This is the 25th year of business for Quality Sewing & Vacuum Centers. To commemorate our anniversary we had Quality Sewing & Vacuum sweatshirts made. We love the creative embroidery and embellishing we have seen on them. If you have embellished your Quality Sewing Sweatshirt and would like to share, email a photo of it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post it our blog. Show and tell is so fun, we love it when you share!
Happy Sewing, Carmen
Sweatshirt Jacket by Anne from Issaquah
Quilted Sweatshirt by Mary from Everett
Quilted Sweatshirt Back by Mary from Everett
Embroidered Sweatshirt Front by Jenny in Issaquah
Embroidered Sweatshirt Back by Jenny in Issaquah
Customer Midge made her twin Grandaughters adorable sweatshirts and I had to share the photos! Aren’t they cute?
I love having gadgets and gizmos to make my embroidery world easier. It is so nice to take advantage of great innovations to aid with hooping and speed up the process, especially when I am working on a project for profit. So many times I find my self taking these aids for granted.
Not long ago I had a request to embroider some bags and had assured the client that bags would be no problem at all. Once the bags had been delivered, I realized that the style of the bag was awkward and was not going to be cooperative. After a time of trial, error, pondering, and some head scratching, I pulled out the Quick Snap Hoops that are made for my Brother 6 needle machine. This system allowed me to effectively embroider an area of the bag that would not otherwise have been possible with conventional hoops. The bags were returned to a very happy customer, who was none the wiser to how their complicated job turned into an easy one.
The Quick Snap Hooping System works very effectively on a multitude of different types of projects. There are 7 different frames so I have been able to find just the right size or shape for so many different items. The clear windows (at least 2 for each frame) are designed to anchor the item to the frame, but I find that they make alignment and getting things straight an easy task.
I often get questions about the Quick Snaps so I thought that I would share some “need to know” info with you:
It is easiest to put the Quick Snap hoop that you intend on using onto the machine before the item to be embroidered is placed on the frame.
Before the item is on the frame, make sure that the design is located where you want it. With the frame on and empty, it is easy to see the machine’s needle location in the frame opening.
When the Quick Snap attaching bracket is on the PR650 (or previous models) the machine will think that the large frame is on.
You need to place the design so it will stitch inside of the Quick Snap frame. Warning: The Machine will not recognize your Quick Snaps.
Make sure to do a trace to confirm that the placement of the design is correct.
The flat magnet strips can be used to hold the stabilizer in place while you put the article on the hoop.
Use the Quick Snap Arm Extension to help aid in the support of these robust frames and the items you are embroidering.
If you want more information on what comes with the Quick Snap System, check out the video below to see how it works:
If you have Quick Snaps, I am sure that you love them as much as I do. I cannot even begin to think about all of the business projects that have become easier for me to do and how much my production time has sped up.
This week we at Shop Quality Sewing are pleased to bring you Audrey Schmitt’s story of how she invented the “No Wobble Ruler,” which has helped countless customers create marvelous quilts with less frustration. If you’ve been struggling with trying to cut out perfect half-square pieces for your quilts then read on about how Audrey overcame this obstacle and ended up creating a useful tool in the process. Keep quilting!
My name is Audrey Schmitt and I am so excited to share a unique tool I invented, out of sheer necessity: the “No Wobble Ruler.”
First, about myself. I have been working for Quality Sewing & Vacuum since 1997. In my years with this outstanding company I have had many opportunities. I am constantly learning and teaching new sewing and quilting techniques. Through my experiences at Quality I realized the need for a tool to trim out my half-square triangles. There was nothing perfect available; the tools on the market would wobble and slide off the seam making it impossible to make an accurate cut. So, I asked my son, a tool maker, to make a ruler with a groove to accommodate the seam.
He went right to work and made a prototype, brought it to me and it worked perfectly, thus solving the problem. He made a mold for the 2.5″ that I needed with tooled an edge on all sides to prevent my fingers slipping off the edge. The rulers were a hit and because of requests from customers more sizes were added. We now have four sizes the 2.5″ 3.5″ 4.5′ and 6.5″ rulers, and these rulers are made in America!
Please take a look at the web site www.shopqualitysewing.com and or my web site www.audreysewingbasket.com to view my rulers. Or check out the video below for a detailed demonstration about how to use the rulers. They make great tools for your quilting needs, and make a wonderful gift for your quilting friends and family — they will definitely add these rulers to their top tools list. If you’ve used the “No Wobble Ruler” before please share your experience by leaving a comment below and share a link to your recent quilting projects.