Life can get a little sticky sometimes. In general, that statement covers a vast array of scenarios. But in the world of sewing, we’re usually talking about laminates, vinyls, faux leather, oil cloth, and the other sticky fabric substrates that look cool but can be challenging to sew. The surfaces of these specialty fabrics love to drag across your presser foot and/or needle plate, causing your stitching to bunch or break. Plus, with non-wovens, once you make a hole it’s there to stay. So the last thing you want are extra holes due to messed up seams. The Janome Ultra Glide Foot and its accompanying Needle Plate give you the ability to sew through your sticky situations like a hot knife through butter.
Going in circles doesn’t have to be a bad thing! In fact, when it comes to pretty stitching embellishments, the circle is always a winner. But… how on earth can you stitch in a truly perfect circle?! Even following a drawn line can lead to bumbles and bobbles. Our secret: the Janome Circular Sewing Attachment. It locks into position on the machine and works like a compass to sew a perfect circle every time. We’ve used it on some of our most popular projects, and although we do love it when you think we are just amazingly skilled and can do anything without even trying… we thought it was time to share our circle secret with a step-by-step tutorial that shows how easy it really is behind the scenes thanks to this cool tool.
“Up against the wall.” “We’re stuck on you.” “If these walls could talk.” The introductory lines came fast and furiously for this article about the new designer wallpaper from Hawthorne Supply Co.. But what it finally came down to was: Wow. Just. Wow. We’ve always loved wallpaper – just not putting up wallpaper. In fact, the closest I’ve ever come to physically harming another person was during the installation of wallpaper in my son’s nursery. So when we saw the news this past November about the Peel and Stick Wallpaper from Hawthorne Supply Co., we were thrilled. Read on for all the details and direct links for shopping and buying. Because it’s from the creative minds at Hawthorne Supply Co., you know it will be easy to browse, of the highest quality, and pretty, pretty, pretty!
The majority of projects you encounter require at least a little hand stitching. Often, it’s the final seam closure after turning a project right side out. The goal is to make your hand stitching as invisible as possible. Although it’s tempting to rush through this last bit of stitching, the Pro Secret is to take the extra time to create a clean finish. The most common (and quick) hand stitching choice is usually the Whip Stitch, but it doesn’t yield the best look. We recommend the Ladder or Slip Stitch.
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 one of the Embrace Double Gauze options from Shannon Fabrics, a Cotton Metallic Double Gauze for a bit of extra shimmer. We spotted a similar long scarf to ours at Barney’s selling for $270! Learn how easy it is to do it yourself for SO much less – and create a look that’s unique to you and your wardrobe.
Pleats have been with us for centuries as a functional and/or decorative way to reduce the size of a piece of fabric. They are firmly ensconced in fashion sewing, but are also perfect in numerous home décor applications, like bed skirts, window treatments, and table linens. We’ve even incorporated them as unique embellishments on a petite purse and a decorator pillow. Their only drawback… they are rather “fussy” to create; your measuring, marking, and folding have to be very precise (read: very time consuming). But where challenges exist, the creative brains of the sewing world step in with a solution. Our friend, Claudia Buchanan of Home Sewing Depot sent us her Quick Pleater tools to test. Read on to see how we made quick work of both knife pleats and box pleats.
We recently concluded four Great Giveaways that resulted in seven Sew4Home visitors getting special prize packages over the holidays! This latest group of winners came from around the US as well as Canada. It’s always fun to see how far and wide the Sew4Home inspiration reaches. As always, thanks to everyone who entered! Plans for 2019 Great Giveaways are already in the works. Your lucky day may be coming up! In the meantime, read on to find out a little bit about of Seven Super Winners.
As we launch into another year of Sew4Home projects, it’s time to take quick look back at a few of the most popular from 2018. It’s always a little amazing to see how many we’ve done, and it’s a challenge to narrow the list of favorites. This year, we decided to put them into chronological order so it’s a true trip down memory lane. We bet there are a few you might have missed along the way, which means we’re already adding to your 2019 must-make lists. Did we miss any of your favorites? Are there some ideas you’re dying for us to explore this year? Leave us a comment below; we always love to hear from you, and our You Asked 4 It list is one of the first places we turn when considering new ideas.
I have a clean sheet of paper and a sharpened pencil. Or… perhaps that’s too old school, so I have also opened a new note on my iPhone and my fingers are poised over the keyboard. Either way, it’s time to reflect on the past year and set a few goals for 2019. I know the experts say putting too much stock in the classic commitments can actually amplify disappointment rather than generate hope. So, let’s steer away from: losing weight, flossing regularly, and drinking more water. Instead, I want a bigger picture to keep in my mind’s eye. Let’s think about what will help make us more creative and inspired. We put together our Top Seven ideas for amping up enthusiasm and imagination… and joy. What are you planning?