There’s nothing more frustrating when you’re hand stitching than thread that keeps knotting up and tangling. If you thread the end that comes off the spool first, you’ll have less issues. The thread will travel through the fabric in the more natural direction.
Wishing you tangle free stitching!
UPDATE: Great comment over on Instagram to help remember this!
When I make a quilt with lots of appliqué that I plan on densely quilting, I skip the actual appliqué. This quilt is dresdens that I glued down. Instead of stitching them down, either by hand or machine, I just started quilting.
You’ll want to carefully stitch over each point and cross the edges frequently. This is a great trick to speed up a quilt full of appliqué!
Today’s tip is pretty simple, but also pretty life changing if you don’t know about it. I learned it from Adam, the awesome tech who works on my sewing machines. You can remove and clean out the cutter on the side of your machine. This might not be true for all machines, but if it’s true for yours, prepare to basically have a brand new cutter. This picture is of my BERNINA 530 and it works on my 350 as well!
Once you pull out all the thread, the cutter works perfectly!
This trick is bag related! When you’re stitching the sides of your bag, you want to sew in one direction, i.e. stitch from the top to the bottom on the left and then the top to the bottom on the right.
Once you’ve stitched both sides, you can stitch across the bottom. This will prevent your bag from pulling in one direction. If you stitch down one side, across the bottom, and back up the other side, your bag will likely lean a little to one side.
We’ve all been there. Just when you’re about to finish up your project, you do the unthinkable. You pull off the zipper pull. Noooo! It’s the absolute worst. Today’s tip is preventative.
Before any trimming takes place, run a stitch along the edge to secure the zipper. Make sure that the seam is within the seam allowance of your project. This also helps to make your zipper lay just how you want.
Storing interfacing is always a problem. I posted a bit ago about how I write a selvage on my interfacing . But I never really know what to do with scraps! Someone suggested storing interfacing rolled in a toilet paper roll. I’ve since found it to be the perfect solution for interfacing scraps! For larger interfacing scraps, you can wrap a piece of paper around to write your label.
There’s been a little bit of lonestar making in my studio. I guess cabin fever got the best of me…so much snow! Thought I’d share how I worked on my points. First I stuck a pin 1/4″ from the edge along the seam of the first piece and into the second piece. This one is also 1/4″ from the edge. You can draw the 1/4″ seam; I eyeballed it. As you can see, you need the points to align 1/4″ in, not at the edge.
Next, I gave the pin a good wiggle. This is a very technical sewing term, “a good wiggle.” This way, you can see where the pin was. Remove the pin. Place a second pin in as you normally would. As you stitch, stitch though the pin hole.
This trick works any time you’re attaching pieces along an angle and want perfect points. You can check out my lonestar over on Instagram.
Do you have more then one sewing machine? There’s nothing worse than arriving to class with the wrong foot pedal! Or even worse without your foot pedal! Linda, my tablemate from Sew Virginia Beach, suggested labels. Her machines have different pedals, so she labeled them prominently.
My machines have the same pedal, but I bought an extra to take to class. I keep it in my sewing machine’s case, so I don’t need to remember to pack it. I do the same with the power cord. If you have a spare already packed, you don’t need to remember it!
Yesterday was my stop on the Pat Sloan Mega Fun Book Tour! When Pat initially asked me to join in her fun, I asked if I could also find a tip to share today! There were so many to choose from. But I love this!
I love this idea of going in with a group of quilty friends to buy a batch of different batting. If you wanted to kick it up a notch, you could do larger swatches so that you could all quilt the samples. I pretty much use the same batting 99% of the time (you are my true love, Quilters Dream Select), but if I had samples, I might venture out more. I do love wool batting so when I venture, that’s where I tend to find myself. So gather your quilty troop and start sampling!