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Montgomery, Alabama  36117
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September 2014 Newsletter Update

Just In!

“Elf of the Shelf” fabric and book panel and “Snuggle Buddies” by Quilting Treasures, which includes a panel appropriate for young children and a few coordinating prints. We are expecting several new lines to arrive during the month of September.

Introducing SEW BERNINA’s Brown Bag Club
Bring Your Own Lunch and Join Us!

Beginning October 6, we are introducing a new Block of the Month program. Paula has completed the piecing of the shop sample and will be quilting it in the next few weeks and then the quilt will be hanging in the shop. Come see! Participants will buy one pattern which includes all blocks for 12.95 and pay a one time $10.00 participation fee. What a great deal. For less than $25.00, members will get a versatile pattern and monthly instruction for a year. The group will meet the first Monday of every month at noon for 12 consecutive months. An average of four blocks a month will be covered in Paula’s lunchtime presentation. This queen size quilt is comprised of 48 blocks ranging in size from 6” to 36”; so this quilt provides the perfect opportunity to learn how to apply precision piecing techniques to blocks of varied scales. Paula will discuss different techniques and introduce tools and gadgets related to that month’s particular techniques. Our sample is made using Bella Solids and has a decidedly “Modern” aesthetic (Kits will be available!), but club members are welcome to choose different fabrics. Textured solids such as the Moda “Grunges” or “Rustic Weaves” would be gorgeous, but these very traditional blocks would look great in prints or batiks as well. We have a large selection of fabrics coming in in September and we are excited about helping you plan something wonderful. Club members are not required to bring previously completed blocks to the monthly lunch gathering but are encouraged to do so. After all, show-and-tell will definitely be part of the fun. Come join us, and let us fuel your imagination while you feed your body.  

September is National Sewing Month and BERNINA is celebrating. September 11- 15 all presser feet, Feeture Books and Software will be 25% off and 0% interest for 24 months on BERNINA purchases of $500 or more made with you BERNINA Credit Card.  

September Accessory Special

There is no accessory of the month for September, but September 11-15 all BERNINA  presser feet will be 25% off.

Virtual Clubs
“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. This month BERNINA Club and All About ME (Machine Embroidery) Club are scheduled back to back to accord with our customers’ convenience.

Note: The Virtual Clubs will be on holiday during the month of September. Clubs will resume in October  

BERNINA Club - 10:00 am. October 17 Project TBA

All About ME (Machine Embroidery) Club - October 17, 11:00 am (following BERNINA Club). Project TBA

Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
The new Modern Quilt Guild meets monthly at the shop. The September meeting is scheduled for September 11 at 6:30.  

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 StableStabilstick 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.

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