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The Janome Presser Foot Workbook Series: Use the Right Foot for the Job

Monday, 18 February 2019 1:00

If you’re a Sew4Home regular, you know we are an exclusive Janome studio, which means we are lucky enough to use their amazing machines for all our projects. We’ve been Janome fans for YEARS (decades really) and have never found another line with better precision, power, innovation, and flexibility – from the top of the line all the way through to the introductory models. We’ve done a number of articles over the years on some of our favorite Janome presser feet, because using the right foot for the job is extremely important to the finished look of your project. Many people rarely change out their presser foot, often because they’re just not sure what to do with that bag o’ extra feet that came with their machine! Is that you?! Janome has tackled this “excuse” with a new Presser Foot Workbook series that gives you a working knowledge of their most popular feet – both standard and specialty and even the feet for the Cover Pro serger. Take a look at our overview, then visit your local Janome dealer for more information on how to build your own set. 

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Reversible Knit Baby Blanket

Friday, 15 February 2019 1:00

Soft and sweet describes this easy to assemble knit blanket. Made from 15 wide and narrow panels in three coordinating knits, the blanket layers together in a snap. We used Eloflex stretchable thread from Coats, which kept our seams and hem flat and pucker-free. The blanket’s panels are cleverly sandwiched and topstitched so all the horizontal seams are finished front and back. 

Valentine’s Day 2019 Great Giveaway: We Love You

Thursday, 14 February 2019 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 03/01/19. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We do what we do because we love you! Perhaps if the sewing thing doesn’t work out, we could get a job writing greeting cards. Whatcha think, S4H fans? Terribly sappy rhymes aside, we do truly appreciate all our followers. You bring smiles to our faces every day with your success stories, and we’re giving back today with a Valentine’s prize bundle in the colors of the season. Pink, red, and white are colors sure to delight! Okay… don’t give up your day job; we hear ya. Read on to see all the ways you can enter to win. 

Mini Clean Surface Mats in Laminated Cotton

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 1:00

When you're on-the-go, eating at food courts or on outdoor picnic tables, do you ever wonder where to sit or put your food? Sometimes those surfaces look a bit questionable at best. And, experiments with cold and flu germs have shown they can remain active on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. Yikes! Our set of Mini Clean surface Mats is a great way to help keep things sanitary. Not only are they cute as can be, they roll up and secure with a wrap strap so they're easy to carry. Lay them out anywhere for a clean surface: one for your meal and one to sit on. When done, simply wipe clean with a sanitizing spray, re-roll. and drop back in your bag for the next stop.

Accessories We Love: Janome Ultra Glide Foot & Ultra Glide Needle Plate

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 1:00

Life can get a little sticky sometimes. In general, that statement covers a vast array of scenarios. But in the world of sewing, we’re usually talking about laminates, vinyls, faux leather, oil cloth, and the other sticky fabric substrates that look cool but can be challenging to sew. The surfaces of these specialty fabrics love to drag across your presser foot and/or needle plate, causing your stitching to bunch or break. Plus, with non-wovens, once you make a hole it’s there to stay. So the last thing you want are extra holes due to messed up seams. The Janome Ultra Glide Foot and its accompanying Needle Plate give you the ability to sew through your sticky situations like a hot knife through butter. 

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Slim Crossbody Shoulder Pouch: Dritz Belting and Hardware

Monday, 11 February 2019 1:00

We all seem to love the little things: kittens and puppies, babies in tiny baby gear, even mini muffins are cuter and more irresistible than their full size counterparts. So it goes for smaller pouches meant to hold just the necessities when you’re out and about. It’s one of our most popular project categories! We continue to have a blast with the new Dritz Belting, using it this time in the colorful 1” width to create an adjustable strap for a handy crossbody shoulder pouch.

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Heart-Themed Gift Bags in Burlap & Cotton

Friday, 08 February 2019 1:00

We know you love fast and easy projects, and we also know Valentine's Day is creeping ever closer. But we also know this doesn't mean you want to skimp on cute or stylish! We have you covered with these sweet little sacks. First off, they use just tiny bits of fabric and ribbon, so other than a little bit of burlap, you're likely to already have everything you need on hand. If not, the amount of fabric and notions required is small – or buy in bulk and set up a gift bag assembly line for all your Valentines. The finished bags are as cute as the proverbial button with a rustic style that works for young and old... and in between.

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Fold-over, Zippered Clutch with Circular Decorative Stitching

Thursday, 07 February 2019 1:00

We love looking for ways to use decorative stitching. It can add just the right pop of embellishment to a project. This striking oversize clutch provides the perfect large, solid surface for concentric rings of stitching applied with the Janome Circular Sewing Attachment in a bold, 9mm stitch width. Vary the fabric palette, the coordinating print, and the thread colors to create your unique look.

How to Use a Janome Circular Sewing Attachment

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 1:00

Going in circles doesn’t have to be a bad thing! In fact, when it comes to pretty stitching embellishments, the circle is always a winner. But… how on earth can you stitch in a truly perfect circle?! Even following a drawn line can lead to bumbles and bobbles. Our secret: the Janome Circular Sewing Attachment. It locks into position on the machine and works like a compass to sew a perfect circle every time. We’ve used it on some of our most popular projects, and although we do love it when you think we are just amazingly skilled and can do anything without even trying… we thought it was time to share our circle secret with a step-by-step tutorial that shows how easy it really is behind the scenes thanks to this cool tool. 

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On-the-Go Diaper Case & Changing Pad

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 1:00

Sometimes you just need the essentials for a quick trip out with baby: a few diapers, wipes, and a changing pad will get you through most situations. Better still if those essentials can be packed in a clever case that looks great... like a trendy little bag instead of a bulky carrier with giant cartoon animals that screams, "Baby stuff in here!" 

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