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  1. Quilters Select 3x12 Ruler and 80wt Para Cotton Thread

    Quilters Select 3x12 Ruler and 80wt Para Cotton Thread
    Why do I need these? I am so glad you asked. Let’s start with the Quilter’s Select 3x12 ruler. If you have looked at these rulers, you will see they have easy-to-read numbers going in both directions. No more flipping rulers to get to the correct side. Measurements are exact to the edges of the ruler, and the pale yellow makes...
  2. Tip from Reva: Convenient Pinning Pins

    Convenient pinning pins are an absolute necessity in one's sewing room. Not all pins are created equal, though, and this is why most sewists have several different styles of pins within easy reach while working on a project. The style that I use the most are the Clover Flower Head Pins: Here are some of the finer points (pun intended...
  3. Live From Baby Lock!

    Paul, Carmen, Reva, Jim, Pam & Margaret have been at Baby Lock Tech in St Loius this week seeing all of the new items that Baby Lock and Koala have to offer. You are going to love these new products that are going to make your sewing and quilting easier. Here are a few of our favorite new items: Your...
  4. Create an Easy Jacket from a Pashmina Scarf

    What a quick and easy project to make for yourself or a gift? Why not give transforming a Pashmina Scarf/Shawl into a cute jacket? Pashmina scarves come in so many pretty colors and are so soft, you just want to wrap yourself up in them  (A pashmina is a long rectangular scarf/shawl with fringe on both short ends and is...
  5. A Great Rotary Cutting Safety Tip

    I had the joy of spending time in my sewing room watching the Saturday morning sewing shows on KBTC this past week and saw a great tip on Fonds and Porter - Love of Quilting. Don't you just love starting you Saturday that way? The tip that stood out to me was one concerning safety while using a rotary cutter...
  6. Make Quick and Easy Wool Felt Ornaments

    Sometimes when you're looking to make a quick hand-made gift, there is not much better than a pretty little kit containing all the coordinating fabrics and threads that you need to create a perfect project. Honestly, kits are far too often something that I "pet" as opposed to dismantle and cut up to create the designated project. I think that's...
  7. Recipe Towels Make a Fun and Festive Gift for Anyone On Your List!

    With the Holidays quickly approaching, do you anticipate finding yourself in need of a quick and easy gift that is beyond the normal and one of a kind? Make sure to read to the end to see what fun ideas you can make! Might I suggest a gift that will not soon be forgotten? How about a kitchen towel...
  8. Brother ScanNCut: The Worlds 1st Cutting Machine with a Built-In Scanner!

    We're very excited for Brother's brand-new ScanNCut, in-stock now at all store locations! Brother's ScanNCut is a cutting machine that can cut intricate designs out of various papers, fabrics for applique, stickers, and more, for a wide variety of crafting projects. But the ScanNCut is the first cutting machine in the world that has a built-in scanner so you can...
  9. Puyallup Sew Expo is Feb 28 to March 3, 2013

    Did you know the nation’s largest event for sewing enthusiasts takes place right here in the Pacific Northwest? The Sewing and Stitchery Expo is a non-profit educational event that features inspirational seminars daily, hands-on workshops, style shows and vendors from all over the country with booths that specialize in the latest in fabrics, tools, and supplies! This year Sew Expo...
  10. New Features of the Brother DreamWeaver Machines!

    Brother's new V-Series machines—the DreamWeaver Innov-is VQ3000 sewing & quilting machine; and the DreamWeaver XE Innov-is VN6200D sewing, quilting, & embroidery machine—have some amazingly innovative, industry-first features. Here are just a few: Advanced Droplight™ Embroidery Positioning Marker Trying to guess where to drop the needle is a nightmare of the past with V-Series! Use the embroidery foot with LED pointer...
  11. New Anita Goodesign Project Collections

    Anita Goodesign has released a new type of collection: Anita Goodesign Project Collections. We're very excited to be able to offer this brand new series from Anita Goodesign. Anita Goodesign Project Collections are collections that include all the instructions you'll need to make complete projects from start to finish. These Projects aren't confined to "In the Hoop" either. They incorporate...
  12. Why You'll Love Brother PE Design® Plus Software

    Who needs more software? Many people struggle with the ones they already own. PE Design® Plus is a breath of fresh air for those who want good, really-easy-to-use software. The included tutorials will make learning a simple task. One of the features that makes it so very special and different from other available software is that it includes the entire...
  13. Create Embroidered Greeting Cards with Pfaff's 5D Card Shop Software

    Creating beautiful embroidered greeting cards couldn’t be easier with the new 5D Card Shop. The templates perfectly place all sides of your card flawlessly. If you have created cards before and wanted to do them in one hooping but got confused on which way each side should be set, upside down, right side up…5D Card shop has that all figured...
  14. Snap-Hoop Now Fits More Machines!

