Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Sewing Schedule

Wow, can you believe that it is already summer!  Time sure has flown by!  We are super excited to let everyone know that we will be getting everyone ready for Christmas early this year!  The entire month of July will be Christmas themed classes-decorations and ideas for gifts to make and give!  We are also very excited to introduce two new instructors to our team!  Rosemary Gest and Deb Miller!  Welcome to the group!

As always, we ask that you not wear perfume or lotion as our staff all suffer from allergies!  We are very excited to get started with this fun schedule!  We look forward to seeing you soon!
Software Classes

5D Group 1-you are almost done!  Only two classes left!  No new students to this class!

Thur. July 12,  1-3       Tabitha
Thur. Aug. 9,   1-3       Tabitha

5D Group 2-One more class!  No new students!

Mon. July 2,                1-3       Tabitha

5D Group 3-come learn the tips, tricks, and how to’s for 5D software.  Class is half way through so no new students!

Wed. July 11,  1-3       Tabitha
Wed. Aug. 1, 1-3       Tabitha
Wed. Sept. 5, 1-3       Tabitha

**We will be starting a new group in Oct.  be watching for details!  Remember, if you purchase you software from us there is no fee for classes! **

**Special Store Closing Note! **We will be closed on July 4 and July 5 in observance of Independence Day!  Enjoy the time with your families! ** **Also, we will be closed on Sept. 1 and Sept. 3 in observance on Labor Day! **
Christmas in July

Kick off-We want to get everyone excited for the fun we have planned for July so we are doing a small party!  No fee and no signing up!  Just stop by and see the samples for upcoming classes, sample some of the Rachel’s Recipes towel design foods and see what classes you want to join!

 Mon. July 9,   12-2

Christmas Stocking-This class will teach you how to construct a Christmas stocking in several sizes.  Quilted versions will be the main focus but other options will be discussed.  Fee $15 plus pattern and materials

Fri. July 13 & 20, 1-4  Bev

Embroidered Christmas Stocking- In this class you will make embroidered stockings using an Anita Goodesign!  Fee $10 plus design and supplies.

Thur. July 19, 1-4       Rosemary

Snowman Candles-want to make cute snowman that slip right onto the battery tea lights?  These adorable snowmen are embroidered in the hoop and great as decorations or gifts!  Fee $10 plus design and supplies.

Mon. July 23, 1-4       Tabitha
Woven Placemats-great for decorating, giving as gifts and using up scraps!  Come make these beautiful woven placemats in a variety of shapes!  Fee $15 plus supplies

Wed. July 25, 1-4       Deb M.

Endless Christmas Towel-using your endless hoop (required) you will make a great towel to give as gifts or decorate with!  Fee $10 plus design and supplies

Thur. July 26,  1-4       Trena

Christmas Tree Skirt-this pattern is all the rage this year!  Dresden plate based design, great way to use up stash fabric!
Fee $10 plus pattern, template, and supplies

Fri. July 27,     1-4       Cathy

Appliqué Snowman Towel-this class is perfect if you want a quick gift to make or want to learn how to appliqué!  Fee $10 plus pattern and supplies.

Mon. July 30,  1-4       Bev

Embroidery Classes

Embroidery Time-Each month we show you how to embroider on something you may not have thought of before!  Class fee includes 1-2 new embroidery designs!  Fee $20 plus supplies

Mon. July 16,  1-4/6-9   Toilet Paper/ornament
Mon. Aug. 20, 1-4/6-9 Scrubby/zipper pulls
Mon. Sept. 17, 1-4/6-9 Wet garment bag
Sincerely Yours-this class is still taking new students and meets monthly to make a beautiful embroidered quilt.  Fee $10 plus pattern and supplies

Wed. July 18,  1-4       Trena
Thur. July 19, 6-9       Trena
Wed. Aug. 22,            1-4       Trena
Thur. Aug. 23, 6-9       Trena
Wed. Sept. 19,            1-4       Trena
Thur. Sept. 20,            6-9       Trena

Endless Lace-using your endless hoop (required) you will learn how to make decorative lace and trims for use on other projects!  Fee $10 plus supplies

Thur. Aug. 2,   1-4       Trena

Floral Rings-several of you have been waiting for this one!  Anita Goodesign has done a beautiful job with this embroidered quilt.  Group will meet monthly and try to complete in a years time!  Stop in and see the beautiful sample!  Fee $10 plus design and supplies

Tue. Aug. 21, 1-4       Rosemary
Tue. Sept. 18, 1-4       Rosemary

Autumn Table runner-beautiful and elegant autumn cutwork designs will dress your table from Anita Goodesign with this class!  Fee $10 plus design and supplies

Fri. Sept. 28,   1-4       Trena

Garden Patch CatAppliqué and Quilt Classes

Garden Patch Cats-we are almost done harvesting these adorable cats.  All are welcome as each block can stand alone or in a quilt!  Fee $7 plus pattern and materials

Tue. July 17,    1-4       Bev
Tue. Aug. 21,  1-4       Bev
Tue. Sept. 25,  1-4       Bev

Stitcher’s Garden-monthly class to learn new feet for your sewing machine and to challenge you to use new stitches too!  Fee $15 plus materials

Tue. July 10,    12-3     Tabitha
Tue. Aug. 14,  12-3     Tabitha
Tue. Sept. 12,  12-3     Tabitha

Free Motion Appliqué-come learn this free motion zigzag technique while making a beautiful sunflower wall hanging.  Fee $15 plus pattern and supplies

Fri. Aug. 10 & 17        1-4       Deb M.

