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Valentine’s Day 2019 Great Giveaway: We Love You

Thursday, 14 February 2019 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 03/01/19. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We do what we do because we love you! Perhaps if the sewing thing doesn’t work out, we could get a job writing greeting cards. Whatcha think, S4H fans? Terribly sappy rhymes aside, we do truly appreciate all our followers. You bring smiles to our faces every day with your success stories, and we’re giving back today with a Valentine’s prize bundle in the colors of the season. Pink, red, and white are colors sure to delight! Okay… don’t give up your day job; we hear ya. Read on to see all the ways you can enter to win. 

Accessories We Love: Janome Ultra Glide Foot & Ultra Glide Needle Plate

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 1:00

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. 

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How to Use a Janome Circular Sewing Attachment

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 1:00

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. 

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Peel and Stick Designer Wallpaper from Hawthorne Supply Co.

Monday, 04 February 2019 1:00

“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! 

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How to Close Up a Seam with Invisible Hand Stitching

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 1:00

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.

Learn to Crinkle Gauze – Then Make A Gorgeous Scarf with Your Skills

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 1:00

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. 

Products We Love: Quick Pleaters from Home Sewing Depot

Friday, 18 January 2019 1:00

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. 

Congratulations to our SEVEN Latest Great Giveaway Winners

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 1:00

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. 

Top 20 Projects of 2018

Friday, 04 January 2019 1:00

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. 

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