Moda Piece and Comfort Challenge
This challenge recognizes and honors the sacrifices made by our country’s military families and features “Red, White, and Free” by Sandy Gervais, and “Because of the Brave” by Moda. Proceeds from this challenge will benefit USACares.org. The Challenge begins December 1 and goes thru March 31, 2015. Stitch a quilt using the Moda Challenge fabrics and enter quilt in SEW BERNINA’s Piece and Comfort local quilt show. Our shop winner will qualify for the national competition. Come by the shop to see Challenge fabrics and to find out about rules, requirements, and entry forms.
Holiday Store Closing
We will be closed to celebrate the Christmas Holiday Wednesday, December 24 thru Saturday, December 27 and for the New Years Holiday Wednesday December 31 thru Thursday January 1.
BERNINA Holiday Sales Event
BERNINA’s Merry Swiss-Mas will be going on thru December 31. There will be different specials happening at various times during this period. Thru December 31, take advantage of 0% financing for 60 months on BERNINA purchases of $3,000 or more made with your BERNINA credit card. Equal monthly payments required. Thru December 3, there will be special pricing on the BERNINA 530 Swiss Edition, and December 4 - 10, the BERNINA 800DL Serger will be available at a great price. December 18 - 31 25% off new BERNINA products priced up to $500. This is a great time to acquire your favorite presser feet.
Sewapalooza Road Show
A BERNINA Team member will be at SEW BERNINA January 24, 2015. The Sewapalooza Festival hours are 9:00 to 4:00. Participants will have the opportunity for hands on exploration of several of BERNINA’s top of the line machines while completing one of three projects. Special topics of the day include, embroidery, quilting and Design Works (specialized machine orchestrated embellishments). A participation fee of $40.00 includes lunch and project supplies. If you are considering purchasing a new BERNINA, this is an excellent time to get an in-depth look at our machines as well as learn new techniques from a master. Space is limited; so please call to reserve your place.
ASK US ABOUT OUR HQ Floor Models
We currently have an outstanding pricing on our Avante floor model. Our Avante is packaged with the Pro-stitcher which works magic on the surface of your quilt. If you have been wishing for a machine to make your quilting easier, now is the time to make it happen.
Brown Bag Club Month 3
The Brown Bag Club will meet at noon December 1 and December 8. All members have been notified what group they are in. Group I will come on December 1 and Group II will come December 8. If you need to swap Mondays for a particular month, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you. If you are in this club, please look for special emails relating to “The Club.” These are only sent to club members and includes helpful information and notes about making the prescribed blocks.
Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
The new Modern Quilt Guild meets monthly at the shop. December meeting is scheduled for December 11 at 6:30.
“Club Special” - attend both clubs for $10.00. As always, you will receive a CD containing the project directions and hints to make your projects successful. BERNINA Club and All About ME (Machine Embroidery) Club are now scheduled back to back to accord with our customers’ convenience.
Virtual Clubs are on Holiday the month of December. We will resume after the first of the year.
Guide to Our Favorite Stabilizers
Fusible Polymesh is a fusible, cut-away stabilizer that is versatile and can be used with knits or woven fabrics when the stabilizer needs to stay through laundering and wear. To use on the back of onesies, t-shirts, and sweatshirts, cut mesh just large enough to accommodate embroidery design. This stabilizer will be the first applied to the back of garment. After design is complete, the excess stabilizer around the design may be trimmed by applying an iron to the back of design. While the fabric is still warm, gently lift edges and trim excess. This stabilizer also works great for embroidered quilt blocks. For this application, use a piece of stabilizer large enough to accommodate entire block and leave stabilizer in place.
Stabilstick is a tear-away stabilizer with a sticky surface that is exposed when the protective paper is removed. This stabilizer is usually hooped on its own with protective paper intact, and then the protective paper is scored with a straight pin and torn away to expose the sticky surface. The item to be embroidered is then stuck down to the sticky surface on contact. This stabilizer is great for difficult to hoop items. When a water soluble stabilizer needs to be used in this manner Aquamesh Plus may be used.
Aquamesh is a high grade water soluble stabilizer that works great for sheer or delicate fabrics such as fine linen, batiste, voile and chiffon. We also recommend this stabilizer for freestanding embroidery such as embroidery machine made lace. This stabilizer differs from Aquafilm and Solvy because it does not perforate or break down in the embroidery process. Aquamesh Plus is this same stabilizer with a sticky surface.
Solvy is a water soluble stabilizer that is typically used as a top cover on towels, fleece and other fabrics with a raised nap. Because this stabilizer perforates in the embroidery process, the excess tears away easily and the remainder will dissolve in the first laundering. Aquafilm is a similar product from OESD.
Totally Stable is a very versatile iron-on, tear-away stabilizer. It can be ironed directly onto your fabric or used behind other stabilizers. It is a light-weight, light duty stabilizer that may need to be used with other stabilizers depending on the fabric of item to be embroidered and the density of the embroider design--removes and tears away easily after design is finished.
Ultra Clean Tear Away is a light to medium weight tear-away stabilizer that is often floated under the hoop for an extra layer of stabilization. It tears away easily and cleanly. This stabilizer is usually used in conjunction with other stabilizers such as Totally Stable, Stabilstick or Fusible Polymesh.
Gentle Touch is not really a stabilizer but a protective backing that can be ironed on after the design is finished. This creates a soft durable back for the embroidery that allows the embroidery to be worn comfortably next to the skin.