Sewing Tips and Tricks: 120+ of our best ideas

Sewing TipsWhen it comes to sewing tips and tricks…there’s no shortage of resources. Indeed, when we Google a basic question concerning a sewing machine attachment we’ve just purchased or a new technique we need to master before we can complete our next project, sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed by choices.

However, it makes a big difference to have all those Sewing Tips provided by a source you know you can trust, collected and set out in a manner that’s logical and easy to make use of. That’s exactly the reason why we decided to put together this handy list of Sewing Tips and Tricks.

I’m talking about everything you’ll need as a beginner or anything short of a seasoned expert (and even then!). From understanding your machine to time saving hacks which every budding seamstress ought to be aware of!

Sewing Tips – Fabric

In everything from preparation to eventual garment care, the needs of different types of fabrics vary drastically. I'm sure many of the beginners out there have made the mistake of rushing headlong into a project, without adequately researching the special needs of the exotic fabric they are attempting to incorporate. Keep yourself informed and prepared with these handy Fabric Specific Sewing Tips!

Sewing Tips – Sewing Machines & Accessories

Many of us draw a blank when faced with any kind of mechanical device…even if it's an integral part of our sewing lives, like our sewing machine or one of it's many wonderful accessories. Take these Sewing Tips all about Machines and Machine Accessories as proof that you're not alone in your confusion, we all start out with the same questions…it's only a matter of time before you can consider yourself an expert machinist!

Sewing Tips – Tools

There are so many handy tools, accessories and nifty gadgets which are specifically made to save you blood, sweat, tears and frustration! It's about time you learn what tools you need, what's available and most importantly, what in the world they're for. I hope you enjoy our Sewing Tips all about Sewing Tools!

Sewing Tips – Quilting

Such a fulfilling pastime for anyone with a real love for sewing and an urge to create artistic items full of time, love and care! Yet  quilting is no simple affair and as much as some of us want to make a go of it, the ins and outs can seem a little daunting. Never fear…you'll find all your handy Sewing Tips for beginners in Quilting right here!

Sewing Tips – Saving Time and Money

Now, some of us may consider Sewing Tips designed to save us time and money as something of a Holy Grail. Sewing is a time consuming pursuit and at times it can prove rather costly but we manage to balance it with home life, kids, even work…that's largely thanks to our knowledge of Time and Money Saving Tips and Tricks!

 Sewing Tips – Patterns and Techniques

A basic knowledge of pattern making and usage, as well as a knowledge of standard sewing techniques, is absolutely vital for anyone who want's to make their own! Whether you want to design your own items or simply follow the designs of others, these Sewing Tips and Tricks about Patterns and Techniques ought to be up there on your need-to-know list!


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Karen T
Karen T

Hi Mayra, I love your site and reading all the wonderful tips and tricks that you have for sewing. I love wearing garments made from knit fabric – they don’t need ironing for a start! However, I have no success in sewing with them. I have tried all manner of stitch variations on my machine (stretch stitch and regular), tension variations, different thread types, but whatever I do I just end up with puckered, uneven stitching that looks awful. I’ve googled it and looked here on So Sew Easy, but couldn’t find anything that you’ve posted. If you could create a post with some tips it would be most appreciated!
And I have just been (trying) to make a dress from knit fabric. As the front and back pieces are quite long, and even though I was very careful to try and made sure the fabric was flat and even when cutting out the pattern pieces, as soon as I unpinned the fabric from the pattern, I realised that the fabric had been slightly stretched out and of course shrunk back to be smaller than the pattern pieces! Help! Any tips for cutting stretch fabric too?!
Thank you in anticipation.
Karen.

Andriette vd Merwe
Andriette vd Merwe

I need help please. I downloaded the Fit and Flare dress pattern. The sizes are from A to I. How do I know to what physical size it corresponds

Carol
Carol

I would love a hard copy of this book. Is one available?

Thanks so much!

Carol

Cindy BRYSON
Cindy BRYSON

I need help. I have made reversible tote bags to raise money for our U.S. Vets Homeless Centers in Houston and Phoenix, but I want to add a reversible zipper to these existing totes!! Do you have a tutorial on this? HELP!!! Cindy

William Bowie
William Bowie

I’m glad to signup here because this platform have wonderful stuff. You share amazing ideas for quilting and sewing 🙂

Rebecca Rosenthal
Rebecca Rosenthal

I love all the resources you have. I just wish I could find resources for mending… I’m trying to mend a vertical tear that is next to the placket on a woman’s shirt. I could patch it but it would mess with the drape and be obvious. If you could publish mending techniques, that would be so helpful! 🙂

Kathe Mayer
Kathe Mayer

Lots of good tips. Any thoughts on how to use 1 spool of surger thread to cover all 4 thread places on the surger…needed an unusual color which I doubt I’ll ever need again.

Karen J
Karen J
Reply to  Kathe Mayer

You Tube has a video on how to move thread from serger spools to regular spools.

Mrs. Cross
Mrs. Cross

Need input. I want to make a simple floor length housecoat. I’d like the fabric to be warm for me and sexy for my husband. Is there such a thing?

Margie
Margie

Another exciting Sunday email!! So many wonderful new things to learn, not enough time to do them all but they will be there waiting for when I need to look something up…..thank you so much!!

