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  • Preview: New Classes from the 2017 Holiday Magazine!

    The newest issue of the Meissner Magazine will be hitting mailboxes this week. Our annual gift guide is filled with special offers, gift suggestions, events and a wish list. There are also several new classes that we couldn't wait to share with you! These classes are not yet available online, but when they are available for registration, we will update this blog with links to register for each class. We hope to see you in class soon!

    The 2017 Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers Holiday Magazine.

    New Sewing Classes:

    Playing with Your Sashiko
    Now that you’ve bought your Baby Lock Sashiko, it’s time to learn how to use it. Topics include how to add decorative thread or yarn to your fabric and how to create your own custom piece of fabric. We’ll make samples testing out different stitch lengths and spacing. Course Level: Beginner. Instructor: Jody Burks ($35)
    Sacramento: 1/25: 5-8pm

    Scrappy Applique Snowflake

    Scrappy Applique Snowflake
    In this class, you will use your scraps to create a snowflake-shaped collage. You will learn about topstitching and satin stitching. A variety of options will be available for finishing your project. Course Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Instructor: Tanna Schreiner ($45)
    Folsom: 1/24: 10am-2pm

    Sew Organized
    Feeling buried by craft clutter? Start the new year off right and organize your crafting life! Join Angelina in a class about organizing your sewing room and your projects. This lecture-based class will help you get the most of your creative time. The Sew Organized Lab time is and open sewing session to get a jump start on your projects. Course Level: All Levels. Instructor: Angelina McKenna ($15 for Lecture; $10 for Sewing Lab).
    Sacramento: 1/5: 10-12pm (Lecture)
    Sacramento: 1/9: 5-7pm (Lecture)
    Sacramento: 1/23: 5-8pm (Sewing Lab)

    New Garment Classes:

    Spaghetti Bias Loops

    Spaghetti Bias Loop and Beaded Outfit
    Spaghetti bias can add super cute detailing to a simple garment. Use it to add length to a pair of pants or a top or just a trim. When you add beads to the spaghetti bias, it is ever so cute! So, whether you come to make this for an adorable little girl’s outfit or just to learn the technique for yourself, the choice is yours. Course Level: Confident Beginner. Instructor: Judy Scollay ($30)
    Folsom: 2/10: 9:30am-4:30pm

    New Embroidery Classes:

    Amethyst Project Bag

    Amethyst Project Bag
    This bag features ample storage space for any project or hobby – quilting, drawing, hand-sewing, and so much more! The lining features a zippered pouch, mesh zippered pocket, and elastics for holding pens or other items. The bottom of the case has an elastic buckle strap to hold quilt blocks, books, and rulers. Personalize it with embroidery! The finished size is 14” Long x 13” High x 3” Deep. Course Level: Intermediate. Instructor: Lynda Martello ($45)
    Santa Rosa: 1/28: 11am-5pm

    In-the-Hoop Chalkboard Mat

    In-the-Hoop Chalkboard Mat
    This chalkboard mat will keep your kids busy and makes a great gift. It’s made completely in your hoop so it’s easy to make. The mats roll up and tie with a ribbon that is stitched into the lining for easy cleanup. The large version has an approximate 9” x 9” drawing area and a quilted zipper pocket to store chalk and eraser. Kids will love it – especially if you use fun fabrics! Available Hoop Sizes: 9” x 14”; 7” x 12” or 8” x 12”; 5” x 7” or 6” x 10”. Course Level: Beginner. Instructor: Lynda Martello ($40)
    Santa Rosa: 2/11: 11am-5pm

    On-the-Go Organizing Tote
    Personalize this large, easy-to-carry tote bag. This zippered tote can hold everything you need for your sewing case supplies. This boxy tote has pockets galore! Three large front pockets and two mesh fabric pockets hold everything from a liter of water to small notebook. The back is as pretty as the front with a quilted French braid panel that easily slips over a handle. The top zips closed with an easy zipper application. The inside is just the right size for all your supplies. Finished measurements: 11-1/2” Height x 14-1/2” Wide x 9” Deep. Course Level: Intermediate. Instructor: Lynda Martello ($45)
    Santa Rosa: 2/24: 11am-5pm

    New Machine Instruction Classes:

