When you think of reasons for visiting Portland, Oregon, your list might include majestic Mount Hood, the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, or the enormous Powell's City Of Books. But if you sew, you most definitely want to add the awe-inspiring Fabric Depot retail store. Located on the southeast side of the Rose City, this is the fabric store sewers and quilters travel around the world to visit. Let us be your travel guide for a quick trip through their 40,000 square feet of floor space – literally an acre of fabric and notions.
Sometimes even we are surprised when we count up our most recent winners. It's fun to know we've brightened the day for so many Sew4Home visitors. Six Great Giveways over the past four months produced eleven happy winners. Congratulations one and all, and thanks to everyone who took the the time to add a comment, become part of our social media and newsletter communities, and pass along our site to friends and family. We appreciate you all so much! There are always more opportunities ahead.
Sewing is a continually evolving art. Learning new and interesting techniques is one of the best ways to build upon your current knowledge. It keeps your skills fresh and your ideas lively. We have two great how-to articles on binding in general: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making and Attaching and A Complete Step-by-Stpe for Binding Quilts & Throws. In this article, we're continuing our journey down the binding path to a "sub-set" technique called: continuous bias binding. It's a little bit like the ancient art of origami. You start out with a flat square (or rectangle), and after a few folds and flips here and there, you have something completely different, very dimensional, and quite useful.
My first thought was to mention how much this tool looks like a telephone handset. Then I wondered, "Does anyone still have a telephone hand set?" The preponderance of cell phones aside, the full-size Ruler Grip does resemble a phone, but its function isn't communication, it's stabilization. If you do any rotary cutting, you will love these tools from the ruler experts at Omnigrid. When our friends at Fabric Depot walked me over to their measuring section, I had to catch my breath. Be still my heart – so many cool tools! But this gripper is one of our personal favorites in the Sew4Home studios, so we'll start here. The Omnigrid Ruler Grips suction, I mean really suction, onto your ruler or template so you can hold it in place securely and safely while you cut. It's handy for both long slices as well as tricky little angles.
In my mind, Michele Muska is the Kevin Bacon of the sewing, quilting and craft world. If you're around this industry for any length of time, chances are good just seven degrees of separation will connect you in some way to Michele: you've heard of her, know someone else who knows her, or if you are very lucky, count her among your own friends. We are fortunate to fall into the third group, so we were thrilled and proud to watch the debut of her new book: Quilting the New Classics from Sixth & Spring Books. It's a unique approach to a quilting title, profiling ten classic quilt patterns, then showing how various quilters spun that classic into both a new traditional design and a modern interpretation. Read on to get a preview of the 20 projects, and enter to win your own copy.
These days, when you can see six amazing things on YouTube before breakfast, it’s bold to use the word "wonder" in a product name. So when we got our hands on a set of Clover Wonder Clips from our friends at Fabric Depot, we wondered what could be so special about a little plastic clip to merit the W word in its name. Then we used them. Within minutes, we had to come up with a revised title for our review: To Have And To Hold: How Clover Wonder Clips Beat Pins And Make Sewing Easier.
One of the common areas of sewing frustration, especially if you're new, is the corner. Those pesky four corners create any square or rectangular item, like the home décor standard: the pillow! In reality, any time you sew two pieces together then turn them right side out, that turned-out seam becomes the clean, finished edge you (and everyone else) will see. The number one goal when sewing a corner is to be precise. You must stop and pivot at the exact point where the seam allowances on the two sides intersect. This precision stitching, when combined with proper trimming of the excess fabric from the seam allowance, will create a beautiful sharp point and smooth edge every time.
In the Sew4Home studios, we’re dedicated fans of Janome sewing machines and sergers; in fact, they're our exclusive sewing machine sponsor. So we were delighted when Janome offered us a brand new Skyline S5 to test drive! They call the machine, "Anything but Average," and we could certainly see why. This computerized sewing machine has many features previously found only on Janome’s most top-of-the-line models. And like all the Janome models, the precision and ease-of-use right out of the box doesn't disappoint.
We're pleased to welcome Fabric Depot as a new sponsor to Sew4Home. This amazing fabric retailer is in our own backyard here in the Pacific Northwest, in an enormous "candy store" of a location in Portland, Oregon with over 20,000 fabrics from home dec to quilting to bridal and more. But there's also a complete Fabric Depot website, recently updated, revamped, and very easy to navigate. Not only will we be working with their incredible variety of fabric, we'll also be introducing you to some of the favorite, useful notions we've found at Fabric Depot. Often, the most exciting notions look rather nondescript inside their cardboard boxes and cellophane wrappers. Our goal is to break open the packaging, show you how to use these cool tools, and inspire you to add one or more to your own sewing basket. Following our how-to articles will be great projects that showcase the notions. Today, we're happy to be hemming. The Clover Hot Hemmer is one of the best little pressing tools we've come across in a long time.