Beads have always been a favorite embellishment of mine. I think it's because they can add dimension and texture and color in one fell swoop. But my-oh-my, putting them on is 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 I want to do: quickly attach strands of beads of various widths. Can a glittering gown for next year's Oscars be far behind?!
The first time I saw the original Gypsy Gripper™, I thought it was a giant purple telephone sitting on my sister's cutting table. "Have you been calling Barney the Dinosaur on your toy phone?" I wondered out loud. But... wait a minute, there's no cord. There's no antenna. That's not a phone! What is it? It's a lifesaver that's what it is. If you do any rotary cutting, you will love the Gypsy Gripper™ tools. They suction, I mean REALLY suction, onto your ruler or template so you can hold it in place securely and safely while you cut.
One of our very first articles on Sew4Home (way back in the old days of 2009!) was how to go about selecting the right thread for your project. It's still one of the most important topics to talk about; after all, thread is what's holding everything together! We're happy to announce one of the newest S4H supporters is the venerable Coats & Clark - purveyors, for nearly 200 years, of some of the best thread in the business. It was the dawn of the 1800s when Patrick Clark developed a method of twisting cotton yarns together to produce a thread so strong and smooth it could replace the natural silk used in the looms of the day. We worked with Coats & Clark to update our thread information to help you understand not only the standard choices, but some of the specialty options as well.
THIS CONTEST ENDED 01/15/2011. Thanks to everyone who entered.If you're a regular visitor, you'll likely recognize the name, Alison Newman. She works at Janome America (one of our S4H sponsors) and is super helpful when it comes to articles about sewing machines, accessories and techniques. When we found out she and her good friend, Kaitlin Witte were working on a book, we were first in line for an autographed copy of: thread & bobbin: 21 simple sewing projects ($18, All American Crafts). We're all about simplicity here at Sew4Home, and we're thrilled when there is a new tool we can share to help foster a love of sewing in those new to the world of 'thread & bobbin.'
It was our biggest Great Giveaways to date for one of the coolest products we've reviewed to date: the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker. Well over 250 folks posted comments, telling us how they would go about making sure everyone they knew heard about Sew4Home, including my personal favorite - a promise from a gal to create sandwich board signs for her cats and then let them wander the neighborhood!