Luggage, Luggage, Luggage!

Posted by on November 17, 2010 | No Comments

Three Bag Trolley Set Quilting CamelVisiting family or friends this holiday season? Well, don’t forget to pack our sewing machine to make a quick gift, fix a garment, or help pass the time. And, with a rolling sewing machine trolley it’s never been easier to take it all with you.

This sturdy trolley set is designed just for quilters. It includes an extra large machine bag, a slim portfolio for mats and rulers, and a bag that’s just the right size for fat quarters. All three bags connect to the rolling trolley. Some assembly required. The inside of the machine bag measures 11″ x 20″; 15″ high. The portfolio measures 20″ x 26″. The inside of the fat quarter bag measures 12″ x 20″; 4″ deep.

Not a quilter, no problem! We have a set designed for embroiderers too! This set includes the same extra large machine bag and slim portfolio great for mats and rulers, but the third piece of this set is designed for your removeable embroidery unit. The protection this case offers will help keep the embroidery unit safe while traveling.

Still not finding the right trolley for your trip, check out other options for: sergers, individual pieces, hard cases, and floral print cases.

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Eleanor Burns’ Koala Studio Makeover

Posted by on November 9, 2010 | No Comments

Join Eleanor Burns, author and host of TV’s Quilt in a Day, as she gives you a tour of her quilting room – both before and after the Koala Studios makeover.

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Incredible Threadables

Posted by on November 7, 2010 | No Comments

It’s a thread case, it’s a thread rack, it’s dozens of spools of beautiful Rayon No. 40 or metallic embroidery thread and a free embroidery design CD. It’s Madeira’s unique 3-in-1 thread assortment!

Each spool is neatly organized by color family and stored in its individual thread pocket. Each pocket is identified with the thread color, number and name so spools can be easily removed, replaced and refilled.

To load and pre-thread up to 12 colors at one time is a snap. Pull all colors needed for your embroidery design. Place polls in thread chambers in color order, working left to right on each side. Pull each thread up from its chamber and through to its corresponding thread guide. For best results, thread should feed from the outside of the spool. Close the doors and stand up the box on its included base to the right of your machine.

Grasping all threads at once, clip ends to even, using the built-in thread cutters. Thread your machine with the first color and being stitching. Repeat for each color. Thread should feed from the right side of the box, up and through the guides, and directly into your machine. Simply rotate the box to access the second set of chambers on the reverse side. Guides can be thread from both sides if you are using both sides of the box.

Choose from two Rayon spool sizes and one Metallic:
Rayon 220 Box: 80 spools of 220yd/ 200m rayon embroidery thread plus 2 spools of 1650yd/ 1500m Bobbinfil bobbin thread.
Rayon 1100 Box: 40 spools of 1100yd/ 1000m rayon embroidery thread plus 2 spools of 1650yd/ 1500m Bobbinfil bobbin thread.
Glamour Metallic Box: 40 spools of 220yd/200m metallic embroidery thread plus 2 spools of 1650yd/ 1500m Bobbinfil bobbin thread

AND, each Incredible Threadable contains spools, a customized embroidery design CD from Anita Goodesign with 42 customized designs, a complete printed color card, and a handy carry strap.

All this for only $99.95 plus shipping!

It’s never too early to start plan your holiday wish list, so don’t forget to add this incredible deal to yours!

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When Should You Replace Your Needle?

Posted by on October 19, 2010 | No Comments

While working on an embroidery project this weekend, I, once again, became frustrated when the thread started to break frequently. Before reaching my wits end I checked my needle. Sure enough, that was the issue. My embroidery needle had become dull. With a quick change I was back in action, but it got me thinking: How often should you change your needle?

Amazing Designs recommends inserting a new needle at the start of every project, or after about eight hours of sewing. Also, be sure to change your needle whenever it becomes bent, dull or develops a burr.

