Sewing hacks to make life a little easier.

11 Sewing Hacks for any type of sewer

Sewing Hacks to help save you time and money.

Over the years, I have learned different tricks and tips to help me sew many various projects.  Some of these I have even created myself.  There is the original way, and then there are sometimes little sewing hacks that can help save you time and make things so much easier.  Also, these little sewing hacks can save you money, so you don’t have to go out and buy a specialty item to help you get the job done faster and easier.

Here is a list of some of my top sewing hacks.

Painters tape

  • Painters tape is your best friend when painting and it can be in while you are sewing too.  I will use painters tape to mark off seam allowances on my sewing machine.  The great thing about this tape it that it is reusable and doesn’t leave any marks on the sewing machine.
  • Painters tape again but this time to place on the bottom of the sewing machine foot.  This is great for when you are sewing pleather, leather, plastic, and vinyl.  I also will use the tape to cover the metal stitch plate on the sewing machine.  If you have ever tried to sew with these materials, they can be tough to sew with.  The fabric loves to stick to the metal surfaces and not glide through the sewing machine correctly.  Thus giving you uneven stitches.  This is a significant problem because with pleather, leather, plastic, and vinyl once you piece a hole in the fabric, it’s there for good.  There is no removing it. So it’s a single seam you have one chance at getting correct on the first try. Or else you better have a lot of extra fabric in case of mistakes.

Blind hem foot

  • As I have said before in one of my posts, I love the blind hem foot.  It is by far my most favorite foot to use in my sewing arsenal.  This foot is another one of my little sewing hacks.  It is great for sewing in a zipper.  Because this foot has a grove on the underside, it creates makes it so easy to use that grove as a guide when sewing on your zipper.  Once you sew on the wrong side of the zipper to the wrong side of the fabric, you can flip the zipper over and stitch down the edges by moving the needle position over to the right.  This brings us to the other reason I love the blind hem foot.
  • The blind hem foot is also great for topstitching.  I use this foot all the time for this application.  Once I have my seam in place, I will press my seam open then folded.  I place the fabric in that grove and stitch about 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the material.  This edge runs perfectly along the finished edge of the fabric.  This creates a beautiful straight stitch line that makes your project look professionally finished.

Pedal slides on the floor

  • If your floor is laminate, hardwood, tile or some harder slick surface then your pedal my slide across the floor.  I found that if I put two lines of hot glue down on the bottom of my foot, it will not slide as easily.  I have done this technique to a hand full of things around my house and in my sewing room.  Because when the hot glue dries, it has a nice rubbery consistency, It is great to use on the bottom of things that side and don’t grip well that you want to stay in place and not move around.

Heavy glass cup or coffee mug

  • Anytime I am dealing with thread that doesn’t seem to want to come off the spool nice and evenly, I will use a glass to drop my thread into.  You can also use a coffee mug.  I let the thread unspool as it wants as I sew.  You have to do a couple of things to make sure the thread is going into your sewing machine correctly.  I use my vertical thread spool holder to let it go around before it goes into the machine.  See the images for examples of how I set my sewing machine up when using the cup technique.

Flower bloom nets

  • Have you ever seen the small nets that come on fresh cut flowers?  These little mesh nets make great thread spool covers.  They serve two different purposes.  The first use is I like to use them to wrap around the spool when the thread is coming off the machine to fast.  When the thread comes off to fast, sometimes the thread will wrap around the spool pin and break the thread.  By putting this net on the spool, it will keep the thread from flopping off, and it will come off slowly just like you want it to.
  • The second great use for the flower net is to put on the spool of thread to store it.  This will keep the thread from unraveling on the spool and tangling with other loose spools of thread.

Quick tube turning trick

  • There is a great way to quickly sew a tube and get it turned no matter how little and narrow of a tube you sew.  The method is anchor a piece of ribbon or string to one side of the tube.  Then also run that ribbon/ string on the inside of the tube when you sew it up.  After you finished the tube, take and pull the ribbon/ string and turn the tube.  Trim off that anchored end, and you have your quick and easy turned tube.

Easy gathering

  • Just like turning a tube, I use that same skinny ribbon or string to sew over to help me gather fabric.  I use a wide zig-zag stitch and stitch over top of the ribbon/string.  Make sure you do not stitch through the ribbon/string.  I anchor the one side, and when I get to the end of the fabric I want to gather it I pull and gather up the fabric.  This is so much easier than running the two sets of basting stitches and pulling threads and sliding the fabric down the thread.  The old way takes forever and if the thread breaks you have to start over completely.

Glue sticks

  • Yes, kids glue sticks.  The ones kids use in school are good to temporarily hold trim, zippers, etc. in place for you to sew it down permanently to your project.  The key to doing this is to make sure if you use this glue on your project it won’t mess up the fabric.  I always test the glue out on a piece of scrap fabric before putting it on the actual project.  This will keep the trim from shifting all around and keep you from having to pin it everywhere.  I do still pin but not near as much when I glue.

These are just some of the sewing hacks I use.  They may not be for everyone or for every sewing application you come across.  As you learn to sew you will discover and even create yourself some different tricks and hacks.  If you have any good ones, please leave them in the comments below.  Thanks for reading.