on its body. You’ll have to pay attention to all tension discs, as you shouldn’t miss any of them. They have the role of regulating the tension in the thread during the sewing process.

Once you are finished, you have to thread the needle through its eye. The last thing to do is to expose the bobbin thread. For this, you have to spin the big wheel on the right side of the machine. A few spins should be enough to make the needle advance into the bottom compartment to grab the end of the bobbin thread and bring it on the plate.

This is the easy way of threading a sewing machine. You may find it a bit tricky in the beginning, but you are surely going to become familiar with all the steps after a few trials.

For a step by step instructional video, click on play below:

There are a wide variety of sewing stitches that are all designed to meet specific sewing requirements. As a beginner, it is best to identify the stitch that will best suit your sewing needs before starting to sew.

Below are some of the basic stitches that you will need to learn:

Texture of cloth with stitch.1. Running Stitch

The running stitch (also called a basting stitch) is the most basic of all and is usually not used to actually join fabric but as a guide for other stitches or to hold fabric in place while sewing.

It consists of simply guiding your needle in and out of the fabric at regular intervals to form a sequence of stitches and spaces. A running stitch can also be used to gather fabric when pulled tight.

2. Stitches For Hems

Catch stitches are ideal for sewing hems in place securely. Start by ironing a crease about 5 cm’s in length into the fabric. Fold the short piece of fabric over and iron a second crease into the fabric. The first crease will form the hem and the second crease will be laid against the inside of fabric that you will be sewing.

Pull the needle and thread through the second crease a couple of millimeters from the edge of the crease until it reaches the knot in your thread. Catch as small piece of the underlying fabric at a slight forward and upward angle from the original entry point. The length of the catch will determine how visible the stitching will be on the outside of the fabric.

Pierce the creased fabric about 5 mm’s from the original entry point and you should have an inverted ‘V’ or ‘X’. Repeat until complete.

3. Basic Stitch For Seams

Seams are created when you join two pieces of fabric together. The most effective seam stitch is a Backstitch that basically doubles the seam strength.

Thread your needle and knot the end of the longest piece. Pierce through both pieces of fabric, pulling the thread through from the back to the front, until you reach the knot. Make one stitch to the desired length leaving the thread and needle behind the fabric. Place the needle the desired stitch length away from the first stitch and pull the thread through to the front of the fabric.

Pierce the fabric with the needle as near to the end of the first stitch as possible without using the same hole. You should now have two neat, even stitches facing you. Repeat the process.

4. Finishing Edges

Fabric edges are prone to fraying. The Zig-Zag stitch finishes edges to prevent the fabric from unraveling or becoming frayed. You can work with a single piece of fabric or two edges together.

Start by pulling the thread through the fabric, 3-5 mm’s from the edge, from back to front. Create a vertical stitch directly up from the exit point and then through the original entry point to the front again. Your next stitch will be angled to the top right, from front to back, and then vertically from the back to the front again. Repeat to form a zig-zag. It is best to practice these sewing stitches on scrap material before starting to sew.

Many beginners in sewing often argue that they do not have any need for special sewing furniture. However, they soon realize the importance of having specialized furniture when they start sewing regularly. Specialized furniture not only makes sewing comfortable but also allows individuals to keep things organized.

While you can use your kitchen table or your couch for sewing, there is no denying that the experience of sewing on furniture specially designed for sewing can’t be matched by sewing elsewhere. If you are currently in the hunt for furniture for sewing, here is a list of some of the important features you need to consider to make sure that the furniture meets all your functional and creative needs.

Workplace seamstress. Table and sewing machine. Vector illustratComfortable

Needless to say, the furniture should make you comfortable while sewing. Everyone is different and has different needs. For instance, people who are short need a sewing table that allows them to reach everything on the table comfortably but taller people may require a different height for their table. Therefore, height adjustable tables are perfect for everyone as these can be easily adjusted to an optimal position. With adjustable tables, you do not need to worry about reaching across the table as you can easily adjust the height of the table to suit your needs.

Functionality

The furniture not only needs to look good but should also be functional. After all, what’s the point in buying a sewing table that does not properly holds the sewing machine. Some others functional aspects that you need to consider include storage capacity and dimensions of the table. The table should be capable of holding all the patterns and tools and should also fit in your room.

Needless to say, it should be stable and the surface should be comfortable. Therefore, you need to take a close look at the functionality of the furniture item that you’re going to buy to make sure that it serves your needs. You shouldn’t buy an item just because it’s labeled as furniture for sewing.

