How a Straw Can Help You Sew Straight Lines

Jessica Shaw
by Jessica Shaw
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Do you find it hard to hold your clothes straight when sewing with a sewing machine? Do they move from side to side, and you end up with wobbly lines?

Here, I’m going to show you how to resolve that and be able to sew straight lines. This top hack involves using a straw. Let me show you what to do!

Tools and materials:

  • Sewing machine
  • Straw
  • Sellotape
  • Scissors
Cup with straw

Cutting the straw

1. Cut the straw

First, cut the straw to make it smaller.

Taping straw

2. Tape it down

Next, tape the straw down to the right of the needle.

How much space you leave in between the needle and the straw will depend on how close to the edge of the fabric you want your stitches to go.


3. Sew

Now line your item of clothing up with the straw and proceed to sew it.


How a straw can help you sew straight lines

Now when you sew, you are able to make a nice straight line. Lining the material up with the straw prevents it from wobbling and moving from side to side.

This is an awesome hack to help you make your sewing neater.

For another cool thing that you can do with straws, check out How to Use Straws for Curling Hair - Overnight Heatless Curls Tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Sewing machine
  • Straw
  • Sellotape
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  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 06, 2023

    Great Idea, thank you. My mother used to use a piece of sticky tape and measure where she wanted her seam measurement to be from the needle hole and tape the piece of tape directly to the metal plate.

  • Wendy Wendy on Jun 07, 2023

    Good idea. I’ve used washi tape as it’s easy to remove as needed. But I am goin to use this method as well on heavier fabric.

    thank you for sharing this