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Sewing-LoveIt’s surprising how much simple sewing tips can eliminate headaches. Classic problems like snagged hems and puckering fabric can be combated with a little knowledge. Change up your technique today with these 10 sewing tips and make your next project a breeze.



1. Use The Right Thread
Not all threads are created equal. Different weights and materials are better suited for different projects. Polyester thread is strong, slightly stretchy and perfect for knits, stretch fabrics and buttons. Cotton fabric is particularly strong and unyielding, ideal for quilting and sewing cotton fabric.

Thread spools are marked with a number, such as “50/2.” The “50″ refers to the thread’s weight. Notably, a higher weight indicates a thinner thread. The “2″ is the ply, or how many individual threads are woven into the thicker piece. As a general rule, higher ply means stronger thread.

40-weight thread is sturdy, comes in many colors and is an excellent all-purpose thread. It was you usually see on the big displays at fabric stores. For jeans or handmade purses, use thicker, 30-weight thread. For fine detailing, such as slight seam allowances, use 50- or 60-weight thread.

2. Use A Fresh Needle For Every Project
Imagine how many times your needle pierces fabric in a single project. They dull quickly Dull needles can cause snags, uneven stitching and break. Use a fresh needle for every project.

3. Hem Knits With Ease
The edges of knits often roll up and fold as you try to hem them. You can prevent this using iron-on hemming tape. This thin tape comes in a variety of widths and is slightly sticky on both sides. You create your hem and then steam iron it for a more “permanent” bond.

4. Make A Hemming Guide
Getting your hem even all the way across can be a chore. To make it easier, make yourself hemming guides using a silicon pot holder or non-stick cookie mat. Silicon can withstand the heat and steam of your iron. Simply cut the silicon into a strip the width of your hem. Fold your fabric over the strips and iron.

5. Quick and Easy Ruffles
For anything more than little sewing projects, hand-ruffling is inconsistent and frustrating. Skip the hassle by using elastic thread. “Shirring,” as it’s called, creates even, lovely ruffles. Cut your fabric double the length your finished ruffle to be. You can also set your machine to its longest stitch and highest tension using regular thread.

6. Pin With Confidence
Plastic-head pins melt under the heat of an iron. Use unpainted, glass-head pins to avoid getting plastic stuck to your iron and fingertips. When it comes time to use them, pin on a diagonal. It is more secure than a perfectly parallel or perpendicular pin and helps prevent puckering.

7. Quickly Sharpen Your Rotary Cutter
This sewing tip will save you money as well as make things easier. The next time your rotary blade dulls, don’t replace it immediately. Instead, fold a sheet of tin foil up and run your cutter through it a few times. It will true the blade and give you a sharper edge instantly.

8. Fix A Snag In A Knit
Snags in purchased garments and sewing projects are unsightly. Fix them quickly using nothing but a threaded needle. At the base of the snag, insert the eyelet-end of the threaded needle up through the wrong side of the fabric. Lasso the snag between the needle and the thread. Pull both the needle and thread back down, tugging the snag down with them.

9. Stiffen Thread With Hairspray
Keep the thread for your sewing crafts from coming unraveled using a spritz of hairspray. A little hairspray makes thread and embroidery floss easier to feed through a needle.

10. Match Edges of Patterned Fabric
For a seamless look between pieces of a complicated pattern, use the selvage to find where the pattern repeats. Where the words on the selvage repeats, so will the pattern. Cut with confidence the next time you want to match edges of upholstery or pieces for a fabric handbag.

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