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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Trouble Piecing Little Fabric Pieces

 I’ve been sewing on tiny little patches: 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles and 1.5″ squares, shown above. I was having trouble with the fabric migrating down into the needle hole so I changed to the throat plate with the teeny tiny opening.
I have a couple needle plates. The one below has the wide hole. It’s used for regular stitches, where the needle must swing far to the left and right. This one tends to eat very tiny patches, and you don’t need that large opening if you’re sewing straight stitches.
The one above has a tiny opening. There’s no space for the needle to move left or right so it’s used only for straight stitching. It’s great for piecing tiny patches.
The patches do not get pulled down into the throat plate and your sewing is fun again! If you don’t own one for your machine, consider getting one—it makes a huge difference in many cases! You must remember not to switch to zigzag with this throat plate, though—instant broken needle. icon sad Little Things Make a Difference: Thread Needle Tension
Come in today for your straight stitch needle plate. We handle any brand and model of machine.
Thank you Quilting Company for your input.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Difference That The Correct Pressure Foot Can Make!

Sewing with oilcloth tip:

Thank you ModernJune for sharing this great information.

We stock all of these feet for your machine.

ModernJune (click this link)

Mention this post and receive 25% off any pressure foot that we have available. Offer valid through January 31st.



Friday, November 10, 2017

Lint In Your Sewing Machine

You might think that using compressed or canned air to remove lint is a quick and easy solution. But don’t reach for that can so fast, read on to find out how cleaning your machine using compressed or canned air can affect your sewing machine!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Making leggings on an Overlocker machine is so fast and easy.

This pattern company is a mother daughter team and their patterns have up to 29 sizes in one 
pattern, which makes them an incredible value. If you are looking to stretch your sewing 
boundaries into knitwear, this is a great place to start.https://weallsew.com/hello-leggings/

Friday, September 29, 2017

I just love new tips and tricks:)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New 5 Series

Thursday, October 5 at 10 AM - 10:20 AM CDT
Next Week

Join us LIVE at our BERNINA USA Fan Page when Susan Fears will present the new BERNINA 590 direct from our headquarters in Chicagoland! Susan will share a first look at the brand new B 590 while presenting the fantastic new features. Look for the new 5 Series machines coming to a BERNINA store near you this month. Get the opportunity to ask questions about the new B 590!
Go to Facebook and the Bernina USA page will have this.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I love organizing! Just give me anything and I will make it neat and tidy and that gives me such pleasure😄

Where my hubby and I live our house is tiny so I always say it's like we are always playing Jenga,everything has to fit together just right in order to have a place for everything.

Here is a neato idea for fabric.

Click link for more storage ideas.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This seriously has to make your day!
A dog and his vacuum cleaner:)
Click on the link above just for a bit of joy.
Image result for picture of dog being vacuumed

Monday, May 8, 2017

There is no better project than making a quilt for the little bundle of joy in your life! Plus, baby quilts are just the right size project and is something you could tackle faster and easier than a larger quilt. For most people a baby quilt becomes more than just a baby quilt but a sentimental piece in their life that they cherish and keep for the rest of your life. 
Click on the link below for a fun baby quilt tutorial.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ruler Work Zippered Bag

Ruler Work with Ruler Foot

Click on link below

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

So you have a Domestic Sewing Machine and would like to stitch designs without drawing them first or following stencils. We have the answer we like to refer to as Free Motion Quilting with training wheels. This includes Ruler Feet designed to use on Domestic Sewing Machines and a collection 300+ Template Designs. 

It has become easy to have designs stitched without drawing or using stencils. Westalee Designs has an extensive range of templates to suit the Ruler Foot.

Join us Thursday April 20th at 11 am or Saturday, April 22nd at 11 am for a class and use the ruler foot yourself.
Give us a call

Monday, March 6, 2017

           Color Wheel Basics
Color wheels are not just for artists anymore; they are used by all kinds of creative people working with color—florists and landscape designers, decorators and interior designers, graphic designers, filmmakers, and comic book artists. Did you know even quilters and sewists have been using a color wheel to help with fabric color choices? Even machine embroiderers can use a color wheel to help pick out thread colors for embroidery designs! If you haven’t tried using a color wheel before (or maybe never even heard of one) and would like to learn more about using this tool to help with selecting and coordinating fabrics, this is the series for you!


Thursday, February 23, 2017


Thank you so much for fixing my moms sewing machine! I love my new dresses 
One of the many reasons that makes our job soooo rewarding.
This is little rescue doggie Violet and her mommy makes her the cutest dresses with her sewing machine that we got to fix for her.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

While I almost always label my quilts, this last year was so busy that I didn’t get to attaching information to everything. That got me thinking about the ways we label our quilts, and I wanted to try something a little different. This tutorial is how I used the built-in alphabets on my sewing machine to add text to the binding itself.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Reversible wool hat tutorial
Follow this Reversible Wool Hat sewing tutorial from BERNINA Ambassador, Daniela Gutierrez-Diaz. An easy-to-make reversible wool beanie hat with ear flaps. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

What a fun evening we had with the American Heritage Girls.
The girls were working towards their sewing badge.
We had each girl on her own sewing machine and we got to know about our machine, we threaded them, wound a bobbin and then got to venture on into practicing sewing.
I would say that it was a success based on the enthusiasm and smiles.
Who knows what they will all create now that they know how to sew:)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Choosing the Correct Needle
The needle is one of the most important
parts of the sewing process. If the wrong
size and/or type is selected the machine
is simply not going to perform as
expected. Having a bent or dull ne😋edle or
not inserting it correctly will have the
same negative effects.
We stock a large variety of high quality needles.
Just give us a call and we can advise you on the best needle for you project.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Whether you’re getting started with software, wanting to learn more about your machine features, or interested in new sewing techniques - you’ll find a Sew at Home class perfect for you!
 Watch our video classes any time & as many times as you want. 
There are over 300 classes available and more coming!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Prewashing Fabric Before Sewing

Do you wash your cotton quilting fabrics before you start a project?
Here's a helpful link on that question.