When browsing through the November/December 2017 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited, we came across a tip in Melinda Bula’s article “Renegade Thread Play”. She suggested using a product called Sewer’s Aid on her thread in the article, and in case you have never heard of it before here’s a little bit more about this resource for your sewing tool box.
Sewer’s Aid has been around for some time, and it’s a silicone based lubricant in liquid form that can be used on your thread or needles. The trick to this product is to use it sparingly. A little goes a very, very long way. Sewer’s Aid can be used directly on the thread on the spool, but care must be used to wait a few minutes before using it in your machine. You will want to let the lubricant soak into the fiber of the thread, and wipe or blot away any excess.
Sewer’s Aid is also great to lubricate your machine needle. A very small amount rubbed on the needle will help it glide right through fusibles and thick layers. Sewer’s Aid has lots of other uses in the sewing room, but one of our favorite uses is on a sticky zipper that doesn’t want to slide easily.
This isn’t to take the place of oiling your machine per your manufacturer’s instructions, so don’t use Sewer’s Aid in inside your machine. Also, the bottle looks similar to another product called “Fray Check” which is a fabric stiffener, which you certainly wouldn’t want to do to your spool of thread. A double check that you’re using the correct product before applying it is probably a good idea.
To see how Melinda uses Sewer’s Aid in her amazing machine work, be sure to pick up the November/December 2017 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited today! We hope you enjoyed this Reader Resource, and look for more tips like this one in the coming months.