Category Archives: Sew So Lovely

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)

December 2017 Specials

Week One – December 5-9, 2017

December 2017 Week 1 Special    Babylock Destiny December 2017 Special

In Store Only – Get 50% Off Slinky and Ruffle Fabric with a minimum purchase of 2 yards.
                           Also Stop in for Details on the Destiny 2 Bundle Deal available!

Week Two – December 10-16, 2017

December 2017 Week 2 Special

In Store and Online – Christmas Fabrics and Items are 20% Off

Week Three – December 17-23, 2017

December 2017 Week 3 Special Wool     December 2017 Week 3 Special Corduroy

In Store and Online – All Corduroy and Wool Fabrics are 20% Off

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


International Sewing Month

International Sewing Month

September is International Sewing Month and to celebrate, Let’s Sew will join other independent sewing machine retailers throughout North America in offering customers the opportunity for a wide range of savings.

Let’s Sew will provide customers with tremendous savings and service specials on a vast array of sewing machines, accessories, and supplies. As a member of the Sewing Dealers Trace Association (SDTA), Let’s Sew is participating in an International Sewing Month prize giveaway. Thousands of dollars in prizes are generously provided by industry manufacturers and include sewing machines, furniture, lighting, threads, sewing tools, and more. The grand prize is a $600 gift certificate to be redeemed at the independant retail store where the winner registered.

Simply stop by Let’s Sew at 4406 E Morgan Ave, Evansville IN 47715 to register for the Drawing. For more information, contact Let’s Sew at 812-471-7945.

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

Rover Row by Row Junior rowFriendship Bracelets Row by Row Junior

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

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:…”

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!

















10 Items Under $10 at Let’s Sew

Happy 10th of October! Today we’re highlighting 10 items under $10 at Let’s Sew.

1. Steam-A-SeamSteam A Seam

Oh, Steam-A-Seam, how easy you make hemming and applique! For under $10, you can purchase several yards worth of Steam-A-Seam 2  or Lite Steam-A-Seam 2. Steam-A-Seam is essentially a roll of fusible tape that bonds temporarily or permanently depending on whether or not you iron it.

Cut a piece the length of your seam, adhere it between your fabrics and it will keep them together as you sew! No more shifting knits or silks! Bonus: it’s practically invisible, so it won’t look bad when used with laces or trims.


2. Happy Haunting Trick or Treat Bag Panel by Deborah Edwards Northcott Studio

Trick or Treat panelThere are instructions on how to make this adorable trick or treat bag right on the panel from Northcott’s Happy Haunting collection. They have also made a wonderful, instructional Youtube video on how to create the bag, including how to insert the lights (also available at Let’s Sew!). We also created our own store sample and put a video of it on our Instagram!

3. The Sew & Go Messenger Bag, A Sew and Go Pattern by FishSticks

FishSticks messenger bag patternWe love bags. We love bag patterns. We love that this bag pattern is under $10 and has a top flap made from Renaissance Ribbons ribbons. Enough said.


4. 6-packs of Tulip Permanent Fabric Markers

Fabric MarkersAvailable in either primary or neon colors, these permanent fabric markers are some of the best available. Good fabric markers will usually cost more than $2 a piece, so in packs of six, these are a steal! Try them with the Color Me collection by Hayley Crouse for Michael Miller.


color me pillowcase cover

5. Creative Notions Advanced Driver Set

Creative Notions advanced driver setMake changing out your sewing machine feet easier with this handy tool set! For under $10, you get a tiny flat head (also great for removing your needle plate) and a long-handled screwdriver with a rubber seal around it, to keep it in place around the screw.

6. Dritz Seam Roll

Seam RollThis should be a part of everyone’s basic sewing supplies. A seam roll allows you to press seams that are on a narrow area, such as sleeves or pant legs. Without it, you press the edges of your fabric along with the seam and create unsightly folds. And no one needs that.

7. Assorted purse hardware

purse hardware at Let's SewDid we mention that we like sewing bags around here? You can find plenty of hardware for under $10 on our walls. Handles, buckles, magnetic snaps and more are available!


8. Reflective/Safety Ribbon by the yard


reflective-ribbonStay safe this Halloween by sewing or temporarily basting reflective ribbon on your children’s costumes. The metallic stripes on the bright, neon ribbon reflect any source of light such as headlights as you trick or treat  It’s also great for joggers, construction workers or bike riders!

9. Bobbin Buddies / Stitcher’s Rubber Grips

bobbin-buddiesWe really should have just taken a photo of our cash register area. Most of the impulse buys you’ll find there are under $10 and extremely helpful with everyday sewing. Bobbin Buddies (top photos) keeps your bobbin with your thread and the bobbin from unwinding.

Rubber-ThimblesStitcher’s Rubber Grips (bottom photos) come in three different sizes and are made of natural rubber, meaning you’ll get a customize fit that won’t slip off your finger like metal or even plastic.

10. (Is a Cop Out… ) Vote for Washington!

Vote-for-Wash Our store mascot is in a contest!

Voting in the Evansville Courier & Press Pet Calendar competition is going on now. Votes are $0.25 a piece and all proceeds go toward the Courier & Press Newspapers in Education fund. Voting slips are available in the daily paper or we have a few printed at the store.

We think he’s worth at least $10, if not a few more.

All products in this post are available in store or by phone order as of October 10, 2015.