Joan Zamojcin
Joan Zamojcin

What an absolutely wonderful email to wake up to on Sunday morning. Now I know how I will spend my leisure time today. I am a fairly advanced sewer/quilter person, and always like to learn new things, and sometimes review things I have never used. Wonderful!

Corey
Corey

Thank you ladies for such a great site! I appreciate all the great things you post to help us out.

Bonnie
Bonnie

Came to your So Sew Easy site through Pinterest and what a find! Look forward to browsing through so many of these tips and more — thank you for this amazing resource.

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Reply to  Bonnie

Welcome, Bonnie!

Alexia Marie
Alexia Marie

Thank you for all these tips and the great List! I just joined and am sure I will learn a Lot!!?

Sewfun2sew
Sewfun2sew

Love the idea of your book “Tips & Tricks.” 120 + of your best ideas.
How can I get a copy of this book, plus 12 Tips for stress free sewing
free sewing hobby?

Elaine Wike
Elaine Wike
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

I don’t see a link to click to get the copy of the book.

Jackson M. Watkins
Jackson M. Watkins

I feel Sew fortunate to have found your Directory of “Sewing Tips and Tricks: 120+ Of Our Best Ideas”. For a Novice at sewing, this “Directory” is like hitting paydirt! Thank You Sew Much for putting this together.

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Glad you liked it! Thanks for the feedback and happy sewing, Mayra

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Teresa ickers
Teresa ickers

I watch Saturday with the lady making purses. I did not get the entire show. I would like to get her tote patterns.

kelly
kelly

thank you so much for all of your informative tips and tricks. I have one for you…Boca clips! I bought these clips from Walmart. they are cute spring clips intended for holding beach towels to your beach chair. But these suckers are great for EVERYTHING! The spring is nice and tight and holds even heavy things in place. Plus the grippers are smooth enough so it doesn’t mess up delicate fabrics. I use them to hold large quilts to my table when I’m pinning on binding, I use the round bracelet shaped ones to hold the rolled up side of my quilts together when I am machine quilting (they fit under my sewing machine!) they also work well as clothespins for heavy items. Wish I could upload a picture so you could see what I mean

Rita
Rita
Reply to  kelly

I like using binder clips from the office store. They come in different sizes so there is a large size that will fasten my quilt to the dining room table when I pin baste.

RLee49

Thank you so much for sharing these sewing tips. The way you posted each category with subcategories is very helpful. These tips will be my main go to when needing a little help with my projects.

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Reply to  RLee49

Thanks so much. Glad you found them useful!

GINNY PERRINE
GINNY PERRINE

There is so much informative things here that I may not get to my housework for days…LOl Thank you for this great site..

Sandra
Sandra

I’m kind of new to this site. I really love all the information, tips, and free stuff that is posted here. I’ve learned a lot from visiting this site, and appreciate all of the work you put into it. And…I really appreciate this post. I, too, have bookmarked it and added it to my favorite bar. Thanks for the work you put into this.

Joyce Peters
Joyce Peters

Debt, when I first signed on to your site I told you my sisters had visited the Caymans and loved it. It now appears that one of them I should going to be moving there so maybe she will get to meet you.

MPaula

Yours is one of my favourite sewing blogs! – and I’ve been here since Deby was a beginner – or so she said 😉 I pin almost everything because I know someone out there needs to see what you are doing.
Happy New Year and thanks for everything!

Caroline
Caroline

This is a wonderful asset for all of us who love to sew and for those who are learning to. thank you.

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Reply to  Caroline

Thanks Caroline. Happy sewing!

Kathey Walsh
Kathey Walsh

LOVE THE TIPS. I am just learning to sew and the tips are wonderful and very helpful. They should bring back sewing to high school students,

mary
mary

Excellent resource, and if you use Mozilla Foxfire, save it to Pocket( in the toolbar) for instant retrieval. Marvellous !Thank you.

Donna Thompson
Donna Thompson

A great resource; thank you.

Helen Jankul
Helen Jankul

Thank you so much for this terrific list and your time for putting it all together for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you !! You are just wonderful and we love you ! ! !

Joy King
Joy King

This directory is brilliant and really helpful – thank you Mayra and Deby.
( I’ve book- marked it for future reference so will have it to hand when those niggly questions arise; any possibility of making it available on a download??? 🙂 )
Many thanks for you great web page, I look forward each week to your news dropping into my inbox.

bcwestblog
bcwestblog

This is great. I need to do a lot of reading.Thank you

Karen White
Karen White

This is such a comprehensive list, thank you all sew much for the work you did to put this all together.

Deanna Longrie
Deanna Longrie

Thank you so much for this compilation and your time for putting it together, and for everything for that matter!!

lacybe

agree, wow! I am speechless

favorites
favorites

I think there were amasing things to learn, they certainly are an eye opener

Sonia
Sonia

Thank so much for your time. X

Nicky Burke
Nicky Burke

Wow! Thank-you so much. What an excellent resource for a newbie like me. This will certainly be my go-to page.

SIDRA GOLDSMIT
SIDRA GOLDSMIT

Thi was an amazing list. Felt like it was going on & on. So much information. Thank you!!!!

Kriss Foster
Kriss Foster

This is an excellent resource. “One stop shopping” for all kinds of sewing-related questions. Thank you so much!

Hanneke
Hanneke

I know what I’ll be doing tonight ?

RobertaF
RobertaF

Wow. What a fantastic list. I think this is the best list of sewing tips that I’ve seen. Thanks for putting this all in one place!