A good interlining for cuffs or tailored shirt-waists is soft old table-linen. The linen is already shrunk and holds the starch well.

Sew a button on the neckband of a shirtwaist instead of making a buttonhole. It will always be there, and there is no stud to press on the back of the neck.

It is almost impossible to machine-stitch fine lace or any thin material without puckering unless it is stitched over newspaper. Baste on the paper; after stitching, the paper will tear away very easily, leaving the work all smooth. This is advisable when stitching thin silk.

When sewing-silk is used on a machine, a small piece of flannel or felt, put on the spindle under the spool, will prevent the silk from unwinding, tightening, and breaking, as it often does from a fresh spool.

When sewing a new braid on a skirt, insert a thin piece of cardboard in the hem, and thus prevent the stitches catching through. The braid should always be shrunk in boiling water before using.

To prevent cotton from knotting, make the knot on the end of the thread that first leaves the spool, and you will sew without kinks or knots.

When putting hooks and eyes on a waist, sew the eyes on the left front the required distance apart, with the loops a little way out so as to hook readily, then baste right front over this left side, lapping as much as necessary. Then turn waist wrong side out, put a hook in each eye, one at a time, and sew in place.

When sewing a hem, measure and mark by making holes with a big needle.