Minky Madness!


May is for the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, school graduations – and – Minky Madness month!

At Let’s Sew, we have a soft spot for Minky fabric!  It’s easy to fall in love with such a happy, fluffy, multi-textured material – You could say we’re just Mad about Minky!

So, from May 1-28, 2018, Let’s Sew is hosting a contest to promote this luxurious fabric.  “Minky Madness” invites participants to sew a Minky Quilt and enter for a chance to win a fabulous prize from the prestigious Liberty of London store in England!


  • Choose from one of our 9 Minky Kits which include fabric and pattern, or use a Minky fabric of your choice with our pattern.
  • You may also enter your project from our “Learn to Sew a Minky Quilt” class.
  • Fabrics used must be from Let’s Sew.
  • When your quilt is complete, bring it in to our store to be photographed for display on our social media pages, (You’ll be a star!) and fill out an entry form for the prize.
  • You may also submit a clear photo of your Minky Quilt directly to us at our email address: info@letssew.com. Please include your name and phone number for the entry. Your Minky Quilt photo will be added to our Facebook Page.
  • All entries must be submitted by the contest deadline, May 28, 2018 to be considered for the prize drawing.
  • The winning entry will be drawn randomly from all of the submitted entries.
  • The winner will be contacted and asked to visit the store in person to claim the prize and be photographed for our announcement by social media.


Phone:  (812) 471-7945 ,  Email:  info@letssew.com

Visit our store:   Let’s Sew, 4406 E. Morgan Ave., Evansville, IN  47715

Floriani Event

New and Exciting Educational Classes  for ALL who Love to Embroider & Quilt!


REGARDLESS OF WHAT KIND OF MACHINE YOU OWN…the Tips, Tricks, and Techniques you learn at this event will inspire you, reinvigorate your interest and enhance the enjoyment of your hobby!

• Secrets to proper stabilization and thread choices.
• How to choose designs based on how they will affect your garments.
• Stress-free techniques for hooping and eliminating puckering.
• How to choose the right needle for stitch and garment type.
• How to have fun in your sewing room with perfect results!

Hosted by: Let’s SewLets-Sew-EVV
Event: July 12 or 13, 2018  |  10:00am – 5:00pm
Software Day: July 14, 2018  |  10:00am – 5:00pm
Lunch is Included!
4406 E. Morgan Ave.   |   Evansville, IN 47715
Phone: (812) 471-7945  |  info@letssew.com

Click HERE to Register Online!

Quilts Re-Imagined


Even the most unrooted of us are aware of the symbolic nature of quilts. Each precious piece used to create them reminds its owners of a story, a feeling or an untold mystery. A quilt truly is the “fabric of time”, and it’s thread has bonded us equally to our Americana cultures for over two centuries.


“Quilting the Land” by artist Doug Knutson.

We in the heartland feel a particular kinship to the quilt with our farm-bred waste-not-want-not upbringing. Our patchwork farms and fields even resemble quilts.  So dedicated to this generational craft are we, that it is honored in festivals, painted on barns, and favorited overwhelmingly as the fund-raising grand prize in just about every church I know.

So when I saw those same beautiful patterns celebrated on a New York fashion runway last fall, it got my attention. Designer Raf Simons incorporated very old, authentic quilts into his work for Calvin Klein.


Lining created from old quilts (Calvin Klein).


Raf Simons for Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 2017

The quilts were taken apart and re-pieced into stunning collar accents and gorgeous full length bodices on coats. My favorite use of the theme was Simons’ jacket lining design. Not only spectacular, but an incredible way to wrap yourself in 100% cotton comfort.



Calvin Klein Coat


Calvin Klein Fall Men’s Collection.



A Belgian native, Simons was smitten by the historical tradition of the American quilt, and intends to continue using it in new collections.




Crazy quilt outfit by Mimi Prober.


Prada Quilt


Other famed designers, such as Prada and Mimi Prober have also put their stamp on a line of quilts and inspired clothing.

It would seem that the NE not only embraces the quilt, but has defined a new way to “strike the pose”.


Courtesy – Linda Franz.



Want to try your hand at a New York state of mind? This quilt design named “New York Beauty” is a powerful candidate. It’s sleek spike design reminds me of the Statue of Liberty, or tall skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building.  Finished quilts are quite modern and surreal.




Creative inspiration derives its source from all places, stories and histories–just like quilting!  Have a great quilting month, everybody!

-Pat Cates


Authorized Dealer vs. Big Box / Online Store

Dealer-BoxStore-Title orange-buttonSo you’ve caught the sewing bug, taken a few classes, and built up a number of new skills you ‘d like to continue practicing at home. Super!  After a bit of searching, you’ve found a nice little entry-level machine you think will be up to the task.  While on the internet, you find the unit offered at the Big Box Online Store at a price even lower than what you’d budgeted at the local dealer’s store. Your finger hovers over the “Buy” button, then you decide to do a little more fact-checking…


Good call.  So many shoppers “click” first, then ask questions later. Knowing that you will be spending hundreds to perhaps many thousands of dollars on these products and that you probably intend to keep them for years, choosing the right retailer is critical.


