Reminder: We will be closed July 4th and 5th for the Independence Day Holiday. We will reopen on Monday. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.
Summer is a great time to start thinking about Fall and Christmas sewing. We have recently received a new line of Christmas Fabric and some new “Game Day” fabrics as well. The new “Grunges” have finally arrived and the new colors round out this favorite line well. Other recent acquisitions include the Soft Texture Snuggles Fabric--an ultrasoft light weight fleece similar to Minkie without the stretch.
Coming this Fall
Paula is working on a new Block of the Month club that will be a modern-meets-sampler-quilt. This program that she has dubbed the Brown Bag Club will meet on the first Monday of each month at noon; however the start date has yet to be determined. Please watch our website and emails for details. Also Chrissy will be teaching a Serger Technique Quilt Series in the early Fall.
“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.
BERNINA Club - 10:00 am. July 25 Favorite Tote and Clutch
Create this very large (padded) tote bag with 12 pockets and grommet details. Add a companion clutch to complete this ensemble. Beautiful fabrics and complimentary embellishments make this a real hit! This is a simple tote to put together and leaves plenty of time for creating! Learn these Techniques: sewing with Soft and Stable, grommet installation, sewing with Kraft-tex, cut appliqué by machine, and painting in embroidery.
All About ME (Machine Embroidery) Club - July 25, 11:00 am (following BERNINA Club). Ducks in a Row
We won’t be embroidering ducks, but we will be showing you how to properly align multiple designs and stitch them out continuously. We will explore the different methods used to accomplish this--from machines to software to embroidery aids--that make this an easy task.
July Presser Foot SPECIAL
During the month of July, receive 25% off the BERNINA Non-stick Open Embroidery Foot #56. This open toe foot provides a clear view of the sewing area but has the added benefit of a non-stick coating covering the entire sole. The foot is ideal for sewing most decorative techniques on “sticky” fabrics such as microfibers, plastics, vinyl, leather and other materials that are heavily glazed or highly polished.
Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
The new Modern Quilt Guild meets monthly at the shop. July’s meeting is scheduled for July 10 at 6:30.
For our list of upcoming classes, please see the "Classes and Events."
Mastery Class Schedule
Mastery Classes are instructional classes for those customers who have recently purchased machines and/or software and have not had their guide classes yet. A new round of Mastery Classes will begin July 15. Mastery II and III are scheduled for July 22 and 29 respectively. Embroidery Mastery and Software Mastery will be in August.
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.