Storage Space

Most people don’t have enough space in their home to have a room dedicated to sewing. Therefore, the furniture you buy should have enough storage space to make sure that it does not become an eyesore. It should allow you to keep all the sewing equipment in an organized manner. For instance, there are sewing cabinets that cleanly fold behind the cabinets and allow you to store your things in an organized manner.

Style

While functionality and comfort is important, it also needs to look good. Good looking work space not only makes you feel great but also enhances your productivity. It also gets those creative juices flowing. In simple terms, the workspace should reflect your personality and you should enjoy working there.

Overall, these are some of the features that you need to consider while buying furniture for your sewing needs. There are a number of well designed cabinets, machine tables, cutting tables, combination units, chairs as well as storage available in the market in a variety of colors, designs and styles. While price is an important factor, you should also take into account the above-mentioned factors while buying sewing furniture.

As clothing items get more and more expensive, the easiest way of having a new outfit is to sew it yourself. All you need is a sewing machine, a piece of fabric, creativity, time and some patterns to choose from. You can always start with basic items such as shirts and tops, and work your way up to more complex stuff as you gain more experience. This article is going to explain you how to sew a shirt in a few simple steps.

The first thing to do is to print out the pattern, making sure the scaling is set to actual size. Next, you need to overlap the fabric with the printed pattern, and cut it carefully, following the shape.

Sew On A ButtonOnce you’ve got all fabric pieces, you have to pin them together. As this is the trickiest step, you may need to do and redo things several times until you get everything right. The easiest way to start is by pinning one of the yokes to the shirt back. Make sure the right sides stay together. When done, stitch across, pressing the seam up.

Next, you need to attach the shirt fronts to the back by pinning them at the shoulders. When you are ready, sew them together. When pinning the yoke lining, you need to position it face up, while placing the the shirt face down. Stitch them together, and then move on to attaching the collar pieces. The collar needs special attention, as you have to stitch it on the back of the fabric, and then turn it out and press it. If you want, you can apply a top-stitch.

When you attach the collar to the shirt, you need to start by matching its center to the center back neck. It needs to be even on both sides, and shorter than the facings. Now you have to fold both the facing and the yoke over. The collar is going to be sandwiched between the two. Pin it carefully along the neckline, and stitch it.

The yoke lining has to be pressed over the seam that attaches the yoke to the back of the shirt. You may also need to top-stitch it, in order to make sure it’s going to look good.

The sleeves are the last ones to attach. Pin them first, and then sew and finish them using the finishing technique of your choice. Before sewing the hem and the buttonholes, you need to iron your shirt, as this is going to ease your work a lot. If you don’t know how to make buttonholes, you can always apply snaps, as they can also look pretty good. Besides, they require less work than buttons, hence their popularity among sewing fans.

This is how to sew a shirt in a few easy steps. If you are a beginner, you may want to start with a easier project, as some of the above mentioned steps require some experience and skills you may not yet have.

Introducing sewing to children is a great idea for many reasons. Sewing is an enjoyable hobby that people of all ages enjoy. Not only is it fun, but it is a useful skill, too. When you want to teach a child how to sew, there are many fun and easy sewing projects for kids that are exciting enough to hold their attention. Check out these options.

Your child may love practicing using the sewing machine with sewing machine practice sheets. You can make your own or print them from the internet. These sheets allow you and your child to practice your stitching on the sewing machine without wasting precious fabric. This is a great way to get the feel of using the machine and learning to stitch straight lines.

smiling little girl at the table with sewing machine show thumbAs your child gets the hang of using the sewing machine, one of the easiest sewing projects for kids is a pillow. This is super simple and can be customized, too. Start by allowing your child to choose material that they like. The amount will depend on the pillow’s size. You will need two squares of the material, along with stuffing. Depending on your child’s age and skill level, either they can cut the squares, or you can do it for them.

Once the squares are cut, put the fabric fronts facing each other inside out. Then, your child can sew three edges of the pillow. The fourth edge should be left open so your child can turn the pillow to the right side and add the stuffing. After the stuffing is added, your child can sew the fourth edge to close the pillow.

While a pillow is fun and easy, there are many other sewing projects that children enjoy. Making a sock puppet is a fun idea that can be created however your child chooses. Sewing a basic tote is a lot of fun, too. Another bag option is a drawstring bag. These are just a few choices that you and your child will truly enjoy.

When you are teaching your child to sew and looking for sewing projects, you can find them in many places. Start by looking online with a simple search. You can find tutorials that you and your child can look over to see if it is something that interests you. Another option is to purchase a book filled with sewing projects. There are several different ones to choose from and you can find one based on your child’s sewing level and interests.

