Jun 16

Simple Stuff on Sunday – Sewing Tips

Simple Stuff on Sunday.  Simple sewing tips. 

  • Templates – Clean once, clean twice, maybe three times but after you do the plastic insert from packages of bacon are the perfect thickness to use for cutting out your quilting templates. 
  • Recycle – reuse.  If you use dryer sheets in your dryer.  Save when done.  Not only are the sheets perfect for dusting in the sewing room, they grab little snippets of thread.  They also work great, after a quick press, for stabilizer.
  • I was recently making a drawstring bag and didn’t have any cording.  I found a bag of athlete shoe strings that I bought at a garage sale.  Once threaded through the bag, I cut off the tips and knotted.  It worked perfectly and looked as good if not better than the cording.  Cheaper too.
  • I have a difficult time when cutting long pieces of bias strips with my rotary cutter.  As hard as I try, my fabric slips and pieces end up crooked.  If I need nice straight bias strips, I now simply remove the thread from the needles of my serger and run the fabric through using the measurement guide.  The cutting knife does all the work for me.  Perfect strips every time.
  • Did you ever think you were oh so lucky that you matched your thread so perfectly to your fabric?  Eek only to make a mistake and now you can’t see the thread to rip out the pucker you just made.  The easy solution is to rub a piece of contrasting chalk over the seam.  This will highlight your stitches making them easy to see and rip out.
  • When sewing pillows don’t pivot at the corners.  Sew all the way off the fabric.  When you are done, cut just above the meeting point and also trim each side a little so that it looks like a point.  Press open the best you can before turning.  This eliminates any creases and ensure the pillow tips are nice and pointy.
  • When make a pillow sometimes it is hard to get the opening finished so that it looks seamless and invisible.  To fix this, close the opening with fusible web tape.

Happy sewing.  See you next time.

Debbie

Jun 02

Simple Stuff Sunday – Cleaning your sewing room floor

Granted, the best sewing room would have a nice smooth wood or linoleum floor, something that is easy to sweep and clean but that is not always the case.  I live in a northern state and if my floor was bare it would be too cold in the winter months.  Also I embroider and use industrial machines and carpeting in a room helps keep vibration down and noise level at bay.

If you sew in a carpeted room, here are some tips and tricks to help rid you of the mess of embedded threads and pins.

  • Toilet brush – Obviously get a new one.  I duct tape my toilet brush to the end of an old broom handle and sweep it over my carpeted sewing room floor.  It works like magic.  All thread pieces – even little ones will stick to the brush.  If you don’t pick up your threads and simply run the sweeper over them, you will constantly be replacing your sweeper belt.  Ask me how I know this.
  • If you sew on hardwood or linoleum floors, an old swifter mop covered with a piece of polar fleece works better than a broom.  The threads stick to the fleece and not flying around like they can do with a broom.  Simply throw the polar fleece piece in the wash, the threads will come off and get picked up in the dryer trap. Although I’ve been doing this for years without a pattern. I just cut pieces of fleece and tuck them in the holes of the mop. If you want more directions, I found a pattern for a fleece cover here.
  • Save the scraps from your fusible interfacing.  The tacky surface on the interfacing easily grabs thread and fuzz from the corners in my room.  I also use this to clean the fuzz from my cutting table and mat and my sewing machine and scissors.
  • Number one tip for not stepping on pins – wear shoes or slippers with a hard bottom.
  • If you don’t like to wear shoes in your sewing room, use flower top pins or pins with a large colorful head.  Being able to see the pins makes it easier to find to pick up.

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  • If you have a serious problem with pins in your carpet, invest in a nail sweep.  They are about $40.  You can buy them from Amazon or your local Home Depot or Lowes store. You sweep that over the carpet and even lodged in pins come out.

Enjoy your Sunday.  It is ok to sew but not to clean. Sunday is a day for worship and rest.  Clean tomorrow.

Debbie