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Crafting and Sewing Tips and Tricks
End the frustration when crafting and sewing with these little tips and tricks using everyday ordinary household items. There is no need to go out and spend money on gadgets to make sewing easier, try a few things around the house first and save your money. Read on to find easy remedies. Everything from threading needles with hairspray, using your children's marbles to darn socks, to tracing patterns with wax paper, just to name a few.
Trouble threading a needle? Use…
- Hairspray: Spray a little hairspray on your fingers and roll the thread between them. When the thread dries it will be stiff enough to go through the eye of the needle.
Need to mend some items? Try…
- Magazines: They are perfect for mending sleeves and pant legs. Roll up a magazine and place it inside of the garment allowing it to unfold so it holds the fabric while you are mending the garment.
- Marbles: Place a marble in the finger of the glove to create a hard surface that is easy to darn against. Do the same thing using a large marble to darn a sock
Do you wish you had more paint palettes when you are painting a picture?
- Egg Cartons: Instead of buying more expensive palettes use left over egg cartons (the foam type - not cardboard). The egg cups can hold the paint while the lid becomes the mixing area. I love this concept and use my left over cartons all the time.
Do knots keep coming undone? Use…
- Nail Polish: Dab the knot with a little nail polish and it will stay secure – Perfect for cross- stitch projects.
- Fake Fingernail Glue: Dab a little on knots that are elastic and they will hold together perfectly - Perfect for beading projects
Wish sewing patterns came in one size only? Pull out…
- Wax paper: Use it to trace patterns that show multiple sizes on one sheet (Ex: size 6, 8, 10). Not only will it protect your original pattern, it will allow you to have patterns in all of the sizes – so there is no worry if you gain a little weight or drop a few pounds – you will have patterns in all of the sizes.
Have tons of jewelry beads mixed together? Use…
- Egg cartons: Are perfect for sorting beads – instead of recycling them in the bin; recycle them in the craft room. Furthermore, enlist the children to help sort. It will not only provide fun for them, but quality time with you!
- Muffin pans: Another perfect source to sort those beads - I like the mini muffin pans - they are perfect for the small beads.
- Colander: Use this nifty device when you have a mixture of beads that contain small beads – the small ones will fall through, leaving you with the larger ones.
Do you have sore fingers from quilting? Try...
- Tape: Wrap two sided tape around your finger and place it in the thimble for a better fit.
- Metal Thimbles: Although leather thimbles work well, they conform to your finger and do not protect your fingers while quilting. Instead use a metal thimble with deep indentions.
Sewing a project but both sides of the fabric seem to look similar?
- Colored tape: Use colored tape and mark the wrong side of the fabric. This way you will be sure that you are putting the "right" sides together before stitching. There is nothing more frustrating than sewing the wrong sides together - believe me - I've done it a million times!
Do you always have to stop in the middle of your knitting project to determine how far along you have come, and how far you still need to go?
- Permanent Marker: Mark your knitting needles every inch with a permanent marker and you will have a ready made ruler. My friend shared this tip with me after I asked her why she had lines all over her knitting needles. I thought it was worth sharing with you because it was a great idea.
Does the lint from your sewing machine seem to run and hide every time you go to clean it?
- Sewing machine oil: The next time you have to remove lint from your sewing machine, dab your cleaning brush in some sewing machine oil. It seems to remove the static electricity and helps the lint cling to the brush - and it doesn't hurt your sewing machine either.
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