December 28, 2014

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12 Days Of Christmas - Day 4

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Day 4 of our 12 Days Of Christmas celebration!

[Giveaway ended - Congrats to Elizabeth Ward, she is the winner of the sewing supplies and has been notified by email...]

Sewing is definitely a fun and rewarding skill, but sometimes there are parts of the process that can just frustrate me beyond belief! I absolutely love it when I come across a product/tip/or trick that solves some of these frustrations… Fraying fabric, tiny hems, tangled bobbins, and stepping on lost pins in the carpet were some of my top dilemas to solve early on and now I can’t imagine my sewing journey without these fun finds!

Today we are giving away … 4 of my favorite sewing supplies to one lucky winner! All items are brand new and happen to be different colors but you can see mine in the background of the image below :)

  • Grabbit – A magnetic pin cushion. This is just so fun to swipe over the floor or table top and quickly pick up all the pins at once!
  • Wonder Tape – double sided transparent, perfect for tiny folds, hems, and applying velcro!
  • Fray Check – Love this for delicate fabric edges!
  • Bobbin Saver – Perfect for keeping bobbins organized!

To enter simply respond to this post and complete one of these sentences ( depending on if you are an experienced seamstress or new to sewing and looking for some time saving tips and tricks):

“My favorite sewing supply or trick is [insert name] because [tell us why] … “

 

“My biggest sewing challenge is [insert name] because [tell us why] … “

 

Comments must be left (on this blog post) by midnight (pacific), today, 12/28/2014.

One entry per person.

No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.

The winner will be chosen randomly from the comments received and contacted through the email provided in the comment.

We will choose a winner and modify this post tomorrow to let everyone know who won.

Okay, good luck, and if we’ve forgotten anything we will modify and/or update this post as needed.

Merry Christmas,

Cinnamon & The Liberty Jane / Pixie Faire Team


100 Comments

designdreamer
designdreamer

December 29, 2014

“My biggest sewing challenge is putting in a narrow hem on chiffon because it frays and shifts.

Nancy
Nancy

December 29, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is Velcro, or any kind of hook and loop tape, because I think I just MIGHT make it through this life without having to hand stitch another snap on a doll outfit.

And I also love love love my iron, because it does make a difference in the finished product, just like my mom said all those years ago. Reading all the comments here, I didn’t know there were small irons and ironing boards. Going to look for those for the new year, since my husband’s pet peeve is that the ironing board stays up for months at a time.

Silke
Silke

December 29, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is piping because I never tried it before but would love to do it since I really like doll dresses trimmed with piping.

Donna D.
Donna D.

December 29, 2014

My favorite sewing supplies are my pins. They hold everything in place while I cut or sew.

Christie Cox
Christie Cox

December 29, 2014

my biggest challenge to sewing is my own lack is organization! I am working on it though and getting better ?

patricia ellis crook
patricia ellis crook

December 29, 2014

my favorite sewing supply is ….my cordless iron. in my jam-packed sewing room, plugs are not always easy to get at. I leave my cordless stand plugged in and then when I need the iron I put it in the stand , when I am done I set it off the stand until I need it again.

Vivienne
Vivienne

December 29, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is choosing the correct needle for the fabric I’m using because there are so many! Thanks for the giveaway!

Susan T
Susan T

December 29, 2014

My favorite sewing “gadget” is a telescoping magnetic pick up that I bought for my husband at an auto supply store. It’s found a permanent home on my sewing table.

Rebecca
Rebecca

December 29, 2014

I’ve missed the deadline but thought I’d comment anyway. My favorite trick, especially when sewing doll clothes, is to hold the threads in my left hand when starting a seam. I can gently guide the fabric through those dangerous fabric-eating first few stitches and get a nice smooth start. My favorite sewing supply is Diet Coke because I have 5 kids and tend to binge-sew late at night. :)

Meg Ammerman
Meg Ammerman

December 29, 2014

“My favorite sewing supply or trick is finger pressing because pressing seams has to be done and it’s easier to feel the flat seam, plus I don’t have to get up! I also love the ironing wand, it’s small enough to plug in wherever I’m sewing, machine or hand, and finishes finger pressing. “

Linda
Linda

December 29, 2014

“My favorite sewing supply or trick is [insert name] because [tell us why] … “

“My biggest sewing challenge is adjusting the tension and the thread gets all balled up on the underside. Errrrrg.
My favorite sewing supply is the Gingher sewing scissors handed down to me from my grandma.

