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Machine Basting 101

Thursday, 02 July 2015 1:00

Whether you’re a novice or advanced sewer, you’ve likely heard the term "basting." And, we don't mean the yummy Thanksgiving turkey technique! In sewing, basting is a temporary straight stitch used to hold layers together until a final stitch is sewn. Since it’s a long, loose stitch, a basting stitch removes easily after sewing is complete. In this tutorial, we’ll explain 1) how to determine if your sewing machine has a basting stitch, 2) when to use a basting stitch in your sewing projects, and 3) why hand basting is sometimes needed as well. 

Janome MyStyle 100: Machine Review & Great Giveaway

Thursday, 25 June 2015 1:00

Is someone you know ready to start creating her/his own sewing style (maybe even you)? If so, the Janome MyStyle 100 is a wonderful first machine. When you're just beginning, a quality machine that can perform basic functions with ease and precision is the most important tool to have. If your machine is frustration-free, the sewing experience will be more fun and your results will be more successful. Read on to find out all this model has to offer. Then, thanks to our friends at Janome America, you can enter to win your very own MyStyle 100

Ideas We Love: PatternJam - An Innovative Way to Try Out Fabrics in Quilt Projects & More

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 1:00

We are thrilled to bring you news of a very clever way to "audition" fabric for a quilt or other pattern before making a final decision to buy and cut. It's online, it's very easy and intuitive, and the process of designing is free. Emily Taylor is with us today for a guest editorial to give you an overview of the how PatterJam.com works. "How great would it be to see fabric in a quilt pattern before investing time and money into the project?" Emily asked herself. "I knew there had to be a better way to visualize what a sewing project is going to look like before it's made."  We were so impressed with Emily's idea and the tools she developed to make creating more flexible and more fun. 

Congratulations to FIVE New Great Giveaway Winners

Friday, 19 June 2015 1:00

One of our favorite things to do here at Sew4Home is to write those "You Are A Winner!" emails. It means a lot to us that you take time out of your busy days to add a comment, become part of our social media and newsletter communities, and pass along news of our site to your friends and family. We're happy to be able to give back with our Great Giveaways. Today we have the winners of our five most recent entry opportunities. 

Accessories We Love: Janome Ultimate Ruffler

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 1:00

Ruffles. Bet you can't use them just once. If you love ruffles like we do, you need to know about an accessory that makes ruffling and pleating easier, faster and more precise: the Ultimate Ruffler from Janome. This attachment is designed to work with any machine that can accept a snap-on presser foot, which means you don't have to have a Janome. Other machine manufacturers make similar attachments, which work in much the same way. It's time to go from flat to frilly.

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Preshrinking: Learn the What, Why, When and How

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 1:00

Here's a common scenario: you buy a new garment, wear it once, wash it once, and... it is now two sizes too small! Some of us also use this phenomenon to explain why our once-favorite pants no longer fit. Although extra bowls of ice cream are the likely culprit in scenario #2, the guilty party behind scenario #1 is: improper preshrinking! Garment manufacturers often cut corners by skipping the preshrinking step in their construction process. You shouldn't make the same mistake. In the world of sewing and quilting, the ongoing great debate is: "Do you preshrink (or prewash) fabric before sewing with it or not?!" We’ve done our famous S4H research on the subject, and the resounding advice from professionals, and those who have learned the hard way (yes... we're in that bunch) is YES! Read on for the details, methods and some popular products to try. 

How to Prevent Thread Tangles in Hand Sewing

Thursday, 04 June 2015 1:00

No matter what kind of sewing you like to do, there are times you must use a hand needle and thread. It could be for something simple, such as sewing on a button, stitching an opening closed, or tacking a strap in place. Or, you can move up the hand-sewing food chain to beautifully intricate techniques, like hand embroidery or hand quilting. Learn our favorite tips to help eliminate knots and tangles, and keep those stitches flowing smoothly.

Bias Tape Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 1:00

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There you stand in the fabric store, staring at that giant display of bias tapes and bindings in front of you, the shiny cellophane packages glinting in their neat, color coordinated rows. Single fold, double fold, blanket, quilt. Geeze! What's what? Do you just throw a dart and hope for the best? No! You study your Sew4Home Cheat Sheet and get exactly what you really need.

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