We hope this week’s projects have inspired you to jump into the Christmas in July sewing season. To further encourage your enthusiasm, we have TWO holiday themed fat quarter bundles from FreeSpirit Fabrics to give away. Each bundle contains 20 fat quarters (18” x 21” cuts) from a range of popular FreeSpirit classic Christmas collections as well as accompanying festive prints in coordinating colors and patterns.
We wish you a relaxing day of celebration and reflection.
"May we think of freedom, not as the ability to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right." -- Peter Marshall
If you’re a Sew4Home regular, you know we brought you news of this great Janome Presser Foot series earlier this year. We're back with a review of the latest addendum, covering the Cover Pro Presser Feet. Many people rarely change out their presser foot, often because they’re just not sure what to do with that bag o’ extra feet that came with their machine! Is that you?! Janome has tackled this “excuse” with their Presser Foot Workbook series, which gives you a working knowledge of their most popular feet. Take a look at our overview, then visit your local Janome dealer for more information on how to build your own set. We say “build” your own set because one of the things we love most about how this series was developed is the fact that the basic binder covers the nine feet most commonly included as standard feet with the majority of models. You can then choose to add up to four additional supplements based on the type of sewing in which you’re most interested.
How do you Measure Up? In our eyes, all Sew4Home visitors are the coolest, but in this case, we actually mean Measure Up as in rulers and tapes! In honor of the Summer Solstice, which begins today and kicks off the measurement of days left until winter, our friends at Dritz® have provided three great tools that can cover the long and short of all your measuring tasks. TWO lucky Sew4Home visitors will each receive a set of these three Dritz Home® Measuring Tools.
A blind hem is exactly what it sounds like: a hem with stitches you can barely see. It's perfect for window coverings, the hem at the bottom of a garment, or anywhere you want a clean finished edge. When I first started sewing, attaining a perfect blind hem was like finding the Holy Grail. And then a funny thing happened, I practiced it a few times, and realized it was really easy. It's sort of like learning to use chopsticks – at first it seems so awkward and difficult and then, suddenly, it's second nature. Try a blind hem and you'll never drop a wad of sticky rice in your lap again. This is one of our most popular techniques ever on Sew4Home; so much so, we try to re-run it at least once a year in order to stamp out the fear of blind hems for both new and returning visitors.
This great out-and-about bag is a brand new pattern available in our Etsy Shop. You know how busy little ones can be; so it makes sense to free up your hands with a diaper bag that can also be worn as a backpack! Originally released as part of the exclusive Sew4Home Maker’s Club, this popular pattern is now available for purchase by all our Sew4Home fans and followers.
Does this look good with that? What about color? Too much, too little? Each season, fabric manufacturers release their latest collections of beautiful fabric filled with fresh new prints. Mastering the proper mixology of color and motif is something designers spend years perfecting. But there are basics everyone can use to create a fabulous look. We’ve collected our Top 10 Designer Tips to get you started.
Machine sewing is our stock in trade at Sew4Home, but sometimes, stepping back to take handmade at its root meaning is a personal, tactile experience that is both relaxing and rewarding. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop recently let us know about their new cross-stitch focus that includes a dedicated YouTube channel, special pattern and floss kits, handy accessories, and more. We picked a few of our favorites to give you a sneak peek at all the fun. Read on so you can “take your sewing by the hand.”
We've been asked numerous times by Sew4Home visitors, "How do you get your double rows of stitching so perfectly even?" We've quietly given out our secret to several of you. But now we've decided it's time to reveal it to the world. The way to get perfectly even, super close, double rows of stitching is... to use a twin needle. If you're one of those people who think twin needles are way too complicated, you're in for a very pleasant surprise: twice the stitching is half as hard as you might imagine.