    Snap-Hoop has always been a great hooping system. It comes with a flat magnetic top and flat metal bottom frame. Simply lay the fabric over the bottom frame and snap the magnetic top frame in place! Voila! The fabric is secured. You can tug the fabric around between the two layers without distorting it so that you don't have to...
  15. Bernina Convention

    Bernina Convention was just a few weeks ago in San Antonio, Texas. Sandi from the Tacoma store and Robin from the Puyallup store both attended this education-packed event. The most exciting new thing that Bernina debuted was their new Bernina 5 series! Sandi was lucky enough to take a class on the new machine and she loved it: "The...
  16. Live from Brother Convention in Nashville!

    Nashville is really hot, and it is not just the weather. The new Brother 2012 products are amazing, and I wanted to share some of them with everyone as soon as possible! Here are the highlights: New Brother Quattro 2 New Top of the Line Quattro 2, NV6700D: Quattro 2 has all of the features of the Quattro 1 including...
  17. Project Runway Bling Machine

    Did you see the crystal-encrusted sewing machine that Brother will be awarding to this season's winner of  Project Runway? This machine was unveiled today at the Brother Convention and will truly be a "shining" symbol of the winner's achievement. Wouldn't it be a fun machine to have? It makes me wonder how long it took to place each of the...
  18. Pacific West Quilt Show is Coming Soon!

    Are you ready to be inspired?  This may be just what you are looking for!  The Pacific West Quilt Show (formally known as the APNQ Quilt Show) is coming to the Tacoma Convention Center August 26-28, 2011. The Show is presented by Pacific West Quilters and offers a Juried & Judged Quilt show & Contest with prizes equaling $25,000 and...
  19. I Love Our New Puppy but Our Carpet Doesn't

    This past fall we got a wonderful new addition to our family.  Roca is the sweetest puppy ever!  The only drawback is that we had just had our carpets cleaned and our sweet little pup didn't come pre-trained or with a bladder larger than a postage stamp. Now that you can surely imagine my plight, let me give you a...
  20. Embroidering with Metallic Threads & the Designer Diamond deLuxe

    Have you ever embroidered with metallic threads?  I just love how they look.  However, when using these temperamental threads, one thing that needs to be considered is that normal tensions and sewing speeds don't always work well for metallic threads. Even when the machine is adjusted for them they can be tricky. I had a very different experience this past...
  21. Free 5D Embroidery Software Update

    There has been a recent update to the 5D Embroidery software.  If you own either 5D Professional or 5D Suite, this is something that you will want to take advantage of right away.  The new features are amazing! The first thing that you will want to do to be able to take full advantage of the updates is to make...
  22. New Viking Diamond Deluxe and new Deluxe Stitch System

    Have you ever heard of Thread Portioning? Until recently, I had never heard of this technology either. Thread portioning is a patented thread delivery system just introduced on the brand-new Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe. What is it? It’s a very clever system for delivering exactly the right amount of thread – the correct portion – for every stitch, embroidery design...
  23. PE Next For Your Business

    Increase your productivity – which increases earning potential, by using the exciting new business features included in the Brother PE Design Next Software program. One labor saving item is the Link feature.  Link is available when using PE NEXT with the PR 1000 or PR 650. (Free update for the PR 650 and 650C available on Brothers website, this update...
  24. 3D Flower Centerpiece Fit for a Fancy Tea

    A friend of mine and I participate in a ladies tea each year.  There is a friendly competition to see who can have the most elaborate and the most beautiful table for 8. Each year we change the color and the flowers.  This year we wanted to do a very colorful table and after I saw the 3D Flowers CD...
  25. The New TrueCut Comfort Cutter by Grace Company

    Grace Company is known for it's TrueCut rotary cutters that in conjunction with their rulers, mats and grips, form a cutting system that enables more accurate cutting. This system is safer and easier than traditional rotary systems. I was so excited to try out the newest rotary cutter available from Grace Company, The TrueCut Comfort Cutter. The Comfort Cutter...
  26. Effortlessly Scan Images for Embroidery with the New Flip Pal Mobile Scanner

    I  just returned from a trade show in Las Vegas and I'm excited to share with you the neatest thing that I saw there. Brother has just came out with a brand new hand held portable scanner.  You can quickly and easily scan photos and other images without a computer connection. Use the scanned images to create beautiful, realistic...
  27. PE Design Next

