The more we know about our audience, the better we can tailor our projects, product reviews, and technique tutorials. We have just a few short multiple-choice questions, which should take you about five minutes to complete. We promise there will be no math story problems or trick questions about who exactly is buried in Grant’s tomb. If you include your email at the completion of the survey, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a mystery grab bag of cool fabric cuts direct from the S4H Stash. It's an easy way to let us know what you would be the most interested in seeing right here on Sew4Home.
Even though a crazy last blast o’ winter just covered much of the northeastern US in a blanket of white, Spring officially arrived this past Monday, and with it comes COLOR! It’s time to shake off the winter blues (and blacks and grays) and bust out some brights. The color gurus at Pantone have forecast their top ten seasonal picks, which break into five colors on the softer side of Spring, and five more vivid tones that can segue right into summer. Read on to plan your next palette.
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.
We are very proud to once again be featured in the Handmade for the Home Kitchen column of Where Women Cook! We designed a brand new apron expressly for their readers. Tough canvas on the front with pretty cotton accents on the back, this classic cook’s apron has the style and substance to be at home in any hardworking kitchen. It is also the very first product in our brand new Sew4HomeShop on Etsy.
Ready-to-quilt panels are a popular way to give you the beautiful look of a pieced quilt top without actually doing any piecing. What?!?! We can hear the shouts of dismay from dedicated quilters. “That’s not quilting!” Hold on now. As a quilter, you know practice makes perfect - especially when it comes to free motion quilting. These gorgeous new panels are pre-printed with some of the most popular free motion stitching patterns to use as practice guide lines. Read on to find out more, as well as to enter to win one of three Panels we’re giving away, courtesy of Janome America and PatternJam.
Today, March 8, 2017 is International Women’s Day. As a women-owned business reaching an audience that is 89% female, we’re celebrating by giving away TWO copies of our new book, Sew4Home Bags and Totes: 10 Easy, Fashionable Projects Anyone Can Sew. If you’d like to learn more about this year’s International Women’s Day, here is a link to their official website where the 2017 hashtag is #beboldforchange. Read on to find out how you can enter to win a brand new Sew4Home book.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON 03/17/17. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
We’re excited to bring you a brand new Sew4Home series! The Favorite Project Great Giveaways are your chance to win fabric and/or notions from some of our most popular projects. We’re kicking off with one of last month’s top picks: The Maker’s Apron for Sewing, Crafting & More, featuring Renaissance Ribbons Ribbon Packs. We’re sharing a complete Renaissance Ribbons Ribbon Pack, exactly like the one we used, so you can create your own Maker Apron magic.
This is one article we like to bring back often because it's so important to be nice to your trusty sewing machine. Do you know the number one thing you can do to keep your sewing machine running smoothly? Clean out the lint! It's an unavoidable by-product of sewing. The more you sew, the more lint sifts into the guts of your machine. A little regular cleaning will keep your machine running smoothly. And a clean machine is also a quiet machine. Not only will periodic "care and feeding" help your machine to run better, it can also save you money in major repairs. Our thanks to Janome America for taking us through the important steps of regular maintenance you can do yourself in between trips to your dealer for more thorough cleaning and service.
I know I should be able to do math in my head; I also know I should eat more fruits and vegetables and actually use my gym membership. I could continue to pretend all these things are going to happen, or… I could find some little workarounds. Our Cheat Card is a handy reference table that converts common yardage amounts into inches and centimeters – no math-in-your-head required. It’s small enough to tuck into your wallet or tack up on the bulletin board in your sewing room.
Finishing the corners when you're making a narrow hem can be a challenge. Making a perfect 90˚ fold at each corner is one option, and often will work just fine. However, it can be tough to keep your raw edges tucked in, and bulky or slippery fabrics can cause you fits. Instead, our go-to finish option is the folded diagonal point corner: easy, tidy, and pretty from both sides.