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Hawthorne Threads Introduces Their Own Fabric Collections Printed at Their Own Location

Thursday, 29 January 2015 1:00

Located in upstate New York, Hawthorne Threads has become a favorite online destination for quilters, sewers, and anybody else who's crazy about high quality fabrics. We're excited to have Hawthorne Threads as a new Sew4Home sponsor. Of course they offer a wide variety, but what keeps customers coming back is Hawthorne Threads' knack for carrying the fabric that makes you want to say, "I have to sew with that."  Recent big news is the release of their very own fabric collections: Bengal, Calliope and Fair Isle. A fourth collection, Etched will be arriving soon. For those of us who enjoy their taste in fabric design, these new collections embody everything we've come to love about Hawthorne Threads. Even more amazing, they print these fabrics on-site using the latest digital technology.

How to Make Flat Felled Seams

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 1:00

The right finishes make projects go more smoothly, look more professional, and give you an upper hand when it comes to impressing friends with your vast sewing knowledge! Making a flat felled (or flat fell) seam is a detail with a place in history as well as a place in the world of professional seam finishes. You can find references to the flat felled seam technique in vintage as well as hand sewing (once the only way to sew anything!). And, if you look down right now at the inside seam of your jeans, you'll see a trademark flat felled seam.

Dimensional Ribbon Embellishment Technique

Thursday, 22 January 2015 1:00

We love embellishing projects with gorgeous ribbons. One reason is that we have such amazing choices from our friends and sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons. Another is because ribbons inject wonderful color and texture. Third, they're very easy to work with. Since we use them often, we're always thinking about new and unique ways to apply them. Today's quick tip shows you how to use standard piping cord to make ribbon pop off the surface.

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How to Make a Rolled Hem with Your Sewing Machine

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 1:00

There's always a certain amount of hemming and hawing about having to hem. Just about every project you do includes some sort of a hem, and there are so many techniques from which to choose. There is the simple double-turn hem, blind hem, faced hem, covered hem, taped hem, curved hem, single hem, narrow hem, cuffed hem, and bias hem. Then there are all the special hemming techniques for certain fabric types, such as leather, fur or lace, as well as projects with scalloped edges or pleats. Whew! But with even with these choices, there is one particular type of hem we receive more questions about than any of the others: the rolled hem. Since it's at the top of our You Asked 4 It list, let's get rollin'. 

Snapshots Quilt-Along at Fat Quarter Shop Benefits St. Jude

Friday, 16 January 2015 1:00

Yesterday was 1-15-15 – double fifteens is double-lucky and a perfect day for Fat Quarter Shop to kick off their newest Quilt-Along for a Cause: Snapshots. This year, not only will you end up with a beautiful quilt at the end of the QAL, you can also help support the amazing work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. FQS is encouraging all participating quilters to donate $5.00 for each month's pattern download. At the end of the series, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will team up to match all the donations collected, up to $10,000! That means St. Jude could get as much as $20,000 to continue their crucial work to advance cures and work towards the prevention of catastrophic pediatric diseases.

Products We Love: Clover Pom Pom Maker from Fabric Depot

Monday, 12 January 2015 1:00

Fluffy poms are great for any number of projects. We've used them to add extra whimsy to an already fun project, as well as to juxtapose a bit of casualness against the elegance of fine cotton or velvet - kind of like wearing Converse® high-tops with a tuxedo. A little bit of levity can add just the right touch. Whether you need one great pom or dozens, a Clover Pom-Pom Maker simplifies the task, and each one will be as perfectly puffy as the next. Fabric Depot carries a full selection of Clover Pom-Pom makers and provided them for our tutorial. Find some yarn and get ready to get fluffy.

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Deciphering the Marks on a Measuring Tape

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 1:00

Remember how scary it was to raise your hand in school and ask what you feared would be a "stupid" question? Hopefully we've moved beyond that childhood fear. Questions are great because they lead to answers, and answers are meant to be shared. Today's quick measuring tip came from a question in a visitor's email. Someone needed help figuring out what all those tiny marks are on a standard tape measure. We deal in fractions every day and are forever measuring quarters and eighths and sixteenths and whatnot. It all seems second nature to us! But when we stepped back and looked at our trusty tape with the eyes of someone brand new to sewing, we saw this question was indeed quite valid... there are a lot of marks with no identification. We came up with three handy charts to help decipher those little black lines. Download them to keep handy at your sewing station as quick reference tools.

The Top 14 Projects of 2014

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 1:00

We tallied up your comments, likes on Facebooks, re-tweets on Twitter, and pins on Pinterest. After loading all this information into our Mega Popularity Prioritizer (also known as a handheld calculator), we came up with the following list o' faves. With a new article every weekday, there were many, many more that received five-star ratings along the way. Scan through our 2014 countdown, then take a spin through the Project Index. There's always something fun to discover.

Artistic Edge Digital Cutter: Cuts Fabric, Vinyl, Paper & More With Industrial Precision – Enter to Win One!

Monday, 29 December 2014 1:00

When we've talked about cutting tools here on Sew4Home, we've mentioned things like scissors, shears, snips, and rotary cutters. All of these are essential to your sewing tool kit. But there's another kind of cutting tool we haven't talked about. One that's so advanced you might think we borrowed it from the Jetsons. It's called a digital cutter, and the one we're talking about specifically is the Edge Digital Cutter from Artistic. It's no exaggeration to say this device will open up whole new areas for you in sewing, quilting, paper crafts, stenciling, and more. When you learn what it can do, your own creative ideas are going to explode. So read on, then tell us what you'd make with an Edge Digital Cutter, and you could win one!

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 1/16/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

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