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How to Use The Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 1:00

We are big on bags here at Sew4Home, which means we're always on the lookout for cool bag accessories; such as closures, handles, hardware, and more. One look we love is the addition of leather and faux leather handles (both pre-drilled and un-drilled), as well as medallions and patches. But, we hadn't pinpointed the right tool to make securing these add-ons easy enough for all levels of sewers. Thanks to our friends at Dritz®, we have our solution: The Speedy Stitcher® from Dritz Home, a sewing awl kit that makes attaching these kind of cool items, as well as many other tasks, fast and easy. 

What Would You Like? Enter Our You Asked 4 It Survey!

Friday, 24 March 2017 1:00

THIS SURVEY IS CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. 

The more we know about our audience, the better we can tailor our projects, product reviews, and technique tutorials. We have just a few short multiple-choice questions, which should take you about five minutes to complete. We promise there will be no math story problems or trick questions about who exactly is buried in Grant’s tomb. If you include your email at the completion of the survey, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a mystery grab bag of cool fabric cuts direct from the S4H Stash. It's an easy way to let us know what you would be the most interested in seeing right here on Sew4Home. 

Top Color Trends for Spring 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 1:00

Even though a crazy last blast o’ winter just covered much of the northeastern US in a blanket of white, Spring officially arrived this past Monday, and with it comes COLOR! It’s time to shake off the winter blues (and blacks and grays) and bust out some brights. The color gurus at Pantone have forecast their top ten seasonal picks, which break into five colors on the softer side of Spring, and five more vivid tones that can segue right into summer. Read on to plan your next palette. 

How and Why to Set Your Sewing Machine's Stitch Length

Thursday, 16 March 2017 1:00

Adjusting stitch length isn't necessary for every project, but as you experiment with different types of fabrics and and start using stitches for embellishment as well as construction, a few quick tips will come in handy. When working with today's machines, which can zip along at up to 1000 stitches per minute, you can see how a little length goes a long way.

Sew4Home Featured in Spring Issue of Where Women Cook Magazine

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 1:00

We are very proud to once again be featured in the Handmade for the Home Kitchen column of Where Women Cook! We designed a brand new apron expressly for their readers. Tough canvas on the front with pretty cotton accents on the back, this classic cook’s apron has the style and substance to be at home in any hardworking kitchen. It is also the very first product in our brand new Sew4HomeShop on Etsy. 

How to Clean Your Sewing Machine: Get Smoother Sewing & Fewer Repairs

Friday, 24 February 2017 1:00

This is one article we like to bring back often because it's so important to be nice to your trusty sewing machine. Do you know the number one thing you can do to keep your sewing machine running smoothly? Clean out the lint! It's an unavoidable by-product of sewing. The more you sew, the more lint sifts into the guts of your machine. A little regular cleaning will keep your machine running smoothly. And a clean machine is also a quiet machine. Not only will periodic "care and feeding" help your machine to run better, it can also save you money in major repairs. Our thanks to Janome America for taking us through the important steps of regular maintenance you can do yourself in between trips to your dealer for more thorough cleaning and service.

Yardage Conversion Cheat Card

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 1:00

I know I should be able to do math in my head; I also know I should eat more fruits and vegetables and actually use my gym membership. I could continue to pretend all these things are going to happen, or… I could find some little workarounds. Our Cheat Card is a handy reference table that converts common yardage amounts into inches and centimeters – no math-in-your-head required. It’s small enough to tuck into your wallet or tack up on the bulletin board in your sewing room. 

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How to Make a Narrow Hem with a Neat Corner

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 1:00

Finishing the corners when you're making a narrow hem can be a challenge. Making a perfect 90˚ fold at each corner is one option, and often will work just fine. However, it can be tough to keep your raw edges tucked in, and bulky or slippery fabrics can cause you fits. Instead, our go-to finish option is the folded diagonal point corner: easy, tidy, and pretty from both sides. 

Products We Love: New Bag Hardware from Dritz

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 1:00

Here at Sew4Home, we’re quite well known for our bag designs; it’s even the focus of our recent book with Fons & Porter: Bags and Totes, 10 Fashionable Projects Anyone Can Sew. When we start a new bag concept, one of the first things we think about is hardware: buckles, slides, clips, hooks… the elements that provide both functionality as well as a professional finish. The right piece of hardware can even be the genesis of an entire design. Since it’s such an important element, you know we were thrilled when we found out about the new Dritz® hardware coming out this Spring. In particular, we were excited to see two brand new finishes: copper and gunmetal. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day - we’re celebrating Products We Love today – ones we think you’ll love too! 

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Products We Love: Clover Quick Yo-Yo Makers

Friday, 10 February 2017 1:00

There’s no research confirming a link between the classic yo-yo string toy and the fabric yo-yo, but they are both round, both peaked in popularity in the 1930s-40s in the United States, and both are pretty, dang fun! So, we’re happy to link them together as two points along a playful continuum. A fabric yo-yo is a small, ruched rosette. It’s most often associated with quilting, and antique yo-yo quilts can be quite stunning, but it’s a fun bit of dimensional embellishment that can be used on any number of projects. At it’s simplest, the yo-yo is just a small gathered circle. When cinched up tight it produces a smooth “button” effect on one side and a pretty rippled confection on the other. You can make them by hand, and we summarize those steps below, but we prefer to use the Clover Quick Yo-Yo Makers. These small plastic devices are incredibly affordable, and make the job of stitching yo-yos easier and more uniform. 

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