Raise your hand if you made some classic New Year’s resolutions – exercising, getting lots of rest, drinking more water. All these intentions are worthy, but let’s look beyond the standard list to some Sewing Self Improvement Goals. We’re excited to join a new series from Janome: Sew Smarter. Whether you’re a beginner or a
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER, CAROL FRALEY OF JOSEPH CITY, ARIZONA! Our theme for the final week of December 2023 is, “You Say Goodbye… I say Hello!” With a tip of the hat to all the Beatles fans out there, this theme is our way of saying we’re looking  forward to more projects,
These nostalgic designs are based on actual ornaments from the personal collections of the S4H Design Team. Each year, we lovingly unwrap our favorite glass ornaments, each one seemingly more fragile than the next, and we breathe a little sigh of relief that they’ve made it through another year stored in tissue. As the ornaments
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER: SHERRY NOLAN OF WETUMPKA, ALABAMA. The sun is shining, and we’re all ready for summer adventures. However, just because road trips and pool dips may be in your future, that doesn’t mean you should turn your back on your trusty sewing

This must-have travel accessory is a strap to secure a tote or backpack on top of your rolling suitcase. Our design is a fully adjustable loop that is easier to make and more secure when buckled. Sounds like a travel win-win.

Applying initials to something to identify it as undeniably yours dates back as far as the signet rings of the ancient Romans. Although often pictorial in nature that long ago, featuring crests and coats of arms, engraved initials were also common, and as time wore on, actually became the more typical mark. We’ve all watched
When you are first learning to sew, everything is flat and straight. Easy peasy. As your skills evolve, you add in curves and corners, layers of different fabric and stabilizer options, and finally – you’re ready to enter another dimension. Don’t be afraid, it’s not the Twilight Zone® - we’re simply Sewing in 3D. Ready
Whatever you’re sewing, there are a lot of seams, edges, and layers happening in the background. If they haven’t been properly pressed along the way, your finished item will never have the crisp, smooth appearance that marks it as a professional looking project.  What’s the difference between pressing and ironing? They are often used interchangeably
Keeping things on the straight and narrow just got a whole lot easier. The Janome Narrow Piping Foot is designed for piping with a cord diameter of about 3mm or less. It can be used to create beautiful narrow piping tape in your choice of custom fabric as well as to then attach that tape
A flat felled seam (also known as a welted seam) is a fabulous finish that looks good from both the front and back. The traditional way of creating this type of seam involves some rather precise trimming, folding, and pressing - picky work that can sometimes result in your fingertips getting awfully close to a

Sewing is rarely completely flat. You’re usually working with layers, folds, and dimensional edges. This handy specialty presser foot is precisely engineered to allow you to sew at a consistent width from the fold of a fabric

THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED AS OF 5/20/22. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. OUR LUCKY WINNER WAS: LUCILLE B. FROM FLORIDA  As a fitting complement to 2022, we recently rolled over to 22,000+ followers on Instagram! Adding this milestone to our already established Facebook and Pinterest platforms, then mixing in a growing YouTube channel, we’re feeling like
If you’ve been following along on our SIY-Sew It Yourself!™ adventures, you know there’s a lot going on behind the pretty pictures and easy instructions: from the fabric designers’ stories about how their collections come to be – to the careful steps we walk through here with the S4H team. Our goal has always been
It seems we’re always being told to, “Look at the big picture.” Solid advice, but sometimes… it’s the little stuff that’s more fun. As part of our S4H Tiny Trends of ’22, we took a look at some great little products available right now from our friends at Fat Quarter Shop. FQS truly has some
Being able to clearly see what you’re working on is critical in sewing… truth be told, I think we can agree it’s critical to just about everything! Studies have shown good light is essential to overall well-being. If you or someone you know suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or clinical light deprivation, you understand
Our Love That Fabric series has been on a bit of a hiatus, but we’re back… and it’s better than ever because the return of the series features an amazing giveaway of samples from all three featured collections. If you’re a S4H fan, you know we are the ultimate fabric enthusiasts. There are so many
It’s the little things that can make a big difference! You might not give your sewing pins a second thought, simply reaching for them in your pincushion or pin tray where they’re clustered together without much rhyme or reason. But these little bits of steel and plastic have a big job. They’re responsible for holding
If you’re a regular follower, you know we recently kicked off a special series and have been shouting from the rooftops about how, “Sewing is a Real Life Survival Skill!” It’s true, and in partnership with our friends at Janome, we’ve turned our series emblem into a cool machine embroidery patch. It’s offered as a

Here’s an easy way to expand your face mask wardrobe in no time, using fabric scraps or a bandana. If you or someone you know does not sew or you simply need a super fast (5 minutes) alternative, this easy, no-sew project is for you.

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