Puffer jackets and coats have been around for awhile, known not only for their wonderful warmth, but also as a style choice of fashion leaders from sports to Hollywood to the concert stage. Recently, eagle-eyed S4H trend-spotters saw the look starting to show up on high-end shoulder bags. We knew we wanted to lead the
Ragging. Slang defines it as, “Picking on someone in an annoying way.” Well that’s not very pleasant. We prefer the sewing definition, which is: assembling a project so your seam allowances are visible on the outside and left to gently fray or “rag.” That sounds so much nicer! We’re done several ragged edge projects (Woolies
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
When shopping recently for some pretty plants, we noticed most garden centers offered their inventory in round plastic pots… rather unattractive round plastic pots. Time for a S4H solution! Each of our small, medium, and large cuffed fabric baskets are designed to cover a standard plastic pot sitting on a drainage saucer. No need to
If the mention of “scallops” has you dreaming of a tasty seafood dinner, you’re in for another type of treat. Our scallops run around the perimeter of a placemat and are finished with a padded satin stitch. There’s also a companion project available to create matching napkins. Make one or make both.     The
In cooking, sometimes it takes just a pinch of this and a dash of that to bring a dish to its full flavor. It’s similar in sewing, where a splash of embellishment can be the finishing touch to make your project shine. For this classic single-layer apron, we used the Janome 3-Way Cording foot to
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
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
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