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15 Sewing Tricks Your Grandma Should Have Showed You

If you’ve been sewing for a while, odds are you’ve picked up a few sewing tricks along the way. But for those of us starting out, or haven’t picked up a needle in a few years, we tend to do things the hard way, usually because no one taught us sewing tricks that could makeread more...

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If you’ve been sewing for a while, odds are you’ve picked up a few sewing tricks along the way. But for those of us starting out, or haven’t picked up a needle in a few years, we tend to do things the hard way, usually because no one taught us sewing tricks that could makeread more...

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If you’ve been sewing for a while, odds are you’ve picked up a few sewing tricks along the way. But for those of us starting out, or haven’t picked up a needle in a few years, we tend to do things the hard way, usually because no one taught us sewing tricks that could make the job a little easier. And I’m all for making jobs easier!

15 Sewing Tricks Your Grandma Should Have Taught You

Sewing Tips Every Crafter Needs to Know

So for the experienced sewing circle member to the amateur (or if you are just a little out of practice), here are 15 sewing tricks your grandma should have taught you no matter your sewing level: beginner, intermediate or pro!

You’ll kick yourself because some of them are so obviously simple {giggle}.

Fill a pincushion with steel wool to make your own needle-sharpening pincushion.  This will  make using a needle and pushing it through fabric so much easier.

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Washi tape is invaluable in the sewing room! Mark fabric, use it to make bias binding, mark out seams, etc. It’s 1/4″ wide, so it’s a handy seam measuring tool!  This is such a clever sewing tip that will help keep your sewing by hand to a minimum.

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Create gathers in fabric using the cheating method (aka the corded zig zag method). Simply sew a large zig zag stitch over a piece of yarn, and use the yarn to gather the fabric before using a straight stitch to sew the gathers in place.

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Tired of pinning fabrics? Make your own heavy duty fabric weights using washers and a hot glue gun. This is going to take your sewing projects to the next level! Genius!

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Create your own hemline tool out of cardstock. It’ll help you iron perfectly straight hemlines and folds every time.  This is one of the tricks that will improve your sewing skills immediately.

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After sewing buttons on, cover them with a coat of clear nail polish to keep the thread from unraveling and to hold the button in place longer. (We have more nail polish hacks!) What a smart hand sewing tip!

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Use binder clips as an extra set of hands when quilting. They’re perfect for holding your binding in place or making a quilt sandwich. (More binder clip tips here!)

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Slide a pin across the end of a buttonhole before ripping the stitches to ensure that you don’t go too far.  This is going to add safety to your straight pin use.

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Speaking of buttonholes, do you find sewing them to be intimidating? Check out this tutorial on sewing one-step buttonholes.  I am so thankful for that sewing instruction because it changed everything…

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Put dull, stubborn straight pins in a piece of bar soap to help them go through fabric much easier. (And see our post on uses for bar soap while you’re at it!)


Rubber band two pencils together to easily create a seam allowance anytime you need one. The pencils will be about 8 mm apart.  Pattern making is going to be a cinch with this trick!

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Keep your filled bobbins together by storing them in a foam toe separator for pedicures.  This such a cute and colorful way to store thread on bobbins.  I love it so much because it upcycles all those separators!

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You can’t pin leather; any holes made in the fabric will remain. Instead, use paperclips to keep pieces of leather together. (Check out even more ways to use paperclips.)

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Fabric must be cut along the lengthwise grain in order to drape properly. If you’re not sure how to find the lengthwise grain, use this technique to find the crosswise grain. You’ll then cut the fabric in the opposite (perpendicular) direction.

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Use a bodkin to draw elastic out of a waistband. You can also use it to find missing cords in drawstring pants and hoodies.  I can’t even think about all the times I have lost a cord…this is genius.

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via Make Something

Some of the most frustration parts of sewing have now been solved and you are ready to tackle your next sewing project. Go, dust off your sewing machine, needle, thread, fabric, straight pins…and go for it!

Do you have some other sewing tricks you’d like to share?

If you liked these sewing tricks, you should check out:

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  • Beginning Sewing Projects for Kids
  • Simple Sewing for Baby: 25 Free Patterns and Tutorials

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