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Spring Vacation!

Monday, 23 March 2015 1:00

The Sew4Home Team is celebrating Spring Break this year by putting the covers on our machines for the week. While we're letting the creative juices re-charge, it's your chance to browse through some of the current projects you may have missed. You can quickly scan all the daily highlights from the home page, or use the top navigation tabs to search through Project categories or Technique options – maybe this is the week to learn more about Quilting Basics, Zippers or Magnetic Snaps. If you haven't visited our Project Index page, take a look; it's a great way to zip through the hundreds and hundreds of articles in a variety of groupings, such as Babies & Nursery, Travel, Pets, Totes & Bags and more. Happy Spring Vacation, we'll be back March 30th. 

TODAY: Insulated Lunch Tote: Carry your lunch safely in a pretty (of course!) insulated tote. Learn to work with insulating fleece and how to make a box corner.

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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How To Design Your Own Fabric: A Complete Online Workshop from Creativebug

Friday, 13 March 2015 1:00

Can you imagine what it would feel like to unroll a bolt of fabric you designed? Could there be anything more thrilling than seeing your ideas, your vision for colors and patterns, brought to life on real cloth? Thanks to Creativebug and Spoonflower, it's a thrill you don't have to just imagine. Now you can learn step-by-step how professional designers create their fabric collections through an online Creativebug video workshop. Read on to find out more about the series, and to enter to win a three-month Premium Membership from Creativebug.

Best Interfacing Solutions for Bags and Totes with Fabric Depot

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 1:00

Thank you for your support! Words to live by when you're deciding how best to interface a project. Interfacing is one of those behind-the-scenes sewing materials that gives your projects a professional finish. You've probably heard of it, but maybe you don't know exactly what it is, what it does, or how best to choose the correct type for the job. This category is so large and varied, it's impractical to tackle everything at once, which is why we're focusing this article on the most common choices for bags and totes. You'll love the handy, printable chart we developed with our friends at Fabric Depot. Print out one copy to post in your sewing room and another to use when you shop. If you like the information here, leave us a comment below and let us know you'd like to see future articles on additional interfacing categories. 

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Sew Pretty for Little Girls: Book Review & Giveaway

Thursday, 05 March 2015 1:00

What do you get when you combine Liberty of London's classic florals and charming colors with a collection of cute, sugar-and-spice project ideas? A brand new book from Alice Garrett of Alice Caroline! We're happy to be part of a month-long promotional tour for Sew Pretty for Little Girls (or Little Lady Liberty as it is known in the UK). Read on to see our favorites from the over 20 tutorials. We'll also share a few fun facts we learned, and give you the chance to enter to win a digital copy of the book.

Setting Stitch Length: A Quick Look at How and Why

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 1:00

Adjusting stitch length isn't necessary for every project, but as you experiment with different types of fabrics and and start using stitches for embellishment as well as construction, a few quick tips will come in handy. When working with today's machines, which can zip along at up to 1000 stitches per minute, you can see how a little length goes a long way.

Welcome Spring Great Giveaway

Friday, 27 February 2015 1:00

I know a great deal of the country is still battling record-breaking snow and ice, but spring is coming... promise. Is there anything better to take your mind off the white-on-white landscape outside your window than a collection of colorful floral print fabrics? We think not! So, in an effort to banish the winter blahs, Sew4Home brings you the Welcome Spring Great Giveaway. We've filled three flower pots with bouquets of beautiful floral prints for three lucky winners from our email list. 

Basic Heirloom Stitching by Machine

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 1:00

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Heirloom is one of the oldest styles of specialty sewing. This precise and delicate type of stitching is said to have begun in the late 1800s by French nuns, who hand-stitched exquisite laces onto delicate fabrics for royal families. Their craftsmanship was so incredible, the resulting gowns and linens were painstakingly preserved and handed down from one generation to the next; hence an heirloom. You'll see the influence of heirloom stitching in a variety of high-end garments; most notably, special occasion finery, such as wedding dresses, christening gowns, and lingerie, as well as in the finest table linens. Today, with French nuns in short supply, we show you the basics of creating heirloom stitching with your sewing machine.

Understitching: How to Create a Sharp, Seamed Edge

Thursday, 19 February 2015 1:00

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If you are new to sewing, some of the terminology can be confusing. Doesn't "bolt" mean to run away? Cutting something on the "bias" just sounds offensive. And, "feed dogs" seems more like a command than a sewing machine part. Trying to understand exactly what the various terms mean, how they work, and especially when to use them may seem daunting. But, as you learn each one, they'll become commonplace, and soon "nap" will mean more than dropping off for a little snooze. Today, we meet: understitching, which is not a seam done in a sneaky or under-handed manner and/or by Underdog. Read on to find out what it really is.

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