Joan
Joan

December 29, 2014

My biggest sewing problem is sewing with knits because the fabric seems to “ball up” at the beginning of the seam. Sometimes the thread just knots up. Therefore I shy away from knits.

Theresa
Theresa

December 29, 2014

A new trick that I recently learned is to singe the ends of ribbon with the heat of a flame. I actually like it better that using fray-check!

Maureen
Maureen

December 29, 2014

My biggest challenge is sewing on binding. I can never get it to match on the top and bottom!

My favorite trick is when I have to undo a seam (I seem to have problems getting it right the first time) is to use the seam ripper on the bottom of the material and cut through the stitches every so often and then use eyebrow tweezers (the scissor kind) to pull the threads out. Much safer than using the seam ripper in the conventional way.

I’m grateful for this contest because there are lots of great tips out here!!

Mary
Mary

December 29, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is a good pattern that will fit without any trouble. Thank you, you have taken care of that for me and many others.

Judy L.
Judy L.

December 29, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is creating a collar and the sewing it on , because it always seems each collar turns out a little different. If it doesn’t look right then the finished dress ends up collarless.

Nori
Nori

December 29, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is a magnet to help keep the seams straight?

lois
lois

December 29, 2014

My favorite sewing thing the mat to use with the rotary cutter-so fast. Also trying to keep all the thread clippings and trimmed fabric pieces in the sewing room-drives my husband crazy!!

Paula
Paula

December 29, 2014

“My favorite sewing supply or trick is making prairie points in a long strip instead of individually because it makes finishing quilts go much faster and they are evenly spaced.

Lorretta hurd
Lorretta hurd

December 29, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is sewing tiny little hems or seams because my hands and fingers are not as young as they used to be and its getting hard to manage these small tasks now. But I would never give it up not ever! It’s such a feeling of accomplishment when it’s done

Linda
Linda

December 29, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is tiny seams because my son a year around bicycle rider designed these great toe cages. The tiny seams on the velcro part come loose. I just saw the Wonder Tape and can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much. When I am not sewing toe cages I am sewing doll clothes, quilting, or knitting.

Kierra
Kierra

December 29, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is my sewing scissors, which come with my amazing pink sewing kit. I have plenty of sewing faults, but one of the worst is cutting wrong. Kinda funny that my favorite supplies is scissors then!

shalenie torres
shalenie torres

December 29, 2014

MY FAVORITE SEWING SUPPLY IS THE NEEDLE THREADER SINCE I HAVE A BLURRYVISION IT HELPS ME A LOT.

MY BIGGEST SEWING CHALLENGE IS SILK SINCE I’M STILL USING A ANTIQUE SINGER SEWING MACHINE.

Tami Wells
Tami Wells

December 29, 2014

I have trouble with those narrow little curvy hems such as around necklines in tshirts, my solution is to use a little glue stick on the first fold making it easier to fold the second time and pin and stitch!

DawnJ
DawnJ

December 29, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is a pair of sharp pointed clipping scissors.

Tracy
Tracy

December 29, 2014

May favorite sewing supply is a drinking straw and thin dowel rod that I use to turn thin fabric tube
right side out.

My biggest sewing challenge is silky or knit materials.

Susan
Susan

December 29, 2014

Mine is old Medicine bottles, especially the tall fat ones (Amber with white lid). It is handy to put almost all supplies in for storage. Handy for traveling so you don’t loose or get stuck with needles. Regular spools of thread will fit inside them also. Smaller one hold pins and such.

Nan Weber
Nan Weber

December 29, 2014

My favorite and most important tool is a good pair of tweezers. They come in handy for so many things.

Charlotte T.
Charlotte T.

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tool/tip is my pins and what I do with them, other than the usual pinning of seams, darts, etc. I have a well-padded ironing board, and when I need to turn up an edge, such as for a hem, instead of trying to keep fingers out of the way, I turn up the edge (using a gauge), and “stab-pin” in place thru the ironing board pad here and there for several inches, and Then press, and then I can easily pin the hem down flat in preparation for stitching. This is especially handy when I’m pressing up the narrow hems in doll clothes, but is also useful in other applications. I’ve been doing this for many many years, and have no idea if I picked up the idea somewhere or “invented” it myself. I was pinning and pressing a narrow hem on a Wee Care (bereavement) gown at my smocking work party one evening, and one of the other gals said she had never seen anyone do that before, and she planned to use this method at home.