Damaged or worn needles result in:
• Broken or shredded threads
• Skipped stitches
• Puckered fabrics
• Damaged fabrics
• Uneven threads
• Hearing the needle hit the machine’s needle plate or hook

Remember, replacing your needle is an inexpensive way to prevent potential stitching problems and lots of frustration.

At Sewing and Craft Club you can purchase Klasse needles at club prices — buy 2 packs, get 1 FREE!

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The Koala Studio Advantage

Posted by on September 16, 2010 | No Comments

Nancy Zieman, host of Sewing With Nancy, shows why custom-built, American-made Koala Studios are different from ordinary sewing machine cabinets.

For more information about Koala Sewing Studios visit Sewing and Craft Club.

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New from Sewing & Craft Club

Posted by on September 15, 2010 | No Comments

Do you know about Sewing & Craft Club? It’s a club with no dues that passes great savings to you, the sewing/quilting/embroidering enthusiast! You can the buy products you want (and those you need, too) at great prices! Check out some of these great offers:

Lady Bug 3-Piece Set — includes thread cutter that adheres to side of your machines, 4″ embroidery snip and 3-1/2″ tweezers — only $14.99!

ZT11860WOB+2C’Est La Vie Sewing box — available in large or small — $35.95/$23.95

The Ultimate Universal Needle Set — includes 80 universal needles — only $29.99OB+2

Floral Handlesd Scissors Set — includes an 8″ dressmaker shear and 4″ embroidery scissors, available in four different patterns — only $29.95

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Embroidery Stitching Issues?

Posted by on July 27, 2010 | No Comments

I hate it when my embroidery doesn’t turn out the way I expected — am I not talking about my color choices. I’m talking about the unusual pull, puckers and just plain weirdness. Whey doesn’t mine look like their’s? Here are some tips to try when your embroidery design just doesn’t seem right:

• Rethread the machine, including reinserting the bobbin and removing and reattaching the embroidery unit

• Does the bobbin thread show on the right side? If so, use a lighter-weight bobbin thread

• Clean the lint from the bobbin area — a can of computer air spray works great for this

Embroidery Needles• Change the needle — make sure it is the right size and type, we recommend Klasse embroidery needles for most designs. And, make sure there is no adhesive residue on the needle

• Slow down the machine stitching speed — the faster it stitches, the more stress it puts on your fabric and embroidery

• Slightly loosen the upper tension

• Make sure the fabric and stabilizer are secure — you could also add a piece of wash away or hydro-melt stabilizer to the design

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Specialty Needles for Embroidery

Posted by on June 29, 2010 | No Comments

Debbie Cleek, one of our talented sewists, has these suggestions for use specialty needles when embroidering. And, don’t forget that when you buy 2 needle packs, you get one FREE at Sewing and Craft Club!

For most of your embroidery, using 40 wt. threads, either rayon, polyester, cotton or acrylic you will use an embroidery needle. These needles have a larger eye and allow smooth thread flow AT the higher speeds used for embroidery. The most common size used is a 75/11. However, embroidery needles are also available in sizes 80/12 and 90/14. Embroidery needles are also available with a titanium coating. These needles do not heat up as much from the friction during embroidery which makes them a great choice when using spray adhesives and sticky stabilizers.

Metallic threads can be tricky to work and without the right needle it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Metallic needles have a larger, specially coated eye coupled with a large groove in the shaft. These things are critical to reducing the friction when working with metallic threads. These threads do add a striking touch to your embroidery so don’t avoid them, just be sure to have the proper needle and slow the sewing speed down as well.

Beautiful embroidery can also be achieved using a wing needle. Wing needles are primarily used for heirloom sewing and with the right design can add an heirloom touch to your machine embroidery. There are a couple things to keep in mind when selecting a design to stitch with a wing needle. First, make sure the design is a simple outline stitch design, fill stitch designs do not work well with a wing needle and should be avoided. To achieve the maximum benefit of the wing needle its best if the design uses a bean stitch or similar stitch where the needle will pass through the same point more than once. This will allow the wing needle to create a nice opening at the stitch point giving the design a nice heirloom look. As you would with any specialty technique, be sure to slow the sewing speed down on your machine.

