We have lots of new fabrics in the shop including new fabric lines, Fancy by Lily Ashbury and Persimmon by Basic Grey. For those of you who have been waiting for batiks, we have some new Batiks by Laundry Basket Quilts as well as some new batik precuts. At the Houston Quilt Market, we came across several “must have” patterns including some great patterns for totes that call for using 6 fat quarters. We also have made up some new samples using our new fabrics. Come see!
Holiday Store Closing
We will be closed to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday Wednesday, November 26 thru Saturday, November 29. We wish all of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
BERNINA Holiday Sales Event
BERNINA’s Merry Swiss-Mas will be going on November 20 - December 3. There will be different specials happening at various times during this period. From November 20 - December 3, 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. November 20 - 26, take advantage of instant savings up to $500 when you purchase new BERNINA products. November 27 - December 3, there will be special pricing on the BERNINA 530 Swiss Edition, and December 4 - 10, the BERNINA 800DL Serger wil be available at a great price.
ASK US ABOUT OUR HQ Floor Models
Having just returned from the Big Quilt Market, we are more enthusiastic than ever about our Handi Quilter long arm machines. We currently have some outstanding pricing on our two floor models. Our Avante is packaged with the Pro-stitcher which works magic on the surface of your quilt. Our popular sit-down set up, the Sweet Sixteen, is also priced to move. 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 2
We are now underway! We have had the pleasure of seeing many of the “in-progress” and finished blocks and as expected, they are all striking. The Brown Bag Club will meet at noon November 3 and November 10. All members have been notified what group they are in. Group I will come on November 3 and Group II will come November 10. If you need to swap Mondays for a particular month, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you. The December meetings will be Group I--December 1 and Group II--December 8. 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.
November Accessory Special
25% off the Circular Embroidery Attachment #83 during the month of November. Sew perfectly round circles in a range of sizes using decorative stitch patterns, alphabets, or even couching fancy fibers! Circles can be stitched clockwise or counterclockwise.
Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
The new Modern Quilt Guild meets monthly at the shop. November meeting is scheduled for November 13 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.
BERNINA Club - 10:00 am. November 21 Stitched Gifts that Pamper
Join us as we stitch up quick and easy gifts that will be perfect for your holiday gift giving and take a minimum of sewing time. As part of the lesson, we will also specifically cover embroidery on towels and terry cloth, and the best stabilizers and toppers to use.
All About ME (Machine Embroidery) Club - November 21, 11:00 am (following BERNINA Club). Charming Clutches
In need of a perfect gift or just the right accessory for a special occasion, then these Charming Clutches fit the bill. SO easy to sew (and put together) you’ll have plenty of time to embellish with your favorite methods. Learn the following techniques: needle punch variations and bobbin play with BERNINA Stitch Regulator. Sew easy to make and sew much fun! You’ll make more than one.
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. The final sewing mastery classes in our series (already in progress) is scheduled for November 4, 6 - 8 in the evening. Since we are trying to get the Mastery Series behind us during the month of November, we have scheduled Stabilizer Mastery for November 18 and Embroidery Mastery November 20. Software Mastery is scheduled for November 24. All of these classes will meet 6 - 8 in the evening. Other software classes will follow after the first of the year. The next round of master classes will also begin 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.