Author Archives: The Seamstress

June 12-16, 2018
“Emoji Madness” Baby Lock Kids Camp -Closed

Emoji-Madness

“Emoji Madness” Kids Camp  June 12-16, 2018 /10am-12:30pm

Want to take your emoji faces out of the computer and make them real?  We’ll show you how! Baby Lock’s Kids Camp is for kids ages 8 -13 who want to have fun making interesting things while they learn to sew.  It’s a very cool sewing camp!  On June 12-16, join us for Emoji Madness!  The camp will focus on making five emoji themed projects during the week:

  • Pillow
  • Reversible Pennant
  • Coin Purse
  • T-Shirt
  • Tote Bag

Kids will learn how to use a sewing machine, work with several different materials, and learn new sewing techniques. No prior sewing experience is required!

Cost is $175 and covers all five days and all materials. Kids do not need to bring anything with them to camp. ?

Class dates are June 12-16, 2018 from 10:00am-12:30pm each day.

June 5-9, 2018
“Animal House” Baby Lock Kids Camp -Closed -Closed

Animal-House

“Animal House” Baby Lock Kids Camp   June 5-9, 2018 / 2:00-4:30pm

If you love surrounding yourself with animals, then this week is for you! Baby Lock’s Kids Camp is for kids ages 8 -13 who want to have fun making interesting things while they learn to sew.  It’s a very cool sewing camp!  On June 5-9, join us for Animal House!  The camp will focus on making five animal themed pillows during the week:

  • Penguin
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Fox
  • Pig

Kids will learn how to use a sewing machine, work with several different materials, and learn new sewing techniques. No prior sewing experience is required!

Cost is $175 and covers all five days and all materials. Kids do not need to bring anything with them to camp. ?

Class dates are June 5-9, 2018 from 2:00pm-4:30pm each day.

2nd Saturday of the Month
HoopSisters “Fleur De Lis”

We’ve had many compliments on our display of quilts created using the HoopSisters embroidery patterns.  The opportunity to learn to make your own incredible quilt is here again starting May 11 from 10:00am – 1:00pm and running every 2nd Saturday for 10 months.

The dates are:  May 11, June 8, July 6, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14, 2019, and January 11 & February 8 in 2020.

The design being taught is the 2019 HoopSisters EmbroidaBlock of the Month, “Fleur De Lis”.  

The cost of the 10-month class is $190, plus the cost of fabrics.  Six Fabrics and thread are required for the front of the quilt.  A border design CD is included in the cost of your registration.

Take advantage of this once a year experience, bring your embroidery machine and join us for a memorable quilting event!


What Makes a Quilt, a Quilt?

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It is difficult to find a comparable term when referring to a quilt.  It is not a blanket, or a bedspread, nor a duvet or comforter.

A quilt consists of two or more layers of single woven cloth, usually 100% cotton, with batting or cushioning in the middle. Batting can be made of natural fiber such as cotton, bamboo, even goose down, or it can be synthetic. The layers are artfully stitched together throughout the entire span of the fabrics with 100% 50 wt. cotton thread.

Quilt Layers

Quilts consist of three layers.

Traditionally, the top layer is created by sewing together several fabric “blocks” composed of pieced cloth designs, while the quilt’s back layer is typically made from a large piece of complimentary cloth.  Binding is added to the perimeter of the quilt after all three layers are sewn together.

 

Of course, quilting was invented eons ago to pull leftover fabric scraps together into something utilitarian.  And God bless the industrious individual who came up with the idea!  The craft has become increasingly popular through the ages, but now we create our own “scraps” for each project.  Whether the material is gathered from multiple fabric mixes like t-shirts and corduroy, or selected from designer bolts of quality cotton material, quilting is most definitely alive and well.

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Traditional quilts are tried, true and familiar.  These designs have been around for hundreds of years, and have names such as Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps, Nine-Patch, Dresden Plate.  There are thousands of these traditional patterns, and they are based on blocks and a grid.

Simple or complex, traditional quilt design is symmetrical, being made up of many repetitions of the same block in orderly rows. These are frequently combined with uniform sashing between individual blocks and/or borders all around.

Traditional quilt patterns are the standard, still made and loved today, by our mothers, grandmothers—and their grandmothers before them.

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Modern quilt designs began to gain notoriety in the last half of the twentieth century and have enjoyed an additional boost during the past several years.

They differ from traditional quilts in many ways. Where traditional quilts are created by a set of rules using a grid of repeating symmetric design blocks, sashing, borders, and simple quilting,  modern quilts go off the grid and use asymmetry, minimalist designs, and more improvisational arrangements of blocks and settings.

Emphasis is placed on negative space rather than filling the entire quilt with designated block designs. They may feature bold colors, off-center motifs and graphic designs that give high-contrast pop.

Both are inspirational pieces.  Quilting is an art form.  Some express it in nostalgic, traditional designs handed down from generation to generation.  Others see the cloth as a canvas where imaginative art can be expressed.  Knowing that both are constructed similarly through layers of woven cloth, batting and patience forms a kinship that is interesting and enjoyable.

