A HUGE thank you to the nearly 1,500 Sew4Home visitors who took a few minutes to answer our recent You Asked 4 It survey. We want to make sure we’re bringing you the type of inspiration and information you're looking for, and these responses will be a big help as we build our future editorial calendars. Take a look at some of the results.
We read through each and every response, but that is a lot of detail, so we've summarized the information for you. Of course, our email box is always open. If you missed the survey and want to weigh in with a few of your thoughts, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Diane Kauffman of Hagerstown, Maryland. We drew her name from all completed surveys to win a mystery grab bag of cool fabric cuts direct from the S4H Stash. Diane has used our Sew4Home tutorials to help banish her fears of trying something new. She has a great attitude, "Of course I sometimes make mistakes, but that is why I love my seam ripper so much!" That's the spirit; tackle that new challenge and end up with a new skill!
What categories of projects would you like to see more of?
Bags and totes along with their smaller pouch and wristlet companions topped the list here. Although Bins and Baskets were close behind. Sew4Home visitors love their storage solutions!
What types of techniques are you interested in learning more about?
Over half of the respondents were interested in Quilting, followed very closely by those of you wanting more information about how best to use Piping, Cording, and Trims. A love of garments was also noted with Alterations and Pattern Making coming in high on the list.
What products are you interested knowing more about?
Ahhhhh… Interfacing - so many choices, so little time. Nearly 60% put this at the top of the list, followed by Fasteners, Marking Tools, and Batting. Those “behind the scenes” tools are so important!
Who/What would you like to see more projects geared toward?
The answers here were quite wide and varied, although Babies and Young Children as well as Older Children and Teens make the top five responses along with Pets.
Are there holidays for which you'd like more ideas?
Christmas was the big winner, followed by Birthday Parties and Thanksgiving. We also loved all the individual responses for specific celebration ideas, like anniversaries and wedding showers.
Which Sew4Home themed series would you like to see more of?
Quick and easy was everyone’s favorite. You love our Fast Fridays and ScrapBusters series, but were also interested in more Knock-Offs that replicate costly ready-made projects for less.
People love our bags, but which type are your favorite?
Shoulder Bags, Slings, and Large Totes garnered the most votes. We also saw a number of requests for travel worthy bags and it appears one can never have enough pockets!
What best describes your design style?
We love the fact that these answers were so evenly spread out. “A little of everything” is what we saw in many of the comments. The top five categories were: Traditional, Eclectic, Contemporary, Shabby Chic, and Garden.
What other articles do you/might you find interesting?
You are interested in hearing from others in the industry. Guest tutorials topped the list with over 70%. I guess it’s time for us to open up our address book and call some of our creative pals!
Is there a specific project you are interested in?
SO many great ideas here. From a boho style backpack to a comfy hammock to how to decorate a small space. We have a huge list of fun concepts to consider.
The remaining questions covered skill level, social media choices, age range, and shopping preferences, which we’ll use to tailor our messages.
If you requested to be added to our maillist, thank you! Please give us a few weeks to finish making all those additions. Or, if you just can’t wait, there’s a sign-up box at the top right of every page of the site.
Thanks again for helping us with your participation. The more we know – the better Sew4Home becomes!