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Machine Sewn Seam Allowance Finishes: Looking Good from the Inside Out

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 1:00

"Give us the tools and we will finish the job." – Winston Churchill. One of the signs of a truly well-made project is that it looks nearly as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Finishing a project's inside raw edges will not only elevate the final appearance, it will also elevate your sewing skills to a new level. In general, the purpose of any seam finish is to prevent fray-prone fabrics from raveling beyond the seam, which would then leave a hole in your sewn project. It also helps reduce bulk on certain fabrics, such as fleece. And, finishing stitches always provide added strength to a seam and the fabric's edge. However, it's often only about the look, and most professionals recommend you finish fabrics that don’t even appear to require it.

Sewing Misdemeanors: 20 Things We Resolve NOT to Do in 2020

Wednesday, 01 January 2020 1:00

In honor of the new year and the new decade, we've put together our list of the top twenty sewing misdemeanors we all try to get away with when we think no one is looking. But this year, we're resolving to kick these bad habits to the curb. True, the sewing police aren't going to haul us away for these minor infractions, but they are the little no-nos and uh-ohs that should go the way of last year's fake dirty jeans (really... you'd pay for that?!) Which of these are you guilty of? What other ones would you add?

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Top 9 of 2019

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 1:00

Let’s all raise a New Year’s Eve glass to our Top 9 Projects of 2019! It’s always hard to limit the number of articles to highlight each year, but even as an entire decade hovers in the rear view mirror, we know you’re unlikely to be interested in a Top 100 list to wade through. Instead, we’ve compiled a mini list to jog your memory and invite some new inspiration for a project you might have missed the first time around. 

How to Rip Out a Sewn Seam

Thursday, 26 December 2019 1:00

Mistakes happen to the best of us. Anyone who sews understands that some seams just weren't meant to be. The good news: ripping out a seam and starting over is something we all do. With a little care and patience, it's an easy fix and no one but you is ever likely to know it happened. The majority of woven fabrics, such as the popular quilting cottons, are very forgiving; a ripped-out and re-done seam is rarely noticeable on the finished project. It's better to start over if your first attempt fails. You'll always be happier in the end. 

Holiday Great Giveaway 2019 - Our Gift To You

Monday, 23 December 2019 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 01/10/2020. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We can’t imagine a better holiday present than all of you! So we’ve put together a little something to say, “Thanks for being the very best followers and friends.” This adorable box holds a few of our favorite things: fabric pre-cuts, thread spools, handy tools, and excellent notions – a little bit of everything to brighten up your sewing space for 2020… a new decade of sewing fun! 

Why Sew4Home is a Janome Exclusive Studio

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 1:00

We get asked a lot about our “favorite things.” Many of you are interested in what we choose and use on our projects, and we’re always happy to share. The most common questions are about sewing machines – probably because a machine is likely to be the most expensive item in your sewing space. However, it’s also likely to be the most confusing thing to shop for since there are so many options. If you’re a S4H regular, you know we’re a Janome Exclusive Studio. Recently, we noticed two things about Janome that you might have missed: they updated their slogan, and they got a very cool award. Both occurrences caught our attention because they underscore why we’ve always been so grateful to sew with what we feel is the best brand in the industry. Read on to find out why. 

Top Ten Things to be Thankful For in the Sewing Room

Thursday, 28 November 2019 1:00

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Sew4Home! It’s a glorious day for family, friends, and food. But if you’re searching for an excuse to sneak out of the room before Uncle Tony starts into his annual holiday re-cap of the new traffic cones he’s added to his already burgeoning collection, why not browse for a bit on Sew4Home? We’ve compiled a few things that raise our “attitude of gratitude” here in the world of sewing and craft. Read on, and leave us a comment about what you’re thankful for! 

Folk Art Embroidered Zip Pouch Set: New Etsy Shop Pattern

Monday, 25 November 2019 1:00

For the coming holidays and beyond, these classic zipper pouches are especially sweet as a set or pick your favorite and make just one. With brilliant colors and detailed embroidery, they would make a lovely gift. Or – here’s a fabulous idea: make something for yourself! Originally released as part of the Sew4Home Maker’s Club; this pattern is now available exclusively in the S4H Etsy Shop. There are three custom embroidery designs included with the pattern purchase, one formatted to fit each size of pouch. 

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