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2018 New Year’s Sewing Resolutions - or - Why We Love Sewing Truly, Madly, Deeply

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Goals. Resolutions. Promises to keep. Whatever you call them, and whether they’re tacked to the front of the fridge or simply rolling around in one corner of your brain… it’s the time of year when we’re expected to take stock and make plans. Here at Sew4Home, we have a slightly different suggestion for 2018… at least when it comes to your sewing resolutions, but maybe for your other passions as well. Before forging ahead with the next big thing, stop for just a moment to think back to the beginnings of your sewing experience and remember why. Why do you love sewing “truly, madly, deeply”? Because once you remember why, the who, what, when, and where of that next adventure start to come into sharper focus. 

Truly

The creativity. The ability to take a stack of flat fabric, some thread, interfacings, and possibly a few pieces of hardware, and bring it together into something to use, to wear, to give as a gift. Is it perfect? Maybe yes; maybe no. It doesn’t matter. And that’s the truth inside “truly.” It’s about what inspires you – what speaks to the heart of your creativity. When it’s something handmade, it means you’ve touched it and brought it to life. You’ve taken those flat pieces, those bits and bobs, and molded them into an entirely new thing that is unique to you.

Madly

The technology. Just when we think the machines and tools that help us create can’t get any more amazing... BAM! There’s something new and even more amazing. Wireless Internet connection from our sewing machines, iPad apps, mini this and maxi that, specialized rulers, cutters, even smarter pins! Can a better mousetrap be far behind?! The innovations keep opening up new ways to make sewing easier, faster, and more precise so our finished projects look more professional and better than ever.

Deeply

The connections. We’re not talking plugs and ports this time. It’s the people. The women and men who are part of the sewing, quilting and crafting community are a special band of compatriots. We lift each other up, we’re thrilled to witness another’s success, we’re excited to take advantage of someone’s ingenious new idea. The love of what we do pulls us together so we can celebrate everything that makes up this crazy creative world. And so we can remind ourselves, “All is well - I own a seam ripper.”

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JMarie said:
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Thanks for the nudge to reevaluate why I love to sew! I have started my project list for the upcoming months!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@JMarie - Yay! Good for you for already building your 2018 list. Let us know which S4H make the cut 

Karla said:
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I "found" your site by accident and have only gone forward with my sewing. Your designs, ideas are fantastic.  I am looking forward to the slouch purse coming up.  

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Karla - Welcome aboard, and we're thankful for whatever accident brought you here... unless it involved a broken bone  Thank you for such a lovely compliment. Let us know what you think about the Slouch purse!

Gillian 2 said:
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Happy New Year! Thank you so much for all the inspiration, fabulous projects and the fun you bring to sewing. Very much looking forward to further creative adventures in 2018

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Gillian 2 - Thank YOU so much for taking a minute to leave such a lovely compliment. We too are looking forward to all the creative adventures to come in 2018! We're glad you'll be along for the ride.

1DELSUR said:
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Happy New Year to all of you, filled with peace and love.  Thank you for a year full of inspiration, new projects and lovely ideas to make for home.  Thanks again.

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@ 1DELSUR - Thanks to you for such sweet sentiment. I think we're all looking for more peace and love #1... more creativity and inspiration is close behind at #2. 

GLavonne said:
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Happy New year.  Thank you for all you do.  Thank you for helping me get creative again.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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GLavonne - Thank you for being part of the Sew4Home family. You ARE creative!

sfarris787@valornet.com said:
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When I found this Sew4Home site, I knew that I'd found a treasure! I just finished 9 Eye Pillows for Christmas gifts and plan to make at least 7 more for upcoming gifts.  Last year I made the Relaxing Neck Pillow for my 6 cousins for our annual Cousins' Gathering.  Thanks for sharing the tutorials and new ideas!  I can't wait to see what comes in 2018.

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@sfarris787 - Thank you for such a lovely compliment. It sounds like you have quite the creative assembly line underway. If you follow us on Social Media, we'd love to see a picture so we can all be inspired. We are sew4home on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, and sew4home_diy on Instagram. 

Petra S. said:
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Many thanks to all of you for a plenty of inspirations, great tutorials, ideas and tips.

Happy New Year!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Petra - Thank you for being a loyal follower. Our S4H fans are THE best!!!

Anonymous said:
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I would like to thank all of you for the inspiration and the great tutorials. You help me to make my life better in so many ways!       Fani Noulika

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Fani - Thank so so much! We're very happy to hear you're finding so much to love. We can't wait for 2018!

Ewanda said:
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Pieknie dziękujei Liz i całej Sew4home za prace ktora wykonują dla nas, wkładacie w celu serce Które czójemy wag każdym projekcie.

SZCZĘŚLIWEGO Nowego ROKU 2018!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Ewanda - Thank you for such a kind message. Have a wonderful 2018!

Ewanda said:
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Bardzo lubię tu zaglądać, jest to moja ulubiona strona. 

Pozdrawiam

Ewanda

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Ewanda - Thank you so much! We appreciate having you as a regular follower.

MoeWest said:
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Happy New Year to the Sew4Home team! Thanks for all the great inspiration and tutorials. 2018 is my first year of retirement, so I plan to spend more time sewing and quilting!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@MoeWest - Thank you, and congratulations on your retirement!

Mihaela said:
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Many grateful thanks to Liz and all Sew4home team for sharing your very classy projects: they bring back for me the excitement and the joy of sewing.... A happy and healthy 2018!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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Mihaela - That is so nice of you to say. We're looking forward to 2018 anf are so thankful to have such great followers, like you!

LesLee said:
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Thank you for your wonderful inspirations. I recently found your blog about 2 months ago when I decided to teach myself to sew. I have made placemats napkins and cinch bags for Christmas this year and I have loved every minute of it, from the moment I start a project to the moment they say WOW you made this! So thanks again for all you do. Happy New Year

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@LesLee - You've done so much in just 2 weeks. Super impressed and glad to know we helped play a part in getting you started. If you follow us in social media, we'd love to see a pic of your projects as you continue (realize the ones so far you've given away already!). We are sew4home on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter and sew4home_diy on Instagram. Happy New Year!!

Caroline from France said:
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Thanks, Liz, and everyone at Sew4Home for a year of creative ideas, tips, patterns and sheer fun. Happy New Year to you all!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Caroline - Happy New You to you as well. We are lucky to have you as such a loyal follower.