    PE Design Next is an easy to use, complete software package that includes: Photo Stitch, Auto digitizing, Digitized fonts plus all the True Type fonts on your computer, Easy editing of existing designs, Resizing with recalculation of stitches, Full manual digitizing tools and much more.  If you already own PE Design Version 5, 6, 7 or 8, the good...
  28. The Limited Edition Laura Ashley NX-2000 Sewing Machine by Brother

    Laura Ashley has always been a name that was connected to excellence and quality in every aspect of fabric and garment or home decoration products.  Brother machines are also known for their excellence and quality, so it was a match made in heaven when Brother began to offer the special Limited Edition Laura Ashley NX-2000 machine for the sewer who...
  29. All I want for Christmas is a Sewing Machine

    “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”…..was an old song – but a phrase heard often lately is “All I want for Christmas is a sewing machine.”  It seems like all ages are expressing a huge desire to learn to sew! There are many wonderful choices for the perfect sewing machine to place under the Christmas...
  30. Design the Sewing Room of Your Dreams with Nancy Zieman

    Do you have your own sewing room? I wish I did! I sew in my dining room and living room, stashing my machine and supplies in the hall closet.  I have three small children so the majority of my sewing happens late into the evening hours. I shut down shop when I am not sewing and put away my machine...
  31. The Perfect Seam Allowance

    Quilters often struggle with keeping an accurate ¼” seam. Garment sewers have always known that being just a tiny bit off the seam line can really impact the way a garment fits. That must be the reason that last pair of slacks were a little too tight! Fortunately for all sewers there is a perfect answer to accurate seam widths...
  32. C1100 Pro-Smarter by Pfaff

    There is a new member to the Pfaff Sewing Machine family. Just unveiled at Pfaff convention, this machine boasts many desirable features that will benefit the quilter, home decorator, and garment creator alike. One of the features that I find most appealing is the 9” of well lit working space for large amounts of fabric. This helps make sewing draperies...
  33. Scan Feature

    The Best just got Better! Owners of the Brother Quattro and the Baby Lock Ellisimo now have an opportunity to add even more innovative features to their incredible machine. Now with the Brother Quattro Upgrade or the Baby Lock Ellissimo Upgrade, you can have these amazing new tools to make your embroidery even easier: Resize – The upgraded Quattro and...
  34. Rekindling Your Love for Sergers

    Have you ever found yourself  “eating crow”?  I have and I sure don't like to acknowledge it, let alone admit it out loud very often.  Recently, I found myself in such a humiliating situation but have only mentioned it to a few.  Well, they say that confession is good for the soul … There is one thing that I know...
  35. Foolproof Embroidery Design Positioning

    “It is important to have the right tool for the job.” That was some great advice I received from my father.  A new essential tool in the embroidery industry is the snowman marker. What is it that makes this little marker the right tool for the job?  The snowman marker works with the Brother Quattro Sewing/Embroidery machine.  It is a...
  36. Live from Nashville - Brother Introduces a New 10 Needle Machine!

    A Perfect 10 in Nashville the introduction of Brother's new PR1000 embroidery machine. I attended this morning's unveiling of Brother's new embroidery machine and had a chance to sew on it as well. Being spoiled by state of the art embroidery machines from Brother like the Quattro 6000 and PR650, I naturally had high expectations but I was surprised...
  37. Live From PFAFF Convention: 5D Embroidery Part 3

    Today was a very fun 5D Suite day for sure!  In the 3rd in the series of my software Certification classes, I got to focus quite a bit on Design Creator. I am not even sure that I can pinpoint one thing that is my favorite.  Everything I learned has been so great and these new features just blow me...
  38. New Product: Creative Embroidery Cutwork Needle Kit

    Are you like me and just love fun toys?  I get so excited when there is something fun and new! Embroidery is wonderful and it just gets better all of the time.  At this years Pfaff Convention they introduced the Creative Embroidery Cutwork Needle Kit. See video demonstration here. These specially designed needles and embroidery designs do your cutwork for...
  39. Live from PFAFF Convention: 5D Embroidery Software Part 2

    Now that I have had a chance to play with the 5D Suite—I am even more impressed! One of my favorite features of the 4D Suite is Encore. This feature is even better in the 5D Suite.  You might be wondering what Encore is; This is a feature in the software that allows you to take an embroidery design and...
  40. Live from PFAFF Convention: 5D Embroidery Software Part 1

