Quilting Tips Archive

 
Store extra wound bobbins on the second spool holder if your machine has one. Bobbins are handy when you need a...
 
To keep binding neat and clean while applying use a clean plastic jar such as peanut butter,mayonnaise etc. Cut a 1" hole in the top of the lid,sand...
 
When you have cut all the required pieces for a quilt, cut the remaining fabric into strips in widths that you know will be useful to you. Strips...
 
To nearly eliminate raveling when prewashing fabric, use a pinking blade on your rotary cutter to pink the edge before you wash the...
 
Keep a 6" cutting mat and small rotary cutter by your sewing machine to clean up edges and trim...
 
To remind you when you last replaced your rotary cutter blade, write the date on masking tape. Wrap the tape around the handle of the...
 
When you have a wound bobbin left and want to remember which spool of thread it was wound from, secure them together with a piece of pipe cleaner or...
 
Wrap a small piece of plastic wrap around a spool of thread to keep the thread from...
 
When you change machine needles, write the needle size and date on a tiny sticky note and attach it to the font of your machine. If you only use the...
 
Attach a short strip of wide masking tape with sticky side up near your quilting frame or sewing machine. As you snip short lengths of thread, put...
 
Identify your good scissors with a red ribbon or yarn. Inform your family that this indicates that these scissors are off limits. Put a green ribbon...
 
If you have a tendency to lose your thimble, drill a small hole, from the inside to the outside near the rim. Stick a safety pin through the hole to...
 
Sometimes my quilt tops are packed away for awhile before I send them off to the machine quilter. When I finish a top, I measure it and take a...
 
Keep stacks of cut fabric pieces together by running a length of thread up through the entire stack. Lift off the patches as you need...
 
Attach the loop side of a couple of strips of Velcro to the bottom of your sewing machine foot control to help it stay put on a carpeted...
 
One reader suggests: When we celebrate the first birthday for each of my granddaughters, I make friendship blocks and set up an activity table with...
 
Write the size and type of the machine needle you are currently using and the date you began using it on a small piece of masking tape and stick it...
 
Before washing your fabric, use a permanent marker to write in the selvage the amount of fabric in the piece and the intended use of the...
 
Different types of stabilizer look and feel the same. Use a pen to write the type on each piece so you won’t get them confused....
 
Label your tools, rulers, cutters, mats, etc. with self-stick address labels so you can tell your tools from those that belong to others at...
 
Labels for Wedding Quilts
I make quilts for wedding gifts, and have found a appropriate way to label them. I scan the wedding invitation, print it on fabric, and attach it to...
 
Trace appliqué patterns onto paper; then laminate the paper. Cut out the laminated pieces to use as...
 
Try placing a mattress pad atop my cutting table. This makes a great pressing surface for a large piece of fabric or just a seam....
 
Leather Tool Holder
I use a carpenter's leather tool holder by my machine for my scissors. It has a clip so you can attach it to a belt, which would make it...
 
Instead of stuffing leftover batting back into the bag it came in, trim the batting into a rectangle, roll it up, and tape with masking tape. Use a...
 
Leftover Batting
As a machine quilters, I have lots of leftover batting. To make good use of it, I cut a long narrow strips (about 4" x 35"), fold it in half...
 
When you have washed and ironed new cotton fabrics, lay them over something flat like a bed, a table, or the ironing board for 24 hours. Cotton is...
 
When you need an activity to occupy children, have them draw a picture on muslin backed with freezer paper. Heat set the crayons or markers by...
 
I made a list of all my quilting books and tucked it into the glove box of my car. When I'm out shopping, I always have an index of my books, so I...
 
Instead of using muslin or other woven fabric as a foundation for a crazy quilt, try substituting nylon net or tulle to reduce the bulk and weight of...
 
To quickly determine which direction the seam allowance is pressed when quilting in the ditch, hold a flashlight under...
 
Small paintbrushes come in handy to clean lint from the bobbin case area of your sewing machine....
 
Use the sticky side of masking tape as a lint remover and to remove threads from your...
 
Lint Roller Holder
An empty plastic iced tea mix container makes the prefect holder for a lint roller. It's the right diameter and the perfect height for easy...
 
Roll a lint roller over the surface of your cutting mat for a quick clean...
 
If I stick my finger with a pin or needle when I’m sewing, I cover the prick with New-Skin® Liquid Bandage. This keeps me from getting blood on my...
 
Use a soft foam ear plug to secure the thread on a spool, Draw the loose end of thread across the hole in the spool, and push the foam ear plug into...
 
Stop your family from carelessly using your good sewing shears without your permission by slipping a combination padlock through the handles of the...
 
Pick up spilled pins or needles easily by making an inexpensive pin and needle magnet. Glue a good round magnet disk to a paint stirring stick from a...
 
Mark long sashing strips with placement lines to align rows of...
 
To protect the numbers and markings on your rotary cutting ruler from wear, cover the surface with clear contact paper. You can also make temporary...
 
Use a magnetic pin holder to locate pins or needles lost in the carpet. Invert it and scan the floor area where the pins may be...
 
Use a magnetic pin holder to locate pins or needles lost in the carpet. Invert it and scan the floor area where the pins may be...
 
Lower the sewing machine feed dogs when changing presser feet to reduce the risk of damage to the feed dogs and to make it easier to change presser...
 
Start an index card file of your quilt magazine subscriptions. Include the date of last renewal and the issue number of the last issue due to you so...
 
Magnetic Instruction Stand
I use a magnetic stand for my cutting instructions. I find that it's more convenient to have the instructions upright than flat on the...
 
You can use a magnetic tool to pick up pins from the floor! Just sweep across the floor to pick up pins; squeeze the handle to release them. This...
 
To hang a wall hanging on the side of your refrigerator or other metal surface, attach a strip of magnetic tape to the slat or rod used inside the...
 
If you are interrupted while hand stitching, wrap the thread around the needle in a figure eight to maintain tension on the thread until you get back...
 
If you can't remember where you saw the next quilt or great tip, try this. Make a notation upside down on the edge of a sticky note and place it on...
 

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