Category Archives: Sew So Lovely

Holiday Hours 2019

Our Special Holiday Hours are as Follows:
Monday, December 23rd – Open 10-6
Tuesday, December 24th – Open 10-3*
Wednesday, December 25th – CLOSED
Thursday, December 26th – CLOSED
Friday, December 27th – Open 10-6
Saturday, December 28th – Open 10-6
Tuesday, December 31st – Open 10-3*
Wednesday, January 1st – CLOSED
*Closing Time Flexible

Introducing the Baby Lock Solaris

We have received the newest top of the line sewing & embroidery machine from Baby Lock, and we are excited to share it with you!

Baby Lock Solaris

Introducing the Baby Lock Solaris

The Baby Lock Solaris comes with their largest hoop size yet, a whopping 10.5×16 inches! What this means for you is that you won’t have to rehoop as often for your larger embroidery designs. The Solaris has quite a bit of space for all of the quilters too, 13 inches to the right of the needle to be precise. Just imagine doing your projects on this machine!

Take a look at the specs


What are we most excited about?

We are most excited about the projector that is built into the machine. Whether you are sewing or doing some embroidery, this projector is very handy to see what you are doing before you do it. View the video below from Baby Lock themselves to see this feature in action

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  |

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