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Hand Sewing Basics: Tools & Techniques

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 1:00

Most sewing projects require at least a small amount of hand sewing. If you've left an opening in a seam to turn an item right side out, you may need to hand stitch the opening closed. Hems are often hand stitched. Or, you might need to hand stitch a facing in place. Whatever the task, a bit of hand stitching comes in... well, "handy." We've outlined the tools needed along with seven of the most common stitches. Simple drawings and steps show how to do each one. 

Twenty Terrific Gift Ideas

Friday, 08 December 2017 1:00

Tick tock goes the holiday clock, but there’s still time to give something you’ve made yourself. We’ve collected Twenty Terrific Gift Ideas to spark your imagination. Some you can whip out in an hour, others might stretch through an afternoon, but we searched to make sure they all fall into the easy-for-everyone category, plus most can be likely be made with stash fabric and supplies. Browse through the list and pick a few favorites to add to your last minute list. 

Favorite Project Great Giveaway: Sulky Thread and Stabilizer

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 1:00

THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED 12/22/17. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We’re back with another Favorite Project Great Giveaway. This special giveaway series gives you a chance to win fabric and/or notions from some our most popular projects. This time, we have THREE bundles of the exact Sulky 30wt cotton thread and Ultra Solvy stabilizer we used for our super cute Sewing Patches Tote

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Fabriflair Stars for the Holidays: Special S4H Discount from Indygo Junction

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 1:00

When the stars hit your eye, like a big pizza pie… that’s Fabriflair®! (apologies to Dean Martin; but at least on the web, you can’t tell how off key we are). Just in time for holiday decorating, we are back with our friends from Indygo Junction to bring you some exciting news about their Fabriflair® dimensional paper piecing kits. Originally created as matte board template kits for hand stitching, they have a brand new line of stabilizer and patterns that can be created with machine stitching. Find out more, snag the code for a 15% holiday discount, and get ready to see – and sew – stars! 

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Congratulations to Six New Great Giveaway Winners

Friday, 24 November 2017 1:00

Our three most recent Great Giveaways generated shouts of glee from six lucky S4H fans and followers. Read on to find out who won what and a little tidbit of each of them. Thanks to everyone who entered, as well as to all our marvelous sponsors and friends who help provide these lovely prizes. When you support them, you support us. 

Machine Basting Basics: Why and How

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 1:00

Whether you’re a novice or an advanced sewer, you’ve likely heard the term "basting." And, we don't mean the yummy Thanksgiving turkey technique! In sewing, basting is a temporary straight stitch used to hold layers together until a final stitch is sewn. Since it’s a long, loose stitch, a basting stitch removes easily after sewing is complete. In this tutorial, we’ll explain 1) how to determine if your sewing machine has a basting stitch, 2) when to use a basting stitch in your sewing projects, and 3) why hand basting is sometimes needed as well. 

Introducing the S4H Maker’s Club - Now at your Janome Dealer - Embroidered Holiday Pouches

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 1:00

We are very excited to unveil an exclusive new Club that kicks off this month at participating Janome Dealers across the US.  From bags to baskets to linens and more, Sew4Home Maker’s Club members will create clever projects and learn pro techniques. Our debut project is a set of embroidered zipper pouches with tassel accents. These projects are exclusive to Janome dealers, but we’ll 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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Quilt Market 2017 Recap: We Came, We Saw, We Wore Out a Pair of Shoes

Thursday, 02 November 2017 1:00

Every year, when the end of October rolls around and pumpkin spice is in the air everywhere, those of us in the sewing and quilting industry are in full-throttle QMM: Quilt Market Mode. It’s the biggest show of the year, and although there is a Festival component that is open to the public, it’s Quilt Market, the trade-only side of the coin, where the true wonders lie. Between hugging sewing friends we only get to see once a year, gasping at the beauty of the newest fabric collections, and trekking from booth to booth…. to booth, we managed to capture and bring back some sneak peek images just for you. As always, they’ll be even more treats to come as we unveil new sponsors, new projects, and new plans to keep Sew4Home clever, creative, and cutting edge. 

How to Insert a Push Lock Closure

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 1:00

We've all seen this popular little clasp. It's the go-to closure on everything from casual backpacks to high-end handbags. As with anything that includes moving parts, and may involve tools to install, it can seem intimidating. You might opt instead for a simple button closure, a snap, or simply hope a flap stays put on its own. Here's the secret about this two-part lock: it's actually quite easy to put in. The key is confirming the placement of both halves, but that's just a matter of careful measuring and double-checking. So what are you waiting for? On the next project that features a flap or strap to secure – go pro with a tuck lock. 

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