Double Diamond Table runner-fun and creative technique that can be used in multiple ways!  Deb will teach the tech as you make this beautiful table runner!
Fee $10 plus pattern, ruler, and supplies

Thur. Sept. 6,  1-4       Deb M.

Blooming Nine Patch-Bev will teach this variation on a nine patch quilt!  Sample is up and has to be seen!  It is gorgeous!  Fee $20 plus book and supplies

Mon. Sept. 24, Oct. 1 & 15    1-4

Additional Fun Classes!

Serger Club-each month we make a different project with just your serger!  You are expected to know how to thread your machine to take this class!  Fee $10 plus supplies

Tue. July 24,    12-3     Tabitha
Tue. Aug. 28,  12-3     Tabitha
Tue. Sept. 25,  12-3     Tabitha

Bag Ladies-with all the wonder purse and bag patterns out there we decided to start a month bag class!  Each month will be different and with a different instructor so you can meet us all!  Fee $10 plus supplies

Fri. Aug. 3,      1-4       Lunch bags with Bev
Fri. Sept. 7,     1-4       Bag with Deb M.

Hanging Baskets-fabric baskets that can help you organize any space!  Bev will walk you through all the details.  Fee $15 plus supplies

Mon. Aug. 6,   1-4       Bev

Easy Flowers-fabric flowers are blooming up on everything from bags to hair accessories.  Come learn the simple technique for making them out of any fabric!  Fee $10 plus supplies

Wed. Aug. 8,  1-4       Trena

Nook Cover-this fun and cute class will show you how to make a very useful Nook cover!  Can be given as gifts for any occasion!  Fee $10 plus pattern and supplies

Wed. Aug. 15,            1-4       Deb M.

Iphone case-have your phone in a protective case but need a clever way to carry it hands free?  This is the class for you!  Easy to personal and give as gifts!  Fee $10 plus supplies
Mon. Sept. 10,            12-3     Tabitha

Wallie Wallet-cute wallet that will hold id, phone, cash, ect.  Fee $10 plus pattern and supplies

Wed. Sept. 12,            12-3     Tabitha

Ipad case-cute case to make taking your ipad everywhere easy!  Bev will walk you through the whole thing!  Fee $15 plus supplies

Fri. Sept. 14,   1-4       Bev

Chenille Baby Blanket-want to make an adorable blanket for that special little bundle of joy?  This is the class for you!  Fee $20 plus supplies

Thur. Sept. 20 & 27    1-4       Trena
**We want to remind all of you that if you would like to come to the store to work on projects we are more than happy to have you!  Sometimes focus is all you need to get the job done and that is easier at the store than at home with the phone and chores!  Give us a call and as long as one of our two wonderful classrooms is available we are happy to have you!**

**We are also going to be having a couple special events this summer/fall from Viking!  Keep checking your email and our website, for details!**

**There is also rumor of a sale while the manager is away this August!  Tabitha is planning a family vacation so we will have a managers gone special that week!  Details to follow!**

As always we look forward to seeing everyone and always feel free to call with suggestions and ideas!  Have a wonderful summer!
Kalamazoo Sewing Center     


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Still time to Sew a Creative Fourth

Hard to believe that the fourth of July is almost here; it seems like summer just got here! (Actually it only arrived yesterday.) But just because the fourth is just two weeks away doesn't mean you don't have time to create projects to dazzle your guests. It's too hot to be outdoors in the afternoon anyway or while the kids (or grandkids) are down for their naps break out that sewing machine and try these fast and easy projects that are fun and rewarding:

  • Instead of going with the same old tees that everyone else will be sporting at the parade make your family feel special with a design that you create using your embroidery machine. We've got a lot of designs in the store like the one up above. We made this one in the hoop and added some sparklies to give it shine.   Don't have an embroidery machine? No problem, try this really cute idea click here.
  • Then you'll need a table topper or two or three for that after the parade picnic. We've got in the hoop designs to help you there too.
  • Then there's that quilt to sit on and watch those fireworks. There is still time to get a small quilt done and we have so many great designs to chose from. So come on in and take a look,  grab your red, white, and blue thread, and create a memorable fourth to show your family just how special they are to you.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Notions of Note

The right tool for the job makes everything easier and more fun and this weeks notion of note makes applique easy, easy, easy.

Whether you applique in the hoop, on a general purpose sewing machine, or by hand you'll want to grab a pair of these Multi-angled 4" Scissors with blunt tips made just for getting as close to the applique holding stitch as possible.

Lose those little nubbies that make your applique less than perfect, hurry into the sewing center and grab a pair for just $12.95.  


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Notion of Note

This week's notion of note is Inspira Stabilizer. If you've used others, you will notice immediately that Inspira is consistently higher quality, making it the brand you'll want to reach for for that machine embroidery. Nothing prevents puckering like the right high quality stabilizer.

And right now, for a limited time, all in stock Inspira Stabilizers are 20% off. I'll be needing some for all those Christmas presents I plan to sew and that harvest quilt I'm going to embroider. For more info on Inspira Stabilizers click here.  

Monday, June 4, 2012

June deals

We have a 140th anniversary diamond deal going this month. There's a package deal with over $2000 in free items included with a Designer Diamond purchase.  Hurry into the store if you're interested because the supplies are limited.

Also we have a special deal on Inspira Needles and Inspira stabilizers. Now is the time to stock up on these items---they're 20% off and you know you'll need them for future projects. Inspira makes a really good quality stabilizer that you can't get anywhere else.

And we have just included a free project on our website, so point your browser over to and click on the free project box to get the instructions on this month's midsummer project.

Happy Sewing!