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Review: Collins All-Purpose Sewers Aid

The most annoying thing in the world – skipped stitches. Also, thread that breaks mid sewing. Grrr!  One of my students at the London workshop, Shiona, said she discovered a miracle in a (little) bottle – Collins All-Purpose Sewers Aid. A clear, non-staining lubricant, a drop on the needle, bobbin or thread eliminates skipped stitching. Used mostly for embroidery, it can also be used for garment and lingerie sewing.

I had to give it a try. I placed an order on Amazon (no affiliate links are used in this post) and have been using it for about a week. Not enough time to give a legit review, but I thought I would share and ask if you used it. If so, what did you think?

From Amazon’s website:


Sewer’s Aid is especially useful for the home-sewer. Sewers Aid applied sparingly to spool and bobbin thread and your sewing tools makes machine sewing smoother and hand sewing easier.
Sewers Aid Has Unlimited Uses:

  • Apply to spool and bobbin thread, it will lubricate the thread guides and tension as it passes through machine for smoother sewing.
  • Apply to machine needle for smoother sewing – knits and sheer fabrics can be sewn more easily and it helps prevent skip stitching.
  • Apply to hand needle for easier penetration of fabric when hand sewing.
  • Apply to bottom of presser foot and other attachments to glide over fabrics more easily.
  • Apply to scissors for easier cutting
  • Use on stubborn metal zippers and for cleaning your eye glasses


Place dispenser tip at top of needle, spool, etc. Allow a drop or two of Sewers Aid to come out-distribute evenly by moving downward on both sides.


Would this product replace thread heaven or bees wax for conditioning hand sewing thread?
it works well on difficult embroidery/sewing machines. since it doesn’t stain, it would probably just as good for hand sewing, but i don’t hand sew so you can take this with a grain of salt.

So, stupid question, you put a drop on the spool and it’s enough to coat all the thread? Thanks!
I run a thin line down the thread & then rub in the excess. It doesn’t take much but this stuff works wonders!


5.0 out of 5 stars
Works for sequin material, embroidery and mini blinds!
By ZenCity on December 21, 2015

I bought Sewer’s Aid last year in an attempt to preserve the sanity in our household. We were sewing sequined scarves for holiday gifts and when the thread wasn’t breaking, the needle was. After some searching on the internet, I found that our problem likely started with adhesive buildup from the fabric which had glued sequins on it. Sewer’s Aid was recommended by one article so I promptly bought some on Amazon. An occasional drop on the needle and a more frequent drop on the thread spool and the project was one we could finish. I’ve also found that it works beautifully on embroidery, especially with metallic thread. I have the Brother SE400 which does not have a variable speed control for embroidery which makes metallic thread even more prone to breakage. A frequent application of a bit of Sewer’s Aid, while it did not prevent every break it did reduce it to about 4 breaks in 3000 stitches. It also prevented the thread from tangling/nesting underneath the fabric.

I recently asked at my local sewing store (where they sell a LOT of high end embroidery machines) what they used to prevent thread breakage. They handed me a product from the back shelf and told me how wonderfully it worked on everything, including stubborn door locks. I decided to try their product and bought a bottle to take home. I opened the bottle and took a sniff and immediately got a whiff that reminded me of good old WD 40. I decided to use unbleached muslin to test it’s non-staining qualities side by side with Sewer’s Aid. Both liquids looked clear when I applied them to the cloth. The sewers aid disappeared completely after it dried but the other product left a slightly darkened spot.

A bit later I decided to try Sewer’s Aid on a non-sewing or embroidery task. I have two sets of mini blinds in my house that have never gone up or down without a struggle and I’ve often been afraid my superhuman strength would tear them off the wall during the raising or lowering process. I put two drops of Sewer’s Aid on the cords near the metal gears and after raising and lowering the blinds gently an inch or two they were able to go up and down all the way with ease. I understand, in hindsight, I probably could have achieved the same result years ago using WD 40. This is better because there is no petroleum smell and no stains! I truly love this product and have purchased several as gifts for the ladies at the sewing store in hopes they will begin to carry it locally.

So let’s here your comments. Is this really a miracle in a bottle?


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    This is definitely a product that can save your sanity! I used it when sewing a sequined fabric where the adhesive kept gumming up my needle. I put it on a Q-tip and periodically ran the swab up and down my machine needle and it worked like a charm. I’m not at all sure I could have finished the project otherwise. I haven’t thought about using it for anything else, like lingerie sewing but I’d love to hear how others have used it.

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    This is silicone. The product marketer doesn’t mention it because you can buy much larger quantities at a lower cost. Silicone spray is a must have item in the factory so why not use it at home? You can buy a 20 oz can of it at southstarsupply (minimum order is $50) http://southstarsupply.com/product/southstar-jumbo-silicone-spray/ This brand is used in sewing factories everywhere and I can confirm that it hasn’t stained anything I’ve used it on, in over 20 years since I started using it. I have used it quite a bit with leather and it doesn’t mark that either.

    I prefer the spray to liquid (in industry, you put the liquid in special reservoirs set along the thread path) because it can be used in more places. You simply spray a bit on the needle and throat plate. I also use it on my plotter when it gets a little sticky.

    If you’re living with another person who is handy, I recommend buying at least two cans because your co-habitor, will probably take yours. This item can be used to lubricate just about anything; it’s a dry lubricant and is a better option for hinges and all that. But anyway. I keep at least 2 cans of this in my factory and as we speak, both cans are missing. So annoying as I know we did not run out of it. Time to buy more…

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    Thanks Kathleen. That is what I figured it was.

    The only co-habitors I have are two cats, brothers named Sage and Basil. They’re quite the trouble makers, so those spray cans might end up missing. Meow.

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    Diana Day

    I am hoping I can use it on heavy duty plastic zippers to help them to glide better. Has anyone done this?


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