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.
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.
There's always a certain amount of hemming and hawing about having to hem. Just about every project you do includes some sort of a hem, and there are so many techniques from which to choose. There is the simple double-turn hem, blind hem, faced hem, covered hem, taped hem, curved hem, single hem, narrow hem, cuffed hem, and bias hem. Then there are all the special hemming techniques for certain fabric types, such as leather, fur or lace, as well as projects with scalloped edges or pleats. Whew! But even with all these choices, there is one particular type of hem we receive more questions about than any of the others: the rolled hem. Since it's at the top of our You Asked 4 It list, let's get rollin'.
Quilt Market is the quilting and sewing world's time to shine. New fabric collections debut, innovative products launch, and industry "rock stars" are out to meet and greet. You may have heard of the Quilt Market and Quilt Festival shows that happen every October in Houston, Texas. Awesome for sure, but did you know that each spring there's another Market that lands in a different city? This spring, it rolled into our neck of the woods: Portland, Oregon. Join us for a photo tour of a few highlights.
We certainly hope Sew4Home is one of your top stops for all things machine-sewing-related. But today, we're giving your hardworking machine a rest. Instead, we're taking a look at the huge selection of Dritz® Clothing Patches. These fusible wonders are awesome for their definitive use: fixing a hole in junior's jeans. But, that's just the start of the inspiration and fun. Dritz offers a huge selection of colors as well as sizes and textures: from twill to nylon to denim to corduroy and more. We spent some time patching our way through pillows, scarves, tees, and... of course, jeans.
The school year is wrapping up. Soon the books will be closed and the desks will be empty, but the impact on students’ hearts and minds is forever stamped. Great inventors and leaders are not born. They are motivated and inspired by all the amazing teachers who stand up and stand out every single day. We chose five projects you can make to say, “Thank you so much!” Our selection has a relaxation theme, because we simply cannot think of any group more deserving of a bit of R&R. Each option also includes an idea for how to bundle the project into a complete gift package. And, we put together another great S4H printable: a unique set of Thank You Teacher Gift Tags.