Sisters, Anne Adams and Liz McKinney-Johnson are the creative engine behind Sew4Home. They believe anyone can and should sew for the sheer love of it. Their mission is to promote sewing and educate visitors on the value of working with the proper tools and materials, and demonstrate how quality makes the sewing experience faster and easier, and produces finished results that are more polished and professional-looking.
Since launching in early 2009, S4H has attracted a rapidly increasing group of devoted readers and makers of their step-by-step projects, techniques, tips, and tricks. The site features today’s easy-to-use sewing machines, beautiful and readily available fabrics, plus news about clever notions and tools. The sisters know how to spot the best trends and to develop them into must-make projects for their followers.
The S4H team is an experienced group with long ties to the sewing and design industry. Thanks for sharing some of your creative time with us; we’re glad you’re here.
Liz McKinney-Johnson, Editor
After spending decades in the marketing world, promoting a variety of high profile sewing and craft products, Liz decided to switch her emphasis to expanding the universe of people who should be interested in those products. From helping young people discover sewing to rekindling the interest of lapsed sewers to providing passionate enthusiasts with new and exciting projects – it’s all about igniting inspiration. Liz makes sure the instructions and articles on S4H are detailed, easy to follow at any skill level, and simply enjoyable to read. As a published novelist, Liz cares deeply about the quality of her work. The highest compliment she can receive is for a S4H visitor to write in to say, “I didn’t think I could do this, but thanks to you, I could and I did and I love it!” When she’s not brainstorming and writing and editing, Liz loves spending time with her family and friends in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, and she admits Portland, Oregon is indeed as weird and wonderful as everyone thinks it is! For these bios, you’re always supposed to add one unusual thing about the person, so how about this: Liz worked her way through college as a singing telegram messenger!
Anne Adams, Creative Director
Anne stands out for her lightweight sewing background prior to S4H. After receiving a degree in commercial design, she went on to lead the marketing and communications group for a Fortune 500 environmental consulting firm where she remained for nearly two decades. She then moved on to become the SVP Marketing at a startup in the telecommunications field. After the startup was acquired, she began putting her skills to work designing home goods. Having a broad interest in design, she became intrigued with designing sewing projects that were both trendy and professional looking, yet not overly complicated to sew — success is a great motivator. The designs you see by Alicia Thommas are Anne’s — the pseudonym was used to avoid conflict with an existing pattern company: Anne Adams Patterns, which is now defunct. Anne’s favorite projects are bags and aprons. When not in front of the computer, she enjoys living a short walk from a forest with all its critters who visit her yard — delightful if not a bit scary when cougars come a calling. Always an animal lover, she has two indoor kitties who are constant companions. Her unusual skill: photographic memory of childhood years — mentally mapped every item in the house, everyone’s clothing, every Christmas and birthday gift, where the teabags were kept. Will that ever be useful?
Debbie Guild, Seamstress Team
Debbie has lent her wonderful sewing skills to the S4H team since almost the very beginning of the site’s development. Having sewn since she was just five years old, she’s tackled everything from roman shades to romantic wedding gowns. The sewing and craft world is even responsible for her marriage; she met her husband while working at Fabric Land! On the site, her favorite samples to create are the aprons. In those rare moments when she’s not sewing, Debbie loves to travel the world with her husband and spend time with her four children in rural Damascus, Oregon. She lives in a home she and her youngest son built 12 years ago, which is, “a little bit of heaven when everyone is home and the sun is shining!”
Michele Mishler, Seamstress Team
Michele gets the sewing-the-longest award, having started her love affair with it when she was just three years old and fascinated by watching her own mother bring together little pieces of fabric into a finished garment. Michele’s wizardry is behind all the amazing machine embroidery designs you find on the S4H site and in our Etsy shop. Her skill, imagination, and perfectionist spirit is incredible. You can tell she loves it. “I was hooked the first time I saw a machine running all by itself and creating exquisite little embroideries!” Michele lives in Junction City, Oregon, and when she’s not creating, her main goal is trying to keep up with her very active five-year-old great grandson.
