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The S4H Maker’s Club - Exclusively at your Janome Dealer - Quilted Machine Mat & Caddy

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 1:00

Our unique Sew4Home Maker’s Club celebrates Valentine’s month with the second of seven project packages: a super sweet Quilted Machine Mat & Caddy. This exciting new Club kicked off last November at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, Sew4Home Maker’s Club members create clever projects and learn pro techniques. Club Project #2 helps cushion the work surface for your machine and keeps your favorite notions and tools handy… and it does all of that while looking cute as the proverbial button! These projects are exclusive to Janome America dealers, but we 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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Let’s Stay Connected: Your Feedback is Very Important in the New Social Media Environment

Friday, 02 February 2018 1:00

Social media outlets are constantly evolving, which means what you see in your various feeds is also changing. You may have read reports from early January detailing Facebook’s new ranking system that will boost person-to-person engagement while throttling the visibility of pages, such as our own Sew4Home page. Even if you’ve chosen to follow a favorite business or publisher, that doesn’t mean their posts will regularly show up in your feed. We know this sounds rather “techy" and convoluted, but we also know Facebook is just the leading edge of similar shifts within other social media platforms. Our goal is to do our best to stay connected with our amazing S4H fans and followers. Read on to find our top three suggestions for keeping in touch

Floral Satchel: A New Twist on a Cool Project from the S4H Bags and Totes Book

Thursday, 01 February 2018 1:00

If you’re a regular visitor to Sew4Home, you’re probably familiar with our Re-imagine & Renovate series. It’s where we show you how new fabric can completely change the look of a design; the same way a fresh coat of paint can transform a room. The theory works just as well with the ten projects in our popular Sew4Home Bags and Totes book. We selected one of our favorites from within its pages: the Kid's Vintage Book Bag, and gave it a floral makeover. 

NEW Charity Quilt Along plus Cool Storage for your Sewing Table: Fat Quarter Shop

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 1:00

The latest of Fat Quarter Shop’s amazing charitable quilt alongs kicked off this month and runs through July of 2018. That’s seven months of beautiful blocks that will become a gorgeous quilt, and it’s all to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 2018 Clementine Quilt Along quilt features beautiful bright prints from the Mama’s Cottage collection by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics. In addition to bringing you all the info you need to participate in this wonderful Quilt Along, we also want to introduce you to the new It’s Sew Emma Stash ’n’ Store. We love using this innovative holder right next to our machine for instant access to our favorite notions. 

How To Box Corners: Two Methods with Formulas

Thursday, 18 January 2018 1:00

Okay - true confession time. In school, I was a theater rat... always in plays and musicals, always taking artsy-fartsy classes, including "How To Mime" or, as I remember it, "How To Pretend You're Stuck In A Box And Look Foolish Doing It." Unless you're Marcel Marceau, you look really silly doing mime. So... no mime today. But, we are still making a box. In particular, a boxed corner. This is a sewing technique everyone should have in her/his arsenal. The boxed corner creates space in something that would otherwise be flat. For example, in a bag, you'll have a lot more room to stash your stuff if you create boxed corners. Basically, any sewn corner can be turned into a boxed corner with a few simple steps. We show you the two most common methods.

Tips for Sewing with Faux Leather

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 1:00

Left: Faux Leather Shopper, Right: Trendy Faux Leather Handbag

Back in the 1970s, I wanted my mom to buy me a real leather jacket. Unfortunately, she was only prepared to spend for one made of synthetic leather. As much as I wanted to believe it looked genuine, it just looked fake. Today's fake – excuse me, faux leather looks so much more like the real thing. And, not only is faux leather less expensive than genuine leather, it's also easier to sew with. Read on for a few of our favorite tricks and tools.

Top 20 Projects of 2017 - Which Are Your Faves?

Friday, 05 January 2018 1:00

It’s time for our annual re-cap. Our task is to go through the past year and add up all the traffic counts, the likes/loves/pins/shares/etc./etc, and read through the comments again. Of course, we love all our projects, so it’s always hard to limit the number. But, no one is probably interested in a Top 200 list to wade through! That’s what our Project Index is for. Hard as it was, narrow it down we did, and we invite you to take a trip down memory lane to see them all. Each and every one is linked, so you can jump over to the project page to make sure you’ve added new favorites to your must-make list… just in case you missed them the first time around. 

The Fastest Way to Finish Curtains: Drapery Tapes from Dritz

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 1:00

Window coverings are often one of the first DIY home décor projects people attempt. And rightly so; they’re usually simple panels with just a few hems – fast, easy, and so much more affordable than off-the-shelf options. However, figuring out how best to hang those pretty panels can be more of a challenge. Dritz® Home products to the rescue! They offer three drapery tape options that solve the most common hanging alternatives: Rod Loop Tape, Clip Ring Tape, and Iron-On Shirring Tape. We made a mini sample to test each product and were very happy with how quickly everything went together. Read on to find out more. And you know that blank window you’ve been staring at for months? It could have its very own curtain in no time at all. 

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

Friday, 29 December 2017 1:00

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. 

Basic Shapes #3 Cheat Card: Common Angles

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 1:00

A circle has 360˚ – we all learned that in school, but we didn’t always learn how to use those 30 dozen degrees to create the angles that make up some of our favorite shapes. Our latest Sew4Home Cheat Card is the third installment in our Basics Shapes trio. It focuses on the most common angles used in sewing and how, with just a trusty protractor and some basic math, you can create your own custom paper piecing shapes, five and six pointed star appliqués, triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, octagons, and more. 

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