For professional tailors and sewing enthusiasts, we know you’re constantly on the move trying to save time, either to juggle work and your sewing hobby, or to meet up customer orders. If you want to know how to make your work easier, here are 9 time-saving tailoring hacks everyone should know.
Hold patterns down with office pins before lock stitching them. This gives allowance for neat work and easy adjustments without having to rip seams apart.
Stretchy fabrics can give grief behind a simple mechanical sewing machine. To solve this problem, place a strip of paper unto the fabric directly beneath the machine needle when sewing a stretchy fabric, so as to make it stay fixed and prevent jumping seams. After sewing, simply rip it right off. You’re welcome.
Spray your sewing thread with some hair spray or spray starch if you’re having trouble getting it into the needle. Problem solved.
Don’t even get started about office pins and needles, they always seem to disappear. To prevent this, keep a piece of magnet handy. Make sure to place it on a metal surface on your sewing machine. So, next time you want to “keep” a pin, you know to just place it on the magnet. Stays there all day.
5. Sewing scissors can be very elusive. To keep them in sight, sew strips of fabric pieces into a rope and tie around your neck. Or rather, exchange the pieces for a long length of bias. Now you always know where they are.
6. Dip a stretchy fabric in water and set out to dry before sewing it. Saves you from amending measurements because it allows you know the elasticity of the fabric.
7. Want to add some elastic band or tie to the waist of your shorts or garment? Simply attach a bobby pin to an end and pass it through the casing.
8. Add fabric stay when sewing light textured fabrics to prevent jumping or rumpling seams.
9. Prevent whips (sergers) from unraveling by tucking the tails back in. See how here.
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