Fabric is always the first thing that jumps to mind when describing what's on display at Quilt Market, but there's also a huge selection of wonderful new tools and notions. We visited with Dritz®, where we discovered some new elastics to stretch our imaginations, and we got a sneak peek at two new Pellon® products we can't wait to stock up on for our famous structured baskets, bags and more. Stayed tuned for these great introductions very soon. We ended one of our three days at Market in the Fairfield® booth, where we found a perfect product for the upcoming summer months: Weather Soft™ pillow inserts. These inserts have a water repellent shell that keeps the inner 100% polyester fiberfill from becoming saturated in wet weather. This is a product you can find right now and use right now. With the insert's laminated shell as a barrier, you don't have to limit yourself to only outdoor or marine fabrics for your exterior pillows and cushions; you can use any washable fabric. Decorate your outdoor living space with fabric freedom!
I don't especially like ironing. I don't like waiting and waiting for my iron to heat up. I don't like how that scorching hot soleplate is right next to my elbow when the iron's sitting up on my wobbly ironing board. I don't like the fact that at any moment something could distract me for just a second, and I'll look back to find a burnt mark on my fabric. What I do like is the beautiful look of freshly ironed fabric. And what I love is our newest Sew4Home friend and sponsor: Oliso® Irons! Read on to find out what we thought of their Oliso® TG1050 Smart Iron with iTouch® Technology, find out how YOU could be the lucky winner of one of your very own... and get a close look at the iron that can "think on its feet!"
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON 4/5/13. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.
We're proud to be an all-Janome studio here at Sew4Home. They have been sponsors since day one, and we literally wouldn't be able to do much of what we do without their generous support. We're always happy to shout from the mountaintops (if piles of fabric count as mountaintops) about the power and precision packed into every Janome we've ever used. But today... we've climbed even higher to raise our voices in amazement at their latest model. It's "As Unique As You" and it debuts today: the Memory Craft 9900: Sewing, Embroidery & Beyond.
We get quite a few compliments on our samples and photography, which makes us blush and makes our day! Some of the most common notes are about how "smooth," "straight" or "perfect" things look, along with a request to know, "What are your secrets?". We're firm believers in surrounding yourself with the top tools to get the job done. Having the right tools on hand makes all the difference in how easy a project is to complete, as well as how good it looks when finished! We've found that spending a little bit more up-front can more than pay for itself in the long run. You save both time and money when the project turns out right the first time, plus there's no hair-pulling, no swearing, no hurling things out the window (all reactions we've been guilty of when a tool has failed us). Because we have three pretty pillows this week as part of our 10 Designers & 10 Collections series for FreeSpirit and Rowan Fabrics, we collected our fave tools for pillow making. Read up - gather 'em up - and make a prettier pillow.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON OCTOBER 10, 2012. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.
Quilt Sticks are one of those products that when you see them, your first reaction is, "These are so great!" Then, your second reaction is, "Why didn't I think of that?!" If you do a lot of strip cutting, for quilting, binding, sashing and more, you'll love Quilt Sticks. These innovative measuring and cutting tools were brought to our attention by our friends at Moda, and they've been generous enough to provide us with an extra 7-piece set to give away!
Having the right tools on hand makes all the difference in how easy a project is to complete, as well as how good it looks when finished! We've found that spending a little bit more up-front can more than pay for itself in the long run. You save both time and money when the project turns out right the first time, plus there's no hair-pulling, no swearing, no hurling things out the window (all reactions we've been guilty of when a tool has failed us). We're firm believers in surrounding yourself with the top tools to get the job done. These are our faves for pillow making. Read up - gather 'em up - make a prettier pillow. Then enter that pillow to win in our Fairfield Processing Great Pillow Personality Contest!
It’s a wee bit of an understatement to say there are lots of sewing trims. In fact, if you were to lay all of the trims available end to end, they'd likely cover the earth! But choice is what we love, isn't it? It adds the spice to our sewing life. And, a room like our Romantic Bedroom Retreat, sponsored by Rowan and FreeSpirit Fabrics, cries out for some extra special embellishments. If you’ve been a Sew4Home reader for a while, you may have read our original tutorial on Terrific Trims. Since then, we’ve developed more project ideas using different kinds of sewing trims – some trendy, some traditional. A perfect example is the current Romantic Retreat projects for which we dove into the upholstery trim section to find an unbelievable assortment of tasseled and beaded trims and fringe. Another recent example was our experimental trim week with Simplicity; we designed two fashionable handbags (links are provided at the end of the article for these and other trim-focused projects) around “new” metal trims. This lead to our popular tutorial: Adding Metal Trims to Sewing Projects. Between these and others, we realized it was time for a Terrific Trims update.
Creating a lush and luxurious Romantic Bedroom Retreat is the perfect opportunity to incorporate a few of the wide variety of trims available. We added dense chainette fringe to our Coverlet and elegant tasseled fringe with crystal accents on both our Valance and Bolster. Plus we have piping and more in upcoming tutorials. These options just prick the surface of the variety of trims available both in-store and online. They always look so beautiful wrapped around their little bolts, rows and rows from which to choose. But many people shy away from using these gorgeous embellishments because they're unsure how to sew them in place. We have more information on the trims themselves coming up later in the Romantic Retreat series. Today, we’re here to help you understand how to use your sewing machine, and the specialty feet (as well as standard feet) available, to sew all kinds of trims.
Being able to draw a straight line to follow with a seam or make a series of dots to indicate exact spots for buttons, pleats or darts means you have to mark your fabric... often on the right side... often where it could be seen on the finished project! Sounds scary, right? Only if you're considering using a Sharpie®. There are special tools made precisely for fabric marking, and some of the very best we've found come from Sewline products, distributed in the USA, Canada and South Africa by United Notions, the parent company of Moda Fabrics. Our pals at Moda introduced us to Sewline last year, and after testing them on several of our own projects, we're here to recommend them to you.
Did you ever wonder where "Christmas In July" came from? I sure did when I first heard about it. We were in the middle of a heat wave when I pulled up to a local fabric store to find it decked out for the holidays. We've had neighbors leave Christmas lights up all year, but this was really strange. However, nobody else in the store seemed to think it was odd to have the tinsel on a fully decorated Christmas tree rustling in the cool breeze of an air conditioner. I didn't want to look stupid by asking, so I simply smiled as the nice gal in the reindeer antler headband gave me my holiday discount. It was time to uncover the truth behind this Summertime Santaland, and our friends at Moda agreed! We researched the history, took at look at all the great new holiday fabrics from Moda coming out right now, used three of those brand new collections to create some super cute table linens, stockings and gift bags (perfect items to make ahead), and reviewed the cool Sewline marking tools that can make all your projects go faster... whatever the time of year.