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20 Ways to Save Money Sewing {On Everything}!

If there’s something I’ve learned over the past month it’s that I am continually learning. I do love to learn, but I tend to think I know quite a bit too. However, when my outstanding guests gave me their ideas, I learned something new every time. Every. Time! I am so inspired to organize, stretch myself to try new techniques, and even pay a little more than I would normally have, knowing that it’s an investment.

20 Ways to Save on Everything Sewing! Fabric, patterns, supplies, organizing! | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Save Money on Fabric

1. My secrets to saving money

Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

2. Upcycle fabrics

3. Buy quality fabric

Create this beautiful white dress inspired by the Zimmerman dress Kate Middleton wore in Australia last year. See the details and alterations made to the Simplicity pattern for the Recreating Kate series.

4. Use a project budget

5. Think outside the box

Denim Mini IPAD Case  Free tutorial

Save Money on Patterns

6. 5 ways to get FREE patterns

5 Ways to Sore FREE Patterns, Savings Made by Sewing {Patterns} | A Series to Help you Save Money Sewing | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

7. Invest in Ottobre

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8. 5 more ways to find cheap or free patterns

9. Use patterns from books

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10. Organize your patterns

Pattern Organization

11. 8 reasons for when to buy that pattern

8 Reasons to Invest in a Patter {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Save Money on Supplies

12. Rethink how you look at sewing supplies

Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} | A Series to Help you Save Money Sewing | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

13. Maintain your machine!

Tips for Maintaining Your Sewing Machine. Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} a series by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

14. DIY your own cutting table (with storage!)

15. Redo your craft room for less than $100

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16. 5 tips for saving money on supplies

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17. 6 tips for saving money (with a sewing twist)

General Sewing and Saving Tips by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

18. Use your library!

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19. 5 crafty ways to extend the life of those clothes

Make Do and Mend by Willow & Stitch for Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

20. Inexpensive and DIY organizational ideas

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A HUGE thanks to all the ladies who participated in this series! Be sure to check them out as they continue to sew and craft amazing clothes, accessories, and other items.Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
Feather’s Flights | Mabey She Made It | Phat QuartersVicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
Sew a Straight Line | House of Estrela | Sew Straight and Gather | A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
Bernina Sewing, Etc. | Pretty PracticalFinn’s Door | Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
 From-a-Box |  Willow & Stitch | Knot Sew Normal

Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} with Lulu & Celeste

We are wrapping up this week on supplies with Ula from Lulu & Celeste. Just last month Ula hosted a Canadian Pattern Designers Tour; I love that she highlighted these designers to give us all some inspiration! Today, she’s here to tell us 5 ways to save money on sewing supplies:

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Hi! My name is Ula and I blog over at Lulu & Celeste. I mostly blog about the projects I’ve sewn for my two girls, and from time to time I even share some tutorials I’ve done. Today I’m here with 5 simple tips for helping you to save money on sewing supplies!

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 5 Tips for Saving Money on Sewing Supplies

1. If you’re on the hunt for a sewing machine, doing your research is probably the most important tip out there. While you’re looking for a machine, you may come across what seems like a fantastic deal on a sewing machine that turns out really was too good to be true. Here are a few links to get you started:

Consumer Reports – Sewing Machine Guide

Vintage Singer manuals

International Sewing Machine Collectors Society

Singer sewing machine. Photo by rickpilot_2000 // cc
Singer sewing machine. Photo by rickpilot_2000 // cc

2. After you’ve done a bit of research, check out online sites like Craigslist, Freecycle and eBay. As well, search for yard sale/garage sale groups on Facebook for your area as well as destash fabric groups if you’re looking for fabric. People don’t always have the time to hold garage sales and will sell their items online instead. You can often find people destashing fabric, supplies and sewing machines in these groups for good prices.

Also, check garage sales and estate sales. If it’s garage sale season, it might be worth your while to spend some Saturday mornings going around to garage sales. I’ve found fabric and buttons in the past for good deals. Along that vein, my hubby once found a sewing machine with a table out by the curb.

Check out thrift shops for fabric and machines. The local Value Village has a small fabric section, and the prices there are good. I once found 4 meters uncut of vintage (late 70s) cotton woven fabric for just $3. The clothing they sell is overpriced (like really, why would I buy that slightly stained, used kids’ Walmart brand tee for $5 when I can get it brand new on sale for $3?!), but the fabric is a good deal.

