2013 is a great year to expand your creative horizons and explore new sewing projects and techniques. Here at Sew4Home, we've come up with our own New Year's Resolutions list, and we've been working with our fabulous sponsoring partners to plan a full year of fun. We hope you come back often to see, learn and do; and of course, when you come... bring all your friends! There will be plenty of inspiration to go around.
Lucky 13 Resolution Ideas for 2013
- Maintain. Treat your sewing machine to a cleaning and tune up. Stock up on new sewing machine needles so you can replace your needle when you start a new project or after about eight hours of use. Visit your local dealer and test drive a new machine; you'll be amazed at all the wonderful features available on today's latest models.
- Learn. Try a new technique or improve your existing skills. We just reviewed our Top 12 How-To Tutorials from 2012. Take a look at these, page through our Tips & Resources category, or check out the new Project Index.
- Organize. Tidy up your sewing space, your fabric and trims, or all those buttons and bling. Don't tackle it all at once; pick one thing each month to tame into a more manageable - more useable resource.
- Browse. Before you buy... browse the pages of S4H. Chances are good you can find a way to make what you want. Chances are great the finished product will be better, cheaper and more unique than what you'd find in the stores. Start with the Project Index, or just begin browsing from the home page. (We take no responsibility for using up the next three hours of your day.)
- Go Pro. Pay attention to the little things, like seam finishes, hems, hand stitching, and pressing. You'll never be sorry you took the time to concentrate on these important details.
- Embellish. Add a little hand embroidery to your next project, as we did with our recent Ty Pennington placemats and our Amy Butler pillow. Explore all those decorative stitches hiding on your machine; we used them to great effect on an apron and a patchwork pillow. Or, experiment with a terrific trim.
- Improve. Buy yourself a new sewing tool to make your life easier, like a great pair of scissors, a jumbo cutting mat or a set of pretty straight pins.
- Finish. Have an unfinished project (or two or three)? Finish one. The momentum to carry through to the others.
- Repurpose. Look around for "found fabric." Old clothes, vintage linens, or other gently worn cloth can become something new and vibrant.
- Explore. Try our some of the new substrates: velveteen, linen, rayon, knit, sateen, canvas, corduroy or voile.
- Share. Teach someone to sew.
- Conquer. What's your biggest sewing fear? A zipper, buttonhole, bias binding, pleats, piping? Pick the one technique you've always avoided and work it out. You don't have to make a whole project; just practice the technique on scraps. Before you know it, an old fear will be your new friend.
- Play. It's one of our favorite things to do! Mix and match colors, patterns and textures. Put a new spin on an old favorite. Add pom poms where you'd least expect it. And never take yourself too seriously, because we all own a seam ripper!
What are your sewing resolutions for 2013?