    Learn Your Settings (BERNINA)
    In this class, you will expand on the knowledge previously learned in machine instruction courses to learn the settings of your machine. We’ll discuss how to customize your settings for your personal preferences. Pre-requisite: Unboxed and Beyond the Box for BERNINA machines. Course Level: All Levels. Instructor: Jody Burks ($15)
    Sacramento: 1/22 OR 2/26: 10am-1pm

    Learn Your Settings (Janome)
    In this class, you will expand on the knowledge previously learned in machine instruction courses to learn the settings of your machine. We’ll discuss how to customize your settings for your personal preferences. Pre-requisite: Unboxed and Beyond the Box for Janome machines. Course Level: All Levels. Instructor: Jody Burks ($15)
    Sacramento: 1/22 OR 2/26: 2-5pm

    New Quilting Classes:

    Blooms Mini Quilt

    Blooms Mini Quilt
    Create a colorful mini quilt that will make a beautiful gift or brighten up any space. In this class you will learn to machine applique using different stitches. This is the first class in a series using the book, Weekend Quilting by Jemima Flendt. Learn different quilting techniques that you can create in a weekend. Course Level: Confident Beginner. Instructor: Tanna Schreiner ($45)
    Folsom: 2/15: 10am-2pm

    The Explorer Tote

    Explorer Tote
    Learn how to make a multi-function tote with lots of pockets and a recessed zipper. This tote can be made in two sizes for everyday use or big adventures. Course Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Instructor: Tanna Schreiner ($60)
    Folsom: 2/20 & 2/28: 10am-2pm

    Lil' Twister Heart Wall Hanging

    Lil’ Twister Heart Wall Hanging
    Make a cute heart wall hanging or mug rugs for this special holiday! The finished project will have people marveling at how complex it looks, but the technique is so easy to accomplish with the Lil’ Twister tool. Measurement is 24” x 24”. Course Level: Confident Beginner. Instructor: Judy Scollay ($20)
    Folsom: 1/25: 10:30am-4:30pm

    The Pixelated Heart Quilt

    Pixelated Heart
    Create a pixelated heart quilt for someone you love. Use scraps, charm packs, your favorite prints, or children’s clothing no longer worn for a nostalgic quilt. This quilt is sure to be loved. Course Level: Beginner. Instructor: Tanna Schreiner ($60)
    Folsom: 1/12 & 1/19: 10am-1pm

    Precision Piecing
    If you are a stickler for perfect points, straight seams, and precision in your piecing, then this is the class for you. In this class, you will not be starting a quilt (no UFO), however, you will make a complete workbook that can be referred to for years to come. Just a few items that will be covered; accurate and safe rotary cutting, pressing, and pinning techniques. There are no speedy tricks or quick short cuts involved in these methods. To get precision, you must take your time and go the extra mile. Course Level: Confident Beginner. Instructor: Dana Lahargoue ($45)
    Folsom:2/15 & 2/22: 6-9pm

    This is the sample from Judy's previous class, Seminole Table Runner taking place in Folsom on November 30th.

    Seminole Patchwork Series
    I love Seminole patchwork. If you took the SeminoleTable Runner class, you got a taste of how much fun it is to construct Seminole patchwork. This will be a series of four classes that you can put into a variety of projects. Each class will also have 1 or 2 additional projects that will incorporate your Seminole strips. Course Level: Beginner. Instructor: Judy Scollay ($20)
    Folsom: 1/4 (Pillowcase), 1/18 (Seminole bag), 2/1 (Patchwork pillow) OR 2/15 (Patchwork on a towel): 10am-1pm

    New Clubs & Monthly Classes:

    The Fussy Cut Block of the Month
    Join Angelina McKenna and your fellow Fussy Cut Queens in making the sampler quilt from the new book, The Fussy Cut Sampler. This BOM will help you take your quilting skills to the next level while learning the principles of design. If you want a fun, yet challenging project in the new year, this is the class for you. Not sure yet? The introductory session is free! Course Level: Intermediate. Instructor: Angelina McKenna ($15)
    Sacramento: 12/12: 10am-12pm OR 1-3pm (Free Intro Sessions)
    Sacramento: 1/3 (Ch. 1) OR 2/7 (Ch. 2): 2-5pm

    HoopSisters is commemorating the 10th anniversary of their EmbroidaBlock of the Month program in 2018 with a new quilt pattern entitled "Sisterhood"

