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7 New Year’s Resolutions to Amp Up Your Creativity for 2019 & Beyond

Monday, 31 December 2018 1:00

I have a clean sheet of paper and a sharpened pencil. Or… perhaps that’s too old school, so I have also opened a new note on my iPhone and my fingers are poised over the keyboard. Either way, it’s time to reflect on the past year and set a few goals for 2019. I know the experts say putting too much stock in the classic commitments can actually amplify disappointment rather than generate hope. So, let’s steer away from: losing weight, flossing regularly, and drinking more water. Instead, I want a bigger picture to keep in my mind’s eye. Let’s think about what will help make us more creative and inspired. We put together our Top Seven ideas for amping up enthusiasm and imagination… and joy. What are you planning? 

Sewing Vocabulary to Test Your Skills and Impress Your Friends

Friday, 28 December 2018 1:00

Any endeavor that turns into a passion comes with its own set of terms, phrases, abbreviations, and secret handshakes. Well, maybe they don’t all have a secret handshake… maybe just a decoder ring. Sewing is no different, and although we do try to make sure we define the more unusual words we sometimes toss around, we can forget now and then. So, we pulled together our Top Twenty Terms that come into play on a regular basis. We’ve alphabetized them into a mini glossary. If you’re a pro, buzz through and see how many you know without peeking. If you’re just getting started, these are great vocabulary builders and awesome to throw into the conversation to startle any non-sewing friends who might be eavesdropping. “I was simply unable move forward without dropping my feed dogs.”  

Elves Are Keeping Me Up – or, Why I Secretly Love the Last Minute Fever of Christmas Eve

Monday, 24 December 2018 1:00

Before it’s Christmas Eve, it’s Christmas Eve Day…. arguably the busiest day of year for many people, me included. Taking procrastination to the highest of heights, there is most likely: 1) a bulging bag of presents to wrap, 2) numerous sweet treats to finish but for which more butter is required (there is never, ever enough butter), 3) calls to make and emails to send to atone for the lack of, yet again, a clever Christmas card full of chatty news from 2018, and of course, 4) presents to buy since the other stuff already ordered will not arrive on time (is it just me, or does the Amazon Prime delivery window seem to be a moving target?). It’s busy, crazy, and nerve-racking… but, I actually kind of love it.

Draw and Measure a Circle Without a Pattern

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 1:00

The circle is, in my humble opinion, the Queen of the geometric shapes. Don't get me wrong; I like all those squares, rectangles, triangles, octagons, and whatnot; but the circle is the coolest of the bunch: smooth and pretty and endlessly useful. However, trying to draw a perfect circle without a pattern is a challenge, and figuring out the proper size of an opening into which a circle can be inserted requires working with Pi (or π), which is not the delicious kind you can eat with a bit of ice cream. We're here today to help you with the steps you've forgotten since high school geometry class (or maybe never learned because you were too busy passing notes with Susan Ellery!). We'll show you the parts of a circle, how wide to cut fabric to fit a circle, and how to draw a circle without a pattern. We've also included a handy conversion from decimals to inches, which is necessary when working with Pi.

The S4H Maker’s Club - Exclusively at your Janome Dealer - Forest Friends Embroidered Towel Set

Monday, 10 December 2018 1:00

A fox, a squirrel, and a hedgehog walk into a kitchen. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s actually the beginning of a great project featuring three custom embroidery designs. This is the seventh project in our S4H Maker’s Club, available exclusively at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, S4H Maker’s Club members are creating clever projects and learning pro techniques. 

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Topstitching versus Edgestitching: A Sewing Basics Quick Tip

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 1:00

As a writer and editor, I’m a bit of a “word geek.” I love all the crazy intricacies, like the subtle but important difference between further and farther, fewer and less or lie and lay. Yes, I am one of those annoying people… and a devastating opponent in Scrabble. There are a couple terms in sewing that get tossed about interchangeably: topstitching and edgestitching. They are similar but different animals, each with its own distinct purposes. The images above of our Five-Pocket Canvas Bag feature a variety of beautiful and precise topstitching and edgestitching.

Organic Fillers For Warming Pads: Rice, Corn and Flaxseed Compared

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 1:00

Microwavable heating pads with organic fillers are a wonderful way to soothe sore muscles or just warm up on a cold day. Their combination of toasty warmth and good smell are a natural remedy you can enjoy every day without side effects. The rice-filled warming pad project we did here at Sew4Home is one of the most popular gift items ever featured. Most likely, it's because they're not only functional, they're also really easy to make. Everybody who makes them seems to have a favorite filler. So we thought we'd do a little testing to see if we could find out which one is best.

Learn to Insert a Flat Circle Into a Tube

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 1:00

This is not one of those square-peg-in-a-round-hole situations. But, if the idea of sewing a two-dimensional item (a flat circle) into a three-dimensional item (a tube) sounds like something from another dimension altogether, read on. We've broken it down into a simple step-by-step process and even show you two different methods. 

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