3. Repurpose. I often cut up my now too big tops and pants to make clothing for my girls. I don’t just use the fabric,  but I also remove the zippers, buttons and any other embellishments to be reused for other projects.

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Some projects I’ve done using upcycled fabrics and notions.

4. Keep an eye on the remnant bin at your fabric shop. At my store they will sometimes put together these small packages of notions for cheap. They might include packages of buttons that are missing one or two, a package of twill tape that was opened. Basically, things they can’t sell at full price anymore. They also have remnant fabric for sale and often times for a very good price. Even better is when my local store has an extra sale of 3 remnants for $5; sometimes the remnant is nearly a full meter!

5. Become a member of your local fabric store. Many stores offer special discounts for members and/or will even have member-only sales. Sometimes there is a small yearly fee for membership, but it might be worth it if you make lots of fabric purchases.

Have fun with it! I hope these tips help you out!

link to image credit in cover photo: Damian Gadal //cc

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I LOVE these tips! It wasn’t until this series began that I really thought about using thrifted notions and why not?! How do you save on your supplies?

That’s it for this week. Come back next week for some general tips on saving money and some inspiration!

Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
July 6: Sew Thrifty | July 7: Feather’s Flights | July 8: Mabey She Made It | July 9: Phat Quarters | July 10: Vicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
July 13: Sew Thrifty | July 14: Sew a Straight Line | July 15: House of Estrela | July 16: Sew Straight and Gather | July 17: A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
July 20: Sew Thrifty | July 21: Bernina Representative | July 22: Pretty Practical | July 23: Finn’s Door | July 24: Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
July 27: Sew Thrifty | July 28: From-a-Box | July 29: Willow & Stitch | July 30: Knot Sew Normal | July 31: Bringing it All Together by Sew Thrifty

Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} with Finn’s Door

It’s great to have a fresh new perspective and today we have just that – Rebecca from Finn’s Door is a crafty blogger re-entering into the blogging world. She’s already impressed me with her thrifting skills and I’m excited to show you what she’s sharing with us today… a craft room makeover!

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This one is for P. Stowe. See it’s not always clean!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be here. Thank you Sew Thrifty for having me along for this awesome blog series. I’ve been having fun following everyone and their wonderful tips to save with sewing.

I am always on the lookout for that big sale, major thrift shop score or even a yard sale that boasts, “I’ve given up sewing so I’m selling all my stuff super cheap!” I have been fortunate enough to stumble across all three!

Not too long ago I made a major decision to leave a very stressful and demanding job to return to stay-at-home mom, blogger, crafter and more. I have to say I am much happier. I now have time with my family, time to sew and create, and time to blog. Cutting out my salary was a bit tough to live with, but if I wanted to really make a go at my passion, I needed a studio. And I mean a real it’s-all-mine-no-kids-allowed studio.

Being restricted to a very tight budget, I did what any woman would do when she wants something…I went shopping! Yes I did, at home. I already had the basics that I needed, and with the help of Pinterest (check out what I’ve found) I knew what I wanted. So I started with some shelves, inherited from a relative. They were solid and the right size but needed some updating. Luckily I had paint left over from trim and a sample paint I scored for a few bucks and it was golden!

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What was old and outdated became new with a touch of paint.

Next up was the desire for a larger (ok, not my dining room table) cutting\drafting table. I already had 2 shelves stuck out in the garage, so I hauled them out, slapped on my leftover paint, and voila, instant table base and storage for fabric! The table top I was lucky enough to have around also. Another free score.

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My new perfect sized work table

Finally, I knew I wanted a larger top to house my machine and all the extras I need around when sewing. We took apart the run-down broken cabinet in our closet, and I was able to paint and repair with little difficulty. Now I have tons of room.

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I added a few more touches, and I am pleased to say that my total cost on this great space was under $100!! Way under.

So take a look around; I hope something sparks your imagination.

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Remember to always think outside the box, use what you have, and create something new.

Now go and create!

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What a great use of supplies to make a craft room! Even though not all sewers have a craft room (you don’t need one to sew!), there are so many ways to build one with thrifted finds or re-working other pieces of furniture that you already have. Do you have a craft room overhaul you’d like to share?

