What's Not to Love About a Great Sewing Tip?

I am definitely a hoarder of excellent tips and tricks for sewing. I take a lot of technique classes with Seventh Avenue pros, and they are an amazing resource for all sorts of arcane information when it comes to garment construction.


Speedy bias strips are just one of the great tips
in this new e-book.

But I really never know where I am going to come across a great tip. I'll always remember the time that I had my sofa and chairs slipcovered, and I watched as the upholsterer cut out his bias strips in no time flat by folding the fabric into a triangle. When I think about all the laborious ways I have spent cutting bias strips, it makes my heart sing to know that I know just about the fastest way possible.

I learned a lot about how slipcovers are created that day, plus a piece of  slipcover trivia: plastic slipcovers were all the rage and a huge industry in the 1960s on Long Island where I live, and not so much today.

I have gathered many of these tips from industry professionals and sewing teachers into a wonderful little e-guide called Top Ten Tips for Sewing. In it you will  learn how to cut those bias strips in no time flat, along with lots of other tricks such as sewing gussets, cutting slippery fabrics and more. You can get it now in the Sew Daily Shop!

Are you are hoarder of sewing tips? What is your favorite? I would love to know.

Happy stitching!

 

 

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

3 thoughts on “What's Not to Love About a Great Sewing Tip?

  1. I was amazed, do people REALLY spend that much for one garment for a child? It is the kit for all young girl in sizes 2 to 12. And it is ONLY a kit, so I suppose you still must cut it out. It’s priced around $212.00, now on sale on sale for $135.00, and you STILL must make it. I,m well up in years and I made all my kids clothes to SAVE money. LOL

  2. I remember a lot of sewing tips that I have made up form sewing for about 50 years, or ones that I read.

    Here are two :
    In order to eliminate having to hunt and snip thread tails when you are sewing several seams (I have seen people spend lots of time sitting there doing this), when you start sewing at your machine, backstitch to form your ‘knot’, then stitch a few inches, stop, reach back and snip the thread tail. Continue sewing to the end of the seam, backstitch and snip these thread tails off. Then you are done! It may ake awhile to get into the habit, but once you do, it is great.

    Another tip – if you need an extra hand to hold something – sewing or other craft work – use your sewingmachine foot as a third hand. It will securely hold things, tho sometimes you may want to put the needle down as well as the foot.
    Happy sewing!

  3. My tip as a frugal quilter/sewist is to have a good look around in your dollar store! Here are a few products that are absolute must-haves and substitute for expensive accessories that quilters should have:
    1: quiiting gloves: there are cotton gloves covered with little black sticky dots for gripping, in the hardware section. Sold usually in packs of 2 or more pairs. Great for machine quilting!
    2: package of non-slip adhesive dots – put some under your ruler, your sewing machine foot pedal, all those things that want to wander.
    3: one of my favourite tools, a telescoping magnet. Mechanics use these to pick up screws etc in hard-to-reach places. I use mine to clean pins up from my floor, pick up dropped scissors etc, a real back-saver!
    4) Lint roller. I keep mine upright in a little jar. When I’m sewing, I throw my thread snips at it, most of them get caught lol. Then I swipe it over my project to see which threads are loose and which need to be cut.
    There’s lots more, but these are ones which are the best I think

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