A twin needle yields beautiful results when sewing decorative stitches built into most machines but, don’t stop there. With machine embroidery, even a basic shape with a basic running stitch will have pizzazz when stitched with a twin needle. Expand your creative horizons by trying some basic motif stitches. When trying various stitches, be sure to slow the sewing speed of your machine. Remember, slow and steady sets the pace!

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Must Have Stabilizers

Posted by on June 25, 2010 | No Comments

Words of embroidery wisdom from Debbie Cleek:

With all the stabilizers available selecting the proper stabilizer can be confusing.  Many of stabilizers come in black and white, adhesive and non-adhesive, heavy and light weight.  As your embroidery skills grow and you experiment with new techniques so will your stabilizer collection.    The stabilizers listed below are great ones to get you started and you will find they are stabilizers that you will not want be without.

Cut-Away Soft – This stabilizer is good for heavy duty projects and great for sweatshirts.  It is a cut-way stabilizer which means the excess stabilizer around the outside of the design will be cut away while the stabilizer will remain behind the design to support it through many washings.  When using this stabilizer, you can hoop it with the item to be stitched or hoop the stabilizer by itself and float the item on top of the stabilizer.

No-Show Mesh – This stabilizer is perfect for baby’s items and linens; items that will be laundered but do not require a heavy stabilizer.  This is a permanent stabilizer that will not wash out when laundered.  After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer leaving approximately ¼” around the outer edge of the design.  This stabilizer will be soft and gentle on a baby’s skin.  It is also light enough so it will not leave a stabilizer shadow on your linens and home décor items.

Tear-Away Firm – This is great stabilizer to use for denim, canvas, corduroy, and other heavier fabrics.  It also works great for craft projects like embroidered note cards.  This stabilizer provides just enough support for the stitching to help prevent puckering, tunneling and distortion with designs of all stitch counts.  It also tears away easily after stitching making it the perfect choice for stitched note and greeting cards.  After stitching, the excess is torn away.  The stabilizer left behind will soften and wash away after multiple washings.

Hydro Melt Topping – This is a must have stabilizer when embroidering anything with a nap such as towels, fleece blankets and velvets.  This stabilizer holds the nap down and prevents it from poking through the stitching.  When stitching heavier knits it also prevents the stitching from sinking down into the knit.  It is very easy to use, simply hoop your item as would normally and layer a piece of this stabilizer on top to cover the design area.  When your design is finished, tear away the excess from the outside edge of the design, the remainder washes away when laundered.

Press -Away Topping – This stabilizer is perfect for times when you need to use a wash away stabilizer but cannot get the item wet.  It works just like Hydro Melt with the exception of the need to wash it away.  Hoop your item as you would normally and layer a piece of this stabilizer on top to cover the design area.  When your design is finished, tear away the excess from the outside edge of the design, the remainder is removed by pressing with a medium to hot iron.  This is also great for red work and open work designs like Sashiko.  You can press away the stabilizer and not have the time delay of rinsing and drying the piece before continuing with your project. 

You can find these stabilizers at Amazing Designs or Sew and Craft Club.

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Needles — Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!

Posted by on May 23, 2010 | No Comments

Klasse Needles, Buy 2 Packs Get 1 Free - Learn MoreWhen was the last time you replaced your needle? Is your thread constantly breaking or shredding while sewing or emboridery? Did you know that many sew-lebrities recommend changing your needle after each major project?

If you can’t remember the last time you put a new needle on your machine, than its time for you to change it out. Sewing with a dull needle is like trying to cut a tomato with a dull knife — it doesn’t end up pretty.

Lucky for you Sewing and Craft Club offers buy 2 get 1 FREE on Klasse needles! And, the highest priced pack is your free pack. Happy stitching!

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