Susan
Susan

December 28, 2014

My favorite things to use are various tweezers and blue painters tape. The tweezers help guide the fabric easily especially on small items and the painters tape for marking your place on cutting board, holding items together, etc. and it comes off easily.

Patti
Patti

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tools is my water soluable marker and chalk. Makes marking material easier than pinning or tacking for darts or marking placement dots. Its faster.

Vicky
Vicky

December 28, 2014

Wow…love all the comments! Most of my favorite tools have been mentioned. Lately I’ve found myself working with lots of knits making doll clothes. I cut tissue paper into strips & keep beside my machine. Place the tissue an inch past the end of seam to be sewn. It helps keep the fabric from being eaten. Often I use a strip for the whole seam length. It’s easy to tear off after sewn. I also use tissue from old patterns. You can see thru it better if you need to place tissue on top & bottom in some cases. I also use tissue under the knit fabric when I staystitch the neck before turning. Here I just use a square of tissue underneath. Even when sewing wovens, I use tissue at the start of a seam. I might try waxed paper that another sewer mentioned. I’ve sewn for 45 years and love all the new gadgets that make projects easier. Yes, do try the wonder tape when sewing doll clothes. Thanx for all the tips! I’m always learning something new!

Holly
Holly

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is my Hem Gauge. It looks like a throwing star and has the perfect measure for every project! I use it to measure everything.

Carrie Bergherm
Carrie Bergherm

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is a tie between zippers and button holes. I rarely succeed in zippr installation without breaking a needle, and buttonholes… Well, I just don’t have the experience or the know how. It seems my sewing machine has a special buttonhole attachment thingy, but I haven’t read up on how to use it. I usually just do my best to avoid patterns with zippers and buttonholes.

Carol
Carol

December 28, 2014

My favorite tool currently a pointed bamboo stick for making points when turning facings, pockets, collars, etc.

Cecelia
Cecelia

December 28, 2014

My favourite sewing supplies would be fishing tackle boxes(which come in every shape and size for holding all manner of supplies,and they are see-through);and the large hallway closet which my husband and I converted into a material centre with the use of wooden shelves at each end and the large cube shelving unit from Ikea in the centre.It has doors, drawers,and shelves all in one;making organized storage quite easy.

Melinda Autry
Melinda Autry

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply or trick is a seam gauge because I use it so much to measure and mark or press seams and hems. Setting the little slider thing to the measurement I want and using it right at my ironing board to press up hems is so easy, especially for 1/4" hems on doll clothes.

Marti
Marti

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tool is needle nose pliers. They are handy to help insert machine needles, squeezing a bulky seam in denim a bit flatter, etc. If you have a pair close at hand, you might be surprised at how often they are “just what you need!”

JenRay
JenRay

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is how to sew knits without getting lettuce edges.

Amanda S.
Amanda S.

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is fabric. The choices in fabric can make a huge difference in how the items appear. Although Cotton is the easiest to work with, Apparel fabrics can make doll clothes look more realistic & similiar to clothes we humans would wear. Which is my goal & what I love about LJ patterns. I sometimes wish I could wear the finished pieces, they are so fashionable.
My sewing trick is when a pattern calls for it to be cut " on the fold", I print out two of that pattern piece, I then cut them out-leaving an inch on one of them at the fold placement, & then I tape the two pattern pieces together where the fold placement line is. Then I have a full pattern piece to work with-since I can never seem to get my patterns perfectly cut out on folds, they often come out wonky, so this helps prevent those issues. I also trace my patterns onto the fabric before cutting them out—-instead of pinning—-to make sure they are perfect. It helps prevent irregular lines on my cut pieces. Just make sure the pen is washable or permanent. I just learned a lesson on this one, it involved white fabric & a washable sharpie writing pen. Just don’t do it! Lol!

