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Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle for Your Project

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 1:00

You probably already know the rule of thumb for sewing machine needles: install a new one at the beginning of each project. When a needle is piercing your fabric at 600 to 1,000 stitches per minute, small things like a dulled point or an eye that's beginning to wear, can make a big difference in the quality of your stitches. But it's just as important to choose the right kind of needle. This is information we like to run at least once a year because it's such a good reminder to us all. Our thanks to Janome America and Janome Canada for helping us with the fine points of machine needles.

How to Keep Your Projects Looking Good: Dritz® Clothing Care

Monday, 16 May 2016 1:00

Creating beautiful handmade projects is what we all love to do. However, we probably don’t put in quite as much effort thinking about how to keep them looking beautiful. So we spent some time with our clever friends at Dritz® to explore their Clothing Care category, coming away with nine products that help smooth, dry, repair, protect, and more. The majority of them are “multi-taskers" with additional uses outside the sewing room, including as travel solutions. Do you have your own unique uses for these types of products (your own "hacks" for the social-media-savvy)? We'd love to hear them. Leave us a comment below.

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Moda Designer Spotlight: Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 1:00

We first met Vanessa at the 2015 Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas where she was introducing her latest fabric collection for Moda Fabrics. She's a talented quilt maker, fabric designer, and somehow balances it all with being Mom to two young kids. Her fabrics have a fresh, upbeat feeling that make you want to shut yourself in your sewing room and create, create, create. In fact, her recently released Little Miss Sunshine collection inspired us to do just that. We created our own super cute Diamond Girl Apron

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How to Perfectly Match a Pocket to a Background Panel

Friday, 06 May 2016 1:00

A perfect match might be difficult to find in the world of relationships, but in sewing: we gotcha covered! When you want a pocket to precisely align with the panel on which it sits, all you need is a little extra fabric, some tissue paper, and those tracing skills you learned back in kindergarten. 

Accessories We Love: The Janome Sliding Guide Foot - Now Available in 9mm Width!

Thursday, 05 May 2016 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! The Janome Sliding Guide Foot 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!

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts: Make Them in an Afternoon

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 1:00

I believe one of the top jobs of any mom is helping her kids avoid “the last minute.” Remember those gentle reminders to start things early, which gradually turned less gentle, the closer the deadline loomed? She tried to warn us, but did we listen? Usually not; probably because the panicked screaming coming out of our mouths the night before the Science Fair was drowning out her suggestions. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, but there’s still time to make something special. We’ve collected five Sew4Home classic projects you can easily finish in an afternoon, using fabric you likely have on hand. You can tell her you’ve been planning for weeks… and she’ll pretend to believe you.

Tiny Tucks with a Quarter Inch Seam Foot

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 1:00

Narrow tucks, called pintucks when they are super-duper narrow, are most well-known in the world of heirloom sewing, but they can add a lovely bit of detail to many kinds of projects. You can create this look quickly and easily with your Quarter Inch Seam foot. Tucks can be sewn in thread to match the fabric for a classic tone-on-tone look. Switch to a contrasting thread for extra detail along the stitch line. Or, accent with decorative stitching between tucks on directly on top of each tuck.

More Moda Fabric to Love, Printable Gift Tags, and a Special Great Giveaway

Friday, 29 April 2016 1:00

THE GREAT GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT 05/20/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We’ve had so much fun this week with fresh projects in new Moda fabric. Today, to wrap everything up, we have three additional collections that we didn’t use this time around but can’t wait to dig into for future inspiration. There's also have a set of cute custom gift tags you can download and print for Mother’s Day (and more). Plus, FIVE lucky Sew4Home visitors (one for each day of Moda Moms Week) are going to be winners in our Moda Take The Cake Great Giveaway.

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Easy Street Great Giveaway for Tax Day 2016

Friday, 15 April 2016 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/30/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

We’re softening the blow of Tax Day 2016 with a special Easy Street Great Giveaway. We’ve stuffed two “bank bags” with generous cuts of two-dozen beautiful fabrics. If you’re a sewing and craft enthusiast, you know that’s almost as good as a bag of cash! They probably won’t let you use it for groceries or a tank of gas, but then you wouldn’t let it out of your sewing space anyway, would you?

Bow Tie Bows: Guest Tutorial from The Ribbon Retreat

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 1:00

Ribbons and bows… is there anything happier?! Our friends from The Ribbon Retreat are here with a Guest Tutorial showing you how to make bright and colorful bow tie bows in several styles. Our thanks to The Ribbon Retreat and especially to Michelle, their blog coordinator for providing these step-by-step instructions.

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