Sewing is a favourite pass time for many over-60s who grew up learning the tricks of the trade from their talented grandparents.
From cute toys that are displayed proudly on the bed to pretty tablecloths, the options are truly endless for those young and old.
However, there are always new things to learn and ways to improve the creative hobby, with these tips sure to make the process that much easier.
Sometimes trying to get that thin little bit of thread into a needle is an absolute nightmare. No matter how hard you try it never seems to want to go through, leaving you and probably the rest of the household quite frustrated. But fear not, as there is a way around it that won’t leave you with an incredibly sore head.
All you have to do is spray the tip of thread with a little bit of hairspray and quickly pull it through the needle. As an added benefit, grab a small can of hairspray and keep it with your sewing materials so you don’t have to run back and forth to the bathroom to grab some more.
If you’re a keen sewer there is no doubt you have a big collection of materials, and probably more often than not, things go missing. It can be a real pain when you have to go searching for things. One handy way to keep you bobbin and thread together is to use a golf tee. It may sound bizarre but all you need to do is place the bobbin on top of the spool of thread and insert the golf tee. They will never go missing again.
When you’re sewing a piece the last thing you want is a wonky line. So in order to keep it nice and straight when hand stitching, first machine-baste a line of stitches and use it as a guide. Just before you are ready to begin hand sewing simply pull the machine stitches out and follow the holes that are left behind.
The number of tools in a crafter’s toolkit is endless and some can be used in more ways than one. A crochet hook is a great example as it can help to remove basting threads, ease stitching threads and to open seams. The handy rounded point can be pushed under the stitch and the hook used to remove the thread all together. There really is no need to buy any extra tools!
Creating your own clothes or clothes for family members is one of the best things about being a handy sewer. You can create your garments just as you like and they always fit perfectly. But what isn’t so great is when you are left with an annoying mark from trying to make things look perfect. In order to avoid the dreaded line when sewing a straight topstitch, place a piece of masking tape along the fabric as your guide to follow. Then once you are finished simply remove the masking tape.