April 25, 2012
June 6, 2011
From Deb’s Sewing Desk June 2011
Lot’s going on here getting ready for our big move!
At the top of the list for me will be the nice new and bigger “expandable” classroom. I can’t wait to get our Moving Sale Ads! We will be clearing out a lot also.
Our new Saturday Embroidery Club has been a blast! For our next meet, I decided to try an on-going project since we are meeting every other Saturday. This next Sat. coming up, June 18, I will show how to digitized a Flower and Leaves to prepare for applique in the hoop. We will then, in step 2 bring the appropriate colors of fabric and threads to applique the design. We will also discuss the threads for the thread painting technique, which we will do the following week. If time permits in the third meet, we will do some couching of yarns and/or decorative threads to give even more color and dimension to the project. In Step 4 we will be learning “Beading by Machine”. What could be more fun?!! We may just have to have a class 5 to make it into something like the front of a bag or a pocket for a bag. When the dust from our move starts to settle, I will then try to put some of the most fun techniques and project in a monthly blog including pictures. You can see some of the pictures posted to our site.
This last Thursday night Embroidery Club our web site was partially down, so we didn’t do a hands-on project. The email didn’t get out soon enough. We had lots of fun including beautiful show and tell projects, new designs that have come out, and of course announcements about the new location and the Anita Design Party! Sandy had done another beautiful quilt with embroidered flowers. She has been playing with the quilt blocks done in the hoop. Patti and Tiffany had so many shirts and baby things not only embroidered, but also embellished with hot fused crystals. They are so awesome. (The crystals absolutely stay on well also!) They just Sparkle like crazy. Patti’s show and tell projects always get lots of Oooh’s and Aaah’s as do many of our regulars ladies’. Nelli brought her “New Daddy Apron” including “tools”. Robbie wasn’t here so we have to get him here for June so that she can do the demo for all the tools he can use. We will video it, as it is hilarious!
In our Thursday night Embroidery Club, Robbie will be doing our June embroidery club as I will be out of town. Nellie can do her demo for Robbie’s “New Daddy Apron”.
In July we will be able to start a hands-on project for our first meet at the new location. We will begin the same project as the Saturday group, going over the digitizing and then plan for the fabrics and threads to do the applique in the hoop, which will take place at the new location in July.
We have been getting lots of people signed up for the Anita Goodesign Party! Don’t miss out, sign up early. You are getting lunch, snacks, and beverages provided both days, plus all supplies are furnished for seven projects (or more). With all the free designs (over $300 value itself), class projects and prizes, they are virtually “paying” you to come!
Happy Sewing! See You Soon!
May 10, 2011
News from Deb’s Sewing Desk
Hi Everyone! LOTS OF NEWS!
We are having a HUGE Anita Goodesign Workshop!
Come ONE! Come ALL !!
We’re getting lots of people signed up, so CALL NOW to reserve your spot. Anita Goodesign is sending the fantastic professional educator, Laura Phillips, to show us all the latest designs and projects coming up this year. She will also teach us the latest techniques and tricks for the most professional embroidery work possible. The cost of the entire workshop is only $100.00 including meals, materials, and over $300.00 Value in Embroidery Designs! It’s all hands on with Top of the Line machines. You won’t need to bring anything but yourself. Have a friend or two sign up with you and bring them, too! There will be door prizes, give aways, and Specials available only at this event! Space is limited, so don’t miss out! Sign up Now!
Other news, if you haven’t already heard is our BIG MOVING Sale! Of course, the fact that we are moving to Oregon City Shopping Center down on McLaughlin is big news! We will be at 1900 SE McLaughlin Blvd, Ste 80 right beside Michael’s Craft and Floral. We are all really looking forward to the new location.
Also in the news spotlight is Robbie’s new son, Robert J. Tousignant IV. He sent an email photo of him last month as soon as he was born. He must be 2 weeks old by now! Of course, Robbie just beams when talking about him! Linda had a very nice Daddy’s Shower/Party for him at the other store. It was fun with a very good turnout.
We also have a new “Hands On” Embroidery Club started up. Saturdays are much better for some people, so give us a call if that will work better for you. It isn’t on the schedule as space is limited here. At our new location, we will have an “expandable classroom”.
Well, I hope you all caught my last Blog ! If not, I will also be posting information on our class listing area along with the class schedule.
November 25, 2010
SAVE Stores is having an amazing Black Friday Event all weekend with special goodies for those who come in on friday. Happy Thanksgiving, be safe and we will see you on friday.
August 13, 2010
When answering this question, it is important to try and recall the reasons why you purchased your current machine (if you have one). Was it an impulse purchase or did you try some out? A lot has happened in the world of sewing recently so it is important to make sure that you are aware of the latest advancements in sewing. Also, think about the level you bought at last time. If your last machine was “top of the line” then you will be disappointed if you buy an entry level machine. While time has changed, quality sewing machines haven’t.