Kathy Andrews, Seamstress Team
Kathy definitely wins the “coolest early jobs” category. She spent her early years in the Ice Capades! In fact, her skating was what prompted her to learn to sew at age 12 when she needed to create her own skating costumes. But wait, it kind of gets even cooler because she also spent 30 years sewing the huge and impressive components that go into theater and event productions. If you need someone who can envision making something 30’ tall in three dimensions and likely with a continuous zipper of some sort, Kathy is your gal. How did S4H land her talent? Kathy explains, “I love working on S4H projects – especially the bags; it’s a pleasure to make something small and pretty and useful!”
Leah Wand, Seamstress Team
Her sewing “career” began with baby doll clothes… until her mom let her in on the secret that sewing clothes for herself would actually be easier. Leah is very busy in the non-sewing areas of her life. She, her husband, and their two teenage boys recently moved to St Louis, Missouri where Leah is a stem cell transplant and surgical oncology ICU nurse. She is also triathlete, having accomplished several half-Ironman events and currently training for her first full Ironman in 2020! Leah brings this same bottomless energy and enthusiasm to S4H, where she loves creating bag projects. Leah is always up for a new challenge, “I have learned and grown myself as a seamstress working with S4H, doing things I had never done before and being amazed by the professional results.”
Jodi Kelly, Seamstress Team
Jodi and Liz were work colleagues and friends for many years even before S4H’s 2009 debut, so Jodi was an obvious choice as a Seamstress Team member. A bit of a “late bloomer” to the industry, she received her first sewing machine as a wedding present in 1995. She easily made up for any lost time with an incredible level of innate skill and boundless creativity. Jodi is a sewing machine educator by trade, and truly believes in the power of detailed instructions, which is what she has always loved about S4H. Some of Jodi’s original technique articles are still our most popular. A proud native of New Jersey; distance, as well as work and family obligations keep Jodi’s S4H participation at a minimum. But she will always be an important part of the S4H family.
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Advertising + Sponsorship
Sew4Home LLC (S4H) has a flexible range of customized advertising and sponsorship options. For rates and availability, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you right away.
Many of our articles are “sponsored posts.” This means the company who sponsored the article compensated S4H via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value. That said, please understand that we ONLY recommend products or services we believe to be of good quality and of interest to our followers. The trust of our followers is of utmost importance and we would never jeopardize that relationship. The views and opinions expressed on this website are purely our own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
Contributing to Sew4Home
We’re always 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 LLC (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 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 S4H 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. Instructional images only – beauty images are handled by S4H.
- 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.
Please follow these application steps so we don’t miss your submission:
- Include your name, address, phone number, 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 Instagram 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.
We do not currently use outside writers nor do we accept full articles written by outside sources. All content is edited by the S4H Management Team.
No current job openings.
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We will never sell, rent or trade your personal information to third parties. By using Sew4Home, all visitors, customers, and any other users of the site are agreeing to this Privacy Notice, without modification, and acknowledge reading it.
What Information S4H Collects and How it is Used
Website Interaction – S4H only collects the personal information you voluntarily provide to us which may include:
- Your email address in order to subscribe to our mailing list.
- Your name, email address and/or social media profile in order to post a comment on the site.
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For European Economic Area Residents (GDPR)
If you reside in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), then under the GDPR and applicable data protection laws you have the rights, among other things, to access your personal data, have us erase it, and/or restrict its further processing. If you wish to access or delete your personal data (if any) maintained by us or AdThrive related to advertising on the Site, you can contact AdThrive at email@example.com. If you wish to see a list of the advertising partners we work with or change which of those partners track your behavior using cookies, click the ad preferences icon. (Available in the EU.)
