Beads are a wonderful embellishment. They add dimension and texture and color in one fell swoop. But my-oh-my, putting them on can be a struggle and a half. Hand sewing in an option, if you have a few spare days. And machine sewing can be like trying to ride your bike over a field of BBs (no... I haven't actually done that, but I know it would be tricky and very slippery). Luckily for me (and my bicycle), our friends at Janome have a cool set of presser feet made exactly for what we want to do: quickly attach strands of beads of various widths. Can a glittering gown for next year's Oscars be far behind?!
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!
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.
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.
Fluffy poms are great for any number of projects. We've used them to add extra whimsy to an already fun project, as well as to juxtapose a bit of casualness against the elegance of fine cotton or velvet - kind of like wearing Converse® high-tops with a tuxedo. A little bit of levity can add just the right touch. Whether you need one great pom or dozens, a Clover Pom-Pom Maker simplifies the task, and each one will be as perfectly puffy as the next. Fabric Depot carries a full selection of Clover Pom-Pom makers and provided them for our tutorial. Find some yarn and get ready to get fluffy.
When we've talked about cutting tools here on Sew4Home, we've mentioned things like scissors, shears, snips, and rotary cutters. All of these are essential to your sewing tool kit. But there's another kind of cutting tool we haven't talked about. One that's so advanced you might think we borrowed it from the Jetsons. It's called a digital cutter, and the one we're talking about specifically is the Edge Digital Cutter from Artistic. It's no exaggeration to say this device will open up whole new areas for you in sewing, quilting, paper crafts, stenciling, and more. When you learn what it can do, your own creative ideas are going to explode. So read on, then tell us what you'd make with an Edge Digital Cutter, and you could win one!
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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.
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.
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.