Monday, October 31, 2011

Dreaming of a Diamond Christmas?

Last week Indiana Sews newsletter subscribers got advanced notice on the Viking/Husqvarna Diamond promotion that goes through December 15th, 2011. The manufacturer is offering a rebate of $500.00 and a classy 2 piece set of luggage bonus with all Diamonds purchased from now until December 15th, 2011.

Our stores in Highland and Merrillville just received a new shipment of these sewing machines in anticipation of this event.

Diamonds are the top of the line Viking/Husqvarna Sewing Machines. The machines do flawless embroidery in areas up to 14 1/4" x 13 3/4" without rehooping the work. It comes with the 5D software, 3 hoops, an array of helpful feet, and much more.

And, if you buy from the Northwest Indiana Sewing Centers you get our expert support and free classes with your purchase.

Hurry in to reserve your Diamond today; with this special promotion the Diamonds won't last long.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Highland Sewing Center Inspirational Stars

 Just a couple of months after purchasing Husqvarna Viking Designer Sewing Machines and software, these Highland, Indiana sewing center stars really rock!

Jan has digitized, embroidered, stitched and quilted not one, but two fantastic quilts and is on her way to making a third.

Then there's Rosalinda with her gorgeous quilt full of messages of hope and love and fun words to live by.

Thank you so much, ladies, for sharing these great works of the heart.  You inspire all of us. Lovely quilting!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Back by Popular Demand---Machine Embroidered Advent Calendar Classes

Jan's annual Advent calendar class is always a popular and anticipated event. This is an easy holiday project and can be made on sewing/embroidery machines.

The class is scheduled for 8 AM on November 6th and is filling up quickly so if you're interested, please contact the Merrillville Sewing Center to sign up.

We also carry that cute quilt hanger shown in the picture so that you can take your finished calendar and hang it right up on your wall.

Sew sweet! Call Jan today at 219-736-7397.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Notion of the week

One of the chores of machine embroidery is snipping all those threads.

Snip-a-Stitch squeeze type scissors make the job easier. You simply squeeze the handles and the thread is cut.  This lessons hand fatigue more than conventional scissors.

These snips come in a couple of different varieties; one has a notched end for grabbing and removing stitches and there is a no-notched version for just clipping embroidery threads. They were hot items at our recent class events and students loved that this notion made the job so much easier.

Come by and see us at the Highland or Merrillville Sewing Centers and pick up your own set of snips.      

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tip of the Week

Did you know that thread spooled on a cone should always be taken from a cone standing up and down? If your machine's spool pin is horizontal, you can stand the cone spool on the table rather than your horizontal pin.

As a general rule it is better to place your thread at a distance from the machine rather than on the machine pins to give the thread more distance to work out the twists. Running the thread through a loop can also often knock out the twists; this is why using a thread stand can reduce thread breaks

For added control we have a large variety of spool holders that hold from one to multiple spools of thread for those big projects. Come in and see Joan in Highland or Jan in Merrillville and they'll set you up with the solution for those pesky thread breaks.

This tip was brought to you complements of Managers Jan and Joan. Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 24, 2011

What Wonderful Fun We're Having Sewing Together!

The Highland Indiana Sewing Center's first class was held last Friday and was a smashing success. Sewing Center Manager Joan had everything all ready for students who started arriving at 8 AM to begin work on the Christmas Red Quilt. Students had cut the white background fabric at home and had applied a stabilizer backing to the fabric.

During class Joan first demonstrated how to hoop the fabric. Then everyone wound bobbins, threaded machines, and navigated through design folders and the quilts were begun. The first embroidered square was Santa.

Machines hummed with embroidery and there were oohs and ahs as each design was made. Soon it was time to clip the threads front and back and hoop another square for another design. Some students grabbed a hold of their creativity and changed the colors on some of the blocks---so beautiful!

Then there were was Jan, at the head of the class, who came to class with all her squares embroidered and spent class time cutting her squares down to the finished sizes.

Thank you so much, Joan, for the great, informative class and the fat free breakfast delicacies---so delicious!

