This Strange Sewing Trick: Most Beginners Don’t Know About

Strange Sewing Trick

Dental Floss for Hand Sewing: A Strong and Flexible Alternative to Thread

L:et me introduce you to a surprising alternative that you probably already have in your bathroom: dental floss!

That’s right, dental floss isn’t just for keeping your teeth clean and healthy, it’s also a strong and flexible alternative to regular thread. So, the next time you’re working on a heavy-duty sewing project, consider giving dental floss a try. You’ll be amazed at how well it holds up.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Dental floss for sewing? That’s crazy!” But hear me out.

First a Disclaimer:  Absolutely DO NOT use dental floss in your sewing machine!!!

Dental floss can be used for a variety of sewing tasks, like attaching buttons or zippers, hemming garments, and even repairing tears in fabric. Use the dental floss by hand rather than with a sewing machine, but it’s still a great option for those tough sewing projects.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that the strength of dental floss can vary depending on the type and thickness of the floss. Generally, a single strand of dental floss has a tensile strength between 3.5lbs to 25lbs, but thicker strands may have a stronger tensile strength. So, make sure to choose the right dental floss for your project and always test a small section of fabric before proceeding with a larger project.

Using dental floss for sewing may seem a little unconventional, but it’s a trick that many experienced sewers swear by. So, don’t be afraid to give it a try. Who knows, you might just become a dental floss sewing pro! Just remember to consult an expert if you have any questions about how to use dental floss correctly for sewing.

So next time you’re feeling frustrated with your regular sewing thread, head to the bathroom cabinet and grab some dental floss. Your sewing projects will thank you!

Marjorie Vaudreuil

Welcome to, your ultimate destination for all things sewing! I'm Margie Vaudreuil, the creative force behind TheSewingBuzz and I am a lifetime New Englander,in suburban Boston and my passion for the creative arts and design runs deep from fine art to design, to fiber arts and digital design. My mother, who crafted my costumes and clothing in the 60s and 70s, and my fraternal grandmother, from a migrant family from Poland who left school in 6th grade to work as a seamstress, have significantly influenced my sewing journey. My grandmother's skills allowed her to design many of her children's clothes, leaving a lasting legacy of skill and creativity. Guided by my strong Christian faith and supported by my loving family, I find inspiration in every aspect of my life. My husband, Mark, is my best friend and sales guru, and my son, Alex, resides in San Jose, California. I am also a proud step-grandmother to Hazel and Gottlieb, and step mother to Sean and his lovely wife Lisa, who live in Austria. As the founder, developer, web designer, content creator, and design manager of TheSewingBuzz, I aim to inspire and empower sewists of all levels. Here, you'll find a wealth of sewing patterns, tips, and tutorials designed to help you create beautiful, unique garments and accessories. Join me on this exciting sewing adventure and let's bring your creative visions to life! "Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you." 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (coming soon)

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