 

March 24, 2018
Embroidery Class for Destiny Owners -Closed -Closed

Springtime-Placemat

March 24 from 1:30 – 5:30pm

Baby Lock Destiny owners are invited to join us for a class made especially for them!  Bring your upgraded Destiny Embroidery machine and enjoy a little comraderie as we sew a new design together!  Non-owners are welcome to try the design on one of our in-house Destiny machines.

We will start out with a project perfect for the new season – “Springtime Placemat”.

The class is $45, plus a project kit fee.

  • PLEASE NOTE:  REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS.  ENROLL NOW!  CALL (812) 471-7945, or Come By and Sign-up!

It’s going to be fun!


Quilts Re-Imagined

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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.

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“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.

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Lining created from old quilts (Calvin Klein).

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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.

 

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Calvin Klein Coat

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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.

 

 

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Crazy quilt outfit by Mimi Prober.

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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”.

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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


Tues. April 30-May 21, 2019
Quilting 102

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Tuesday, April 30-May 21, 2019 from 1:00PM-4:00PM

The Quilting 102 class will build upon the knowledge of Quilting 101. The student will learn new techniques to create a more complicated quilt design.

  • Registration must be paid before Class 1 Starts. You can Register by Stopping into the store, or calling us at 812-471-7945, or registering online

Homework is required with this class. All materials can and should be bought before class starts except for fabric, which will be chosen during week one’s class time.  You are not guaranteed to have a completed project at the end of 4 weeks, but you will have the knowledge and tools necessary to complete it on your own.

April 30, 2019 || Week One: Choosing Your Fabrics, Cutting and Labeling (3 Hours)

During this first class, you’ll learn how to pick colors and/or patterns starting with the Border fabric which will be the focal fabric, then pick 5 fabrics that complement that focal fabric and each other or fabrics that you like. You will cut and label each fabric.  You will cut and sew the 9 patch.

May 7, 2019 || Week Two: Strips, Flying Geese, Star Block (3 Hours)

You will learn how to cut long strips of length of fabric, how to make Flying Geese and how to sew the Star Block.

May 14, 2019 || Week Three: Top Construction (3 Hours)

You will learn how to sew the 9 Patch and Star Blocks together to make the top and how to cut and sew borders.

May 21, 2019 || Week Four: Wrap Up (3 Hours)

You will wrap up class by finishing the top and discuss layering, binding and completing your quilt.

Cost:

Cost is $90 per student and does not include cost of fabric. A 15% discount is given to students on each day of class.

Note: Our store is a FRAGRANCE-FREE ZONE. Please be courteous of other students and staff when attending class and do not use fragrances.

Wed. April 3-24 2019
Quilting 101

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Wednesday April 3-24, 2019 from 5:30PM-8:30PM

Quilting 101 is a four-week class series designed to teach students who have never quilted before. You will leave with a finished quilt at the end of week four.

  • PLEASE NOTE:  REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THE 4-WEEK SERIES MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS.  SPOTS ARE LIMITED, SO ENROLL NOW!  CALL (812) 471-7945, stop in the store, or register online

Some homework may be required with this class. All materials can and should be bought before class starts except for fabric, which will be chosen during week one’s class time.

April 3, 2019 || Week One: How to Choose Your Fabrics (3 hours)

During this first class, you’ll learn how to pick colors and/or patterns that compliment each other. Fabrics are not included in the cost of the class however, all students will receive 15% off on each class day.

April 10, 2019 || Week Two: Cutting and Layout (3 hours)

This class will go over how to use a quilting ruler, a rotary cutter and how to cut your quilt pieces to an exact size. You will learn how to arrange your quilt in an attractive way.

April 17, 2019 || Week Three: Sewing Your Quilt (3 hours)

Week three will go over how to sew and press your quilt. You will also learn how to layer squares the correct way. Matching seams and corners will be emphasized.

April 24, 2019 || Week Four: Quilt and Bind (3 hours)

You will wrap up class by quilting and binding your quilt.

A supply list will be given at the time of registration.

COST IS $90. Class is from 5:30pm – 8:30pm each week.

Note: Our store is a FRAGRANCE-FREE ZONE. Please be courteous of other students and staff when attending class and do not use fragrances.

Tues. August 13, 2019
Intro to Sewing

Intro to Sewing class apronTuesday, August 13, 2019 from 5:30PM-8:30PM

Interested in learning (or re-learning if it’s been awhile!) how to sew?  Join us in our Intro to Sewing class to learn the basics of sewing.

  • PLEASE NOTE:  REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR CLASS MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS.  CLASS IS LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS, SO ENROLL NOW!  CALL (812) 471-7945 or Online

Cost: $35

This class will go over getting comfortable at a sewing machine – it’s not as scary as it looks, we promise! – basic stitches and seams. You’ll also learn correct pressing and pinning techniques.

Kits are provided, which is our way of saying everything you need to create a skirt apron (pictured above) will be here waiting for you. Our sewing classroom is stocked with Baby Lock sewing machines, cutting mats, rotary cutters and irons to make this intro course fun and easy.

Why create a skirt apron? We chose this project because the gingham (checkered) fabric gives you good, built-in guidelines to help you sew a straight seam. The skirt apron pattern also uses simple sewing techniques and seams that you’ll be able to use and build on for future projects.

Note: Our store is a FRAGRANCE-FREE ZONE. Please be courteous of other students and staff when attending class and do not use fragrances.