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Introducing the S4H Maker’s Club - Now at your Janome Dealer - Embroidered Holiday Pouches

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 1:00

We are very excited to unveil an exclusive new Club that kicks off this month at participating Janome Dealers across the US.  From bags to baskets to linens and more, Sew4Home Maker’s Club members will create clever projects and learn pro techniques. Our debut project is a set of embroidered zipper pouches with tassel accents. These projects are exclusive to Janome dealers, but we’ll introduce each one right here on the website to keep you up-to-date on all the inspiration. Reach out to your local Janome dealer for more information on how you can sign up. 

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Quilt Market 2017 Recap: We Came, We Saw, We Wore Out a Pair of Shoes

Thursday, 02 November 2017 1:00

Every year, when the end of October rolls around and pumpkin spice is in the air everywhere, those of us in the sewing and quilting industry are in full-throttle QMM: Quilt Market Mode. It’s the biggest show of the year, and although there is a Festival component that is open to the public, it’s Quilt Market, the trade-only side of the coin, where the true wonders lie. Between hugging sewing friends we only get to see once a year, gasping at the beauty of the newest fabric collections, and trekking from booth to booth…. to booth, we managed to capture and bring back some sneak peek images just for you. As always, they’ll be even more treats to come as we unveil new sponsors, new projects, and new plans to keep Sew4Home clever, creative, and cutting edge. 

How to Insert a Push Lock Closure

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 1:00

We've all seen this popular little clasp. It's the go-to closure on everything from casual backpacks to high-end handbags. As with anything that includes moving parts, and may involve tools to install, it can seem intimidating. You might opt instead for a simple button closure, a snap, or simply hope a flap stays put on its own. Here's the secret about this two-part lock: it's actually quite easy to put in. The key is confirming the placement of both halves, but that's just a matter of careful measuring and double-checking. So what are you waiting for? On the next project that features a flap or strap to secure – go pro with a tuck lock. 

Sewing Misdemeanors: 20 Ghastly Things We All Do But Shouldn't

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 1:00

In honor of Halloween, we'd like to remind you of some ghastly things we all try to get away with when we think no one is looking. The sewing police aren't going to haul you away for these minor infractions, but they are little tricks we try to pull for which we should get no treats! Kind of like convincing yourself chocolate is part of the dairy food group. If you want the very best results, kicking your bad habits to the curb is important. Which of these are you guilty of? What other ones would you add?

Quick Tip: Test Your Stitches Before You Start to Sew

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 1:00

It’s always exciting to begin a new sewing project. We’re eager to get started, and test stitching can feel like a roadblock to the creativity to come. However, ripping out a bad seam or ruining an expensive piece of fabric with a gnarl of thread is an even greater roadblock. Taking just a few minutes at the beginning of every project to test your stitches is another Quick Tip that leads to a pro finish. 

Basic Shapes #2 Cheat Card: Common Straight Line Shapes

Monday, 23 October 2017 1:00


Our recent Basic Shapes Cheat Card #1 brought you fun facts about the smooth curves of The Circle. Time to straighten up and fly right with the most common of the angular geometric shapes. Are these all of them? Not at all, but they are the ones you are likely to come across in your sewing projects and patterns. If you wanted to know more about obtuse angles, rhomboids, and parallelograms… you should have paid better attention in Mr. Crutchfield's math class. Oh he saw you passing notes, yes he did. 

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Accessories We Love: Janome Taping Guide Foot

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 1:00

Whether you make your own binding tape or purchase packaged bias tape, a cleanly bound edge is the perfect finish for so many projects. It’s definitely one of our favorites. However, getting a smooth and even edge along a skinny binding can be challenging. And we all know, the first thing that will keep you up at night is wavy topstitching. Well, there are probably other things keeping you up at night, but we’re kind of obsessed with straight seams. Hallelujah, there’s a new specialty presser foot from Janome that is letting us get a bit more shut eye: the Taping Guide Foot

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How to Crinkle Gauze: Extra-Long Scarf in Crinkled Embrace Metallic Double Gauze from Shannon Fabrics

Monday, 16 October 2017 1:00

Double gauze is super soft, making it the top choice for layette swaddling blankets and other baby bundling. But it has lots of potential outside the nursery, especially when you apply a crinkling effect, sometimes called “contortion” pleating. We really like how this crinkling gives the double gauze an edgy, more modern feel. We’re working with Embrace Double Gauze from Shannon Fabrics, industry experts in all things soft. In particular, we selected one of their brand new Cotton Metallic Double Gauze options for a bit of extra holiday shimmer. We spotted a similar long scarf to ours at Barney’s selling for $270! Learn how easy it is to do it yourself – and create a look that’s unique to you and your wardrobe. 

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Lucky Friday the 13th Great Giveaway: Tim Holtz Fabric, Thread & Hardware

Friday, 13 October 2017 1:00


THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 10/21/17. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We have had a blast bringing you five fabulous new projects in three incredible collections from Tim Holtz for Coats. This is our second series working with the fabric magic that comes from this maverick designer. His vintage vibe is a delight to create with, and we hope you’ve been inspired to see all the different ways to use it. If you’ve been following along all week (if not, check out the links below to catch up), you know we worked with three different fabric collections: Dapper, Correspondence, and Wallflower; as well as his matching Eclectic Elements thread, zippers, and hardware. All Tim – all the time! 

Aurifil Thread at Fat Quarter Shop: Huge Selection + Exclusive Sets & Clubs

Friday, 06 October 2017 1:00

We all love fabric. The eye-catching color and amazing designs are what suck us in and keep our shelves sagging under the weight of our stash. That’s all well and good, but the unsung hero of your sewing projects is: the thread! Once you finally cut into some of that gorgeous fabric to create your next project, it’s the thread that will be holding all the beauty together. Isn’t that nice of it?! In honor of Aurifil Thread’s 10th anniversary in the USA, Fat Quarter Shop took us on a tour of their huge selection, which is truly one of the very best anywhere. Read on to find out more, and join our eNewsletter list to enter to win a Ten-Spool 10th Anniversary Aurifil Thread Bundle, courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop and Sew4Home. The spools are even packed in an awesome Fat Quarter Shop collectible storage tin

THE GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED 10/20/17. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

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