A cover hem is a professional-style "serged" hem that traditionally has two to three lines of parallel stitching on the right side and a looper stitch which covers the raw edge of the fabric on the back side. It's the type of hem commonly found on most ready-to-wear knit garments (and many woven RTW items as well) as it has plenty of stretch and so will not distort the hem. It's also very fast and clean! We have a short lesson showing how easy it is to make a cover hem as well as our thoughts as to why a specialty cover hem machine may just be the coolest machine to add to your sewing space.
We like webbing… not necessarily like the monster from the black lagoon’s hands, but the cool cotton kind for bags and such. However, it can be hard to find in other than the most basic colors of white, natural, navy, and black. Bust out your decorative stitches and some colorful thread! This fast and easy embellishment can inject a little WOW into your webbing.
Spring is in the air and it has sent some fine feathered friends to celebrate. As they alight on a pair of delicate wires, we like to imagine they’re talking about how much they’re enjoying the Sew4Home Maker’s Club. This exciting new Club kicked off last November at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, Maker’s Club members are creating clever projects and learning pro techniques. Club Project #3 is an adorable appliquéd pillow with a set of very “sweet tweets”!
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/27/18. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Holiday DIY planning often starts early, such as the Christmas in July celebrations when new holiday fabric collections traditionally hit in-store and virtual shelves. But we know our Sew4Home visitors are super organized, with many of you having started your 2018 holiday sewing as soon as that last box of 2017 directions was stashed in the attic. For you, and anyone who is ready for a super cute novelty quilt, we’re excited to bring you a review of the Peppermint Lane Block of the Month book from It’s Sew Emma. Read on to find out more, and to enter to win your very own copy.
In between the simplicity of gathering and the intricacy of hand-smocking, lives one of our favorite texturing techniques: elastic shirring. You've probably owned a garment or two with shirring on the bodice or sleeve edge. It was the style on those iconic 1970s peasant dresses, and it remains popular in new fashion trends. Shirring is a great sewing technique to learn, and easy-peasy to create! Plus, just like the little boy with a hammer, for whom everything becomes a nail... once you learn how to do shirring, we guarantee there will be all kinds of projects that need this pretty, rumply, stretchy touch of texture.
Rivets are everywhere. Airliners have rivets. The pockets of your Levis® have rivets. Frogs make the sound, "rrriiiiiivvvet." That last example probably isn't applicable, but it kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it? Not only are rivets ubiquitous, they look super professional when used on a sewing project. Rivets also have a very logical purpose: they hold lots of thick layers together at points where it would be impossible to stitch with a sewing machine.
We get a lot of questions about zippers. They seem to live at the top of many people's lists of Sewing Phobias (ziphobia!). In an effort to calm these fears, we already have three step-by-step tutorials for inserting standard zippers, tackling invisible zippers, and putting in an inset zipper. We're adding to the zipper toolbox with the following zip tips about how to put a conventional zipper into a circular opening.
Our unique Sew4Home Maker’s Club celebrates Valentine’s month with the second of seven project packages: a super sweet Quilted Machine Mat & Caddy. This exciting new Club kicked off last November at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, Sew4Home Maker’s Club members create clever projects and learn pro techniques. Club Project #2 helps cushion the work surface for your machine and keeps your favorite notions and tools handy… and it does all of that while looking cute as the proverbial button! These projects are exclusive to Janome America dealers, but we 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.
Social media outlets are constantly evolving, which means what you see in your various feeds is also changing. You may have read reports from early January detailing Facebook’s new ranking system that will boost person-to-person engagement while throttling the visibility of pages, such as our own Sew4Home page. Even if you’ve chosen to follow a favorite business or publisher, that doesn’t mean their posts will regularly show up in your feed. We know this sounds rather “techy" and convoluted, but we also know Facebook is just the leading edge of similar shifts within other social media platforms. Our goal is to do our best to stay connected with our amazing S4H fans and followers. Read on to find our top three suggestions for keeping in touch.
If you’re a regular visitor to Sew4Home, you’re probably familiar with our Re-imagine & Renovate series. It’s where we show you how new fabric can completely change the look of a design; the same way a fresh coat of paint can transform a room. The theory works just as well with the ten projects in our popular Sew4Home Bags and Totes book. We selected one of our favorites from within its pages: the Kid's Vintage Book Bag, and gave it a floral makeover.