We just finished putting the new Janome Skyline S5 through its paces. Make sure you check out our full review. But, of course, the very best way to find out if a machine is the new love of your life is to use it to make a full project. We chose a bold oversize clutch that could test a number of our favorite features, such as: layers, precision topstitching, tight corners, and decorative stitching.
In the Sew4Home studios, we’re dedicated fans of Janome sewing machines and sergers; in fact, they're our exclusive sewing machine sponsor. So we were delighted when Janome offered us a brand new Skyline S5 to test drive! They call the machine, "Anything but Average," and we could certainly see why. This computerized sewing machine has many features previously found only on Janome’s most top-of-the-line models. And like all the Janome models, the precision and ease-of-use right out of the box doesn't disappoint.
Paper napkins are... well... paper! Cloth napkins are more beautiful, more absorbent, and more green. These pretty napkins use a technique for building patchwork strips called a 'strata.' Today you get to practice the technique to make a set of coordinating napkins. The finished set is so colorful, it will make breakfast, lunch or dinner feel like a party.
One of the fastest holiday makeovers is a tablecloth. There are really only three steps: 1) cut, 2) hem, 3) set the table. We put our Clover Hot Hemmer to use, which made things even faster. So much so, we decided to make tablecloth sets for both a long dining table and a small card table for serving. Each set features two elegant home décor fabrics from Fabric Depot: a thick and rich drapery or upholstery weight for the underlay and a gorgeous sheer for the overlay.
We're pleased to welcome Fabric Depot as a new sponsor to Sew4Home. This amazing fabric retailer is in our own backyard here in the Pacific Northwest, in an enormous "candy store" of a location in Portland, Oregon with over 20,000 fabrics from home dec to quilting to bridal and more. But there's also a complete Fabric Depot website, recently updated, revamped, and very easy to navigate. Not only will we be working with their incredible variety of fabric, we'll also be introducing you to some of the favorite, useful notions we've found at Fabric Depot. Often, the most exciting notions look rather nondescript inside their cardboard boxes and cellophane wrappers. Our goal is to break open the packaging, show you how to use these cool tools, and inspire you to add one or more to your own sewing basket. Following our how-to articles will be great projects that showcase the notions. Today, we're happy to be hemming. The Clover Hot Hemmer is one of the best little pressing tools we've come across in a long time.
Ahhhh, the classic leather elbow patch... it can transform a rumpled guy in a tacky corduroy jacket into that suave and sophisticated history teacher you had a mega-crush on sophomore year. But... what else can it do? For our final day of "Did it with Dritz" week, we have a great fashion bag that pulls together not only two different Dritz Iron-On Patches, but also gives you a chance to try out The Speedy Stitcher we introduced this week.
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 thing we've been wanting to try is the addition of leather and faux leather pre-drilled handles, medallions and patches. But, we hadn't pinpointed the right tool to make securing these add-ons easy enough for all levels of sewers. Thanks to our friends at Dritz, we now have our 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.
We certainly hope Sew4Home is one of your top stops for all things sewing-related. But today, we're giving your machine a rest. As part of our "Did it with Dritz" Week, we're taking a look at their huge selection of Clothing Patches. Of course 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, denim to corduroy and more. We spent some time patching our way through pillows, scarves, tees, and... of course, jeans. The Great Giveaway associated with this articled closed on 11/21/14. Thanks to everyone who participated.
I have to admit the first thing that drew me to this product was the name. How could you not want to learn more about something called Getta Grip?! Getta Grip® Sewing Clips are the brainchild of designer and fashion illustrator, Paul Gallo. They are now packaged and available from Dritz, which means they're affordable and easy to find just about anywhere. One thing you're always trying to do in sewing is "hold it together." Mentally - sure, there are days, but we're talking about keeping layers from shifting, forming flat fabric around a dimensional shape, or stopping specialty fabrics from slip, sliding away. These clips hold fast but won't damage the surface they're gripping.
Yesterday was the first day of Standard Time across most of North America. We got an extra hour of sleep, but in exchange for this bonus snooze time, we are now faced with several months of ever-encroaching darkness. It's the perfect time for a bag with built-in reflective capabilities, which kicks off our new "Did it with Dritz" week. This high-visibility mini-tote is great for kids who are often headed to school and back home in the dark. See how we used four different nifty notions from Dritz.