Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Coming Soon---The 12 Days of Christmas

Coming soon! Twelve Days of Christmas sewing deals---just for you our special customer! Stay tuned---sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gifts Ideas to Sew for Men

At a loss for gift ideas for the men in your life? Here are some ideas many of which can be sewn in just an afternoon. Be sure to check our class schedule for ideas or free sewing days to bring in your project to sew and enjoy. What a relaxing way to enjoy your holiday season and make personal gifts at the same time!

***How about a bottle of something yummy wrapped in a personalized bottle bag?

***We have in the hoop change pouch patterns. Make a manly money bag in a favorite team fabric or take advantage of our wildlife/sportsman's design packages to embroider a fish, bird, or golf motif.

***And speaking of golf don't those clubs need some quick covers?

***Here's an idea straight from the Coats and Clark site; a cornhole game. Sew the pouches and find help with the board that can be covered with team fabric of choice.

***And when you're considering a gift for a man think barbecue. And barbecues are messy--- they require things like chef's aprons, towels, and recipe books for those special sauces.

***Finally, I don't know any men who don't like gadgets, and gadgets need bags. And bags need tags. And tags need personalizations that only your sewing machine can provide

So let's get busy. We've got plenty of time. And, I don't know about you, but I'd rather be sewing than fighting the crowds in some superstore!  


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

We've just got a shipment of Inspira Stabilizer in at a good price that we're passing on to you for a limited time. Click the picture to go to our website to learn more.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to all our customers. You really are the greatest!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Classes add a Bit of Design Embellishment and Inspiration

Project design packages sometimes don't do justice to the actual project that you can create with them. One thing great about taking a class is that you get so many great ideas to make projects really pop from our managers and sewing instructors. For example look how this tree just pops with  sparkle just by adding a couple of adjustments in color and decoration. Simply beautiful and much more inspiring than the package don't you think?
Another great design is the Tree-mendous 3D Christmas Tree Design. Here's the package:

And here's the in store inspiration:

 Another plus that you get from taking a class is that it's just plain fun getting together, creating, bouncing ideas around and sharing inspiration. In this way quilts that are from the same design end up looking completely different, all the creator's project; wonderful results from the same design. Take a look at these two Christmas Town quilts:

These are so different and so inspiring! The first in blue and white---like a mid winter night---so fun just like Christmas Eve. The second one in red and gold with a black frame--such an original color choice for this elegant artistic treatment.

So whether it's beginning sewing your looking for or just to hone your expert skills and experience, you'll have fun, pick up tips, and become more creative---call the sewing center today and sign up for one of our fun holiday classes.     


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Notion of Note

Be the first on your street to wrap your cupcakes up elegantly in Cupcake Cozies. We're just getting these designs in and there are designs for all sorts of holiday, occasions, and just for every day.

Celebrate life so many ways with this in the hoop design!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Little Something Sewing up for Your Thanksgiving Holiday!

It's not too late to sew up some really special items to add to your Thanksgiving Day table, preparations, and decorations. And we have some wonderful designs to help you out. Check out these inspirational items to set your own table or add to a hostess gift:

**For the hostess---how about a really cute apron?

**Everyone can use another towel to clean up all those Thanksgiving Day dishes. And we have special turkey designs available for holiday scrubbies. Come in and get the delightful designs to put on cloths and towels. Suddenly those dishes look more fun!  

***We also have tabletoppers, runners, and wonderful designs for mug rugs for lingering over pie and coffee and conversation.

We also have some great designs for napkins. Cloth napkins add so much to a holiday table. Imagine creating special heirloom linens for your holiday table that can be used for years to come. Every year these special linens become part of your holiday tradition. The children won't be able to stand the wait to set the table when your special designed napkins are taken out!

New holiday designs are coming in daily. Come in and see the whole selection! We're here to help with those holiday traditions.

