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We can all learn from what others have experienced.   You may have found a "quick and easy" method for doing certain mundane sewing or crafting tasks that helps to complete a job faster or better.  We never seem to have enough time in a day to do what we want, so any "help" we can get is always appreciated.

The following tips have been submitted by readers in the past, as well as ones we have discovered.  If you'd like to submit a hint or tip for this page, simply write to us at    We will add your name to the hint if you would like, or leave your name off, whichever you prefer.  We do appreciate all the hints and tips that have already been submitted -- keep them coming!

A favorite pattern will last longer if you iron stabilizer to the entire pattern.  It withstands the pin pricks and is easier to alter.


When the "white sale" comes around, just buy top and bottom sheets - forget the more expensive pillow cases.  You can purchase one twin size flat sheet and make 4 pillowcases that will end up costing you less than one third of the price at the store.  The diagram that follows shows you how to lay out the twin size flat sheet and cut the 4 pillowcases.  The "white sales" can be a way to save even more money!!



Speaking of sheets and pillow cases, if you're into making sheets, an excellent and quick method of making the fitted sheets is to use "buttonhole" elastic around the edges.  Because of the "buttonholes" already in the elastic, it folds very easily and is wonderful for sewing into the curves.  This makes professional looking edges and corners - and is so easy you'll be making sheet sets for all your friends.  NOTE:  Buttonhole elastic is available from - look in the catalog section under "elastics". 

Tricot  and other fabrics that have a tendency to curl will do better if you spray a little starch along the edges and press before sewing the seams.

If you will preshrink your fabric as soon as you purchase it, you will never have to wonder if it has been done or not.

Did you know that the cut edges of braid and trims won't ravel if you seal them with "Fray Check", the fabric sealant.

Remnants of bias tapes, trims and braids can be kept under control if you wrap them around an old paper towel tube.

Before discarding old rubber gloves, cut off a 2" length of the thumb and needle fingers - these work great on hand sewing and craft projects where the needle is hard to pull through the fabric.

Keep old patterns!  Children's patterns especially are very easy to re-sell.  Be sure to keep all the pattern pieces, and keep them folded neatly in the pattern package.

If you sew both sides of laces THE SAME DIRECTION, you'll eliminate the "stretching", puckering, and twisting of the lace.

When you can't match the thread for a print fabric, try using one shade in the bobbin and a different shade on top -- this actually works very well.

Nothing is written in stone that says you HAVE to sew four hole buttons a certain way.  Especially in children's clothing, try sewing them on "decorator" fashion - see samples above.

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Note:  some of the above tips have been taken from Sarah's book "500 Quick & Easy Sewing Tips" $9.95 + $2.00 P&H.  This book can be ordered directly from Sarah  ---- e-mail:,   phone: 850-944-7570, or mail order to:  Sarah Doyle, 3412 Holt Circle #C, Pensacola, FL. 32526.


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