Sewing your own clothes is already a great way to save money — but you can save even more with these sweet, savvy sewing tips!
If you’re already handy with a needle, may we suggest that you add these savvy sewing tips to your repertoire? They can help you save even more money on an activity that’s already gratifyingly frugal. Take a look!
Maintaining the Legacy
You may have some legacy clothing that, frankly, isn’t as well made as it should be. In many cases, the manufacturers fail to knot the buttons into place. Rather than wait for them to fall off, we recommend that you take a few minutes per garment to strengthen the attachment with a few more stitches.
Furthermore, manufacturers often put together both clothing and bedding with loose serge stitching that’s just going to fall apart someday. Again, instead of waiting and dealing with it then, go ahead and reinforce the stitch. It won’t take long and will make your store-bought items last a lot longer.
Who’s Got the Button?
Even if something’s so ragged that it’s unwearable, that doesn’t mean it’s useless. You may be able to recycle material for a patchwork quilt, and of course you can salvage buttons, zippers, ribbons, Velcro, and elastic for later use.
Admittedly, these sewing notions aren’t exactly expensive, but waste not, want not. Keeping them might save you a little money, eventually.
Old Dryer Sheets
Here’s a weird one that you may not have thought of yet: instead of throwing away used anti-static dryer sheets, use them for stabilizer backing. If you’re an inveterate embroiderer, you know what I’m talking about. The sheets provide a second layer of fabric you can stitch through to help hold your sewing in place.
They’re cheap, they smell good, and they just pull away from the stitching when you’re finished.
Haunt Garage Sales
The variety of sewing items you can find at garage, yard, and especially estate sales is amazing. I’ve come across everything from big bolts of fabric to specialized sewing tools to all kind of notions, not to mention sewing machines.
A lot of this stuff is in excellent shape, and tends to cost peanuts — even the sewing machines, even at estate sales. Often, the unsold smaller stuff is set aside with the trash at the end of the day, so keep an eye out for it and offer a good deal if you find it. Caveat emptor, sure; but even cheap junk is still cheap.
And There You Have It!
As frugal a habit as sewing is, you can save even more moolah when you exercise a few consumer skills. And if you’ve got some money-saving savvy sewing tips we’ve failed to mention, remember: we’d love to hear them, so we can share them here!