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Best Sewing Tips

Updated on November 9, 2015

Sewing Tips that Make Sewing Easier and More Fun

Here are my best tips for better sewing plus links to some of the sewing resources I have found. I have been sewing for a long time, but I never fail to learn new things from other sewists both on the web and offline. Many of the online sewing resources are free or low cost downloads. I hope to share new discoveries here with you as I find them. Sewing is a wonderful creative outlet which has its practical side too. Sewing has a lot to offer you no matter what your age. So enjoy and watch for updates.

Top 10 Tips for Better Sewing

Sewing Tips for Beginners

1. Be sure your sewing machine is in good working order. If in doubt, have your machine tuned up by a good sewing machine repairman. No amount of sewing skill can compensate for the annoyances of a machine that needs work.

2. Whenever you are sewing two pieces of fabric together and one piece is longer than the other,be sure to place the longer piece on the bottom. That way the feed dogs will automatically help ease in the longer piece.

3. Start with a new needle for each project.

4. Sew with the best materials you can afford. Better quality fabrics are often easier to sew.

5. Invest in a good all around sewing reference book such as The Reader's Digest Guide to Sewing or the Vogue Sewing Book. Used copies are available online or at your local Half-Price Book Store.

6. Use good quality thread. Bad thread equals trouble-filled sewing and even possible damage to your sewing machine, so bypass the 10 spools for $1 table.

7. Use your sewing scissors for sewing only. Tiny burrs and nicks can snag expensive fabrics. Dull scissors make cutting tough going so keep your scissors sharp.

8. Learn to use a rotary cutter and mat. Although once used mostly for quilting, rotary cutters can be very handy for general sewing. They are especially useful for accurately cutting slippery lingerie and special occasion fabrics.

9. Assemble everything you need for your project and read through your pattern instructions before you begin cutting and sewing.

10. Above all be patient with yourself. When you are tired you are more likely to make mistakes, so when you start having problems, take a break or perhaps come back to your project another day.

Bonus Sewing Tips

There's always more to discover.

1. Always discard bent and burred pins as you find them. Like bad needles, bad pins can snag fabric and help make sewing more difficult than it needs to be.

2. Get free software that allows you to print out patterns for all kinds of accessories like bags and hats. The program called Wild Things is available at http://www.wildginger.com. Wild Things is one of the most valuable freebies for sewers being offered on the internet. Don't miss it.

3. Ever been at the fabric store and wonder how many yards of fabric are left on a bolt? There is a fast easy way to check. Hold the bolt so that the folded edges of the fabric are up. Count the number of folds on one side of the bolt. Divide by 2. Your result is the approximate number of yards left.

4. If you are a beginning sewer you may be tempted to sew over straight pins rather than take them out as you sew your seams. Don't do it! If you hit a pin with your needle you may throw off the timing of your machine, resulting in a costly repair.

5. Burdastyle.com offers stylish sewing patterns you can print out on your computer and they're FREE. This open source sewing website also features photos of users' versions of the patterns made up and their tips for working with the patterns. This is a freebie right up there with Wildginger's Wild Things. It's a must see. ;)

Just Learning to Sew?

Here is a good tutorial for you.

Just go to visit the blog of Tilly and the Buttons at

http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/p/learn-to-sew.h...

A Great Free Bag Pattern

Reversible!

I found this bag pattern and sewed one up. It came out great. The bag is a very nice size and it's easy to make. Although it doesn't really say so one the website, you will need about a yard of each fabric. You can use heavier fabrics like denim or home dec fabrics. Get the pattern and instructions here:

http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/reversible-bag...

Great Deal on Sewing Machine Needles

Amazon sells a pack of 100 sewing machine needles that will fit most machines. This is a real bargain if you sew a lot because it is important to change your needle with each project or after hours of sewing. A sharp new needle makes your life easier.

Patternreview.com --A Great Resource

Patternreview.com is a great resource for sewists at all levels of experience. You will find lots of valuable first hand information shared here by people who sew from all over the world. The website name is a little misleading since there is information here on far more than specific patterns. Using the searchable index you can find loads of reviews and assorted information about specific sewing machine models and so much more. You can register for the site free and have access to all this great information. Don't miss it.

My Dream Machine

This Juki would be the perfect compliment to my straight stitch Juki. It is a computerized machine that does so much for such a reasonable price. I want one!

It's a Juki You Can Take to Classes! - Zigzags and Makes Buttonholes,too.

Are you looking for a light weight machine to take to classes? This cute Juki may be just what you are looking for. Also nice for a motor home, cottage, or other situation where space is limited.

Thanks for dropping by my lens. Comments?

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Excellent sewing tips, minerva! Thanks for sharing them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      brilliant tips thank you !!

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      Myreda Johnson 4 years ago from Ohio USA

      @Cynthia Haltom: Thanks for dropping by my lens. Happy Sewing!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Nice tips for sewing, I will be making some projects soon with your tips.

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      Edith Rose 4 years ago from Canada

      Juki HZL-F600 I want one as well. Great lens

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      Alan Katz 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for this lens. I will share with my wife. She'll probably learn a lot. Have a nice day! :-)

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Blessed :-)

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      Pinnsvin 4 years ago

      I learned not to sew over needles the hard way ;) Great tips!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Excellent sewing tips. You are perfectly right never skimp on the thread and fabric quality!

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      You have some great tips here, and I really liked the 'Cat has some fun with sewing link'! Will be back to check some more of the links.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      These tips are great. I especially think having a great resource is important. Even though I have several sewing books, one of the most used is The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. Every time I need answers, I can find them there. Blessed!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Terrific sewing tips! I am so wanting a Juki. I sewed on one at a commercial sign and banner shop for a couple years and would love to have one for my own use. One day ...

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      loveanime22 5 years ago

      great tips thank for sharing

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      Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Good tips here and also good resources. I noticed that you used a list for your tips. You should give the text List module a look for making a nice eye-catching format for your tips. :-)

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I've been sewing since I was 10, but haven't been at all for a few years. I miss it.The best advice here is not to skimp on the thread and fabric quality. There's no sense doing all this work, and having an inferior garment. The wrap pants tutorial in the links is very, very tempting. I need to get out my machine now!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Excellent tips for beginners.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Great tips - thanks for the address to the websites with free patterns.

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      I have no talent when it comes to sewing, I always make a mess out of things. I admire people who know how to do it properly! :)

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      games_rush 5 years ago

      This is a very comprehensive and helpful lens, thanks for sharing..:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This lens is such a nice resource for people who sew. Nice job!

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      Laychee 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, gonna definitely use them :)

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      BaaBaaBlankies 9 years ago

      Love your sewing tips! Lensrolled and 5 *'s for you.

      Create The Ultimate Sewing Room

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      What-I-Found 10 years ago

      Hello,

      So glad to see you on Squidoo! Good Luck,

      Tina

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      What-I-Found -Sewing Patterns!My Squidoo Lens!