1. I wind two bobbins when I start a project.
2. I pull all the items I need to complete a project before I start - that means not only are fabric and pattern(s) chosen but notions (zipper/buttons/interfacing) and contrasting fabrics.
3. I sew as many seams together as possible before I head to the iron.
4. When sewing on shank buttons, I thread 2 needles so I don't have to stop in the middle, especially when I'm sewing a large number of buttons onto the garment.
5. Other buttons are sewn on by machine.
6. I keep my basic colors of thread (white, black, brown, navy) in minimum 2 spools but I like to keep them stocked at 3-4 spools.
7. I buy threads both sewing machine and serger on sale in larger spool sizes.
8. I have a steam generator iron but it doesn't work in the sewing cave without blowing a fuse so I'm still ironing/pressing with my Rowenta. So before every big sew, I fill up all my water bottles so I don't have to keep going upstairs to have enough water to refill my iron.
Those are a few of the things I do to make sewing easier and a little faster when I start a project or a sewing binge. How about you? What tricks do you have to make your sewing go a little faster? This is the Question of the Day so talk back to me!
...as always more later!