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Using The Right Presser Foot Makes Sewing Easier, Faster, More Professional

Friday, 11 July 2014 1:00

The job of the presser foot on your sewing machine is to hold the fabric against the feed dogs and guide it in a straight line as you sew. That's why you have to raise the presser foot when you want to move your fabric out from under the needle. You can do quite a lot of sewing with just the standard foot that came with your machine, however, some techniques can be a bit of a challenge with this very basic foot. That's when it helps to know about all the great specialty feet that are available. Sewing machine feet come in a wide array of designs; picking the right one for the job can make things go so much easier and faster, and can also give you much more professional looking results. 

Fold-Over Zipper Top Purse

Thursday, 10 July 2014 1:00

Big bags and totes are great for big jobs, but when I'm out and about, I like a compact purse. I want to be able to sling it over my shoulder with enough room to hold the necessities, plus just a little extra. If things are too big and bulky, I spend the entire outing looking for somewhere to stash my bag. Or... I invariably knock over something breakable in the store! Today's cute little fold-over bag is a perfect size and shape. Standing up straight, it's a generous 9" x 9"; folded down, it becomes just 6" x 9". The bottom of the bag is layered with batting and lightly quilted to give the lightweight cotton more substance and stability. 

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Guest Tutorial with Elaine Schmidt: Ribbon Petal Cockade

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 1:00

I am in awe of Elaine Schmidt. I secretly refer to her as "the ribbon whisperer" because I'm so amazed by what she can get ribbon to do. The best part is, she's always ready, willing and able to pass along her skills so the rest of us can tame our ribbon into beautiful trims, rosettes, sculptures, baubles and beads. We recently reviewed (and gave away a copy of) Elaine's latest book, How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments. Today, Elaine is back with us to share a tutorial from the book. We've used some beautiful Amy Butler ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons to make a ribbon petal cockade... the amazing design featured on the cover of her book!

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How to Insert a Flat Circle Into a Tube

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 1:00

This is not one of those square-peg-in-a-round-hole situations. But, if the idea of sewing a two-dimensional item (a flat circle) into a three-dimensional item (a tube) sounds like something from another dimension, read on. We've broken it down into a simple step-by-step process and even show you two different methods. 

Janome Monday: Scrappy Moroccan Style Deco Stitch Tea Towels

Monday, 07 July 2014 1:00

These are not your grandmother's tea towels. Pull the spiciest colors and most striking patterns from your scrap stash for this set of trendy towels. It's Janome Monday, so we've let our machine do the talking with some dramatic decorative stitch style. These towels can jazz up your own kitchen or would be a wonderful host/hostess gift. It is a common practice for Moroccans to extend invitations to their home. However, remember that the invitation is a genuine one only if it is extended three times. (Make this project. Make this project. Make this project.)

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How To Sew A Perfect “X” Box

Thursday, 03 July 2014 1:00

You can't play Sonic Generations with this type of "X" Box, but you can use it in your sewing projects to secure all types of straps and narrow panels. It's simply a stitched box with an "X" through the middle. This stitching pattern provides a high level of strength and stability, and when done with precision, it also adds a pretty detail. Try it with a contrasting thread color for extra emphasis. 

Simple Shirred Sundress

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 1:00

The shirred sundress is a wardrobe standard for summer. But Sew4Home is never one to settle for 'standard'! We spin the traditional one-seam-up-the-side design, taking it from ordinary to trendy by adding a flirty eyelet underskirt and a precious sash with its own flower pin. Both of our classic fabrics have a sweet, old-fashioned goodness. And, the shirring accent across the bodice is a wonderful way to add both structure and texture. And, yes... of course, we have a step-by-step tutorial on shirring. 

Re-imagine & Renovate: Renaissance Ribbons' Metro Bag (and Giveaway)

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 07/11/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

Our trendy Metro Bag debuted last fall, just in time for back-to-school. Originally created with "guy-friendly" color and design, our friends at Renaissance Ribbons changed things up a bit to create a more feminine feel. What's cool is how they stayed within the same fabric and ribbon collection, proving you don't have to go far to create an original spin.

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Janome Monday: Belted Cross-Body Bag with Decorative Stitching

Monday, 30 June 2014 1:00

It's Janome Monday, and we're having fun with the 9mm stitches on the Janome Memory Craft 9900. Decorative stitching against a neutral canvas gives today's slouchy bucket bag a great hipster style. For a subtle boho flair, we incorporated long, soft tassels at the sides and front. We show you a unique way you can make these custom tassels for much less than buying, and in an exact color match!

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Zippered, See-Through Pouches with Ribbon Accents: Renaissance Ribbons

Thursday, 26 June 2014 1:00

Not only are the ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons beautiful to look at, they are also lovely to work with. Their Jacquard ribbons are precisely woven with top quality polyester thread, so they will not shrink and they won't bleed onto your base fabric. The exquisite weaving also gives them a strength and stability that makes them easy to manipulate as accents and embellishments on all types of projects. For today's pouches, the ribbons actually hold the zippers in place. We used clear vinyl on the front so you can easily glance at the contents. A pattern download is offered below to create the handy 6" x 9" size with rounded corners. 

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