01 of 05
Sewing Machines and Presser Feet
It may very well be that you have no space for another sewing machine, or you don't know if the machine even works, but look a little deeper. Does that machine have presser feet with it? Do you have all of the feet that are there? Are the correct shank for the sewing machine you use all the time?
I once bought a very old machine with frayed wires that I would never plug in until the wiring was replaced and thoroughly checked over. The machine came with a box full of presser feet that would... have cost me hundreds of dollars so I happily bought the machine for $15.
- Know the Shank Size of Your Sewing Machine
- How to Use Sewing Machine Presser Feet - Which Presser Foot to Use and How to Use It
- Sew a Sewing Machine Accessory Organizer A great place to keep presser feet!
- Shop at Goodwill. Goodwill Industries also has and extensive selection of sewing machines online... many antique are also available under "Crafts and Hobbies".
02 of 05
Many sales will have curtains and table clothes in piles. Just because that "fabric has been "ear marked" as a curtain or table cloth does not mean it has to spend the rest of it's useful life as such! Think of it as a good sized piece of fabric, that may very well have been preshrunk already, so you can visualize that "fabric" as a dress, skirt, chair cushion cover or anything you can imagine!
Don't be surprised if you find boxes full of fabric at bargain prices too!... Many times when homes are cleaned out, no one in the family wants the fabric that "grandma" treasured because no one else sews. You sew and you can find something to do with that fabric!
- Clearance And Bargain Fabric Sources
- Sewing Fabric Information and Fabric Sources
- Sources to Buy Extra Wide Fabric
- How to Identify Scraps of Fabrics or Unlabeled Fabrics
- Free Sewing projects
03 of 05
Zippers and Buttons
Second hand stores are a great place to find a color zipper that you can't find any where else and a great place to find long zippers that would cost you a fortune. All it takes to make them usable for your project is removing them with a seam ripper! Many times you can buy an entire blouse for less than it would cost you to buy the buttons. Consider button shopping at thrift stores for variety and saving on your costs!
04 of 05
It is almost impossible for me to pass up stopping at yard sales. Especially ones that are "estate" or "down sizing" sales. Many times you will find old sewing boxes with a wealth of tools and notions inside them. Some of the tools may not even be a "sewing tool" but many of us have unusual sewing tools. Finding a sewing box at a thrift store or yard sale is like finding a treasure chest for me!
Continue to 5 of 5 below.
- Unusual Sewing Notions and Tools -- Saved Trash to Use Again
- Photo Gallery of... Sewing Tools
- Sewing Tools, Equipment and Supplies
05 of 05
Vintage patterns are so popular that pattern companies routinely bring back patterns from the past. Yard and tag sales are great places to find vintage patterns! It's not unusual for boxes of patterns to be found. Even if facing pieces are missing, you can make a facing pattern piece. You may even find your favorite pattern that you lost years ago. This time, preserve the pattern and you'll have it forever. Compare the price of new patterns and the bargain you are finding to decide if... it's something you want to haul home... you can always donate the patterns if you aren't going to use them.