Sewing Tips and Techniques
For Hand Sewing:
When hand sewing use beeswax to coat your thread. This prevents tangles and makes the thread slide through the fabric
more easily. If you don't have beeswax, use soap, or a regular candle.
For Sewing Over Very Heavy Seams:
Such as in the case of hemming jeans, use one of the commercial 'presser foot lifters' such as "Jean-a-ma-jig" or, use a common kitchen fork! Fit the machine's needle between the fork's tines and use the handle to 'lift' the foot gently over the heavy seam. Works in front or in back of the presser foot.
Use a commercial buttonhole foot such as "Buttonmatic" or use the card the buttons come on.
More Helpful Hints...
These feet weren't made for walking, and they don't stink either! But, accessory feet for sewing machines will do many wonderful tricks. The feet below are especially designed for a technique called couching. The term refers to attaching a decorative cord or trim to another layer of fabric.
Narrow Braid Foot
Decorative cordings can be sewn easily using the hook at the toe of the special accessory foot. Simply slide the cord under the hook, and the foot will guide the cord as you sew.
7-Hole Cord Foot
Create your own braid using the 7-hole cord foot. Thread the holes of the foot with different colors of thread, floss, yarn, or other decorative cording. Watch the foot do all the work for you as you "couch" over the multiple cords with a wide stitch---a zig-zag stitch will do!
Tubes, resembling those used by a plumber, were invented so that strips of fabric sew into tubes could be turned right side out, FAST! They call this notion a "Fasturn". Available in 1/4" up to 2" diameter, the Fasturn will turn practically any size of fabric tube. There are many versatile ways the tubes can be used.
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