Sew4Home is a daily website dedicated to stylish home décor sewing – we believe anyone can and should make their own home décor. S4H offers beginner-friendly sewing projects by making instructions clear and simple. At the same time, our creations are designed to appeal to all levels of capability for their to-die-for results.
Since launching in early 2009, S4H has attracted a rapidly increasing core group of devoted readers. Our step-by-step tutorials, tips & tricks, and inspiration are all free to the user. We feature today's easy-to-use sewing machines, beautiful and readily available fabrics, plus clever notions and tools. The S4H team is an experienced group with long ties to the sewing and design industry. We hope you'll be inspired by our tutorials to transform your space.
The privacy of visitors to Sew4Home is important to us. We recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit sew4home.com, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.
As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.
Cookies and Web Beacons
We use third party advertisements on sew4home.com to help support our site so we can continue to provide so much of our great content free of charge. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
Sew4Home offers a flexible range of advertising options; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability.
Be Part of the Sew4Home Team
We're looking for talented people for freelance project work who have an eye for current style trends as well as experience designing sewing projects and creating tutorials with step-by-step instructions.
Description of Work
Sew4Home (S4H) provides fabric and notions and the basic concept for the projects; for example, the assignment might be to design an apron using a specified fabric collection that incorporates a a technique such as a dart or pleat. The process would include the initial discussion of the project specifications, followed by submission of a design concept sketch for approval with general assembly notes and fabric cut requirements. The project is completed with instructions and accompanying photography. The final construction, step-by-step instructions and photography may be completed by the designer or may be completed by a Sew4Home seamstress as appropriate, depending on the project's budget, timeline and complexity.
- Good design skills combined with strong sewing experience and a basic understanding of fabric substrates.
- Ability to take a good instructional photos. Instruction images only - beauty images are photographed at the Sew4Home studio.
- Computer skills for communication, file transfer and the ability to create basic concepts in a drawing program such as Illustrator or Photoshop.
- Ability to meet all agreed-upon deadlines.
Build your reputation; S4H names all contributors to tutorials and articles. S4H is in the top 2% of all US websites and receives well over half a million pageviews per month.
We're looking for people who are a good fit with the S4H team in order to build long-term relationships.
Please follow these application steps so we don't miss your submission:
- Include your name, address, phone and an email address where we can contact you.
- Include a resume that summarizes your qualifications and experience, details how you work and mentions any special strengths and skills, talents or interests. Please to not attach a resume; simply paste the summary into the body of the email.
- Provide a link to examples of your work. This could be to your blog or website, or to Flickr or Pinterest images. Please do not send any attachments with your email.
- Send the application email to email@example.com with the word APPLICATION in the subject line.
The explanations and instructions in this website are published in good faith and have been reviewed for accuracy, however, no warranty, either expressed or implied, is made nor are successful results guaranteed. Since the nature and quality of the materials used and the workmanship of the individual creator are unknown, the finished products bear no warranty as to their safety or ability to perform any function adequately.
Copyright Terms and Making Items to Sell
All Sew4Home patterns and instructions are copyrighted and are for personal use.
All material (projects, artwork, text, patterns, photos, etc.) on Sew4Home is protected under the copyright laws. The instructions themselves and any associated patterns or pictures can not be reproduced or reprinted in any way without the written permission of Sew4Home LLC.
This also means our tutorials cannot be re-printed as a handout for use within a class without prior written permission, as that would be similar to copying pages out of a book to share with an entire group.
In addition, manufacturing of products made from our original designs for mass production or commercial use is strictly prohibited. They cannot be manufactured by others or sold through a third party.
You can make small quantities for sale if you make the items yourself. We simply ask that on the tag and/ or somewhere within the display or packaging and/or within the sales description online, credit is given for the item being created from a copyrighted design/pattern/tutorial from Sew4Home.com.
We also allow people to pick up a photo or two from our articles to use along with credit and a link back to our site. We appreciate this outreach.
Pattern and Project Alteration Requests
We're sorry, but we are unable to create revisions to our patterns or projects for size or usage variations. It's a challenge to change dimensions long-distance, especially without access to the item and/or person for whom the project is being adjusted. We would feel awful if we gave you inaccurate advice that caused your finished project to turn out less than successful. Our standard recommendation is to measure your item and/or person and compare those measurements to our original dimensions. Do the math to make adjustments and scale the original dimensions up or down. Then use these new measurements to make a prototype out of a muslin or another inexpensive fabric you have on hand. This is often the exact way we determine our own patterns and instructions. It is not only a good way to re-engineer a project, making a prototype is also a great practice run through the steps of construction.
Why Aren't Great Giveaways Open to All Countries?
Unfortunately, we have to limit our giveaways to USA postal addresses. We know this is a disappointment to some of our loyal visitors outside of the USA. However, to open our giveaways internationally, we would have to understand complex contest laws for every country in the world. The legal fees to do that are far beyond our means. So instead, we focus on providing the best free sewing tutorials, tips and inspiration we can.
Can You Translate a Tutorial into Another Language?
The next most asked question is about translating the step-by-step instructions into another language. We wish we could do that, but simply don't have the means to do that now. However, it is possible to easily translate a web page yourself using (among others) Google Translate or Yahoo! Babel Fish. You can translate a block of text or a entire web page. There is a long list of languages to pick from, although you won't find them all. Usually, the translation is good enough that you could complete a project without difficulty.
Because Sew4Home is copyrighted, users are free to translate the page for their own use, but may not republish content. It's fine to use a Sew4Home photo on your blog and link to back to the Sew4Home site for instructions, or to provide a link to the translated page.