Enjoy these great patchwork tips

by Physio Adelaide on May 30, 2011

patch-work will be easier if you follow some of these suggestions:


– When piecing quilts, work with a “security blanket” (a smaller bit of scrap textile) to start your chain piecing so the material and threads don’t jam up when beginning to chain sew.



Having trouble sewing with metallic thread and having numerous thread breaks?  Try out decreasing the thread tension.


Attach the measuring tape to the side of the sewing table with self stick velcro for easy and quick access


Keep a little magnet in the quilting basket. Use it to get any pins that fall on the floor.


If sewing needles get rusty or dull, wipe them gently with fine steel wool to bring them back to life.


Always leave some thread in a needle before putting it in a pin cushion. You’ll be able to spot it speedier.


Work with thoroughly clean, dry plastic-type egg cartons to store thread.


Store pattern items and their envelopes in self sealing bags so you can understand the pattern.


When patchwork pieces are accomplished, run double length of thread through a pile of patches, leaving the twisted end from the thread at the bottom of the stack. They will stay collectively and you can pull off each one of these as required.


When you sew on buttons, coat the thread with wax. Basically run it around a candle once or twice. This will make the thread stronger helping getting it through the holes.


For clean, razor-sharp and handy pins and needles, use a covered steel wool pad as a pin cushion.


Keep a chopstick in your sewing basket for all poking and stuffing needs.


If you’re not certain that the seam is lying when you are quilting in the ditch, place a lamp or flashlight underneath the quilt and the seam allowances are easily seen.


When working with pinking shears always have fabric involving the blades. Never close and open the cutting blades without having cloth together, this will dull the blades.


Use a low melt glue gun when working with net, tulle or sheer synthetic material. A hot glue gun will burn you and also melt the fabric.


Keep soap slivers in the freezer to use as marker pens for quilts. This keeps soap hard and easier to use. It also washes out immediately


Steer clear of the annoyance of threading frayed edges by folding thread in two, and pulling the smooth edge from the needle


To Open that caught Zip: Rub the teeth with a bar of soap or spray with shaving creme.


Soap makes an ideal Pin Cushion: Make use of a bar of soap to make sewing easier and the needle just glides through hard fabric and materials.


Photography film storage containers are fantastic safe way to store bent needles and pins.


To check a quilt pattern far away, place the portions on a backed table cloth, and hang it up someplace to see what the quilt will look like finished. 


Save your time and avoid eye strain by threading several needles onto your quilting thread without cutting it off the reel.


Safety first! Never run holding sharp scissors or pins .


should you cut your self, be careful and do not bleed on the fabric


When ironing a bias strip shut off the steam on the iron so you will not burn your hands and fingers.


Never ever make use of a sewing scissors for chopping paper; it blunts them.


For more information on Patchwork accesories fabrics and much more visit www.patchwork-online.com.au

We are pleased to provide this information, however you should ensure you consult the appropriate professional for the services you seek. 

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