If this is your first purchase, or it’s been a while since you’ve shopped for sewing machines – PLEASE – treat yourself to the full experience.  You and your new machine are going to begin a partnership, so do your due diligence.


Visit local machine dealers. Bring your bucket list of requirements and ask for advice.  They are Jazz_HandsFreePresserFoot_HRexperts, with years of training, and extensive experience fitting the right machine to the right sewist – young, old, beginner or advanced.
Take a moment, sit at the machine. Is it comfortable?  Bring scraps of fabric you might likely use and run the machine. Is it easy to thread and change the bobbin? Simple things make a difference.  Most importantly, does the retailer service what it sells?


green-buttonAlthough big bulk retailers and online stores are advantageous in their ability to sell items at a discount, be cautious.  My own rule of thumb is to buy only things from these places that I’m able to easily handle should things go awry. A sewing machine is not one of those things. The big box retailers generally do not have their own service technicians to work on your machine.


Even so, the brand-name company might not honor a warranty if a machine had been worked on by anyone other than an authorized service center.  Many machines are computerized now, and need coding that only authorized brand dealers are trained to perform.  Something to think about if your repair plan involves “Uncle Charlie”, the family “go-to” repairman.


OK, but what about that money-saving deal you were counting on?  It is true, the big box retailers and online stores often have lower pricing with certain brands or models during certain sale periods, which can limit your selection. However, that price difference is often very slight when you compare the balances, and don’t include the extras that the dealer can offer.


pink-buttonLet’s Sew is a full service sewing center and fabric gallery, authorized in the sales and service of Baby Lock brand sewing machines, sergers and embroidery machines. Perhaps we’re a bit bias, but going to a local dealer for your purchase does have its perks, including unlimited one-on-one owner’s classes to better understand how to run your machine, notification of brand software updates and service information, and a free machine cleaning and tune-up during it’s first year, not to mention – peace of mind.


Quality sergers, sewing and embroidery machines are an investment and you should be confident in your choice of machine now, and in the future!

-Pat Cates

6th Year Anniversary Food Drive

This month, Let’s Sew premium fabrics and sewing center is celebrating 6 years in business at 4406 E Morgan Avenue. On Tuesday, Jan. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10am-6pm, the store will host a food drive to benefit the Tri-State Food Bank.


During the week, customers can donate food items in exchange for a Let’s Sew discount coupon for use anytime between February 1 and April 28, 2018. Each pound of donated food will be worth one percent off, up to a maximum of 30 percent off (30 pounds) per coupon. (This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.)



January is one of the toughest months for hunger in the tri-state area, despite the Yuletide donations made only a month ago. We hope you will join us during our anniversary week and help fill the big blue barrels with food items as a donation to the Tri-State Food Bank.


The top 10 most needed food items according to the Tri-State Food Bank are peanut butter, soup, canned fruit, beans, rice, tuna, cereal, fruit juice, pasta and canned vegetables. These items are highly encouraged as donation items. Expired items will not be accepted.


Tuesday, Jan. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CST)

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday 2017


Starting Friday, November 24th, 2017 at 12:00PM CST and ending Saturday, November 25th, 2017 at 6:00PM CST, the First 50 customers who comes in will receive a bag measuring 10x5x8 and anything they can fit in the bag will be 25% off. Whether it is threads, books, rulers, scissors, fabrics or anything in between, as long as it fits in the bag you will get 25% off those items.

*Items Pictured Are Raised Using Bubblewrap And Are There As An Example. To Be Discounted, Items Must Not Be Falling Out Of Bag.*



During this time there will be special pricing on floor model machines as well as special financing options. Ask for details when you come in.


Cyber Monday 2017

Honoring Nancy Zieman and Her Retirement

If it wasn’t for Nancy Zieman, sewing may not exist today. She and other Sewing Celebrities kept the vibrancy alive when sewing was no longer a necessity. We just wanted to reach out and say Thank you Nancy for all you have done.

“Even though I have only met Nancy once, I know she has a big heart. She and I have both added to our family via adoption and that tells me just how truly caring and big hearted she is.” ~LaQuinta Schum

Nancy Zieman

Who is Nancy Zieman?

Nancy Zieman is host and executive producer of Sewing With Nancy and founder of Nancy’s Notions, a direct mail business. She’s an author and a designer for The McCall Pattern Company and Clover Needlecraft.

What is Sewing with Nancy?

