3 Sewing Hacks to Save Your Sanity

I don’t think I’m the only one who didn’t spend a lot of time reading my sewing machine’s manual before turning the beast on. I just couldn’t wait to start sewing and I figured I’d address each issue as it came up. For the most part that method has worked, but often times I find myself turning to the internet to google search what could be going wrong. Now, the internet can be overwhelming with all of its information, so its natural that I do get side tracked. In being side tracked, I found some pretty awesome sewing “hacks” I thought I’d share with you all!

One of the first hacks is something that really touches base at my house. I have a starter sewing machine my husband bought at Walmart, I had no idea of all the bells and whistles it was missing until going to Jennifer’s house! Sadly, one of the more basic things my sewing machine is missing is seam allowance measurements on the needle plate. Yes, I could measure it out and mark with a marker, or I could use rubber bands!

rubber band

Another hack that relates to myself and my sewing situation is using freezer paper to cut patterns. You can find freezer paper in your grocery store near the aluminum foil and plastic baggies. How does this help? I’ll show you!

freezer paper 1

Pull out a large piece of freezer paper and lay it on top of your pattern, paper side up.

freezer paper 2

The next step is tracing your pattern and markings onto your freezer paper and cutting it out with PAPER scissors, that part is very important. You don’t want to dull your fabric scissors with paper of any kind, ever!

freezer paper 3

Now iron the freezer paper pattern onto your fabric, paper side up.

freezer paper 4

Proceed with cutting out your fabric pieces.

freezer paper 5

Once done, peel off the freezer paper and tuck away to use again and again!

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The last hack I have to share with you guys is one of convenience and ingenuity. I don’t have an acrylic ruler for measuring hem lines so I often use a regular wooden ruler. Holding this wooden ruler the whole time at the perfect measurement and my fabric and iron is tricky for sure. Having a pre-marked hem guide is a frustration saver for me.

What I did was take a folder or other piece of thick card stock paper and measured 1/2 inch and 1 inch markers along the bottom edge.


I connected the lines like so.


Now all I need to do when hemming is line up the edge of the fabric to the line measurement I need and press away!


Are there any sewing hacks you guys use that you’d like to share? If so leave them in the comments!




15 thoughts on “3 Sewing Hacks to Save Your Sanity

  1. Shellaree says:

    Love these! Thank you sooooooo much. especially the hem measurement. I think you know just how much time you have now saved me… Love you!

  2. Mallory says:

    When measuring for seam allowance on the sewing machine, do you measure from the needle or from the outside of the foot? Newbie and never sewn more than a pad!

  3. Darlene Burgess says:

    Another hack that I’ve used in place of the rubber band – that has to be moved every time you need to access your bobbin, is to use a piece of masking tape to make measurements onto the plate. You can write on the tape itself to make a note of how far out it is. (I’ve made some things with odd seam allowances.) I measure out from the needle and put the tape where the measurement ends, so the edge is where I want to sew. I don’t use a very long piece of tape, certainly no longer than the metal plate is. I also make sure it’s on straight so my sewing line doesn’t wobble as I sew. That way, I can remove the feed plate to clean under the feed dog/bobbin area without removing my marks.

  4. Laura Adams says:

    For #2, does it adhere to your fabric each time you re-iron? And for #3, do you just iron right over the paper? It doesn’t burn?

    • Jennifer Getter says:

      Yes, the freezer paper is like magic- it adheres to the fabric every time and doesn’t leave a residue when you peel it off! And we’ve been able to use the cardstock hem guide with the iron on Cotton or lower with great results 🙂

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