Our staff members share their favorite sewing hacks! We also talk about how to hide your sewing room clutter, what’s on our art director’s work space, answer a listener-submitted question about thread, and share some products we’re loving right now!

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Episode 504

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Our Best Sewing Hacks

We know quilters love learning new tricks to make the quilting process easier or more efficient, or even more fun! We asked our staff members to share their favorite sewing hacks. Here's the topics covered in the podcast:

  • Donating unused supplies
  • Shopping for fabrics
  • Threading needles
  • Making a custom seam guide
  • Storing binding and embroidery floss
  • Foundation piecing
  • Chain-piecing

Have your own sewing hack to share? Email us at APQTips@meredith.com.

Get Organized

Sometimes we just need solutions to help us hide our messes! We don't always have the time or the desire to clean and organize our sewing spaces. Elizabeth, the art director for American Patchwork & Quilting, shares three ideas to hide the clutter.

See a video of Beth's sewing space here (it includes creative solutions for hiding unsightly objects).

What's On Your Work Space

Elizabeth then shares that she's currently working on the Nine-Patch Square Dance quilt by Sherri McConnell, which appears in the April 2021 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. It's the official 2021 quilt-along for the magazine, and comes together so quickly. To join the fun, visit AllPeopleQuilt.com/QuiltAlong.

Ask Us Anything

The listener question we're tackling is from Anita Rutledge in Minnesota. She asks: "My collection of thread keeps growing and growing. How long does thread last? I don't want to ruin a project by sewing with thread from years ago." Lindsay shares info on what affects the lifetime of thread, how to tell if thread has been stored properly, and an easy test to try if you're unsure if your thread is strong enough to use in your next project.

To submit a question for us to answer, email us at APQPodcast@meredith.com.

What We're Loving

Lindsay then shares a list of products our staff is loving right now. Click the list below to see more about them and shop.