Shirley Clark
Shirley Clark

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tool is my tweezers! I don’t just use them for my serger. I use them for lots of things like holding the thread when I’m threading the machine and for pulling threads out from under the bobbin case.
My husband like to steal my long tweezers when he’s dipping mini peanut butter Ritz crackers in chocolate. Yep! That’s right! They are very useful!

Sylvia
Sylvia

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tool is my new babylock serger.

Marcy Mahle
Marcy Mahle

December 28, 2014

Besides loving to sew doll clothes, I also love to make cloth dolls, I keep a supply of different stuffing tools nearby to help get stuffing into tiny fingers on both big and tiny dolls as well as the big cavity of the doll’s body on big dolls.

sherri
sherri

December 28, 2014

love teaching my grandkids to do all I know,need to teach the younger kids to keep it all going.

Melissa
Melissa

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply or trick is a chalk wheel because I can quickly and easily transfer markings to most fabrics (except white,of course!).

Catherine
Catherine

December 28, 2014

“My biggest sewing challenge is sewing knits because I have so little control of the fabric under my machine needle. I started using a strip of Solvy under the knit fabric and have had success. After the piece is completed I soak it in water to dissolve the Solvy.

Diana Lacy
Diana Lacy

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tool is my mini iron.

Chris W
Chris W

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is necklines on doll size clothing. Just not good at staying that close to the edge :( I have started resorting to lining most things to avoid the problem altogether :)

Lizzbethh
Lizzbethh

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is working with sheer, slippery fabrics because they slip and slide everywhere and every mistake shows through! I really hate it when the machine eats the fabric right when you’re starting at the edge.

jackie
jackie

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supplies are my rotary cutters and mat. So much quicker than standard scissors, especially for bulkier cuts.

Bonnie
Bonnie

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is two things doll zippers and gathering doll clothes. Doll zippers are hard because they are tiny and gathering is hard because I can’t get the pleats right.

Jo
Jo

December 28, 2014

My new favorite sewing supply, other than my new sewing machine and new serger, is a magnet that picks up all the pins and needles I drop on the floor. It looks like a fo 5" fountain pen and telescopes out 18". Bought it at Menards for one dollar.

Heather D
Heather D

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is sewing on knit fabric. I can’t seem to get the tension right so my machine likes to eat it. Grrrr

Stacyl
Stacyl

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing frustration is just using a sewing machine because I’m new and trying to figure things out on my own.

Rhonda
Rhonda

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is finishing one project before starting another therefore keeping my sewing room a disorganized wreck.

Kaelyn
Kaelyn

December 28, 2014

One of my sewing challenges is working with thin knit t-shirt type fabric because my machine tries to “eat” it! Then it gets stuck, and I get frustrated.

Carol C.
Carol C.

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge (so far) is sewing knits because they stretch, making the seams look less than professional. I’m getting better at it, just not where I want to be.

Donna
Donna

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply or trick is Frey checking. I use for keeping fabric from fraying and sealing stitches on some upholstery projects.

Mary Margaret Petty
Mary Margaret Petty

December 28, 2014

My favourite sewing supply or trick is a combination ironing pad with cutting board that stores folded & has a set of handles for carrying. It’s perfect for small cutting tasks & a quick iron. I also have one of those small craft irons I use for tiny ironing which all stores in just a minimum of space :-)

Dolly
Dolly

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tool is wonder tape for holding down the little strips of Velcro while I sew them.

Mary Margaret Pettyl
Mary Margaret Pettyl

December 28, 2014

My favourite sewing supply or trick is a combination ironing pad with cutting board that stores folded & has a set of handles for carrying. It’s perfect for small cutting tasks & a quick iron. I also have one of those small craft irons I use for tiny ironing which all stores in just a minimum of space :-)

Linda
Linda

December 28, 2014

“My favorite sewing supply or trick is long tweezers because it makes threading my serger so much easier.… “

Debra
Debra

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is a razor blade.It cut threads sharp and its the fastest seam ripper around.

Donna Blankenship
Donna Blankenship

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is a floss threader because I could never get the serger threaded without it. and my biggest sewing challenge is cutting the out the fabric/patterns because I just want to sew!

julie
julie

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tool is my fabric turner. I work on little doll clothes and it saves my life.

My biggest challenge is sewing monster high and ever after high doll clothes.