    HoopSisters 2018 EmbroidaBlock of the Month
    Join embroidery expert Angel Chesney for HoopSister's 2018 Block of the Month program entitled Sisterhood. The Hoop Sisters EmbroidaBlock of the Month Program for 2018 is entitled "Sisterhood" and commemorates the 10th anniversary of the EmbroidaBlock program. Quilters of all skills levels are welcome. Angel encourages everyone who is interested in the EmbroidaBlock of the Month program to attend the free planning meetings available in Sacramento and Folsom! Course level: All levels. Instructor: Angel Chesney ($149)
    Folsom: 1/16: 4-7pm (Free Planning Meeting)
    Sacramento: 1/27: 10am-1pm (Free Planning Meeting)

    New Software Classes:

    Computereze
    Now that you have your embroidery/sewing machine and some designs, how do you get your designs from the CD to your embroidery machine? This is a basic computer class for those that need help in learning to transfer their designs to their embroidery machine. Course Level: All Levels. Instructor: Phyllis Clark ($10)
    Folsom: 1/25: 10am-12pm

    Craft N Cut
     Learn how to use the contour feature, remove overlapped artwork, trim, wield, intersect, exclude, front minus back, back minus front, boundary, combine, break apart. Convert to artwork, convert to applique, and many more functions. The perfect software for your fabric and vinyl cutting machines.
    Sacramento: 2/8: 5-8pm

  • Stitching for a Good Cause

    Creativity is good for the soul, but nothing is better than the gift of your time, talent and creativity to someone in need. Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers would like to invite all of our Makers to share your passion, talent and generosity in support of some wonderful community service programs that are currently running.

    Baby Lock Behind the Seams Event

    While attending the Baby Lock Behind the Seams event on September 30th in our Sacramento and Santa Rosa locations, you will have the opportunity to contribute to Baby Lock’s goal of making 1,000 dresses for the Little Dresses for Africa.

    Little Dresses for Africa collects handmade dresses from around the world and donates them to girls in Africa. As part of the Behind the Seams event on September 30th, you’ll sew a dress for you to donate.

    Founded in 2008, by Rachel O’Neill, Little Dresses for Africa provides relief to vulnerable children throughout the continent of Africa and beyond by providing dresses as well as teaching simple lessons about clean water, sanitation and promoting good health and family skills.

    Registration for the Behind the Seams event is free and open through September 28th. Machines and supplies for the dresses will be provided.

    Click Here for more details, or to register for the Behind the Seams event.

    Quilt Guild of Greater Houston’s Neighbor to Neighbor Quilts program:

    Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston, Texas community earlier this month. In response to the many inquiries from quilters across the country, the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston is organizing the Neighbor to Neighbor Quilts program.

    Elaine White, President of the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston says, “We have area quilt shops who will receive your quilts and our guild will assist in the distribution of these to victims who have been displaced from their homes or are in need of a “little” extra comfort only a handmade quilt can provide. It is our intent to also distribute these special quilts to those in smaller area towns which may have not received the vast publicity that Houston has. If you have time please add a label to your quilt so that the recipient will know that a near Neighbor made this for them.”

    Click Here to see the Houston Area quilt shops that are accepting donation quilts.

    Stay Pawsitive! Fundraiser for Friends for Life:

    Craft Napa Founder and Organzier, Pokey Bolton, is seeking artists, art-lovers and animal enthusiasts to join Craft Napa in helping to raise funds and support for Friends for Life, one of the nation’s leading no-kill shelters based in Houston, Texas.

    Click Here for Pokey’s Blog Post announcing the Stay Pawsitive! Animal Rescue Fundraiser

    Before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit, Friends for Life was the leading disaster-trained shelter that local city shelters relied upon to aid in the rescue displaced families with pets from the rising waters of Hurricane Harvey. Coordinating pet triage in the George R. Brown convention center, Friends for Life provided vet care, and services, accounting for about 3,000 animals saved (and that number is still rising).

    Click Here to learn more about Friends for Life Animal Rescue

    When Hurricane Irma hit, Friends for Life reached out to rescue organizations in Florida to best help and give advice to coordinate their massive state-wide rescue effort. But with such impressive rescue comes a price: Hurricane Harvey has significantly depleted funds and Friends for Life needs monetary help.

    Enter to Stay Pawsitive! Fundraiser. From now until Friday, January 5, 2018, make 1, 2, 3 or more 6” x 6” pieces of artwork to be offered for sale this fall and at Craft Napa 2018, where all proceeds will go to Friends for Life Animal Rescue. These pieces of art can be quilted, made of fabric or paper, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, quilts and stitch, metal, recycled bits, or even a combination of all the above.

