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Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Sherri Dreams of the Perfect Sewing Room


    Snowflakes embroidered and gifts are all stitchin’...

    Stockings embellished and seams all clean finished…

    Beautiful stitches creating my Dreams…these are few of an Elf’s favorite things!

    It’s Destined to be a holiday that Dreams are made of when it’s sewn together with a gathering of friends and family.

    Today's Hint: On Saturday, November 28, from 9:00-12:00 our Elf Team will guide you with laser precision though demonstration station #3.

    Click here to register for the shop location you’ll be visiting.

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  • Sherri the Sewing Elf attends the Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party in Santa Rosa!

    AG-Event-photo-SR [932913]Hi, it's Sherri the Elf. Wow - did we have fun at the Anita Goodesign event in Santa Rosa! Visions of embroidery filled the pre-holiday air! I can’t wait to get started on the Animal Adventure Ornaments. These sweet designs will be the perfect addition to my tree.ornaments





    Sherri List2Don't forget our Shop 'N Sew coming up later this month at all four locations!

    Click here to register for the
    shop location you’ll be visiting.
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    Sashiko-with-Sherri [932915]Today's Hint: On Friday, November 27, from 4:30-7:00 the second technique demonstration will take place.

    • Discover a unique needle art perfect for adding hand-look effects to your projects.
    • When you attend a demonstration, you will have the opportunity to try it for yourself.

    Click here to register for the shop location you’ll be visiting.

  • Meet Sherri, the Meissner Sewing Elf!

    Alliance-with-Sherri-the-Elf-CROPPEDHi, I'm Sherri and I'm excited to spend my first holiday season with you and all of the Meissner family. As promised in the Tuesday eNews, over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing some hints about the upcoming Holiday Shop 'N Sew Party. To assist us in the preparations, please be sure to RSVP. Click here to register for the shop location you’ll be visiting.

    Today's Hint:
    In addition to cheerful holiday ambiance, snacks and special savings, each shop will be demonstrating select techniques to inspire your holiday sewing. While all three shops will feature the same techniques during the two-day Party, each location will showcase those techniques on different round-robin style project.

    • The first special demonstration will take place on Friday, November 27 from 1:00-4:00 (all store locations).
    • Our Meissner Elves will show you a quick and easy way to add a touch of personalization and personality to all of your holiday gifts.
    • Special Elf Savings on select products from 1:00-4:00 (stay tuned for more details).ShopNSew Logo-02

    Please join us for loads of Holiday fun!

    Click here to register for the shop location you’ll be visiting.


  • Sacramento Quilter Goes to QuiltCon!

    ginaGina Boyd, a Meissner customer and relatively new member of the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild recently received some great news. Her quilt, made for a Michael Miller fabric challenge, has been accepted into QuiltCon 2016! All challenge quilts had to be made with a Michael Miller collection and could also incorporate Michael Miller solids.

    Gina decided to use the Michael Miller Glitz collection and aptly named her quilt, “Puttin on the Glitz”, in reference to the song, “Puttin on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin. Taking about 1 month to complete it from start to finish (amazing!), Gina created the quilt putting her own spin on the interleave technique and traditional flying geese pattern.

    labelIn her artist statement on the quilt’s label, she explains a bit of the process involved in creating this quilt:

    “I was curious how the interleave technique would look using a flying goose rectangle shape as a starting point. The glitz materials along with some Michael Miller solids emerged as a study in geometry with the direction of the strips on the sides adding interest.  It strikes me as having an Art Deco look, perfect backdrop for the Irving Berlin song.”


    The contrast of circular quilting to the linear piecing enhances the overall look of both the front and back of the quilt. The contrast of circular quilting to the linear piecing enhances the overall look of both the front and back of the quilt.

    Gina sent the quilt to Austin (home of the original QuiltCon) to be photographed and then the quilt will be on display in February 2016 at QuiltCon in Pasadena, CA.

    Way to go, Gina!



  • How Many Presser Feet?

    feetHow many presser feet do you use in your sewing? Many stitchers sew for years using two or three presser feet. They make beautiful and useful items using an all-purpose foot, a zipper foot, and occasionally a buttonhole foot. So why do sewing machines come with 5, 8, or even 12 presser feet? And why are there dozens of presser foot and accessories available as optional tools to make your sewing machine sing and dance?

    Specialty presser feet can actually improve your sewing skills, let you sew faster, give more professional-looking results, and even allow you to sew creative techniques that you just can’t do with an all-purpose foot. Here are just a few reasons that you may want to take a look beyond the basic presser feet that came with your machine:

    Quick Ruffles – There are presser feet that gather and pleat fabric as you stitch. No more pulling threads or marking pleats. You can even attach the pleated or gathered fabric to a flat piece in the same operation. Talk about a timesaver!

    Couching Cues – Stitching cords, yarns, and fibers to the surface of fabric (also known as couching) adds color and texture to all types of projects. There are many presser feet that hold the cords or fibers in place so all you have to do is stitch. Some let you twist multiple fibers together, others hold cords side by side for a flat braided look, and others accommodate bulky, round cords, letting them feed easily under the foot.

    Smooth Feeding – When using materials such as leather, plastic, chintz, microfibers, etc. that have trouble moving under a regular presser foot, look for coated feet or ones that have rollers or “wheels”. These types of feet will glide over fabric, letting it move smoothly and easily under the needle.

    Specific Techniques – Some presser feet are developed for very specific techniques such as making flat-felled seams or delicate pintucks. They usually make the task simpler and faster to do.

    BBOF coverIf you own a BERNINA machine, there is a new resource that offers in-depth information about the many presser feet and accessories available for your machine. The Big Book of Feet has 240 pages of inspirational photos, step-by-step technique instructions, and useful charts for at-a-glance technique settings – all of this in one big book available at any Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Center!

    What's your favorite presser foot that you use over and over again? We'd love to know - tell us in the comment section below.





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