I hope you enjoyed my quilting tips last week that involved using unusual items in the sewing room. This week, I have some more of those to share to get you ready for quilting and sewing in the new year!
If you press seams open like me, use a cuticle stick to open the seam, without stretching it, so you can just drop the iron down for pressing.
This way, you are not moving the iron over the seam (ironing) which can stretch out the seam and distort your piece. Here’s a mini video tutorial I did on this subject:
Dispose of needles in an old pill bottle. You can mark the bottle “used needles” and dispose of it when it’s full.
You can also use the pill bottle for storing bobbins. Consider winding 4 or 5 bobbins with the thread you are using to piece a quilt and storing them in this bottle. When one runs out, you have a new one waiting!
Label pins with numbers using painter’s or wahsi tape. Use these to label rows as you are piecing a quilt. This is especially important if it’s a quilt where the design depends on the blocks and rows needing to be assembled in a specific order.
Placing the “1” pin in this block says it’s the first block in the first row. Keep the pin in this block after the row is assembled so you are reminded that it’s row #1 and needs to be stitched to row #2 and so on.
Use a scrap of batting to sweep threads off your sewing room floor. Works just as good as a Swiffer sweeper and you won’t get threads wrapped up in your vacuum cleaner head damaging your vacuum.
I actually just pushed around the scrap of batting with the end of a yard stick!
A belt hanger works really good to keep rulers organized if you have a small work space. You can hang it up in a closet when you are not sewing so they are out of the way.
Slip binder rings through the hole at the top of the ruler and then hang the ruler from the belt hanger. You can find these binder rings at any office supply store.
So there you have it! Some more fun ways to use unusual items in your sewing room. Comment below on things you use in your sewing room and you will be entered in the ongoing drawing for my pattern Seaside Cottage!
The drawing will be on Monday, January 6th. Good luck! **We have a winner! Congrats, Lynne!**