Janet Grimsley
Janet Grimsley

December 28, 2014

My favorite tools when working with knit fabrics are French Fuse Knit fusible interfacing and my $2 Allary Scissors. French fuse when cut double the length of the hem or width of a turn back facing with a rotary cutter ( 1" for a 1/2" hem ) and fused then turned and pressed so that the interfacing is barely NOT seen, gives me a perfect 1/2" hem with no measuring and I can stitch with a double needle and have no tunneling. The Allary scissors, though very inexpensive, cut knits and lingerie fabric like a dream. These bent shears stay flat under the fabric making it so easy to cut out small pattern pieces accurately.

susan Jane from Indy
susan Jane from Indy

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing trick is to be sure to read every one of the tips and suggestions mentioned on a site like this. What a wealth of knowledge, experience and talent. Feeling really blessed today!!

Brenda Price
Brenda Price

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is a water soluble tear away. I cut up several sheets into small squares and keep them in a container by my machine. I use one piece to start my seams so I don’t get the fabric sucked into the needle opening on the machine. I tear it off after doing the seam and can usually reuse it for several more seams. A lot of frustration gone!

Robyn C.
Robyn C.

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is my seam ripper, because it was one of the first things I purchased after my husband bought me my first sewing machine.
My biggest sewing challenge is my surger because no matter how many classes i attend and tutorials and videos I watch I still cant get the hang of it.

Sue
Sue

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing essential is a sewing awl. I use it to hold pieces together right up to the needle so that my finger doesn’t get sewn. It can also be used to turn corners sharply, it can be used as a pivot point when changing your direction in sewing and it pokes holes in belts and eyelet buttonholes.

Donna
Donna

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply for doll clothes has to be the ultra-thin Velcro I order online. It makes the clothes fit without all the bulk.

Stephanie adkins
Stephanie adkins

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is starting to many projects at once and trying to complete them

Barb Davis
Barb Davis

December 28, 2014

My favorite tip especially for sewing doll clothes is to fold a 4″ × 4″ piece of fabric (cotton) into a 4″ × 2″ rectangle. Place your doll seam close to the fold. Start your sewing on the 4×2 scrap and continue sewing the doll seam backstitching at beginning of your seam. You won’t get those first stitches pushing down into the hole. Clip stitching between the fabrics and reuse the scrap again and again.
My biggest challenge is finding my stray pins on the floor before my husband does (usually in his bare feet!!)

Wendi Owens
Wendi Owens

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is whatever little gadget I have in my sewing room at the time that “just saved me time and frustration” on whatever project I am working on. I am the “Princess of Sewing Gadgets” (don’t want to be Queen, Queen comes with too many obligations and responsibilities).

Danette
Danette

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing gadget is the Turn-It-All for turning tubes of fabric quickly and easily! It is the best $8.00 I have ever spent!

Hollea
Hollea

December 28, 2014

My favourite sewing supply is my bone folder as it gets the corners just right and crisp without poking through like sizzors would and my favourite trick is doing french seams on the tiny clothes where I can as this helps with raw edged sesms and fraying

Lora C.
Lora C.

December 28, 2014

“My favorite sewing supply or trick is a pair of tweezers because I thread needles with them, pick out small stitches, get lint out of my machine, and a host of other things. “

“My biggest sewing challenge is finding the right needle to keep from skipping stitches when I sew knits because the needle size is always different. One time I can use a 14 ball point needle, and then the next time it skips stitches when I topstitch. Gotta be my machine. “

Kristina
Kristina

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is my bamboo skewers. I couldn’t sew without them!

Barb
Barb

December 28, 2014

My biggest challenges are sheer and slippery fabrics. Sewing hems and curved edges using them are difficult for me!

Ida
Ida

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing challenge, was getting my two grown daughters to get those new sewing machines out of the box and use them !! When they came home for Christmas , I decided there would be a mini sewing class . They practiced different stitches and each left with a finished project which they proudly posted on their fb pages. It was the best Christmas ever !!They have both sent texts they are ready to sew new projects . They are already talking about the gifts they will make next Christmas. These are two career women who have never wanted to sew and would ship things home to be mended . Challenge has been accomplished !!!If I win I will be giving them my items :)

Mary Harrison
Mary Harrison

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing gadgets are pattern weights. Now I won’t be making marks on delicate fabrics!!