Come back tomorrow for our last guest on supplies – Ula from Lulu and Celeste!

Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
July 6: Sew Thrifty | July 7: Feather’s Flights | July 8: Mabey She Made It | July 9: Phat Quarters | July 10: Vicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
July 13: Sew Thrifty | July 14: Sew a Straight Line | July 15: House of Estrela | July 16: Sew Straight and Gather | July 17: A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
July 20: Sew Thrifty | July 21: Bernina Representative | July 22: Pretty Practical | July 23: Finn’s Door | July 24: Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
July 27: Sew Thrifty | July 28: From-a-Box | July 29: Willow & Stitch | July 30: Knot Sew Normal | July 31: Bringing it All Together by Sew Thrifty

Sewing Machine Maintenance: Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} with Bernina Sewing Etc.

Have you ever been in a store that treats you like a friend even when you never buy anything? That is my experience with my local Bernina shop. I stop by the shop to swoon over all the amazing fabrics and machines and even though I hardly purchase anything, the ladies there always make me feel welcome. They know me by name and offer to play with my children (and they really do entertain them!) so I can browse their amazing collection of fabrics. They let me know when they receive more knits (my fav!), and one time they gave a $10 gift card for email subscribers!

I’ve particularly gotten to know Cindy through the movie nights hosted by the shop, as well as a t-shirt class she taught. I knew Cindy would be the perfect person to ask about this topic – she works for Bernina and has been sewing and teaching for a long time.  And, just like she is when I’m in the shop, she’s more than willing to go the extra mile to share with all of you about how to take care of your machine.

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Hey, this is Cindy Hampton bringing you information on maintenance and tips on your sewing machine.  I currently work for Bernina Sewing Etc. in Ridgeland, MS.  I have been sewing 46 years and I love to sew children’s clothes, purses, bags and home dec.

Tips for Maintaining Your Sewing Machine. Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} a series by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Save money by maintaining your machine

If you take care of your machine, it will take care of you! This is so true. A few simple maintenance steps will help your machine last longer and in the long run will save you money.

Here are a few things you need to do at the end of each project or once a week if you sew regularly (2 to 3 times a week):

1.  Clean your machine

After turning off your machine, clean under the stitch plate (Refer to your manual if you do not know how to remove yours). Using a small lint brush, clean the underside of your stitch plate and around the feed dogs, removing any pieces of thread and lint in these areas. DO NOT use canned air to blow out your machine! This could eventually cause rust because of the condensation and can also blow lint farther into your machine as well as add moisture to your machine.

2. Oil your machine

Oil your machine often. You may need to refer to your manual for the placement and type of oil to use.

3. Change your needle

Again, do this often, not just when it breaks. Your needle should be replaced after every 4 to 6 hours of sewing time. This task is probably one of the most inexpensive parts of your project and one of the most important!

4. Carefully change thread

When changing thread , cut your thread at the top by the spool and pull it out from the needle. This saves wear and tear on your tension disks.

5. Get your machine cleaned

Take your machine in for regular cleanings.  If you bought your machine from a dealer in your area, take it in to them for regular servicing and cleaning. If not, you will need to look for a local repair store. Not all stores repair all brands of machines, so you will probably need to call and ask if they service your brand of machine.

A few additional tips:

  • For better sewing results use good quality thread and needles. I recommend using Schmetz or Bernina needles and Mettler or Gutermann thread.
  • Match your needles to your thread. I normally use a universal or microtex/sharp needle for woven fabrics and a ball point needle (Jersey, Stretch) for knit fabric. The universal needle can go from woven to knits.  I tend to use the 80/12 universal needles on my serger for most fabrics. A good rule to remember is the smaller the number of the needle (example 70/10) use on finer fabric. The bigger the number (example 90/14) use on heavier fabric. An example of heavier fabric would be denim or heavier. On thread it is the opposite.  The smaller the number the thicker the thread, and the larger the number the finer the thread.  (Use 100 weight on batiste and 50 weight for general sewing) I also like to use the polyester thread for my knit fabrics and the cotton threads for woven fabric. There is some great information on the Schmetz website about what needles to use on which fabrics.