    Finally I am in Minneapolis, MN at the annual Pfaff convention! I have just seen some of the things that the NEW 5D Embroidery Software can do.  Boy am I excited!  Some of the exciting changes are: 5D Embroidery The screen appearance is fresh and large. It seems like the icons are easier to see. There are new wizards that...
  41. New Product: Snap-Hoop in Action

    The Snap-Hoop system in action: I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Snap-Hoop from Designs In Machine Embroidery. This magnetic hoop was really easy to use and worked quite well. The hoop has two pieces to it: a metal base and a magnetic top hoop. Since it comes in different sizes for different machine brands, you will...
  42. Hoop Embroidery in a (Quick) Snap!

    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...
  43. Top Tools: Audrey’s “No Wobble Ruler”

    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...
  1. Quilters Select 3x12 Ruler and 80wt Para Cotton Thread

    Quilters Select 3x12 Ruler and 80wt Para Cotton Thread
    Why do I need these? I am so glad you asked. Let’s start with the Quilter’s Select 3x12 ruler. If you have looked at these rulers, you will see they have easy-to-read numbers going in both directions. No more flipping rulers to get to the correct side. Measurements are exact to the edges of the ruler, and the pale yellow makes...
  2. Tip from Reva: Convenient Pinning Pins

    Convenient pinning pins are an absolute necessity in one's sewing room. Not all pins are created equal, though, and this is why most sewists have several different styles of pins within easy reach while working on a project. The style that I use the most are the Clover Flower Head Pins: Here are some of the finer points (pun intended...
  3. Live From Baby Lock!

    Paul, Carmen, Reva, Jim, Pam & Margaret have been at Baby Lock Tech in St Loius this week seeing all of the new items that Baby Lock and Koala have to offer. You are going to love these new products that are going to make your sewing and quilting easier. Here are a few of our favorite new items: Your...
  4. Create an Easy Jacket from a Pashmina Scarf

    What a quick and easy project to make for yourself or a gift? Why not give transforming a Pashmina Scarf/Shawl into a cute jacket? Pashmina scarves come in so many pretty colors and are so soft, you just want to wrap yourself up in them  (A pashmina is a long rectangular scarf/shawl with fringe on both short ends and is...
  5. A Great Rotary Cutting Safety Tip

    I had the joy of spending time in my sewing room watching the Saturday morning sewing shows on KBTC this past week and saw a great tip on Fonds and Porter - Love of Quilting. Don't you just love starting you Saturday that way? The tip that stood out to me was one concerning safety while using a rotary cutter...
  6. Make Quick and Easy Wool Felt Ornaments

    Sometimes when you're looking to make a quick hand-made gift, there is not much better than a pretty little kit containing all the coordinating fabrics and threads that you need to create a perfect project. Honestly, kits are far too often something that I "pet" as opposed to dismantle and cut up to create the designated project. I think that's...
  7. Recipe Towels Make a Fun and Festive Gift for Anyone On Your List!

    With the Holidays quickly approaching, do you anticipate finding yourself in need of a quick and easy gift that is beyond the normal and one of a kind? Make sure to read to the end to see what fun ideas you can make! Might I suggest a gift that will not soon be forgotten? How about a kitchen towel...
  8. Brother ScanNCut: The Worlds 1st Cutting Machine with a Built-In Scanner!

    We're very excited for Brother's brand-new ScanNCut, in-stock now at all store locations! Brother's ScanNCut is a cutting machine that can cut intricate designs out of various papers, fabrics for applique, stickers, and more, for a wide variety of crafting projects. But the ScanNCut is the first cutting machine in the world that has a built-in scanner so you can...
  9. Puyallup Sew Expo is Feb 28 to March 3, 2013

    Did you know the nation’s largest event for sewing enthusiasts takes place right here in the Pacific Northwest? The Sewing and Stitchery Expo is a non-profit educational event that features inspirational seminars daily, hands-on workshops, style shows and vendors from all over the country with booths that specialize in the latest in fabrics, tools, and supplies! This year Sew Expo...
  10. New Features of the Brother DreamWeaver Machines!

    Brother's new V-Series machines—the DreamWeaver Innov-is VQ3000 sewing & quilting machine; and the DreamWeaver XE Innov-is VN6200D sewing, quilting, & embroidery machine—have some amazingly innovative, industry-first features. Here are just a few: Advanced Droplight™ Embroidery Positioning Marker Trying to guess where to drop the needle is a nightmare of the past with V-Series! Use the embroidery foot with LED pointer...

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