Deadra
Deadra

December 28, 2014

My newest favorite sewing notion is the sewline needle threade
I have taken some sewing classes recently and have learned what difference
the size of your hand needle makes in finishing of details. A size
11 needle has such a small eye and the threader takes frustration out.

Karen Breach
Karen Breach

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing gadget is the large metal hemmer by dritz… It’s designed with a drives edge to help on hemming skirts but I love the straight edges which have measure lines already marked on them. I just put my doll skirt fabric on the ironing board, plop down this hemmer near the edge of the fabric and then fold the fabric up and over the edge of the hemmet and press (iron). I can turn up a full shirt hem 1/4" or 1/2" in no time and have it all sewn long before I would have been half done if I were measuring and pinning The old-fashioned way!

Miranda W
Miranda W

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is sewing knits because I can never get the hem flat or get my machine to sew the knit fabric properly. But having a serger helps a lot. :-)

Bukofamily
Bukofamily

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is having enough patience to do the job neatly. Sometimes, I just feel like scooting through a project quickly.

Tamara
Tamara

December 28, 2014

My sewing supplies are pretty simple. I use whatever does the job. I enjoy my sewing room much more since I stocked a bookcase with clear lidded tubs — I can see my supplies and am reminded at a glance of things I have to work with. I also love heavy ziploc bags for storing all the pieces of a pending project. My biggest challenge is finding time to sew all the things I’ve got planned!!

Stephanie
Stephanie

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is trying to find the confidence to start because I’m afraid what I attempt will be a disaster. But don’t you learn important lessons from your mistakes?

Carol
Carol

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing item is my machine. It’s 60+ years old, a wedding present to my mother. It has sewn three generations of clothing and crafts and is very easy to use. I can even put in zippers without the zipper foot in a real pinch.

Billie
Billie

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tool is my iron and pressing as you sew not just when you have finished the project! This tool can take it from homemade to professional looking in just a few seconds!

Lucy
Lucy

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is finding enough time to sew because I have way more plans for what I want to do than I have time to do them. Can you please let me win some more time, LOL!?

Karen Berkey
Karen Berkey

December 28, 2014

My best tool is my cover stitch machine. Makes perfect hems every time! I don’t know how I ever got along without it. Greatest challenge: Sewing hems in shears.

Linda
Linda

December 28, 2014

My favorite supply is a rotary cutter, with ruler and mat. Store all parts in ziplock bag till ready to sew. Biggest challenge is wanting to make all the patterns that I have and choosing where to start.

Linda
Linda

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing trick is decreasing the stitch size slightly approaching a corner to be turned and taking one stitch diagonally across the point, because it makes much crisper points and they are easier to turn without the seam popping.

The biggest challenge is keeping the cats off the machine, off the fabric, away from ’helping"!

Aimee
Aimee

December 28, 2014

A favorite sewing trick of mine is using a safety pin and a piece of yarn to turn tubes of fabric right side out (such as purse handles!). Tie the yarn to the safety pin, run the pin through to the other side and pin it into the fabric there. Then gently pull the yarn on the other end and it will draw the fabric through the tube. Viola!

Sandra
Sandra

December 28, 2014

my biggest challenge is finishing my projects because I seem to run out of time!

Linda Armstrong
Linda Armstrong

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing supply is stabilizer. I use it to start seams in those delicate fabrics that my sewing machines love to munch on.

Marian
Marian

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing gadget is a very strong magnet that I have had on my 49 year old singer sewing machine. When I remove a pin from fabric, I can simply throw it in the general direction of the magnet & I pulls it right in. Needless to say, when I sew on my other machines I have to live without it since they aren’t old fashioned heavy metal construction.

Gloria M VanAtter
Gloria M VanAtter

December 28, 2014

My biggest sewing challenge is teaching granddaughter Abigail how to sew because she has trouble sitting and learning to make a straight seam. One day she will make it. …

Melanie
Melanie

December 28, 2014

To stitch my elastic in as I sew. I don’t have to insert, all done in one step.

Julie
Julie

December 28, 2014

My favorite sewing tool is my walking foot. It keeps fabric from shifting; I use it all the time.
My biggest challenges are getting and staying organized and having enough time for all the things I want to sew!

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