Tips on how to make patchwoirk easier

by Physio Adelaide on August 22, 2011

patch-work will be less difficult if you follow some of these ideas:

– Whenever piecing quilts, work with a “protection blanket” (a smaller little bit of discarded cloth fabric) to start your chain piecing so the material and threads don’t jam up when commencing to chain sewn.

Trouble sewing with metallic thread and having many thread breaks?  Try decreasing the thread tension.

Fix your tape-measure to the side of your stitching table with self stick velcro for fast and simple easy access

Keep a compact magnet in the stitching basket. Use it to get any pins that drop on the floor.

If stitching needles get corroded or dull, wipe them softly with fine steel wool to bring them back to life.

Always leave some thread in the needle before putting it in a pin cushion. You will be able to find it faster.

Use fresh, dry plastic-type egg cartons to store thread.

Store pattern items and their envelopes in self-sealing bags so you can begin to see the pattern.

When patchwork creations are completed, run doubled length of thread through a pile of patches, departing the knotted end of the thread in the bottom of the stack. They’ll stay together and you can display each one as required.

Before you stitch on buttons, coat the thread with wax. Simply run it around a candle a few times. This makes the thread more powerful helping getting it with the holes.

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

Keep a chop stick in your quilting basket for all poking and stuffing needs.

If you’re not certain that the seam is lying when you’re quilt-making in the ditch, place a lamp or torch underneath the quilt and the seam allowances can be seen.

When using pinking shears always have cloth fabric involving the blades. Never close and open the blades with out cloth fabric together, this will dull the cutting blades.

Use a low melt glue gun when you use net, tulle or sheer synthetic cloth fabric. A hot glue gun will burn you and melt the textile.

Keep soap slivers in the freezer to use as markers for quilts. This keeps soap hard and easier to use. It also washes out straight away

Avoid the annoyance of threading frayed edges by folding thread in half, and pulling the smooth edge through the needle

To Open that trapped Zip: Rub the teeth with a bar of soap or apply with shaving cream.

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

Photo film containers are great safe way to store bent needles and pins.

To examine a quilt pattern far away, put the pieces on a backed table cloth, and hang it up somewhere to see what the quilt will look like completed. 

Save your time and avoid eye strain by threading a number of needles on your quilting thread without cutting it off the spool.

Safety first! Never run holding sharp scissors or pins .

If you happen to cut your self, be sure you do not bleed on the material

When ironing a bias strip switch off the steam on the iron so that you wont burn your hands and fingers.

Never use your sewing scissors for cutting paper; it blunts them.

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