What features do you like about the machine you have now? Is there anything you would change or like in a new machine? Buying a sewing machine is just like buying a car. Do you want the power windows and A/C?
I like to break this down into three different categories; Menders, quilters and crafters. This will help narrow your search to the machines that are going to be most useful to you. Just like a carpenter will tell you that not all saws do the same thing, not all sewing machines are best for all purposes.
A mender is a person who uses their sewing machine a few times a year at most. They use this machine when they “have to.” A mender uses a sewing machine as a last resort. Some features to consider are a rotary hook that will not loop or jamm with denim.
Machines today can do magic…they can thread their own needles. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! If buttonholes and sewing on buttons are something you don’t like to do, then you may want to look at a machine with one-step automatic buttonholers and a button sew-on feature.
Quilters, on the other hand, find reasons to use their sewing machine. While a straight stitch is most important, they also love to embellish their works of art. Consider looking at an embroidery machine to make quilt labels and other decorations. One thing that is very important but not often thought about is the feed dogs (the teeth under the pressor foot). On older sewing machines the feed dogs were aligned to sew a 5/8″ seam allowance. This is primarily used for garment sewing. Recently, sewing machine manufacturers have redesigned the placement of feed dogs to better feed fabrics for a perfect 1/4″ and scant 1/4″ seam allowance. If the feed dogs are in the correct place, then feeding fabric and achieving a straight seam is effortless. Another dramatic change is in the size of the opening to the right of the needle. This is very important when you need more space to deal with bulky quilts or other large projects. Some models even have a built-in stitch regulator to help you achieve a perfectly even stitch! This feature alone can pay for the machine.
And last but certainly not least, the CRAFTERS!!!! You love all aspects of sewing. Mending, quilting, scrapbooking and anything else you can fit under the foot. Maybe even some things you can’t. Crafters sew for the love of it. Be sure to look at machines with a wide variety of stitches to use on different projects. Combination sewing/embroidery machines are great for crafters. Consider looking for one that can even incorporate your sewing stitches with your embroidery. Make sure that you can turn the thread sensors off… there is fun to be had even without thread!
3. Do you sew for fun?
In the past, people sewed because they had to. You used to be able to save a lot of money making clothes. Today it is cheaper to buy a t-shirt than it is to buy the fabric and make it yourself. However, you can alter bargain or used clothes and re-purpose them. We like to call this “upcycling!” If you are using a machine that does what you like, you are going to be happier and use it more.
Some people are intimidated by the word “computerized.” They don’t have to be. The fact is, on average, computerized sewing machines have 200 fewer moving parts. A little known fact is that almost all sewing machines have computer boards in them; even the mechanical ones with knobs.
Many of the newer machines offer features that make sewing a lot more fun! Auto-tensions, double sized bobbins, low thread sensors, large openings and big embroidery areas. WHAT MORE COULD A SEWER ASK FOR?
A SUPPORT TEAM TO HELP YOU DO YOUR BEST!
Don’t look for it…EXPECT IT!!!
4. Am I getting the most out of my dollar?
NEVER BUY A MACHINE THAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD! Before you head out, decide if you are looking for a disposable or permanent machine. Two things to watch out for are a pretty box with pictures, or the words “HEAVY DUTY.” No permanent OR commercial machine has “HEAVY DUTY” or pictures on the box. A sure fire way to find a quality machine is to look for a boreing box.
While price should be important, it is smart to consider the long term benefits that some retailers offer. Remember, a good deal is nothing if you can’t figure out how to use it. Think about where to take the machine if it isn’t working properly. The internet is a great place to get feedback about what people think, but don’t take everything you read to heart. Many internet sources don’t have your best interest in mind. A sewing machine should be an investment in yourself as much as dealer. Buy from somewhere that you feel confident in their commitment to you after the sale. You spend hours buying a sewing machine, and decades owning one.
5. Some final questions to ask yourself:
How long has this dealer been around? Do you sell extended warranties or do they fully back every product that they sell? (what is there commitment to you?) Does this machine have all metal parts? (this is a trick question; NO modern home sewing has ALL metal parts!!!) Do you give classes to anyone who uses my sewing machine? (are the classes just for you?) Do you offer a trade up program? (what if you need more?)
Buying a sewing machine has never been as easy as writing a check or swiping a card. Deal with someone that you feel comfortable with. Buying a sewing machine is about YOUR needs NOT THEIRS!!!
I thank you for reading what has to be the longest Blog entry ever made! There isn’t much you can buy today that carries a 25 year warranty. Think about that before you start your search.
I really hope this helps you make an important decision a little bit easier!
Robbie Tousignant III
6701 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
Oregon City: 503-655-4414
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