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Make and Measure a Circle Without a Pattern

Thursday, 25 August 2016 1:00

The circle is, in my humble opinion, the Queen of the geometric shapes. Don't get me wrong; I like all those squares, rectangles, triangles, octagons, and whatnot; but the circle is the coolest of the bunch: smooth and pretty and endlessly useful. However, trying to draw a perfect circle without a pattern is a challenge, and figuring out the proper size of an opening into which a circle can be inserted requires working with Pi (or π), which is not the delicious kind you can eat with a bit of ice cream. We're here today to help you with the steps you've forgotten since high school geometry class (or maybe never learned because you were too busy passing notes with Susan Ellery!). We'll show you the parts of a circle, how wide to cut fabric to fit a circle, and how to draw a circle without a pattern. We've also included a handy conversion from decimals to inches, which is necessary when working with Pi.

Fall Cornucopia Great Giveaway

Friday, 19 August 2016 1:00

We have officially entered the “dog days of summer.” I remember this time of year, oh so long ago, when toasty new sweaters were stacked on my bed in anticipation of heading back-to-school. I was determined to wear those sweaters even though it meant sweat trickling down my back as the thermometer mocked my Fall fashion sense. But cool, crisp days are hovering out there, and in celebration of those sweaters, we’ve put together a Great Giveaway bursting with Fall colors. 

Pattern Drafting & Grading: Guest Tutorial from Sis Boom

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 1:00

One of our goals for 2016 is a commitment to partner with some of our pals in the sewing community to bring you guest features on garment sewing, since that is not an area we currently focus on at Sew4Home (you never know what the future will bring). Garments generally require complex, multi-piece patterns in a variety of sizes, which sounds intimidating – right? Carla Crim, from Scientific Seamstress and Jennifer Paganelli’s Sis Boom eBooks and ePatterns, is here to help demystify the process of creating the patterns that come together to make something beautiful to wear. We found the techniques fascinating, and it certainly inspired us to give it a try. But, just in case you can’t see yourself making your own patterns, Sis Boom has offered Sew4Home visitors a 25% discount on all the beautiful ePatterns currently available in their online shop! Read on to learn more about drafting and grading and to find your coupon code. 

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You Deserve Some Fun: Plan Now for Fall & Winter Sewing Escape Retreats

Thursday, 11 August 2016 1:25


Because you deserve to learn some great new techniques. Because you deserve to make a fabulous new project… or two or three. Because you (and all your sewing friends) deserve a great getaway. We could go on and on, but you get the idea. Retreat events are gearing up across the country. Register now to join us at one near you. Because you deserve it! 

Sew Sampler Quilting Box Program from Fat Quarter Shop

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 1:00

In this world of digital everything – including those crazy Pokemon critters everyone is hunting like zombies at a full moon – isn’t it delightful when an actual package arrives in your real mailbox?! As lovers of sewing and craft, we’re all about creating authentic items with our own two hands. Virtual will never trump tactile in this world. Which is why we love Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler Quilting Box program. We gave you a sneak peek of these mystery boxes when they debuted this past April. Since then, four amazing boxes have landed in members’ mailboxes, each one as terrific as the the last. 

Shannon Fabrics Rose Cuddle Great Giveaway

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 08/10/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

Shannon Fabrics is home to some of the very softest stuff around. From faux fur to Embrace double gauze to their flagship Cuddle® minky fabric, if you want plush luxury and top quality, look for the Shannon Fabrics brand. They are fabulous at keeping us up-to-date on their latest collections and most popular products. In fact, we were talking about some of the season’s best sellers just a few weeks back. They mentioned how their unique Rose Cuddle® has been flying out the door. And they were delighted to share two generous two-yard cuts of it, one Hot Pink and one Snow White, for this latest Great Giveaway. 

Sewing Vocabulary: Test Your Skills, Impress Your Friends

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 1:00

Any endeavor that turns into a passion comes with its own set of terms, phrases, abbreviations, and secret handshakes. Well, maybe they don’t all have a secret handshake… maybe just a decoder ring. Sewing is no different, and although we do try to make sure we define the more unusual words we sometimes toss around, we can forget now and then. So, we pulled together the Top Twenty Terms that come into play on a regular basic. We’ve alphabetized them into a mini glossary. If you’re a pro, buzz through and see how many you know without peeking. If you’re just getting started, these are great vocabulary builders and awesome to throw into the conversation to startle any non-sewing friends who might be eavesdropping. “I was simply unable move forward without dropping my feed dogs.”  

Accessories We Love: Janome Ultra Glide Foot & Needle Plate

Thursday, 21 July 2016 1:00

Life can get a little sticky sometimes. In general, that statement covers a vast array of scenarios. But in the world of sewing, we’re usually talking about laminates, vinyls, faux leather, oil cloth, and the other sticky fabric substrates that look cool but can be challenging to sew. The surfaces of these specialty fabrics love to drag across your presser foot and/or needle plate, causing your stitching to bunch or break. Plus, with non-wovens, once you make a hole it’s there to stay. So the last thing you want are extra holes due to messed up seams. The Janome Ultra Glide Foot and its accompanying Needle Plate Set gives you the ability to sew through your sticky situations like a hot knife through butter. 

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Congratulations to 11 Lucky Great Giveaway Winners

Thursday, 14 July 2016 1:00

If 13 is a “baker’s dozen” – we’re going on record to claim that 11 is a “dieter’s dozen”! Our last four Great Giveaways all featured multiple winners so we could spread the fun around even more than usual. Although these four are in the record books, there’s always more down the road. In fact, tomorrow is the final day to enter the Vintage Notions Great Giveaway, courtesy of Amy Barickman and Indygo Junction. Read on as we reveal our 11 latest and greatest winners. 

Top 7 Tips for Teen Sewing

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 1:00

Hopefully, you're reading this article for one of two reasons. Either you know a teen who really wants to start sewing, or you know one you'd like to inspire to start sewing. In both cases, you can help them on their way with a little guidance. In this day and age, when young adults seem to be devoted nearly full-time to social media apps, it's easy to think none of them could possibly be interested in something so archaic as sewing. But, while you weren't looking, sewing became cool. Read on for our Top Seven Tips to pave the way to a great experience for a young sewist. 

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