The first Sewing With Nancy program aired on cable TV in 1982. Initially, the programs were videotaped in Nancy’s living room with a camera crew of one person and 13-hour taping days! In the early years, Nancy Zieman ran a one-woman show, developing the scripts, making the samples, and taping the programs.

Today, Nancy still writes the scripts, yet it’s a team effort to plan the programming, develop the samples, and write and illustrate the books. Nancy frequently quips, “The show should really be called Sewing With Nancy, Donna, Kate, Pat, Diane, Laure, Lois, and Diane.” For the past 20 years, Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, Wisconsin has been Nancy’s partner in television production with Laurie Gorman serving as the director for the past 19 years.

Thank you Nancy!

Nancy ZiemanSeams Unlikely Book

Read more about her Retirement


2017 Row by Row Experience Is Here!


2017 Row by Row Experience

“Window Shopping”

2017 Row by Row Window Shopping cropped

Our 2017 Row by Row Experience is available!

This year’s theme is On The Go! so our row features three shoppers….on the go! Purchase a kit to recreate the look, or simply stop in for your free pattern anytime from now to September 5, 2017.


Want more information about Row by Row Experience? Click here to find out useful facts.

Row by Row Junior

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Row by Row Junior is a NEW program that started this year and we have two kits available! Rover and Friendship Bracelets are great for kids who want to participate in the Row by Row Experience. Any child age 6 to 14 may receive one pattern for FREE! Kits are available for purchase.

For more information on the Row by Row Junior, and to download fun workbook pages and activities, visit www.rowbyrowexperience.com/junior

New Baby Lock Sewing Machines: Destiny II and Jazz

New sewing machines from Baby Lock were announced this month! Have you checked them out yet? Whether you’re in the market for a new sewing machine or just interested in what the latest technology looks like, you can find either one at Let’s Sew.

Baby Lock Destiny II sewing machines

New Sewing Machines: Destiny II

Before you read on, we want you to know that the Destiny II comes with a 9-1/2″ X 9-1/2″ hoop! That hoop size has been heavily requested by our customers in the past. As a result of the  Destiny II being released, it’s finally available! Whoohoo!

How is the Destiny II sewing machine different than the Destiny I?

This is probably the main question being asked on Baby Lock’s social media pages. The biggest difference is that the Destiny II includes a few features that don’t come standard on the Destiny (read on for information about the Destiny I update).

Here is Baby Lock’s official response from their Facebook page: “The Destiny II has 20 new embroidery designs, 9.5″x9.5″ hoop and new IQ designer features. It highlights the key features found on the current Destiny. To learn more about the Destiny II and the features: http://babylock.com/pdf/Destiny2.pdf…”

What We’re Excited About Most

That 9-1/2″ X 9-1/2″ hoop! Kidding, sort of. As we said before, the 9-1/2″ X 9-1/2″ hoop size has been in demand from our customers for a few months. We actually brought the lack of that size being available to the attention of the president of Baby Lock, so we are definitely glad to see it as part of this new sewing machine and upgrade package. Yet another instance of this wonderful, family-owned sewing machine company truly listening to its customers.

In addition to the convenient new hoop, we’re really excited to see the color sorting option. You can now set thread colors for a design and stitch out multiple areas at one time. Check out this nine minute video for a demo of all the new features:

Upgrade Available

If you already have a Destiny sewing and embroidery machine, an upgrade is available that will include all the new features plus the new 9-1/2″ X 9-1/2″ hoop! We are currently taking pre-orders for the upgrade.

New Sewing Machines: Baby Lock Jazz

Baby Lock Jazz sewing machines

First of all, this machine has a great overall look. It’s a classic looking sewing machine with an easy threading guide and a large work space. In addition to that, the Baby Lock Jazz sewing and quilting machine helps make quilting easier with several features previously found only on sewing machines in a higher price range.

A full 12″ of work space lets you work on large quilts with less frustration with the Baby Lock Jazz. The area in between the body of the machine and the needle is perfect for rolled up quilts.

Baby Lock Jazz sewing machines knee lift

Check out the rest of this machine’s jazzy sewing and quilting features in this video.

What We’re Excited About Most:

The price. Baby Lock has priced the Jazz at $1,299 MSRP. That’s a lot of sewing machine for a little amount of money, and doesn’t take into account special promotions or bundles that we may have throughout the season!

Price is especially relevant when you think about all the features the machine includes compared to other sewing machines in its price range. While keeping the price economical, the Baby Lock Jazz sewing machine keeps up in features with some of the higher priced models. As a result, it has already been one of our most asked about new sewing machines.


These two, new sewing machines will be arriving soon! If you would like to pre-order the Destiny II, the upgrade for the Destiny I or the Jazz, please call or visit us during normal business hours.

Stop back by tomorrow for more information on two more new machines from Baby Lock: the Presto and the Coronet!