In conclusion, sewing with your child is a great way to spend quality time together. Introducing them to this useful hobby allows them to create items they can use or share. When considering the sewing projects that are right for your child, you can find many options online or in books. As you find these projects, be sure to keep your child’s interests and developmental level in mind so you can enjoy your time teaching your child how to sew.

People with hand sewing skills were highly sought after long before the introduction of tabletop and handheld sewing machines.

Anyone who possesses those skills in this day and age are still greatly appreciated and in demand in certain circles. Being able to mend garments by hand without leaving any evidence that there was a cut or tear can be considered an art because even though the concept seems so simple, achieving the end result can be a little tricky.

Womens handsThink back on scenes in some of the old movies or even reaching back into the wonderful memories of your own life growing up, when you or someone else carried your torn britches, button-less shirt or oversized dress to someone in your home or to grandma’s house to have it repaired. Most of the time we would ask for these repairs without a second thought or we would simply repair them ourselves. During those times in our lives these skills were taught to both boys and girls as children because it did not seem logical to just throw perfectly good garments in the trash or unnecessarily spend money on something so simple. Have we as a society gotten a little bit wasteful and a tad bit lazy and spoiled because of technology?

Today we hear a great deal about people taking classes to become great designers and hiring crews to man their sewing machines and design tables to pump out mass quantities of one particular design. Those designs are then added to a collection of other mass quantities of particular designs. The end results are that many people, sometimes hundreds of thousands, may be wearing the exact same pant sets, dresses, hats and even purses that someone else has purchased. It is quite amazing how we don’t accidentally run into other people that are dressed exactly like us on a daily basis.

People get excited about finding unique things that they can be 100% sure no one else has. If you can provide that by hand sewing unique table cloths for the holidays, one-of-a-kind prom dresses or even a set of those really cool hobo patch bags, you may eventually do quite well financially selling your crafts at flea markets, county fairs and even to friends, family members and other people that are looking for unique items.

Yes, sewing machines can be used to complete projects much faster, but you’d lose the advantage of your creative expression being captured on a more detailed level that can only be had when you sew by hand.

Learning how to sew can open up many doors for people who enjoy creating masterpieces with their hands. The skill is used worldwide and there are obviously millions of people who are not only able, but are more than willing to share some of their brilliant ideas and creative techniques with aspiring sewers. If you are someone with a creative artistic imagination you will quickly discover how enjoyable and relaxing it can be either as a profession or hobby.

Recently joined a cool motorcycle club and want to sew a patch on your leather jacket? Or do you just want to do it for fun? Read on to find out how you can easily sew a patch onto a leather jacket.

Sewing with leather does not differ much from that of other materials. The key is to always try stitching on a piece of scrap prior to sewing on the actual piece, and making sure that your pattern is accurate for the piece you want to sew. The main reason why this is so crucial is because once leather is stitched, any mistakes that require the stitch to be undone will weaken the leather and holes will be left behind. Here is how to sew on a patch onto the jacket:

Vintage Black Cowhide Leather Motorcycle JacketPreparing the surface

This is about the first thing you need to do; getting the surface of the leather jacket ready. It’s always a good idea to start with a clean slate to work with. You can even make a few small markings with your marking tools or a pen, so that you know exactly where you want to place the patch before sewing commences. Don’t forget to remove the liner first if your jacket has one.

Put the Patch in Place

When your jacket is ready, pin the patch in place using small sewing needles to ensure it doesn’t move around when you start sewing. Always keep the guidelines you drew in your mind (if you did so), to make sure that the patch is placed exactly where you initially intended it to be.

Sew the Patch on

Be sure to select an appropriate thread for the sewing process, in terms of color, size, and length. Once done, you are now ready to begin sewing the patch on, just as you do with other sewing processes. Make sure that the thread is securely sewn into place when starting out. Then sew around the patch, while you remove the needles you had put to hold it into place. Ensure that your stitches are kept small and tight, in a way that the patch will remain in place, and it won’t come out easily. This ensures that the patch stays on your jacket for as long as possible.

Review the Work

After sewing around the patch completely and the finishing touches put on the threading, the motorcycle patch should be securely sewn onto the leather jacket. The next thing you want to do is making sure the patch looks and is placed exactly where you wanted it to be. Of course you wouldn’t want to do your job all over again, and if you like the way it looks, then it might have to do. If you remembered to line up the patch as accurately as possible before sewing it in place, then you should have no reason to redo the work. You can now repeat the same process for stitching other patches on the jacket.

Now that you have learned how to sew on a patch onto a leather jacket, you will be amazed how easy and fun it is to do it. The key to success is using the correct tools and taking your time to place the patch correctly.