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October Newsletter

What’s New

We have received several exciting fabric collections during the month of September. They include Somerset by Fig Tree, Autumn Lily by Blackbird Designs, Horizon by Kate Spain, LOL by Me and My Sisters and A Field Guide by Janet Clare. For photo evidence please visit our face book page. Among these collections there is something for everyone. The collections are diverse enough to be interesting, but will meld beautifully with our other collections or the fabrics already in your stash. We also have several new books and patterns as well as a few new precuts, of which some go along with our new collections. Aurifil and Moda are collaborating to coordinate Aurifil’s high quality cotton thread with some of Moda’s new fabric lines. They are packaging a thread collection of smaller put-up spools with candies (2 ½” squares of each fabric in the collection.) We currently have some of these in stock. Also of note: Steam-A-Seam is back in stock. As many of you know, the company has had some production issues and the product has not been available for several months. I am sure many crafters will be happy to get their hands on this product again.  

We can’t wait!  The Brown Bag Club will meet for the first time Oct 6 at noon. Paula’s spectacular sample is currently being showcased in our classroom. The Club membership is closed due to space limitations, but patterns are still available and we are happy to assist anyone in choosing fabrics that will compliment this sensational design.  

October Accessory Special

25% off the Bulky Overlock Foot #12/12C during the month of October. This foot is perfectly designed to create and attach piping, strung pearls and beads to clothing, craft or home dec projects. Cords up to ¼” in diameter and sequins and beads up to 3 mm easily move under the foot, which guides them into position for stitching. The foot is also ideal for seaming hand knits.  

Modern Quilt Guild Meeting
The new Modern Quilt Guild meets monthly at the shop. October meeting is scheduled for October 9 at 6:30.  

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.  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. October 17 A Little Bit of Home
Update your home styling with new chair covers--adapt any fabric, make them reversible and tie them into place. Couldn’t be easier. For a more permanent change create a quick slip cover for re-purposing those favorites you’re not ready to part with. Learn the following techniques: covered cording, slip cover fitting, corded endings for home décor, and hem finishes.

All About ME (Machine Embroidery) Club - October 17, 11:00 am (following BERNINA Club).  Cross My Heart
Cross my heart that this is an easy project to make, even though all the crisscrosses look complicated to make upon first glance! We will revisit several techniques we have focused on through the year as we create this fun sewing or cooking apron and potholder. And “just in case,” we will also discuss “fixes” for those embroidery mistakes we have all made from time to time.

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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