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Spring Vacation!

Monday, 23 March 2015 1:00

The Sew4Home Team is celebrating Spring Break this year by putting the covers on our machines for the week. While we're letting the creative juices re-charge, it's your chance to browse through some of the current projects you may have missed. You can quickly scan all the daily highlights from the home page, or use the top navigation tabs to search through Project categories or Technique options – maybe this is the week to learn more about Quilting Basics, Zippers or Magnetic Snaps. If you haven't visited our Project Index page, take a look; it's a great way to zip through the hundreds and hundreds of articles in a variety of groupings, such as Babies & Nursery, Travel, Pets, Totes & Bags and more. Happy Spring Vacation, we'll be back March 30th. 

TODAY: Drawstring Gift Bags: This is a great time to make ahead using your scrapes. Reusable and environmentally friendly: no wasted scrap or wrap. Learn how to make a drawstring channel.

Patchwork Bed Runner with Free Motion Quilting

Friday, 20 March 2015 1:00

The biggest sewing category around the world is quilting. If you've been thinking about jumping on the bandwagon, we have a detailed, five-part Quilting Basics Series and have included links to all the parts below. It's a great way to get started. This decorative throw for the foot of the bed is our way to show off the quilting features of Janome's sewing and quilting machines. We chose the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP. A bed runner is lovely to look at, and it helps protect a fancier full-size quilt or bedspread. You can sit on a bed runner or even stretch out and place your feet on it. Ours finishes at approximately 92" x 34" and is sized for a king or queen mattress. The sample runner is shown on a king; there would simply be more drape down either side on a queen. We've done basic nine-patch blocks with each inner block made up of four pieced triangles. The clever mixing of colors creates a three-dimensional effect within each of the inner blocks as well as in the finished nine-patch itself. Stitching in the ditch was used to quilt the center blocks, while the inner and outer borders are done with free-motion stippling. 

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Fabulous 5-Minute Gift Card Holders: Janome Decorative Stitching

Thursday, 19 March 2015 1:00

Fast, meet fabulous. Together, you're going to turn an ordinary gift card into a personalized present. With a little bit of felt and a few rows of pretty decorative stitching, you can whip out a cute-as-a-button sleeve in which to slip a gift card in about five minutes flat. We show you several options for marking and stitching. Need to finish in under five minutes? Just add the stitching along the front and leave the back plain. Either way, it's one pretty little pocket.

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Accessories We Love: The Janome Sliding Guide Foot

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 1:00

A skosh, a wee bit, just a hair... sometimes, the distances we want to work with in sewing aren't quite as precise as the engraved inch and millimeter markings on our machines. Wouldn't it be great if there was a foot you could manually adjust to perfectly align with the exact distance you wanted? There is! Janome recently sent us their new Sliding Guide Foot. It has a perfectly balanced outboard guide you can smoothly slide to the right then lock into place, from ⅜" to 1⅛" from the center needle drop (10mm - 30mm). I love it when someone answers my "wouldn't-it-be-great" requests!

A Review of the New Janome Limited Edition DC2015

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 1:00

Each year, Janome comes out with a special limited edition sewing machine model with your favorite features, tons of great decorative stitches, and in a cool color combo to brighten your sewing space. Last month, at the industry's largest trade show in Las Vegas, Janome America debuted this year's model: the DC2015. A striking red and white computerized model with power, precision, and several new standard features. We took a quick tour, and we're more than ready to find the DC2015 a permanent home in our Sew4Home studios. 

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Decorative Stitched Striped Table Runner: Janome America

Monday, 16 March 2015 1:00

Start with a simple yet bold fabric, add some distinctive decorative stitching, and the result is a stunning table runner that's a perfect backdrop for an upcoming Easter gathering or any occasion that calls for a pretty table setting. Remember, "Life is short; use the good china!" We chose a canopy stripe fabric, which is easy to find in a myriad of colors. Thanks to our amazing Janome studio machines, we found the perfect stitch pattern, picked a strong contrasting thread color, and sewed our long lines of embellishment with perfect form and precision... even when running for over 100 inches! Industry-leading stitch quality is one of the main reasons we are so happy to be an exclusive Janome studio. Across thin voile hems or heavy canvas seams, we have smooth needle penetration from the first stitch to the last.

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How To Design Your Own Fabric: A Complete Online Workshop from Creativebug

Friday, 13 March 2015 1:00

Can you imagine what it would feel like to unroll a bolt of fabric you designed? Could there be anything more thrilling than seeing your ideas, your vision for colors and patterns, brought to life on real cloth? Thanks to Creativebug and Spoonflower, it's a thrill you don't have to just imagine. Now you can learn step-by-step how professional designers create their fabric collections through an online Creativebug video workshop. Read on to find out more about the series, and to enter to win a three-month Premium Membership from Creativebug.

Jumbo Round Storage Tote

Thursday, 12 March 2015 1:00

I think we can all agree little things tend to be pretty dang cute: babies, puppies, kittens, Barbie® shoes... but let's face it, sometimes you need BIG to take care of business. This fun storage bin lives up to its jumbo name. It's a large-and-in-charge fabric basket that's ready to take on your bigger storage tasks. From books to blankets to balls of yarn, if you have a lot to keep track of, this project is for you. We chose two bold fabrics in organic cotton. And what is that dynamite looking "rope" ringing the top and creating the handles? Piping cord! Inexpensive yet just the right soft and strong combo. 

Best Interfacing Solutions for Bags and Totes with Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 1:00

Thank you for your support! Words to live by when you're deciding how best to interface a project. Interfacing is one of those behind-the-scenes sewing materials that gives your projects a professional finish. You've probably heard of it, but maybe you don't know exactly what it is, what it does, or how best to choose the correct type for the job. This category is so large and varied, it's impractical to tackle everything at once, which is why we're focusing this article on the most common choices for bags and totes. You'll love the handy, printable chart we developed with our friends at Fabric Depot. Print out one copy to post in your sewing room and another to use when you shop. If you like the information here, leave us a comment below and let us know you'd like to see future articles on additional interfacing categories. 

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Spun Stripes Pillow Trio

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 1:00

Stripes are one of those universal motifs - available in many colors and widths. We decided to play with some stripes, turning and seaming them in clever ways in order to create a unique graphic effect. Our "spun stripes" allow simple triangles and squares to morph into pillow tops that seem almost three-dimensional. The designs are patterned after maritime flags, so we chose fun, primary colors. We love how the resulting trio works together as a bright blend of nautical flair. 

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