Please watch our website and Facebook pages for special holiday hours and sales. We will be closed Thursday, November  22, Friday, November 23, Saturday, November 24, and Sunday November 25 for a long weekend of giving thanks for all the blessings we've had this year and all of you, our great customers!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Sewing Tip

Ever wonder if there was a limit to the size of the USB stick you could use with your Designer Ruby or Designer Diamond?

It turns out that 2G or smaller is optimal. So 2G is the limit that you should expect to use with your Husqvarna Viking Machines.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Machine Quilting

One of the best ways to learn how to sew is to piece a quilt. By the time you've pieced your first quilt top you'll know how to sew a straight stitch. If your top has a bit of applique, you'll be the master of curves, fancy stitches, and those supplemental feet that came with your feet.

And all these skills learned will transfer into other sewing that you do whether it's home decor or designer fashions for your family.

If you've been to any of the great quilting classes at the sewing center lately, you probably have some quilt tops done. If you're the average customer, you are daunted by the next step: the quilt sandwich and putting it all together with machine quilting. At the sewing center we have special classes where we gather together to put our quilts together. It's a job where you may need an extra pair of hands and room to work and we're here to help.

Stitching in the ditch
The most important step in quilting your quilt is basting the sandwich layers together. Sewing Center experts recommend spray basting as the best way to sandwich your quilt components prior to quilting. But if you don't like the spray or have allergies, we have special pins for pin basting or you can baste with a needle and thread. Whichever way you baste, be sure to take your time to get all the layers smoothly together. This will make the rest of the quilting process easy and fun.

Even Feed Foot really helps quilting
One of the easiest quilting techniques is the stitch in the ditch method. This is where most quilters start because it requires a simple straight stitch around the quilt squares. There are special stitch in the ditch feet with flanges that ride the seam to keep your stitches straight. If you're having issues controlling your quilt, try an even feed foot as a tool to keep your quilt straight and evenly fed through the machine.

As you become more experienced you can begin exploring the quilting options your machine gives you. For example, the new Designer Ruby Deluxe has a number of built in quilting stitches that can make the quilting as creative and fun as piecing your quilt. And with these stitches the actual quilting of your quilt becomes less intimidating.

Designer Ruby Deluxe Quilting Stitches

More fun Designer Ruby Deluxe Stitches 
Your Singer Sewing Machines also have many fun stitches for quilting also.
Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter 

7469Q Stitches

The best way to try all these fun quilting stitches is to enroll in a sewing center class to  make a pillow topper. A fun, smaller project will bring out the designer in you and will provide courage and experience to tackle those large quilt projects that await you in the sewing room.
The best way to learn sewing is take a class at the sewing center and we have some really great classes planned for this holiday season. Won't you join us, take some time to relax with us and make a few gifts or decorations that are just you. It would be so awesome to help you create a wonderful holiday season for you and your family!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Notion of Note

As you're planning the Thanksgiving Day Turkey dinner why not sew a turkey to help with the holiday dinner clean up?

This turkey is part of Jan Brown's Holiday Towels and Scrubs Design package. Thanksgiving decorations are so fun to make and the turkey's body is a scrubby that will tackle that baked on casserole dish.

And if you're not doing the cooking this year, why not sew one to give that holiday hostess?

See us today; they're going fast!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Holiday Season Classes

Kalamazoo Sewing Center Banner

We have some exciting classes planned for next week as we head into the holiday season. Be sure to call today to reserve your spot for one of these fun projects:     
Monday, Nov. 5, Quiet Book 1-4pm
Tuesday, Nov. 6, Double Diamond Christmas Tree Wall Hanging 1-4pm

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 
Snowman Applique Wall Hanging 1-4pm

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5D Group 3 1-3

Thursday, Nov. 8, Sincerely Yours 6-9

Friday, Nov. 9, 5D Group 4 1-3



**Just a reminder that all our instructors suffer with allergies, we appreciate you NOT wearing scented lotion or perfume to class!  Thank you.**



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