Sewing Hacks, Tips & Tricks Every Seamstress Should Know!

Sewing Hacks, Tips and Tricks That Make Sewing Easy!

Along my sewing journey, I’ve picked up quite a few sewing tips and tricks! You’ll definitely want to try out these quick and easy tips to make sewing even easier! Most of these hacks use everyday objects that you already have lying around the house! Ready to get started?
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12 Sewing Tips, Tricks and Hacks That Every Seamstress Should Know

Easy Pleats

Did you know you can get perfectly even pleats with something as simple as a fork? You have to try this trick! Watch the video for the how-to!

Or you can try this Ruffler Foot! It does all the work for you!

Create perfect pleats using a fork

Quickly Cut Fabric

To quickly cut fabric snip into the fabric and rip the fabric apart by pulling apart both sides. This will also help you to find the grain of the fabric.

Quickly Cut Fabric On Grain

No Fuss Needle Threading

Tired of trying over and over to thread a needle with a limp piece of thread and no success? Spray the tip of your thread with hairspray to quickly thread a needle! Keep a travel sized can of hairspray near your sewing machine for easy access.

Easily thread a needle with the help of hairspray

Bobbin & Thread Organization

A golf tee is a perfect way to organize a spool of thread and its matching bobbin. Place the bobbin on top of the spool of thread and insert the golf tee. Easy peasy, right? No more digging through your bobbins trying to find the right color!

If you want something even more secure try these Bobbin Holders!

keep bobbins and spools organized with golf tees

 Make Your Own Pattern Weights

All you’ll need for this quick DIY is some ribbon and a few large washers from a home improvement store. Just wrap the ribbon around the washer and glue the ends. This creates a cute weight to be used to hold patterns in place instead of using pins. Sewing weights are much more practical than pinning an entire pattern down!

make your own pattern weights

Perfect Ruffles

Here’s a quick and easy way to create beautiful ruffles without all the hassle! Lay a piece of crochet thread along the seam allowance of the fabric and stitch over it with a zig-zag stitch. Gently pull the crochet thread to gather the fabric. I’ve ever heard of people doing this same trick with dental floss!

easily gather fabric with embroidery floss and a zigzag stitch

Easy Turning Tool

In a pinch, a straw and a crochet hook can be used to easily turn a small strap. Insert a straw into the strap, then push the chopstick into the straw against the sewn edge of the strap and voila! No more wasting time trying to turn those pesky straps!

Easily turn a strap with a crochet hook and a straw

Easily Access Trims

Use a wire basket to easily gain access to your most used trims and ribbons. Guide the ribbon through an opening at the bottom edge of the basket and keep a pair of scissors stored in the basket. I feel like some might bring the toilet paper argument in here. Just in case, let me tell you that Yes, they are in fact threaded the correct way. 😂

easily access ribbons

DIY Make a Sewing Pin Dish

Find a cute dish and super glue a few magnets to the bottom of it to create a magnetic dish that allows you to easily collect pins! Try adding a cute salt or pepper shaker to the top for a fun detail!

make your own pin dish

Washi Tape Seam Allowance Guide

Need an easy way to make sure your seam allowance is consistent? Use a piece of washi tape or sticky-backed ribbon to mark the seam allowance on your sewing machine. This provides a clear guide that makes it easy to keep a consistent seam allowance!

Washi tape makes for a perfect seam allowance gauge

Clean Your Machine

Here’s a fun trick! Open up your serger machine and clean it out with a can of compressed air! Make sure you buy they moisture free kind!! It easily cleans away all of the pieces of lint and thread! You wouldn’t believe just how much lint and dust was hiding in my serger!😅 Make sure to spray the machine lightly and from an angle so that the dust is pushed out of the machine instead of further inside.

clean out your serger

Serger Thread Trick

Did you run out of thread? Have an excess amount of serger thread? I know I do!! Did you know you can use serger thread in a sewing machine? All you need is a mug or small glass jar! Place the serger cone inside of the jar and thread the machine as normal.

Use serger thread on your sewing machine.

I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy sewing hacks!! Pin this to Pinterest so you can easily come back and find these tips!

Do you have a favorite sewing hack? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!!!

Fabric: Shine Bright by Simple Simon Co. Releasing in October

12 Sewing Tips, Tricks and Hacks That Every Seamstress Should Know

30 thoughts on “Sewing Hacks, Tips & Tricks Every Seamstress Should Know!”

    1. The tip for turning straps was confusing. It starts out needing a straw and a crochet hook but then somehow a chopstick is added?

  1. I am having trouble saving this toPinterest after about 10 (actually 7) tries. It tells me that There is no picture attached to it. It is a very useful collection of hacks for me. Any suggestions please

  2. Having trouble posting to Pinterest. Sad because this is a useful group of hacks. It tells me there is no picture attached to it. Tried many times to get it to work. Anyone have any suggestions please.

  3. I so love your blog. You are a very good seamstress. I love what you sew for you and your family. Your clothes always seems to fit well. I am intrigue by the fabric from spoonflower. I have not sewn with knit before as it seems to stretch too much and I do not like wavy seams when they should be straight. (I will definitely use your trick for hems on knits though.) Is the quality of the knits on spoonflower good? What weight should I use for a dress?
    Thanks for you help.

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  5. I just saw this blog, I am a busy grandmother and I love sewing. I made the scrub hat and I love this easy pattern. Thanks for all the good tips, Sue

  6. Linda Duensing

    I enjoy your website and have used a couple of your patterns and tips. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  7. Frances Robinson

    If I use serger thread on my sewing machine I just insert an old wooden cotton reel into the cone and it fits so I can thread machine as normal

  8. Natalie Philippi

    The jar and washer tip is very good! The magnets in a dish too although I purchased and actual magnet dish but I may now make more 🙂 thanks

  9. Could you please help me or explain adjusting the tension on my singer sewing machine. I have loops underneath where I am sewing. Thanks in advance Patricia

  10. I am confused about the mention of a chopstick in the part on turning a strap. Is that in place of the crochet hook?

  11. Always cut your thread at a slant. MUCH easier to thread any needle.
    I put a dab of white paint/nail polish on the presser foot directly behind needle. Makes the thread hole visible and easier to thread

    1. Hey Gena!
      That is a fabulous sewing hack that I’m putting into practice today. Thanks for making my sewing life even more enjoyable!

  12. Have used a small piece of cloth folded 3-4 times to start sewing thick areas of fabric. It is called a starter piece. Also have seen a 2 inch piece of Velcro used as a starter which catches your threads.

  13. I also found that magnetic spice containers work great for pins. They are round with clear lids and they have a magnet glued to the bottom. I found them at Dollarama. They came in a package of two for less than $3 dollars.

  14. You can make ruffling easy on the serger also. Run out a length of stitches a little longer than the material to be gathered. Lay the stitch-rope on top of the material to be gathered. Stitch with serger. OVER the rope (careful not to catch it). When you reach the end of the material simply pull on the end of the rope & the materisl will gather.

  15. Where’s the video for making a pleat with a fork? Also, I’m still confused about the strap turning trick. Maybe a video would help.

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