Ask the Experts: Timesaving Sewing Secrets
Are your Pinterest boards full of projects you with you wish you had time for? Have you saved more patterns than you could possibly sew in a lifetime? Let’s face it: We’d all love to have more hours in a day to devote to our favorite crafts.
For you sewing enthusiasts, we’ve rounded up some of the best-kept secrets from renowned designers, authors, and bloggers on how they save time without cutting corners or sacrificing quality.
CAL PATCH, author of Design-It-Yourself Clothes:
Since I am a designer, I prefer to make multiples of things at the same time, as it ends up being so much faster than sewing one piece at a time. The only catch is, they all need to use the same color of thread!
STEFFANI LINCECUM, author of Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit:
Use a rotary cutter! I used to think they were just for quilters and then I spent a week cutting at a costume factory in Napa with my friend Kij. She is the inspiring patternmaker in my life and when I saw that she had switched to rotary cutters it gave me permission to use them. I haven’t looked back. There’s no comparison when I consider the time I’ve saved. When cutting multiples, I can cut a stack straight down without any pinning. I also like all the fancy blades they are coming out with now because of the papercrafting industry. They’re great for finishing bias edges or fleece.
KATHY CANO-MURILLO, author of Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing:
I have a sewing box where I keep everything I need close by. Instead of using a boring thread holder to store my spools, I have a colorful wreath that I use to hold my spools. I keep it by my sewing area so I can get inspired by the colors, and it makes for a nice art piece, too!
AMY KAROL, author of Bend-the-Rules Sewing and Bend the Rules with Fabric:
Sew when you are at your best. It sounds simple, but when I sew late a night (almost never) I always make mistakes and it’s not fun. I am a morning person, so I sew in the morning. My brain works better and I don’t make silly errors, which can really waste a ton of time.
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