Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sewing Helpers

While looking through some sewing catalogs, I noticed a couple of handy quilting helpers that I want to share with you. I hope you’ll find this information helpful.

To hold quilt layers together (appliqués, blocks or full quilts), use basting spray from the sewing section of your local hobby and craft store. This is an easy way to temporarily hold layers in place until you can sew them without the use of all those annoying – and painful – pins or the hours you could spend basting with a thread and needle. This also makes it easy to rearrange anything that hasn’t been sewn yet. After you’re finished sewing, throw the item into the wash and the basting spray is washed away.

A chalk pounce is much quicker to mark your quilts for quilting rather than spending all that time stenciling the pattern on with a marker. Simply rub the pounce across the stencil and it marks your fabric for quilting. Much of the chalk is removed by steam ironing the quilt when you’re finished quilting. However, check the product label as there are different removal methods.

The following is simply a quick way to remove those threads from ripped seams that anyone who sews can use. After ripping out seams, you can easily and quickly get rid of the excessive mess by pressing a piece of tape over the length of the ripped threads and when you pull up the tape, those messy threads come up with it.

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