For California Residents (CCPA)
The following information comes to us from AdThrive. As mentioned above, this Site is affiliated with CMI Marketing, Inc., d/b/a CafeMedia (“CafeMedia”) for the purposes of placing advertising on the Site, and CafeMedia will collect and use certain data for advertising purposes. To learn more about CafeMedia’s data usage, click here: www.cafemedia.com/publisher-advertising-privacy-policy. California law gives residents the right to opt out of the “sale” of their personal information to third parties, including for advertising purposes. Under California law, the sharing of your information with a service provider for advertising purposes could be considered a “sale.” To opt out of the sharing of your information for advertising information, click the opt out link provided in the footer of this page. You also have the right to request from us the categories of personal information that we have shared and the categories of third parties to whom the information was provided. To make such a request, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To be clear, we do not share your name, contact information, or any other sensitive information with third parties, and the categories of third parties that we share information with for advertising purposes are supply side platforms, programmatic advertising exchanges, and demand side platforms.
Third Party Links
In an attempt to provide increased value to our visitors, S4H may link to sites operated by third parties. However, S4H has no control over these linked sites, all of which have separate privacy and data collection practices, independent of S4H. These linked sites are only for your convenience and therefore you access them at your own risk. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question. S4H seeks to protect the integrity of its site and the links placed upon it, and therefore requests any feedback on not only its own site, but for sites it links to as well (including if a specific link does not work).
Affiliate Program Participation
Sew4Home is committed to ensuring your information is secure. To that end we maintain security measures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, misuse or disclosure. However, no exchange of data over the Internet can be guaranteed as 100% secure. While we make every effort to protect your personal information shared with us through our site, you acknowledge that the personal information you voluntarily share with us through our site could be accessed or tampered with by a third party. You agree that we are not responsible for any intercepted information shared through our site without our knowledge or permission. Additionally, you release us from any and all claims arising out of or related to the use of such intercepted information in any unauthorized manner.
Terms of Project Use
The explanations and instructions in our 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.
Sew4Home LLC (S4H) shall not be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the information on this site or the performance of the products recommended.
Should a typographical error be found, we will make every effort to resolve it. Once resolved, no restitution beyond replacement with a corrected version will be made.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless S4H, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and suppliers (collectively the “Service Providers”) from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from any violation of these terms and conditions or any activity related to your Internet account (including negligent or wrongful conduct) by you or any other person accessing the site using your Internet account.
Copyright Terms and Making Items to Sell
All material (projects, artwork, text, patterns, photos, etc.) on Sew4Home.com is protected under the copyright laws. The instructions themselves and any associated patterns or pictures cannot be reproduced or reprinted in any way without the written permission of Sew4Home LLC (S4H). This means our tutorials cannot be re-printed as a handout for use within a class or club.
Copyright laws provide exclusive legal rights of usage of an “original work of authorship” to the copyright holder. This protection is provided by the United States title 17, U.S. Code and other international laws. Anyone who violates copyright is subject to criminal penalties, fines, and the possible recovery of any loss of income or profit suffered by the copyright holder due to the infringement. An infringer is also potentially liable for attorneys’ fees and statutory damages.
Users are free to translate the website for their own use, but may not republish content.
Manufacturing of products made from our original designs for mass production or commercial use is strictly prohibited. Exceptions may be made for handmade production in small quantities by at-home businesses. You can make small quantities (10 items or fewer) for sale if you make the items yourself. They cannot be manufactured by others or sold through a third party. We stipulate 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 do allow visitors to pick up one or two photos from our articles to use on their personal blogs or websites along with a Sew4Home.com credit line and a link back to our site. We appreciate this outreach. Patterns and instructional steps cannot be re-published on another site as this violates copyright.
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 way to do a practice run-through of the steps of construction.
Changes to Our About Information
The contents of this page may be altered at any time, at our discretion. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this information periodically and to be aware of any modifications. Updates to this information will be posted on this page.
Please contact Sew4Home if you have any questions regarding any policies outlined here either by email or regular mail as shown above in the Contact section.
This policy last updated on February 25, 2020.