And for those of you out there who wish you could have been there----well that's what we wish too! Contact the sewing center; we're getting together more classes.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sewing Classes ---Join us!

Highland Classroom Open---Come join us for a class!

Christmas comes early to Highland---Christmas Quilt Project
Joan, the manager of our Highland, Indiana store, finally has her classroom!

The store looks completely different and has a brand new classroom set up for classes that start this Friday, October 21st.
The project Joan will be teaching the class to make will be the Christmas Red Quilt by The Stitch Connection. This totally adorable quilt is made up of snowmen, hearts, trees, and snow angels and can keep your home cozy and comfortable the whole winter through.

Classes begin at 8:00 on Friday and there still maybe a space or two open. Call the store at (219) 838-5434 or make an inquiry on our webform for more information.

Even if the current scheduled class is filled up, a second class is a possibility if enough people would like to join us.

We're also getting together a round of beginning sewing classes. If you're interested send us an inquiry and let us know what you would like to make as projects. Let us know what you think.

Won't you come join us?

Quilts, Prayers and Pillows Planned in Merrillville Sewing Center 

Meanwhile, in the Merrillville Sewing Center, Jan is busy scheduling and planning classes in her well established classroom.

For the next two Sunday mornings students will be gathering together to make one of two choices of wall hangings; The Lord's Prayer or The Serenity Prayer.

And on October 27th this beautiful Christmas pillow withChristmas Pillow Project embroidered cardinal, dove, tree, and stars will be made in a class beginning at 10:00 AM.   Come join us in making this elegant pillow.

There are also classes being held to make the every popular Advent Calendar---just in time for the season.

And I'm so excited to tell you about the class projects that Jan has
Jan's Snowman Quilt Projectplanned in the next few months! She has a wonderfully adorable snowman quilt.

And, if you've been in the Merrillville store, I am sure you noticed that wonderful Hummel Quilt hanging on the wall. Well guess what? We're going to get a chance to make it. I am positive that this class will fill up fast so call Jan at 219-736-7748 or make an inquiry on the webform if you're interested. Plans will be finalized as soon as we hear from you.

We sure hope you can join us. At Northwest Indiana Sewing Centers we're always creating and having fun. We're looking forward to meeting your sewing needs.

From your friends at the Northwest Indiana Sewing Center.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Announcing Classes at Highland Indiana Sewing Center

Class Project: Holiday Redwork Design/The Stitch Connection  
The manager of the Northwest Indiana Sewing Center in Highland Indiana has been busy getting together a classroom area for some creative and informative sewing classes.

This week the classroom area is ready and Joan is excited to announce new classes will begin this week. The project that students will be working on over the next few weeks is a machine embroidery Christmas quilt that should be finished just in time for Christmas.

Classes begin on Friday, October 21st. The class filled up quickly, although due to last minute cancellations, there still may be a couple of spots available.  If not, if there is enough interest, Joan is definitely open to holding a second class.   

Call the Highland Sewing Center at 219-838-5433 for additional information or to sign up.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Learn New Skills, Make a Project, Have Fun---Weekend Sewing Classes

We've added a few more spots to this weekend's sewing classes. If you can join us, please call Jan at  (219)736-7748 to reserve your spot.  

Saturday's class will make an Attic Window placemat and on Sunday Jan will be teaching a class on how to make a Rooster Placemat. Classes are a reasonably priced at $10.00 plus the cost of the software design which is $59.95 and includes designs for multiple projects that you can make at home.

Here's a sample of the Saturday class project:

                                           Saturday's Class Project with Jan
Come and learn some new sewing techniques, have fun, and go home with a great project!

Call Jan today and reserve your spot!

Happy Sewing! Your Friends at Northwest Indiana Sewing Centers---Merrillville, Indiana.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Save on Embroidery Designs!

Don't forget that you can save 25% through October 13th at All you have to do is enter the code MYEMB25 and your 25% savings will be applied to your online order.

And don't forget to enter Northwest Sewing Center as your dealer of choice. We're here to help you create for home, family, and business.