Doing all of these things on a regular basis should help extend the life of your machine and over time, save you money.

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Wow, I definitely struggle with maintaining my machine! I am so fearful of having a day without my sewing machine that I hesitate to take it in for maintenance. And I definitely need to clean and oil more often! What about you? Have you taken your machine in for repairs or maintenance? How do you handle the separation?

Check back tomorrow to hear how Michelle from Pretty Practical made her own cutting table!Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
July 6: Sew Thrifty | July 7: Feather’s Flights | July 8: Mabey She Made It | July 9: Phat Quarters | July 10: Vicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
July 13: Sew Thrifty | July 14: Sew a Straight Line | July 15: House of Estrela | July 16: Sew Straight and Gather | July 17: A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
July 20: Sew Thrifty | July 21: Bernina Representative | July 22: Pretty Practical | July 23: Finn’s Door | July 24: Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
July 27: Sew Thrifty | July 28: From-a-Box | July 29: Willow & Stitch | July 30: Knot Sew Normal | July 31: Bringing it All Together by Sew Thrifty

Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies}

Another week begins and another great group of bloggers with their tips on saving money! This week is all about saving money on supplies – machines, notions, organizational systems, tables, and all the things you need to help you sew amazing things.

Savings Made by Sewing {Supplies} | A Series to Help you Save Money Sewing | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

If there’s anything out there that prevents people from sewing or thinking sewing can save you money, I believe it’s supplies. The upfront cost of a sewing machine, table and other basic supplies can definitely send someone running. But I want you to consider thinking of these costs in a different way.

Rethink the cost of Sewing Supplies

When you think about going out to eat or cooking at home, what factors do you consider? Cost of the meal? Transportation? Cost of the electricity to cook the meal? Time it takes? Cost of tools used? Most of the time we compare the cost of the meal out and the cost of the food it takes to cook the meal if we cook ourselves. For example:

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We don’t include the cost of the knife to cut the potatoes or the refrigerator to cool the soda or the gas to heat the grill to cook the burgers. So then why do we think about the  cost of scissors, pins, or a sewing machine when factoring how much something costs to make? In cooking all these supplies are a given. Kitchen cabinets, ovens, and knives are all investments one must make in order to cook or bake something at home. Likewise, sewing machines, pins, and scissors are all investments a seamstress must make in order to sew their own clothes and accessories.

Supplies are Investments

For those out there thinking about investing in a sewing machine or another tool to help you sew better, consider it like you would a kitchen tool or appliance. Does the tool provide any new or better way to get the job done? Or can you get by with a tool you already have? Chances are you have something you can use until you find the tool on sale, or wait to have it gifted to you. Beginning to sew doesn’t have to drain your savings. Purchase one or a few supplies at a time and you’ll slowly build up your sewing tools. Just like you do when you rent your first apartment or home – you slowly purchase the gadgets you need as you cook.

Buy What You Can Afford

For everything I purchase, I never go into debt. If I can’t afford it, I don’t need it and won’t buy it. So, when you start your sewing supply shopping, set a budget and stick to it.  Don’t purchase something you have to buy on credit. That won’t save any money if you end up paying for your sewing machine for 5 years plus interest. It will end up costing even more than the original price.

There is so much more to be said on this topic, but I’ll leave that up to the rest of the authors this week. This week we will learn all about how to take care of our sewing investments, how to save money through some awesome DIY projects, and general tips on saving on supplies!

Savings Made by Sewing {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org} Great tips for saving money and sewing

Fabric:
July 6: Sew Thrifty | July 7: Feather’s Flights | July 8: Mabey She Made It | July 9: Phat Quarters | July 10: Vicky Myers Creations

Patterns:
July 13: Sew Thrifty | July 14: Sew a Straight Line | July 15: House of Estrela | July 16: Sew Straight and Gather | July 17: A Real Life Country Housewife

Supplies:
July 20: Sew Thrifty | July 21: Bernina Representative | July 22: Pretty Practical | July 23: Finn’s Door | July 24: Lulu and Celeste

General Tips:
July 27: Sew Thrifty | July 28: From-a-Box | July 29: Willow & Stitch | July 30: Knot Sew Normal | July 31: Bringing it All Together by Sew Thrifty