Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SCHMETZ Color Codes

So little changes about needles, so the news of SCHMETZ color coded needles is HUGE!  From my travels the most frequent comment heard was about identification of the needle . . . . especially after it was out of the package.  The problem is now solved!  
Most needles will have two bands of color - the top band to identify the needle TYPE and the lower band to identify needle SIZE.  The SCHMETZ Universal will have just one color band identifying needle size.  The new SCHMETZ color coded needles are shipping now to your local stores.  Yahoo . . .   Happy New Year!
PS:  This is my last blog post at this address.  Read the new blog on our website at www.SCHMETZneedles.com.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

2014 Sewing and Stitchery Expo

I enjoy seeing and meeting sewing enthusiasts from ALL OVER THE WORLD when I travel to sewing shows and events. You have NO IDEA how many people work all year long to put on these fabulous sewing events. And it's time to mark your calendar for the 2014 Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. The dates are February 27 and 28, March 1 and 2.

IT IS ALWAYS A BLAST!  The biggest consumer sewing show in America -- and they will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2014. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you can find out what will be happening at the show.  To give you an idea of HOW MUCH FUN IT IS -- here are some pictures from last year's show....

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Janome Institute - Part III Final

To wrap up Janome Institute, here are a few favorite pics from the floor......
Paula B, Jenny Haskins
Using the NEW Janome Memory Craft 15000
Paula is using the new Floriani Micro Thread.  Wow!  The thread is sooo fine.  She uses a SCHMETZ Universal 60/8.  The stitches are impeccable!

Brint of Famore Cutlery

 Brint's Favorite Famore Cutting Tools - 
Well, Just A Few!

Bernie of Bertina Studio

Scoop It Up!  Lunch Box Quilts
Close Up of Tulip Garden by Marcie Lane
WonderFil Specialty Threads
And finally, I just have to add this pic of a pic ......
Wearing a Sandra Betzina Vogue Pattern. 
Yes, I was like a teenage girl laughing, yelling and totally amused by the Chippendale boys.  Yep, I made the top I am wore!
Thanks Janome for creating terrific machines and a strong dealer network.  I love your dealers and look forward to returning again in 3 years!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Janome Institute - Part II of III

Janome has such a wide breadth of machines.  Besides the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 top of the line . . . .

Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000

there are adorable starter machines.  I love "Hello Kitty".  What a great way to encourage a youngster to sew! 

Janome "Hello Kitty"
And look at these long arms..........

Janome Artistic Long Arm Machines
I could use one of these machines right now to finish a few quilt tops.

Janome Institute Before Dealers Arrive

This is just a partial view of the Janome exhibit - before the floor was crowded with Janome dealers. 
Stay tuned for one more post on Janome Institute.  I have a few terrific pics I want to share of vendors... and from a very special evening.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Janome Institute - Part I of III

Last month I represented SCHMETZ needles at Janome Institute in Las Vegas.  And wow what an event! 

As I approached the exhibit hall I saw this guy "fixing" the world.  Yes, Janome is an international sewing machine brand and dealers from around the world were in attendance to Janome's tri-annual meeting.   Couldn't help but wish the world's challenges could be fixed as easily as this guy preparing the global display.

The SCHMETZ booth was very easy . . .  and quick to set up.  My big news for needles is that SCHMETZ is color coding home sewing needles by needle type and size.  Hallelujah!  These new color coded needles will be available to consumers in early 2014.  Yahoo!  And of course as color coded needles become available, I will let you know.

Dealers from around the world gathered to get the latest news on Janome machines.  This is just the tail end of the crowd moving into the ballroom awaiting news on the newest machine............

The Janome Memory Craft 15000.  What a machine!  It connects with WIFI and iPad.  Really!  The touch screen was huge with crisp vibrant colors.  Huge workspace.  A new needle threader.  And the machine is fast, twice as fast as earlier models.  But mostly I loved the lighting.  The entire sewing project is illuminated on this machine.  Super cool!


Monday, September 23, 2013

How Could I Have Nothing NEW To Wear?

That's the question:  "How could I have nothing NEW to wear - something that I made?"  Wednesday I leave for one of my favorite sewing shows, the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI.  I will be greeting visitors into the Social Media Lounge as they recharge batteries, take a few minutes to Face Book, blog and meet sewing celebrities.  So what am I going to wear?  Yes, I have been sewing, but this year I have been quilting more than garment construction.  I certainly cannot wear my quilt blocks.  :) 

This is what I intended to stitch and wear ..........

Jacket Express #218
Janet Pray, Islander Sewing Systems

. . . . but the fabric is still folded neatly in my sewing queue.  I have this beautiful navy with shades of blue and white vines and just a hint of green cotton fabric with just 1% Spandex that should sew easily and wear comfortably. 

I love Janet Pray's Islander Sewing System patterns with tested well written instructions and especially for this pattern has an expedited construction order.  Now, doesn't that sound interesting... expedited construction order.  To learn more about how Janet constructs this pattern take her Craftsy class.  Her class went live this summer and already has had over 3,000 students. . . . and I too will be one of her students.

Meet me this weekend in the Social Media Lounge at the American Sewing Expo.  What will you be wearing?


Friday, September 20, 2013

Baby Lock Ovation Serger Video

Guest blogger Rita Farro sergers ahead at Baby Lock Tech: 
My video skills are still in the development stage. (Yes both sarcasm and understatement.) But regular pictures did NOT tell the story about the new Baby Lock Ovation serger. In this first little video -- you see how different the Ovation is from any other serger on the market. Kelly explains some of the features...

And in the second little video -- you will get to see and hear the Ovation at work. GREAT JOB, Kelly!!

Thanks Rita for your Baby Lock Tech updates.  I will also add that the new Baby Lock Ovation uses a SCHMETZ ELX705CF available in sizes 75 and 90.  This is a special needle with a  chrome finish, slightly larger scarf and a long groove on the front AND back side of the needle.  SCHMETZ ELX705CF needles are available from your local machine dealer.
Let's give Rita Farro an ovation for checking out all the goodies at Baby Lock Tech.  If you want to know more about Rita, check out her Rita's Sew Fun blog.  Rita has a creative soft spot for refashioning t-shirts and loves to blog about her life in Iowa.