Monday, March 29, 2010

RECYCLED JEANS DAY - Group 3 - 2010 Sewing & Stitchery Expo

Lots of creative denim ideas here.  Look for the ribbon embroidery . . . horse buttons . . .  re-purposed Levi Strauss tag . . .  Bambi . . . Breast Cancer ribbon . . . lace . . . Northwest landscape medallions. 
From where or where does everyone draw their inspiration?

More Recycled Jeans pictures coming!
What's YOUR sewing inspiration?

Monday, March 22, 2010

RECYCLED JEANS DAY - Group 2 - 2010 Sewing & Stitchery Expo

More pictures....  Check out the southwestern theme . . . the crazy quilt jacket and the adorable midriff jacket.  Where does everyone fit sewing into their schedules?  Between jobs, kids, husbands, community and  "unexpected" urgent events, I'm thrilled so many people found time to participate in the Recycled Jeans Day. 


More exciting pictures coming next week!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

RECYCLED JEANS DAY - Group 1 - 2010 Sewing & Stitchery Expo

Nearly 300 ladies - well, mostly ladies, dropped by the SCHMETZ booth modeling their Recycled Jean projects with the SCHMETZ "Super" Needle. The next 4 postings show ladies with lots of talent! You'll find denim mixed with gussets, applique, ribbon flowers, embroidery and .... Hey, even Rita is pictured with her special "stalkers"!


Many more pictures coming.  Stay tuned for more Recycled Jean postings from the 2010 Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA.

What needle do YOU use when sewing denim?

Friday, March 12, 2010

2010 Sewing & Stitchery Expo - We Have a Winner . . .

Congratulations to Agnes Mazur! Her name was pulled from the Coupon Drawing held Sunday, February 28, 2010 at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. Agnes won a variety of SCHMETZ needles in a collectible SCHMETZ tin - a retail value of over $50!

Thanks to everyone who attended the Pink & Red Fashion Show in support of the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Special thanks also to everyone who participated in the SCHMETZ drawing.

We know you can never have enough SCHMETZ needles!

Friday, March 5, 2010

ABC Pocket Guide . . . A Wonderful Reference

Going to your (SCHMETZ) lecture last year . . . took the confusion out of "which needle" and I became more familiar with all the different ones. That's why I signed up again this year -- using it as a "refresher course." The pocket guide will be wonderful to keep next to each machine as a reference.

Barbara C. - Petaluma, CA

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Why I Love SCHMETZ Needles . . .

My name is Carla Marienau. I started embroidering about 6 years ago with my cousin, Peggy Gliot. Peggy called me one day and told me I had to come over, she had something to show me. When I arrived at her house, she took me downstairs and she had a whole basement set up for sewing and embroidering. I had never used an embroidery machine before and I was hooked. My mom was an expert seamstress ( and my mom was Peggy's daycare while her parents worked)and taught Peggy and I how to sew when we were kids. Peggy's father had a sewing machine repair shop before both of us were born. All Peggy could say to me as I was experiencing embroidering for the first time is"Wow, would your mom and my dad be excited about these embroidery machines." Both our parents have been gone for many years.

Peggy and I started meeting one night a week at her house to embroider. My niece was having her first baby and Peggy and I sewed the entire nursery from the crib blankets and bumpers to the curtains on the window. We did this all long distance with my niece's sisters running over to her house to measure for us while she was at work! Peggy and I have enjoyed spending so much time together doing something we both enjoy. She is truly an expert at embroidering now and last April, for my birthday, my husband surprised me with my own embroidery machine.

Peggy is my "answer person" whenever I have a question and she told me that the only needle to use for your machines is Schmetz. I recently placed my first order for needles because I have moved to a different state and Peggy always had me just purchase needles from her because she bulk ordered.

Because of your fantastic needle, I have created some very beautiful gifts. I am currently working on a fleece blanket for our 95 year old aunt's surprise birthday party. It is so wonderful being able to create one of a kind gifts for special people and the best part is rekindling a passion for sewing with my cousin Peggy. We talk long distance all the time discussing new patterns or projects.


Carla Marienau