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Anti-Boredom Great Giveaway

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 07/23/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

Perhaps you were too bored to notice, but July is National Anti-Boredom Month. Of course truly creative people never get bored... right? Either that or we are very creative in our excuses for why we might be momentarily distracted at school, at work, on the weekend, even in the middle of the night when we can’t sleep. In the fight against lethargy, Sew4Home offers you an Anti-Boredom Great Giveaway. We have a wonderful book by Tula Pink plus some very interesting fabric pre-cuts: the perfect pair to turn idleness into inspiration. 

How to Create an Inset Zipper

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 1:00

I call this a "flat top" zipper. I've also heard it referred to as a set-in zipper and a recessed zipper. You can make up your very own name; the Penelope Zipper would be one option. I'm sure you've seen this type of zipper on loads of handbags and totes. It sits below the top of the bag, running flat across the top (thus the vote for my name), featuring tabs at either end (making it easy to zip open and shut), and is secured to the bag's lining with a simple facing (which allows it to be recessed). When you want a professional look and the security of a full closure, you can't go wrong with the inset-set-in-recessed-Penelope zipper. Read on to see how easy it can be.

Janome Monday: Sparkly Baby Quilt

Monday, 14 July 2014 1:00

Technically, quilting is a subset of sewing. But if you're one of the thousands who've been bitten by the quilting bug, you're unlikely to let it take second position to anything. Here at Sew4Home, we don't claim to be part of the quilting elite, but we are very good at making things easy. So when we do quilts, we like to target quilters who are just getting started, giving you a design that looks great but is actually quite simple to do. Today's Sparkly Baby Quilt creates an intricate-looking pinwheel effect with just 12 cleverly rotated blocks made up of basic half square triangles. Plus, working with our Janome machines always makes things so much easier. As part of our Janome Monday series, today we're showing off their super-accurate Quarter Inch Seam foot, the great feeding system, and the Quilt Guide Bar for easy straight line quilting.

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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. 

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