Sewing Hacks & Shortcuts – For the Beginner & the Pro

Whether you have been sewing for decades or only a few months, it seems that everyday someone comes up with a new trick. I am loving all of these sewing hacks! I must admit, I never previously looked into what tricks are out there. When I was first learning to sew I figured this is it, this is how it’s done and never looked back. What a mistake! If you think you know everything, think again. Wouldn’t you like to make your sewing life easier?


Retro Appliqué Necktie by Kevin Kosbab

Sometimes relearning the basics is the best place to start. The Sew it All Learning & Reference Manual: 10 Must-Know Basics to Build & Refresh Your Sewing Skill is the perfect starting point. This eBook will take you through the fundamental steps of sewing with helpful photos, including measuring, marking, cutting buttonhole and so much more. It is the best of Sew it All and a must-have for your sewing library. Keep in mind; this is a digital book only.
 
Once the basics are fully ingrained in you it’s fun to learn all of the new and exciting ways to make sewing effortless. The Interweave store has an amazing kit of Sewing Tips, Tricks and Solutions Ultimate Collection.

This collection includes:
·         Stitch Workshop: Sewing Tips & Tricks DVD with Tricia Waddell
·         Sewing Solutions by Nicole Vasbinder
·         Sewing Machine Secrets by Nicole Vasbinder
·         Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z by Nancy Zieman
·         Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide by Claire Shaeffer
This compilation is jam-packed with resources to give you endless solutions, techniques, tips and more to improve your sewing.
 
What more could you ask for?!
 
The best part..it’s on sale!! But hurry, because this price is only for a limited time and there are only 100 in stock. Eek!
 
Happy sewing to you all this weekend!

 

Jessica

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I am the Online Editor for Sew Daily and I am so incredibly excited to meet everyone here on this amazing sewing community!

My first passion is garment sewing, I love vintage sewing patterns and working with knits and silks. I also get very jazzed about sewing pants and love learning couture techniques. What about you? I can't wait to get started finding out more about you and what you like to sew.

6 thoughts on “Sewing Hacks & Shortcuts – For the Beginner & the Pro

  1. Sewing tips come from some of the most unusual places. I’ve had suggestions from rank beginners. I’ve heard sage advice from seasoned veterans of the needle. I’v made enough mistakes to learn something along the way. One thing i do when making a garment or more adventurous project is to sew everything that can be sewn before pressing, then press everything at the same time. Example: stitch basting, gathering threads, darts, first seams, etc. then press all those seams and pieces, including fusing on the interfacings before going back to pin and stitch the next batch of parts. I used to follow the pattern directions step by printed step. that was a lot of running up and down stairs! (sewing machine up, ironing board assembly down) When making quilts, of course I feed the pieces in one after another after another…….then press and match up all those seams and sew them together. I think that’s usual.

  2. I was filling bobbins a couple of days ago, and hit upon an idea that I’m sure someone else has figured out. I filled a few bobbins (3-4 each color) with the colors that I use the most, and put them in one of the smaller Mason Jars. Now I’ll have multiple bobbins, for various projects and won’t have to stop to fill bobbins so often, probably not at all during any given project. I find myself buying the various bobbin holders when they go on sale, but not using them as they were intended. This was an AH-HA Moment that works for me.

  3. Children love to watch their mothers and grandmothers sew. So why not teach them everything you know! The speed of the needle can be a little scary for kids at first, but I’ve found that even the most basic machines can have their speed adjusted. Purchase an extension cord with a dimmer switch and plug your sewing machine into this instead of straight into the wall. It works just like the dimmer switch on your dining room lights except it decreases the power/speed of your machine. I would only recommend using this quick fix on non-computerized machines. Students in my classes love this tip! elizabethchandlerdesigns.com

  4. Tip: two pin cushions. Keep one at your cutting station and one at your sewing station. As one fills up and the other empties, switch them! No more running back and forth looking for pins/cushion.

  5. I make alot of clothes that I embellish with ribbons. I found that the regular zipper foot is a very versatile foot.. By using the zipper foot, I can get right up to the edge of most ribbons. It makes a very clean line which, if you get the color of thread to match the ribbon color, almost disappears.

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