Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sewing Machine Madness

Anticipation has been high with announcements of new sewing machines.  Machines that stitch a medley of designs while humming at the touch of a button.  Sewing machines have certainly evolved with technology.  I recently returned from two major shows - Baby Lock Tech and Janome Institute.  These were wholesale shows.  Dealers from around the world marveled at the newest machines that soon will be in our local stores. 

Here are a few friends I met along the way in the machine vendor malls:

Check out Eileen's wonderful embroidered neckline.
One of my favorite embroidery magazines is Designs in Machine Embroidery which just happened to be my booth neighbor.  Eileen Roche, the fabulous and inspirational editor, taught many embroidery techniques.   In fact you should visit her blog for clever tips.  I am especially intrigued by her recent posting on how to install a zipper using an embroidery hoop.   Really!  How very clever..........

Yes, this necklace is made entirely of zippers!
Speaking of zippers Linda McGhee at Ghee's also has a clever way of using zippers in non-traditional ways.  This necklace was stunning.  Who knew that zippers could be manipulated into masterful necklaces, bangles and brooches.  Linda has sourced beautiful zippers with rhinestones, lace and neon, iridescent and unusual colors.  I just will never look at a zipper the same way. 
The HoopSisters with their 2011 and 2012 EmbroideraBlock Quilts.
Annie and Lynda, The HoopSisters, were another neighbor.   They create exquisite quilt blocks in embroidery hoops.  That's right!  Let your embroidery machine do the quilt work!  Their technique is so successful that they developed Battlilizer, a batting and stabilizer in one, that is easy to hoop and provides a great foundation for quilt blocks.  Really love Annie and Lynda's traditional quilting with a 21st century twist!

Doug showing a trio pack of Hot-Wire Kreinik threads.
Love beautiful threads?  Kreinik has exquisite threads for a variety of uses, including fly fishing!  Doesn't every fish deserve an alluring line?  Whether you fish or not, Doug, owner of Kreinik, has a thread for your special projects.  An adhesive thread for use in scrapbooking and on multi-media postcards, and luscious metallic, silk and embroidery threads.

Just in time for the holidays ...
The SCHMETZ Gift Tin
  ....... and what was new with SCHMETZ at these two shows?  The new SCHMETZ Gift Tin was presented just in time for the holidays.  One tin holds up to 20 packs of needles and contain that ever handy SCHMETZ ABC Pocket Guide for easy reference.  More details coming, but as the holiday approaches look for this tin in your favorite sewing store.  The SCHMETZ Gift Tin is the perfect stocking stuffer!   



Friday, September 9, 2011

IPCA Midnight Magic Contest

What do these 8 great design companies have in common?

Dana Marie Design Co.
Fashion Patterns by Coni
Great Copy Patterns
Islander Sewing Systems
Kayla Kennington Pattern Collection
L.J. Designs
Petite Plus Patterns
Saf-T-Pockets Patterns

They are members of the IPCA, Independent Pattern Company Alliance.  If you are looking for a creative, well drafted, professionally graded pattern with illustrated pattern guides, look to IPCA for wonderful wearable patterns.  IPCA has just announced a fashion sewing competition.

Choose a pattern from any of the above 8 IPCA member pattern collections, then let your imagination create a mystical, magical, marvelous wearable.  The theme is "Midnight Magic".  Submit a photo of your creation by January 26, 2012.  The semi-finalist entries will travel to the fabulous Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA, where expo attendees will vote for their favorite wearable.  The semi-finalists will also be presented in a slide show on where an international audience will vote on-line.   ... and that's not all!  The semi-finalists will be presented in Las Vegas at the exclusive International Textile Expo in the IPCA fashion show.

What a great opportunity to create a marvelous garment for viewing by an international audience. . . . and of course there are great prizes including SCHMETZ needles!

Go to to view the contest rules and to download the entry form. 
What needle will YOU use for your entry?