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Sew4Home Survey: Tell Us What You'd Like To See

Friday, 03 April 2015 1:00

THIS SURVEY-GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/30/15. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO GAVE US THEIR INPUT!

The more we know about our audience, the better we can tailor our editorial; making sure our projects, product reviews, technique tutorials, and more are on target with your interests. It's time to check in again with all of you to find out how we're doing and what you'd like to see. We have just a few multiple-choice questions, which should only take you about five minutes to complete. (We promise there are no story problems about two trains leaving a station!) If you include your email at the completion of the survey, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a mystery grab bag of cool fabric cuts direct from the S4H Stash. All for sharing a little of yourself with your friends here at Sew4Home.

Appliquéd Bath Towels with Extra Large Alphabet

Thursday, 02 April 2015 1:00

Monogrammed towels are one of life's little luxuries, but for a bit more playful option, try appliqué. The letter(s) can be larger than a traditional monogram and the colors and patterns brighter. It's a great use for some of those pretty scraps hiding in your stash bin. Make a set for your family to help distinguish which towel belongs to which dripping wet person. Bath linens also make an excellent gift for showers, weddings and housewarmings – especially when you can not only personalize the colors, but also the fabric to fit the recipient's decorating theme, hobby or even a favorite sport's team.

Embroidered Patchwork Pillow: Janome America

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 1:00

It's the classic special touch: adding a little something on top. For instance, pie is great. Pie with whipped cream is awesome. A beautiful blend of fabrics in a simple patchwork pattern is always good. Overlaying that patchwork with embroidery can be great. It's a simple way to make a stunning statement. 

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Accessories We Love: Janome Beading Presser Feet

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 1:00

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Beads are a wonderful embellishment. They add dimension and texture and color in one fell swoop. But my-oh-my, putting them on can be a struggle and a half. Hand sewing in an option, if you have a few spare days. And machine sewing can be like trying to ride your bike over a field of BBs (no... I haven't actually done that, but I know it would be tricky and very slippery). Luckily for me (and my bicycle), our friends at Janome have a cool set of presser feet made exactly for what we want to do: quickly attach strands of beads of various widths. Can a glittering gown for next year's Oscars be far behind?!

Market Tote Trio in Tula Pink's Elizabeth: FreeSpirit Fabrics

Monday, 30 March 2015 1:00

eye-catch・ing, adjective: immediately appealing or noticeable. Synonyms: a trio of beautiful totes in the incredible Elizabeth collection by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Elizabeth is a new set of prints so intricate and lovely, "eye-catching" is just the beginning. This is what we call a statement bag. It's specifically designed to make the best use of the chosen fabric's color and motif. Each bag blends three prints to create the exterior and lining. Our set is particularly striking because we made three, but one bag on its own will draw attention like no other. While shooting our sample photographs, people literally stopped us on the street to ask about them!

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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