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Monday, November 06, 2006

Sewing Tips - Wax And Iron Your Hand Sewing Thread

Sewing Friends,

Many of you are familiar with using beeswax to strengthen your sewing thread and help keep it from tangling when you hand sew.

If you are new to sewing, you want to wax all your hand sewing thread. It's a great idea.

The problem is that the beeswax leaves a waxy residue behind on the fabric that can just be ugly especially on fine silk fabrics or dark colors.

To eliminate this problem, after you cut a length of thread and pass it through your needle, run the thread through the beeswax. Then, simply pass the thread under a warm iron to melt the wax into the thread. No more residue. Problem solved.

And, the best part is that the waxed thread slides through the fabric slick as a whistle and doesn't tangle. Sure saves a lot of frustration when hand sewing.

You can find beeswax at your local fabric store in the sewing notions department.

Here are a couple more sewing tips for you.

Have your sewing thread be about 18-20 inches long when you sew. Also, pass the end of the thread that comes off the spool first through the eye of the needle. It doesn't twist and tangle as much.

Enjoy hand sewing by waxing and ironing your sewing thread. It just makes sense.

To Your Sewing Success,

Marian

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