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Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Pillow Projects

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 1:00

We're still lucky enough to be playing with the brand new Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000, which has been a welcome guest in our studios over the past few weeks. It has to go home to Janome America soon, but before we box it up, we spent some time on the new MC15000 website, browsing their cool Project Book. It has a number of fun ideas, but we were especially captivated by the pillow techniques and tutorials. Looking at the samples a machine has created is a great way to determine if it's the right model for you. Our favorite was the Split the Difference pillow with its dramatic embroidered center medallion. When I see stitch precision like this, it makes me want to embroider everything that isn't nailed down.

Festive Cook's Apron With Handy Towel Loop

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 1:00

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The year's biggest kitchen extravaganza is just around the corner. Thanksgiving, with all its aromas, tastes and family dynamics, is only a month away! It's a proven fact that a festive apron will make the day go more smoothly (we are not obligated to tell you who proved this). Our vibrant Thanksgiving apron design has decorative stitching accents and a clever towel loop, making it easier to dash from turkey to stuffing to pies looking cool, calm and collected - even with your mother-in-law watching from the sofa. The apron is fully lined, and even though it's not "officially reversible," it is pretty enough on both sides to wear inside out... a benefit when there's a gravy emergency.

Studs & Links Linen and Ribbon Apron with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 21 October 2013 1:00

Sometimes, the right ribbon can drive the feeling of an entire project. Today's Studs & Links ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons have an incredible three dimensional appeal and a tough yet tender design. From the Renaissance Ribbons collection by Raphael Kerley, these dynamic ribbons immediately caught our eye. We knew they'd be a unique and graphically bold option for a Steampunk inspired apron. The look of the ribbons prompted the use of rivets to attach the ties. Next up was the perfect fabric to carry the theme. We found that in the World Tour collection from David Butler's Parson Gray for FreeSpirit Fabrics. His Figi pattern has a starburst motif that appears fashioned out of wireworks, and the linen substrate has a soft drape and interesting texture that sets off the smooth and rich jacquard ribbons.

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Learn To Sew: Xtra EZ Pony Tail Bolster Pillow

Thursday, 17 October 2013 1:00

This finished pillow may look complex, but the steps are... as the name promises: Xtra EZ.  If you are learning to sew yourself or teaching someone else, the projects in our Learn to Sew series are for you. We spend extra time going over tools and techniques, and you'll find links to other articles that can move you further along the learning curve. Today's project explains topstitching, machine gathering, and how to make a skinny tie. 

Learn To Sew: Xtra EZ Tufted Pom Pillow

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 1:00

Have more Xtra EZ fun with our happy pom pom pillow. This Learn To Sew series is targeted at those of you just getting into the joy of sewing. But it's also great for the experienced ones among you who are looking for great beginner projects to use to pass along your skills. All three of our Xtra EZ pillows would be wonderful to make with children who are learning to sew. The articles have additional steps to shed light on cutting skills and other sewing basics. Plus, each teaches specific techniques that will be valuable for future projects. For this pillow, you'll learn the tools and tricks to apply a simple trim, how to sew a center tufted button, and how to square-up your fabric. 

Learn To Sew: Xtra EZ Nine-Patch Pillow

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 1:00

We're often asked for more projects that can be done by beginners or used as projects to help teach someone to sew - especially a child. This week, we're introducing a new series to answer those requests: Xtra EZ. We have three wonderful pillow projects in a delightful new fabric from Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics called Love & Joy. It's billed as a Christmas fabric, but a number of the prints work beautifully year 'round. We chose the red and aqua colorway, which is a can't miss combo in everyone's book. For each of our Xtra EZ projects not only are the steps themselves just that: extra easy, we've also made sure there are specific techniques to build a beginner's sewing tool box. Today's pillow shows the tools and tricks to create a simple patchwork design and illustrates the most basic of pillow closures: the envelope back.

Metro Bag with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 14 October 2013 1:00

When you want something to be more fun, you give it a nick name. Alexandra is someone who shops Rodeo Drive with a small dog in her Louis Vuitton® bag. Lexie is your BFF who cruises the flea markets with you. Metropolitan can feel crowded, expensive and snobby. Metro is hip, trendy and cool... just like today's bag! The fabric is from the World Tour collection by David Butler's Parson Gray for FreeSpirit Fabrics. But what makes the bag unique are the ribbons, which are also by Parson Gray, but produced by our friends at Renaissance Ribbons. "Where are the ribbons?" you ask. That's the secret! We created "ribbon fabric," a technique we've shown you to some extent in other Renaissance Ribbons projects, such as the Ribbon Fold-Over Wallet. The difference here is how we've used just one ⅝" wide ribbon, stacking it to create perfectly matching accents of varying widths: single, triple and quadruple. It's not only an amazing embellishment, it adds a patina and texture you can only get from a woven ribbon. 

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Zip It! Two Great Tutorials and New Colorful Jeans Zippers by Coats

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 1:00

There's one terror we hear about over and over at Sew4Home: the zipper. This handy little closure has the power to strike fear into even seasoned sewers. But its reputation as the bad boy of sewing is undeserved. If you take the time to learn the proper steps and a few tips and tricks, you'll be zippin' up projects left and right in no time. We have comprehensive standard and invisible zipper tutorials. And, today, we also have information about the latest addition to the Coats zipper selection -  beautiful, bright new colors of their Brass Jeans Zippers. 

Congratulations to Janome on the Arrival of Their New Horizon Memory Craft 15000

Monday, 07 October 2013 1:00

Janome America is one of the Signature Sponsors of Sew4Home. They've been with us since the beginning and provide all our studio machines. We are definitely Janome-aholics, and for good reason. Their machines give us the power, precision and stitch quality to create projects that look amazing every time. Whether we're doing beautiful edgestitching and topstitching, going through multiple layers like a hot knife through butter, or producing stunning decorative stitching and embroidery; we count on our Janome machines every day, and they never disappoint. Today, we're bragging about the newest Janome, the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 15000, which arrives this month at Certified Janome Dealers. Billed as the embroidery, sewing and quilting machine designed to take you Anywhere You Want To Go, this new model is a technological powerhouse... it can even connect wirelessly with an iPad®! 

Coupon Clipper Wallet: Weekend Wonders Returns with Fabric.com

Thursday, 03 October 2013 1:00

I'm a little behind the curve when it comes to reality TV. It was only a short time ago I learned exactly what a "Honey Boo Boo" was. Yikes! I also recently discovered a new competitive sport of which I had no previous knowledge: Extreme Couponing, which must be what Extreme Skateboarders do on their day off. Although far from extreme, I am a coupon clipper; I even keep the ones that spit out like some sort of crazy jackpot with my grocery receipt. They all end up in a kitchen drawer, which is usually where they are when I really need them. If I do manage to remember to bring them to the store, it's so hard to find the one I need, I often just give up. For Weekend Wonders Returns with Fabric.com, our solution is a pretty Coupon Wallet. It has seven pockets so you sort coupons, frequent shopper and/or reward punch cards, gift cards, and more into specific sections. Now they will be easy to find, and therefore, easy to use. Never pay full price again!

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