Free Stuff Friday!

It’s Free Stuff Friday! You could win a Flexible LED Light from Prym Consumer USA! (MSRP: $19.95) Attach the light directly to your sewing machine, wall or other surface for bright light.

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For your chance to win, simply answer the question:

What’s your favorite quick-and-easy sewing tip? Do you use any regular household items to help you get the job done? Any unique/cool tricks? Let us know!

One person will be selected to win the LED light! (The winner will be announced on Monday.)

*Your answers could appear in a future issue of Sew News!

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72 Responses to Free Stuff Friday!

  1. JoAnne Rose says:

    I use a slotted grapefruit spoon to help hold help close my basting pins in place on my quilts. It sure takes the pain away from my finger tips.

  2. Peggy Beach says:

    In addition to the dryer sheet uses above, I take used dryer sheets and recycle them as interfacing and backing for machine embroidering. They make great dust cloths and test stitch scraps.

  3. Heidi says:

    I have a metal magnet board on the wall just above the cutting area in my room – I can attach the directions / patterns that I’m working on, etc to the board to keep them within reach. I even have a magnet pencil holder that keeps my marking pencils, scissors, etc at hand as well.

  4. Jean Lowenberger says:

    For machine embroidery, straight on to a t-shirt or sweatshirt, and you don’t want any of the extra fabric to mistakenly get sewn. I use hair clips the large ones for long hair, and clip the excess fabric to the embroideery frame. Then you’re not wondering – where is the back of the shirt? Is the right sleeve under the shirt getting stitched? No worries, all excess pieces are clipped out of the way.

  5. Yvonne Gamble says:

    Next time you have your blood drawn, ask to keep the tourniquet. I use the tourniquet as a needle gripper as well
    in my machine embroidery, when using heavy weight material
    I insert the tourniquet around the hoop and then tighten the hoop over it.
    It’s also great in the kitchen as a jar opener.

  6. Yvonne Gamble says:

    Next time you have your blood drawn, ask to keep the tourniquet. I use the tourniquet as a needle gripper and
    in my machine embroidery, when using heavy weight material
    I insert the tourniquet around the hoop and then tighten the hoop over it. It’s also great in the kitchen as a jar opener.

  7. Next time you have your blood drawn, ask to keep the
    touriquet. I use the tourniquet as a needle gripper and also
    with my machine embroidery. When using heavy material
    I insert the tourniquet around the the fabric and then tighten
    the hoop over it, it grips the hoop so it doesn’t slip off.
    It also works great in the kitchen, twist the touniquet around
    the jar lid and under your hand. It opens the most difficult
    tight lids with ease.

  8. Melody Hofmann says:

    I use a hair product that contains silicone (used for taming frizz, fly away hair) to help with metallic thread machine embroidery. I put a tiny bit on my hands, rub them together and then rub them on the bottom of the stabilizer. That little minute amount of product is making sewing metallic thread so much easier.. I haven’t had any shread or break yet. The silicone is evidently working to coat the needle just a little bit. To get the product off your hands (or they are slippery beyond belief), I use a little toothpaste and wash them with water.

  9. Jeny says:

    I found a white cloth organizer pocket trimmed with Battenburg lace at a yard sale, that I think is supposed to slide in between the mattress and box spring of a bed for bed-ridden patients to store their stuff. I have my sewing machine sitting on top of the slide-in panel so the pocket hangs down right below the sewing area. I keep long tweezers, scissors, and a little whisk broom in the pocket and use them frequently while sewing. I also use zip-lock bags and plastic food storage containers to keep project supplies together. A little less chaos is always appreciated!

  10. Gail Banks says:

    I do alot of sewing for my Granddaughters. Since we live in Florida we make alot fo sundresses so there are alot of shoulder straps and ties for bows in the back of dresses. I always keep a pencil handy. The rubber end hold the fabric easily for turning the straps and the ties ends.

  11. lois johnsen says:

    I use a roll of adding machine tape for a quick stabilizer for decorative stitches. I also find it to be really handy when making slight alterations on paper patterns! Because it is already a nice long strip, it is useful for a quick addition.

  12. Beth says:

    I like using a carpenter’s apron while sewing. I keep the cordless phone in one pocket. I use another pocket to keep my scissors, seam ripper, and seam gauge. And I keep my pins on a wrist cushion that I made myself. Then I’m never running for the phone or these other essential tools while sewing, ironing, serging, or cutting out. I also have a tool drawer organizer with clear pull out drawers for the many small sewing items such as safety pins, needles, marking pens, etc. These can be bought at a hardware store and keep things easy to see and find and dust free.

  13. Inita Bermudez says:

    I use a kitchen knife to smooth a zipper when sewing it in a jacket.

  14. Sunnee says:

    I use those great big gallon sized plastic zippered bags to store everything for a project. I can put it in my purse to take along to get thread or other needed items and it all stays together until I am ready to sew. I put it back in the bag if I don’t finish so it doesn’t get dusty or pieces misplaced. I even use smaller bags inside if I have small pieces to keep up with.

  15. Janice Beitz says:

    I live in Colorado and my grandkids live in California. When I sew or knit for them I don’t have my daughter measure the children. I have her a garment that fits well that is similar to the one I plan to make. Then I can compare my pattern pieces with the desired measurements to get the right size, comfortable waist elastic and correct lengths.

  16. Mary Beth says:

    I use hockey pucks as pattern weights. They are not very tall and a great weight to hold down patterns. They are also great to use to round off corners!

  17. Marsha DeHaven says:

    When I read my sewing magazines and locate something I want to do, I write on the front of the cover the page number of the article that I want to remember and then circle the article name and location in the table of contents.

  18. Brenda Fickett says:

    Put a Silicone Potholder under your Foot Pedal to keep it from moving.
    Works great if your on uncarpeted floors!

  19. Lyn Evans says:

    When tracing patterns I use a clear plastic painters drop cloth, easy to see through, easy to copy with a permanent marker, folds up easy and lasts a long time with pinning. then I fold up the new pattern, place it in a sandwich zip bag and mark on the front the size and view (if needed), add that along with the original pattern to a large zip bag to keep patterns and directions together.

  20. Barb says:

    I keep an empty pill bottle by my sewing machine and put broken or bent needles and pins in it, when it is full replace the cap and no accidental sticks in the garbage.

  21. Momo G says:

    Several layers of dryer sheets make good stabilizer for buttonholes!

  22. Momo G says:

    Rubber tips for canes or chairs, filled with sand or even pennies, and then a cardboard & felt disk glued on to seal it makes a perfect pattern weight. Glue felt to the cardboard and let it dry before attaching to the cane/chair leg tip.

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