Doubly delightful! The two winners of our two most recent Great Giveaways scored big with boxes of goodies landing on their doorsteps. Read on to find out a little bit about the winning duo. And remember, there are always more opportunities ahead. Stay tuned and stay creative. Your lucky day may be next. “Life’s a game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But whatever cards you’re dealt, never play without heart.”
The square pillow – it's a decorating staple and a great way to freshen up a room. You pick your favorite fabric, measure carefully, and cut two perfect squares. You sew the seams, pivoting at each corner with precision, and insert the pillow form. You set the finished pillow on the sofa, and... Hey! That pillow doesn't look square! Instead of crisp straight edges, the sides curve in toward the center and the corners are floppy. Use this quick pro tip to learn how a slight curve can create a better square.
Window coverings seem to be one of our most basic needs. As soon as you get some sort of shelter, you're looking for a way to cover the windows for privacy. In college, I simply used push-pins to hold a sheet across my apartment's bedroom window. I let it hang down at night, and during the day I held it back with a binder clip from my Economics textbook. Not very stylish, but at least it blocked the view of the dumpsters. Now I know window coverings are a great DIY project; and simple enough for the beginning sewer. Straight edges. Simple, straight stitches. The individual steps couldn't be easier. But even the most basic curtain project can go awry without some good planning. And the most important part of that planning is knowing how to take proper measurements.
Narrow tucks, called pintucks when they are super-duper narrow, are most often used in the world of heirloom sewing, but they can add a lovely bit of detail to many other types of projects. You can create this look quickly and easily with your Quarter Inch Seam foot. Tucks can be sewn in thread to match the fabric for a classic tone-on-tone look. Or, switch to a contrasting thread for extra detail along the stitch line. For even more embellishment, amp up the accent with decorative stitching between tucks or directly on top of each tuck.
Sergers. For some, the word alone can send them screaming into the darkest corners of their sewing rooms. “The threading… not the threading… make it stop!” Well, perhaps that’s a wee bit dramatic, but the fear of threading the loopers on a serger, “Sergiothreadaphobia” as it is known in medical circles, keeps many a sewer from adding this powerful tool to their compliment of machines. If you’re a regular Sew4Home follower, you know we are an all-Janome studio, and so we are thrilled to tell you about their newest serger: the Airthread 2000D Professional – Serging Simplified. Available now at Authorized Janome Dealers in the US and Canada.
I love those little emergency sewing kits they have at hotels. They're a life saver if you lose a button right before an important meeting or have another kind of "wardrobe malfunction." But I wouldn't dream of using them for my regular sewing – anymore than I'd open a hair salon that only carried those cute little hotel shampoos. However, for some sewers, especially beginning sewers, their set of tools is at about the same level as the free repair kit. If that's the case with your sewing basket, you have some shopping to do. Having better quality tools and notions actually helps you achieve better results on your projects. It can make the difference between a project that was fun to create and you're proud to display, and one you feel like hurling out the window. This is also a great article to share with friends who are just learning to sew. Helping them collect the right basic tools is one of the best ways to make sure they start off on the right foot.
When my son was a toddler and celebrating one of his first Fourth of July fireworks experiences, he was – as most kids are – mesmerized by the sparklers. So much so that as fast as a speeding bullet (a speed only bullets and toddlers can attain), his chubby little hand darted out and grabbed for the glowing stick before I could pull it away. A shriek pierced the night and the sparkler fell to the ground, still sputtering. I felt like the worst mother on the planet as I examined the barbecue grill marks across his fingers and palm.
Baby on board! Babies and toddlers are busy – why tie up your hands carrying a diaper bag when you can use a backpack?! Our beautiful bag finishes at 16” high x 12” wide x 6” deep and can be worn as a backpack or hand carried – the adjustable straps are removable and the carry handles are corded for strength and softness. This is the fourth project in our S4H Maker’s Club, available exclusively at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. Read on to find out more about the project and how you may be able to join a Club in your area.
Who won what? Inquiring minds want to know! This latest group of lucky winners came from around the corner to around the world. It’s always fun to see how far and wide the Sew4Home inspiration reaches. As always, thanks to everyone who entered. Our visitors are like a big extended family to us, and we wish we could send prizes out to everyone. Instead, we’ll continue to do our best to provide you with the coolest projects that are the easiest and most fun to make! Read on to find out a little bit about our most recent Five Fabulous Winners.
Scanning the list of materials for your next project tutorial, you suddenly come across a term or two that causes you to stop and scratch your head: Fat Quarters, Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes. Have you accidentally clicked from a sewing site to a recipe site? All these items sound delicious, but what the heck do they have to do with sewing? They are the names of various types of fabric pre-cuts. And though not edible, they are great time and money savers, and the perfect way to play with all the pretty pieces from your favorite quilting cotton collections.