One of them was a paper from a Women's Sewing Club (it sounds so enticing....I want to join!) that was a page full of sewing hints and techniques. I wish there were more, but I will type the few that were on the page.
SEWING HINTS AND TECHNIQUES
Mt. Prospect Park District Women's Sewing Club
(my mom's neighbor is guessing late 1950's)
*A strip of masking tape placed 5/8 for the needle on machine helps maintain even seams.
* Always pull up bobbin thread and pull both threads to back when starting to sew.
*To pivot a corner insert needle in fabric, lift pressure foot and turn fabric.
* For non-lumpy collar corners, take 2 or 3 very small stitches diagonally across points of collar. (I totally want to try this!!!)
*For curves, use smaller stitches and place fingers on fabric in flute position and gradually turn, keeping an eye on seam allowances and edges. (Anyone a flute player, what is flute position?)
*To thread a sewing machine needle, slide thread down groove in the needle and it will pop through the needle! Also cutting thread at an angle helps. (Another one I never thought of....genius.)
*Darts are always sewn from the large end to the small end and you must go off the fabric at the point. Do not back stitch. Tie the ends of the threads in a knot to prevent it from unstitching. (I did learn this from a great sewing teacher....and it does make a prettier dart.)
*A soap line is essential for sewing curved darts. (Has anyone ever tried soap for marking? Just curious about how it works.)
*Oil machine frequently and brush (don't blow) the lint from the bobbin and feed dogs often. (I will admit that I am guilty of blowing the lint and not brushing. Oops!)
Now your turn....what is your most helpful sewing hint that you have ever learned? Please share....we all want to know.