This Sewing Hack Will Make Your Life Easier

I need to admit: I used a totally unprofessional sewing hack when sewing a jersey patch on a sleeve to make it easier. I'm still a bit ashamed of it. But it was totally worth it!

Want to see what it was? It made my project easy and quick.


easy sewing hack

There it was one day: a hole in the sleeve of my favorite, softest long-sleeve T-shirt. A quick solution was needed, so I found one:

I used scotch tape when sewing over the hole in the fabric. The jersey stayed put and did not move while I was sewing. Mission accomplished!

Yes, it is totally UNprofessional. Totally. But hey, it makes life easier! That's why I am showing it to you. You might need it some day. Just in case :)

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:


how to sew a jersey patch

This post contains affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you I may receive a percentage of the sale if you choose to buy through these links. Thanks for your support. As you see on the photo above, you'll only need:

- a piece of fabric (in the desired form and colour) 
- scotch tape (because it's easy to remove - important!)
- and a sewing machine (you'll need a ball point needle for jersey - my favorite; makes it so easy to sew jersey with it!). 

No pins, nothing else.


To my defense, it was a special case, as I didn't want to make the fabric too stiff, so pressing a fusible interlacing between the two layers was out of question... So if - for any feasible reason - you don't want to use any fusible interlacing (that would glue the patch to the spot), this is what you can do too.

HOW-TO:



1) Cut a patch from jersey to cover the (oh-too-obvious!) hole in your piece of garment and place it over the hole and fix it to the spot using several small pieces of scotch tape. No pinning required!


how to sew a jersey patch


2) Stitch it using a dense zigzag stitch:

how to sew a jersey patch

3) Remove the scotch tape. Done!


how to sew a jersey patch


Easy and quick! And now I can stil wear my favorite, softest long-sleeve T-shirt :)


UPDATE: And I've just learned this from my fellow hobby sewists {Thank you so much!} in one of the FB sewing groups: instead of scotch tape, you can also use masking tape, it'll do just fine!



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Happy sewing!

Damjana




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19 comments:

  1. Haha, great sewing tip!! Years ago I used to make my own underwear and I would hold the lace in place with scotch tape--I took a class at a local shop and this is how the sewing instructor told us to do it!! I have never used tape for anything else, I will now!! :D

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    1. Sheila,
      I'm glad you like the tip! I had no idea this is a tried-and-tested technique among sewing instructors (thought it's more of a rookie thing, LOL) Have a great day,

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  2. Thanks for the tip, Damjana. Very clever.

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    1. Pam,
      thanks! I've had some issues with replying on my own blog, so I sent a message via G+ that day.. Thank you for featuring me, I love your site!

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  3. 'Hopping over from Pam's Threading My Way Feature! (Congratulations!) Thank you for a great tip. I really don't like pins. They bite! ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. LOL, yes, they do, Marci! ;-) Have a great day, Damjana

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  4. It's not unprofessional if it gets the job done! Great tip!

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  5. I am glad to see that someone else uses tape! I actually use blue painters tape because it holds well, but peels off easily and doesn't leave sticky residue behind. You can tape on your machine to set a temporary seam allowance guide, mark measurements on rulers, tape patterns pieces to leather or vinyl when you can't pin... you name it!

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  6. Hot glue also works well when you are 200 miles from town without a sewing machine to sew. As well as duct tape to hem up those suits that he has to wear to church in 30 minutes. Lol

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  7. My mom taught me to use tape to hold a zipper in place to sew it in. I do agree that you must use Scotch tape. Cheep tape will just cause a lot of problems.

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    1. Thank you for your input - that's right, zippers! A great idea!

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  8. I also use Scotch (brand) tape when putting together tissue paper for tracing big pattern pieces, and it holds up when ironing the tissue flat. :-)

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  9. I've been sewing for forty years and this is the first time I heard of the tape trick! Thanks for the awesome tip!

    Val

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  10. Scotch (brand) tape in the package with the green plaid label is the right one to use, or a generic or store brand with the same matte finish. What doesn't work is the shiny kind.

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    1. Exactly! I agree, and yes, I use the one with matte finish. Have a great day,

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