Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Steve's Sewing Vacuum and Quilting, King of Prussia PA

What a joy to visit fantastic sewing dealers from coast to coast!  Earlier in the month I taught SCHMETZ:Get To The Point classes at Steve's Sewing, Vacuum and Quilting store in King of Prussia, PA.  Wow!  

First the physical store is impressive - it's a former electronic store that Steve Chubin, owner, remodeled allowing natural light to dance among Baby Lock, Bernina and Janome machines.  Gloriously anchoring the store among 3,000 bolts of fabrics, vacuums, and the service department is the luxurious Miele kitchen that not only looks fabulous, but draws customers from all corners of the 35,000 sq ft store with freshly baked cookies.  Really!  

Steve's professional, educated and friendly staff was wonderful in assisting customers with sewing machines, vacuums, services and classes - sewing and yes, even cooking classes.   The store was a buzz in every department including the classrooms with instruction in long arm quilting, Kid's Clubhouse and my SCHMETZ classes.

When you find yourself in the Valley Forge area of Pennsylvania, make sure to drop by Steve's Sewing, Vacuum and Quilting Store.  You are sure to be impressed and find some goodies too.  Thanks to Steve, Liz P and all the staff for making a great SCHMETZ day!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Coats and Clark Pro-Am Charity Fashion Show, Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2012

On the last morning of the Expo we gathered at the Pavilion Runway to celebrate the youth of today modeling their creative sewing projects.  Ah, what talent!    This first pic posted 2 weeks ago on the new SCHMETZneedles Facebook page giving me a chance to organize all the other photos.

Watching the fashion show from back stage!
Professional sewing stars were mentored last year with sewing rookies.  The stars and rookies met for the first time back stage prior to the show. Here are a few pics before, during and after the show.

The audience was full.  Fresh, eager talent walked the runway.  Mentors beamed as rookies modeled their sewing projects.  Coats and Clark supported this wonderful show and celebrated their 200th year of business by giving away charming commemorative gift tins.  Juki gave a way a couple sewing machines and a serger.  Ticket sales for this event was a 100% donation to the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, serving all of southwest Washington.  It was a great morning full of promise.


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Monday, March 19, 2012

Wearables! Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2012

Wow!  A lot of pictures were taken from the largest sewing party in the country.  Below are just a few - a hundred or so.  Take a look and be inspired!

What's your next project?  Many more picture slideshows coming..........



Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sealed with A Stitch

Last year I met the lovely and effervescent Sue O'Very, co-owner of Sealed with A Stitch when we were both teaching at the beautiful Chautauqua Institution in upper New York.  The event, Quilting Around Chautauqua, was hosted by Judy Fenton of Millcreek Sewing and Fabric.  Sue and I met up again this time in New Orleans at a wholesale sewing and vacuum convention.  Sue creates adorable, quick and easy sewing patterns, embroidery designs and DVDs.
Sealed with A Stitch Egg Hat People
Sue likes to think "inside the hoop" and has created these enchanting little Easter egg people.  Each Egg Hat is embroidered in a 4x4 hoop that takes about 8 minutes to stitch.  Her Enchanted Easter embroidery collection is as the name suggests, enchanting.  I love the whimsical design lines. 

Sue is vending and teaching at a variety of 2012 events including this weekend's Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Atlanta, GA.  Stop by and check out Sue's Egg Hat people and other charming designs.  You will be delighted with her designs and sewing projects!
Sue O'Very
Easter is just a month away.  Better get started on new Easter projects.  Thanks Sue!  I will see you on the road soon!

Sue's Favorite SCHMETZ Needle:  Embroidery 75/11