Whether you’re a novice or an advanced sewer, you’ve likely heard the term "basting." And, we don't mean the yummy Thanksgiving turkey technique! In sewing, basting is a temporary straight stitch used to hold layers together until a final stitch is sewn. Since it’s a long, loose stitch, a basting stitch removes easily after sewing is complete. In this tutorial, we’ll explain 1) how to determine if your sewing machine has a basting stitch, 2) when to use a basting stitch in your sewing projects, and 3) why hand basting is sometimes needed as well.
We love sewing by machine! It's fast, it's easy, and when you have great machines like the Janome models in our S4H studios, it's almost effortless. But it doesn't mean you can't whip out the hand needle and thread now and then. A few well-placed hand-stitched accents add a unique decorative touch. Today's lovely lumbar pillow features rows of simple running stitches in three coordinating colors of embroidery floss.
Light to dark, yin to yang, night to day – they say opposites attract, and that is at the core of this gorgeous two-tone tote. The striking contrast gives the project a modern look with a sleek simplicity that sets off the real leather handles, a focal point of the bag. Specialty products, like leather and the tools for working with it, has usually meant a separate stop on your shopping adventure. We’re excited to let you know that our friends at Fabric Depot are now offering a selection of Tandy Leather products online.
Is there a little girl in your life who needs a bit of party sparkle? Our sweet skirt features two layers of Embrace® Metallic Double Gauze from Shannon Fabrics. We include a chart for sizing from 7 to 14. The panels are all simple straight cuts so it’s easy to adjust to various shapes and sizes. The project goes together in a snap; make one or more in a single afternoon.
Great fabric, an interesting shape, and a few special bits of embellishment. We combined all three to create a fabulous 50" soft bolster pillow. Bolsters are usually round, but the Home Décor Rule Book allows you to vary both shape and size. Of course, there's not really a rule book, but if there was, you know we'd find a way to bend a few guidelines in order to stay unique and trendy!
We are very excited to unveil an exclusive new Club that kicks off this month at participating Janome Dealers across the US. From bags to baskets to linens and more, Sew4Home Maker’s Club members will create clever projects and learn pro techniques. Our debut project is a set of embroidered zipper pouches with tassel accents. These projects are exclusive to Janome dealers, but we’ll introduce each one right here on the website to keep you up-to-date on all the inspiration. Reach out to your local Janome dealer for more information on how you can sign up.
Ponchos are a classic trend that pop back up on a very regular basis. And why not? They allow you to go outside wrapped in a soft, cozy blanket and no one thinks you're crazy... in fact, they compliment you on your chic fashion sense. We're down with that! Give our Bound Sweater Knit Poncho a try. It's easy and fun.
If you’re sewin’ and you know it… clap your hands. Show your sewing pride with these fun machine embroidery patches. We created two custom designs to show how lovely the stitching turns out using Sulky’s 30wt cotton thread. Most folks don’t turn to cotton thread for machine embroidery, relying instead on the polyesters and rayons – but cotton has such a wonderful matte finish and the thicker 30wt (⅓ thicker than the more traditional 40wt) provides a rich density. We loved working with it! Thanks to the Sulky sponsorship, both designs are offered in two sizes as free downloads in the six major machine embroidery formats. Let’s “patch things up” shall we?!
We’ve all heard the waiter’s common admonition, “Careful! The plate is hot!” At which point, we instinctively reach out to touch the plate… because we just can’t help ourselves! Hot dishes happen at home as well, and there’s usually no waiters to warn you about them. Instead, use our soup bowl cozy to protect yourself. Made with all natural fibers, it can go right into the microwave. So, even though they (who are they?!) always tell us only the food should heat up in the micro, we know that is not always the case. Say goodbye to “too hot to handle” with our cute cozies.
Ahhhhh, the sleepover. If there was ever an misnomer, this would be it, since the amount of sleeping that usually happens at such an event is minimal at best. The whole idea is to pile everyone together into one room and laugh until the wee hours. Our sleepover sack is a perfect choice for however much dozing gets done. We selected cozy flannel in two bright prints along with a coordinating cotton. Make a matching pillowcase to complete the sleepover set. We also added a cute, wraparound harness so the bag can be rolled and secured with a built-in handle to carry it to its destination and back again.