If you are new to sewing, some of the terminology can be confusing. Doesn't "bolt" mean to run away? Cutting something on the "bias" just sounds offensive. And, "feed dogs" seems more like a command than a sewing machine part. Trying to understand exactly what the various terms mean, how they work, and especially when to use them may seem daunting. But, as you learn each one, they'll become commonplace, and soon "nap" will mean more than dropping off for a little snooze. Today, we meet: understitching, which is not a seam done in a sneaky or under-handed manner and/or by Underdog. Read on to find out what it really is.
In the Did You Know category: The first state bill to legislate the Labor Day holiday was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.
We are big on bags here at Sew4Home, which means we're always on the lookout for cool bag accessories; such as closures, handles, hardware, and more. One look we love is the addition of leather and faux leather handles (both pre-drilled and un-drilled), as well as medallions and patches. But, it can be a challenge to find the right tool to make securing these add-ons easy for all levels of sewers. Thanks to our friends at Dritz®, we have our go-to solution: The Speedy Stitcher® from Dritz Home, a sewing awl kit that makes attaching these kind of cool items, as well as many other tasks, fast and easy.
One of the most satisfying things in the world of DIY is when you get to overcome the mystery of “how the heck do they do that?!” You know what we mean. You’re looking at a home décor item, thinking, “I really need one of those, but it is WAY too expensive for my budget. I wish I could do it myself, but… how the heck do they do that?!” Prepare to be satisfied (and inspired). We’re taking a look at Decorative Nails and Decorative Nailhead Trim with the upholstery experts at Dritz® Home. They make adding this high-end detail incredibly easy. And, it’s not just for upholstery make-overs. Imagine adding these metal accents to furniture, frames and other accessories, even doors and ceilings. Oh yeah! We’re about to hit the nail on the head!
Quality ribbons are the exquisite gems of sewing and craft; small in size but so gorgeous, their impact on a project can be immense. How would you like to get a package of gorgeous ribbons every month… as well as fabulous project ideas for how to use them? The Renaissance Ribbons Ribbon Lovers’ Club delivers an entire bundle of beauty to your door every month. It’s like receiving a rainbow in your mailbox!
If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, I'm guessing this three-in-one presser foot is easily worth a bird, a hand and a bush. We love a cool accessory that does several things, and the Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set is one of our favorite multi-tasking tools. It comes with two guides: the Quarter Inch Guide and the Ditch Stitch Guide. The foot itself is clearly marked with red guide lines for ⅛" and ¼" seam allowances, as well as cornering marks for both ⅛" and ¼" seams in front and behind the needle drop. The foot is super easy to use and very lightweight. But be careful, the little guides are the Barbie® shoes of sewing; they could very easily get lost. Keep everything together in a little plastic bag. And don't let the name fool you; even though it says "quilting" on the package, this foot comes in handy for any project that requires precise seaming or topstitching. The foot is available in both standard width (7mm) as well as wide width (9mm).
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 08/21/18. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
We missed the traditional Christmas in July festivities this year, so we’re celebrating this month with the debut of a brand new holiday-themed book from Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. The Christmas Figs Block of the Month book is Joanna’s first with It’s Sew Emma, the sister site of Fat Quarter Shop. This lovely quilt is layered with 10 traditional blocks and finishes at a generous 78½” x 96½”. Read on to get a sneak peek inside the book, and enter to win one of five free books from our friends at It’s Sew Emma.
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.