Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stitching with Metallic Thread

Sewing with metallic threads can sometimes be a bit tricky. But with a few tips from the pros anyone can add a bit of sparkle to their embroidery project.

Using a good metallic thread like Floriani Premium Metallic. It helps to provide the thread with plenty of unraveling room---use a freestanding thread holder set a good distance from your machine. If you haven't been to the sewing center to obtain the thread holder and need to get your project done now, try placing the spool on the floor and threading it up to your machine.

And if you're in the market for a new sewing machine take a look at a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe or Designer Ruby Deluxe with the unique deluxe Stitch System only available from Husqvarna Viking. This stitch system automatically handles the unique properties of metallic threads for you for trouble free stitching.

Feel free to post a question in the comment section of the blog and our team of experts will provide answers on future posts. Keep sewing!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You're Invited!

You're invited to this Kalamazoo Sewing Center exclusive Anita Goodesign event on February 14th, 2013. Event fee is $20 and includes packet of goodies. Call today and register! Hurry space is limited!

Kalamazoo Sewing Center Valentines Day Anita Goodesign Crazy Quilt Embroidery event

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sewing up Your Hearts and Kisses

I once asked a new Designer Diamond owner what she embroidered when she first took her Diamond home. She said she embroidered pillow cases, towels, and just about everything she had in the house. And when she ran out of household items she embroidered hearts on her husbands underwear.

The hearts could have been a private moment of love between a husband and a wife except that the husband was a fireman who had to dress in front of other fireworkers sporting his snazzy shorts!

Such is life with Husqvarna Viking Sewing enthusiast! We just love Valentine's Day and the projects are being sewn at our classes at the sewing center. We have so many---make sure you check our calendar because we are adding all sorts of wonderful projects.

If you can't make it to a class we often have the patterns of projects in the store. Come see us, email, or visit our website. And if you need even more inspiration don't forget the holiday scrubbies---the Valentine's scrubbie and matching towel applique are favorites!

And adding lips to a pillow, bedside caddy, or other project places a kiss just where someone will need it like in our caddy project shown here.

And there are plenty of inspirational projects from around the web so shoot over to our Pinterest page and be inspired.

And while your at the store picking up a pattern, design, or taking a class be sure to pick up the tools to make your project go smoother---like one of the new small (80mm x 80mm)hoops for those tight spots in smaller areas where you need those lips and kisses to go.

And for those binding projects----make it easier with a binding foot---watch this video to see just how easy sewing binding to a project can be:


Come in and see us for your sewing supplies for all your hearts and kisses.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Designer Diamond Deluxe with FREE 5D Professional Plus!

If you've been thinking about trading in your sewing machine for a Designer Diamond Deluxe now is the time!

Now through February 15, 2013 you get 5D Professional Plus Software absolutely FREE with the purchase of a new Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe. That's like getting $2000.00 free!

The Designer Diamond is the top of the line Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine with these great features:

***Long free arm; nearly 10 inches of sewing surface!
***Fully customizable for your tastes with sounds and screen options
***Progammable stitches
***A huge embroidery area 360mm X 350mm capability (with optional hoop)
***Built in quick reference advisor for sewing and embroidery!

Add 5D Professional Plus Embroidery software that includes 3 excusive modules, 11 modules in all to this wonderful machine and you've got a professional package with no limits to your creativity. With 5D Professional Plus you'll be able to create picture perfect embroideries with realistic fills, create lace designs in no time, and digitize fonts that are your very own. Worth over $2000, this package is absolutely free with your Designer Diamond Deluxe purchase from now until February 15, 2013.

And we offer free classes with your purchase to teach you how to get the most out of your machine. We also fully support 5D Software with optional classes and creative instruction.

Hurry into the store today. Supplies are limited. Other restrictions may apply. Please see store for complete details!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Sewing Notion of note

One of the first things that you learn in quilting class is that precise cuts are imperative to your finished product. Fortunately, the sewing center has many tools to help you get this cuts done accurately and easily so you can get to the sewing part!

One of the best investments you can make is in a good quality cutting matt. It doesn't need to be large---but if you have the room you should consider this 24x36 version from TrueCut.
The matt features measurements to the 1/8th of an inch, angle marks of 45, 60, 90 degrees for making cuts and when you need to find the bias just set your fabric on the lines and cut. This is a superb quality matt that should last you years.

Be sure to take care of your matt---avoid exposure to excess heat (don't leave it in a hot car) and don't roll or fold it---there's a handy hanging hole for wall hanging when not in use. You won't be able to find this kind of quality elsewhere for this amazing price---just $59.95.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Inspiration for Winter Sewing Projects

Did you get an embroidery machine for Christmas? Are you planning some winter sewing projects? Need some designs to inspire you? Look no further than the sewing center. We have catalogs full of designs to delight and inspire all your projects. We've just got some new designs from Dakota Designs, Anita Goodesign, and Inspira's collections. If you don't see what you need with all that, we'll help you get what you need.  Here's just a small sampling of what is available:

New from Dakota Collectibles for those little ones:

When they get older try a shirt Tatto from Husqvarna/Viking

Start on your Valentine's Day Cards

Make a Purse!

Get ready for a summer picnic!

Cheer up that Winter Day with a Butterfly

Hope to see you soon! We have some classes and open sew days in the works. Visit our event page.