There's one terror we hear about over and over at Sew4Home: the zipper. This handy little closure has the power to strike fear into even seasoned sewers. But its reputation as the bad boy of sewing is undeserved. If you take the time to learn the proper steps and a few tips and tricks, you'll be zippin' up projects left and right in no time. We have comprehensive standard and invisible zipper tutorials. And, today, we also have information about the latest addition to the Coats zipper selection - beautiful, bright new colors of their Brass Jeans Zippers.
"Give us the tools and we will finish the job." Winston Churchill. One of the signs of a truly well-made project is that it looks nearly as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Finishing a project's inside raw edges will not only elevate the final appearance, it will also elevate your sewing skills to a new level. In general, the purpose of any seam finish is to prevent fray-prone fabrics from raveling beyond the seam, leaving a hole in your sewn project. It also helps to reduce bulk on certain fabrics, like fleece. And, finishing stitches always provide added strength to a seam and the fabric edge. However, it's often just about the look, and most professionals recommend you even finish fabrics that don’t appear to require it.
Shopping for back-to-school is almost a rite of passage. You must have at least one new sweater to wear. Because even if the thermometer still reads in the 80s, the beads of sweat are worth the fashion statement. But before buying a complete wardrobe, give your budget a break, and check to see if there are some items you could re-make and re-use. Brush up on your fix-it skills with our basic sewing tutorials, then put a new spin on some rough-around-the-edges favorites.
Our official Sew4Home full-color, 28-page Sewing Basics Resource Guide is an absolute must for the beginning sewing enthusiast. But it's also a great little refresher course for us all. You can always learn something new – right?! Check out the lists of what to look for in sewing machine needles, cutting tools, thread and more. Find step-by-step instructions for several technique basics, like simple hems and buttons. Proving anyone can (and should) make their own home décor is our motto and our goal here at Sew4Home. If we've helped you catch the sewing bug - or inspired you with our projects and articles, then it's your turn to pass it on. I bet you can think of two or three friends and/or relations who would benefit from knowing how to sew. We encourage you to make it your goal to teach at least one new person to sew this fall. Our handy Sewing Basics booklet would make an amazing gift to bundle with a new machine for someone who's been dying to learn.
Sewing is an art. But is does rely on science and technology as well. And there's math with all those fractions and geometry. But most importantly... there's your machine. A good machine makes the difference – not only in the sewing experience but in the professional look of the finished project. Janome America is the exclusive sewing machine sponsor of Sew4Home and we love our studio Janomes. When you have a great machine, you can literally forget about it, and put your full concentration on the art of sewing. To borrow a line from Janome that explains this phenomenon: the easier the tools, the more creative you become. Janome machines are precise and reliable from the top of the line to the most basic entry level model. One of the very first articles we did on Sew4Home explained the parts of a basic sewing machine. We've decided to update that article today as the first day in Janome Week – for the benefit of all the new sewing enthusiasts out there. Plus, it never hurts for any of us to dust off our skills and knowledge.
As we enter the final phase of making a quilt, you should be proud of all you've learned thus far. If you think back to Part 1 of this Series, you may have been skeptical about adding "how to quilt" to your sewing toolbox of skills. Now you can see it was simply a case of ignoring your fears and going forward with curiosity and confidence. We encourage you to remember this as we venture into the final phase!
We're back for the second half of our piecing tutorial – part Four of our Five-part Quilting Basics series. Quilters are very resourceful and innovative. You can see this trait revealed in some of the popular quick-piecing methods that have been developed over time. The mindset behind each is to save thread and/or time. They also often make the quilt-building process easier. As we move through today's article, we're going to assume you’ve reviewed the previous tutorials in the Series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4A. If you've not done so, we recommend starting from the beginning so you can make sure you have the appropriate set up, precut fabric pieces, etc.
In quilting, there are special techniques used to sew patchwork pieces into blocks, then assemble those blocks into a quilt. The precise execution of these techniques is paramount to a beautifully finished quilt. It's similar to putting together a puzzle; each piece has to fit perfectly in order for the larger picture to come into view. As we go through the specific piecing techniques, don’t be surprised to find you can apply many of them to other areas of sewing! This is part Four of our Five-part Quilting Basics series. If you haven't already, we do recommend you read parts One through Three prior to launching into today's tutorial. You'll find the related links listed at the bottom of the page. To keep these instructions to an manageable size, we've broken this Part into two sub-parts. And just like a good television soap opera, we're sure you'll be on the edge of your seat, waiting for tomorrow's installment!
The Fabric.com Rustic Wedding series is all about an amazing blend of unique and stunning fabric substrates. However, working with these specialty fabrics does require a little special handling; they aren't always as user-friendly as good ol' cotton. We picked the most common categories and provided some tips and techniques to make preparing, cutting and sewing with them easier, faster and and frustration-free.
You saw the appropriate tools and other stuff needed for basic quilting in Part 1. You leaned how to properly (and safely) rotary cut your fabric for patchwork piecing in Part 2. Now, you get to discover how to use those pieces you cut (squares, rectangles and triangles) to create some of the most popular basic quilt block patterns. We'll also teach you how to design a custom block of your very own.