    Click Here for More Information about the Stay Pawsitive! Fundraiser

    RARE Bears Workshops

    Meissner Sewing is joining forces with RARE Science, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to help find cures for children with rare diseases. The RARE Bear Project is a community-driven initiative and is supported by the ever-growing RARE Bear Army of volunteers who help make one-of-a-kind bears for one-of-a-kind kids. RARE Bears are stuffed bears made using leftover, high quality quilting fabric, and they are intended to be made with several different fabrics so that each bear is as unique as the recipient. Each RARE Bears is assigned a serial number, which is attached to the bear at the time it is created. So that the bear’s maker can receive a photo of the child with his or her bear.

    Click Here to learn more about RARE Science, Inc.

    Meissner Sewing will be sponsoring workshops once a month in Sacramento and Santa Rosa, where participants can make RARE Bears for donation to the RARE Bear Project. Meissner Sewing will provide the RARE Bear pattern and have some fabrics available. The focus of the workshop is to make the “bear skin.” The RARE Bear Project has volunteers who will stuff the bears and embroider the faces. The completed bear skins will be sent to the RARE Bears Project and the children. Workshops are free, but please register in advance as workshop size is limited.

    Upcoming workshop dates:

    Sacramento:
    October 13th, November 10th or December 8th (10am – 3pm)

    Santa Rosa:
    October 7th, November 7th, or December 2nd ( 10:30am – 2:30pm)

    Click Here for more information about the RARE Bear Workshop.

    Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction

    The Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is a community service event to raise funds for Sutter Cancer Center’s breast cancer programs, services and equipment. In total, more than 3,000 quilts and quilted art pieces were donated to the five prior auctions providing over $650,000 for the Cancer Center programs.

    While the period for quilt donations has passes, we encourage all of our makers to attend the next auction on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Buhler Specialty Pavilion, located at 2800 L Street in Sacramento. A Silent Auction will also run from October 2 through November 4, 2017.

    Here is an excerpt about the auction from Jeanne Powell, Meissner Instructor, is a two-time breast cancer survivor and the Auction Committee Chair from our “Calling All Quilter’s” blog post on February 13, 2017:

    The quilts, spread among floors 2-7 of the Pavilion, will be hung for viewing on Oct. 1, 2017, Powell said, and they will remain on display and open to bids until the Live Auction in November.

    A minimum bid, which is determined by quilt size, will be set for each submission, Powell said.

    The Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is held every three years and has raised more than $650,000 in support of the Sutter Medical Foundation’s breast cancer treatment programs, including breast cancer navigator, patient and caregiver support, pre-treatment conferences, counseling services and various therapy programs, according to the Quilt Auction.

    “It’s not only what it does for the patients,” Powell said. “But…when they see those quilts go up, what it does for the nurses and the doctors (too). It just brightens up the whole place.”

    Click Here for More Information about the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction

  • Know Your Seam Ripper

    Used to remove unwanted stitches and open buttonholes on sewing projects, the seam ripper is a must have in every sewist’s sewing basket. The earliest seam ripper patent dates back to 1871. It was a multipurpose tool with a slot that could be used as a wrench on one end and a protected blade for cutting through stitches on the other. Today’s current seam ripper design was patented in 1953 by Herman Ament for the Boyd Needle Company. Before the modern seam ripper many sewists would use a razor blade or needle to pick out stitches. Many names have been given to the trusty seam ripper, but did you know that it also has many uses?

    Anatomy of a Seam Ripper

    The basic seem ripper has remained unchanged since the mid-1970’s. However, there have been several upgrades that have taken place over the years. For instance, the Seam-Fix seam ripper added a silicone beehive head to pull out and “erase” loose threads from opened seams. Ergonomic handles aid in the comfort and use of the seam ripper. Curved blade seam rippers have an exposed blade for opening serged seams.

    Have this information close at hand and download the this handy guide!

  • 3 Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Starting a Hobby

    If you are busy and feel as though you don’t just need more hours in the day but need more days in the week, you probably laugh when people tell you that you need to slow down and pursue a hobby to improve your mental and physical health. How in the world can you make time for hobbies when you don’t have enough time to do all that you need to do for your family, your work, or yourself?

    In truth, engaging in a hobby can help you move through the rigors of your day more successfully. When your mental and physical health are at their best, you have the focus and energy you need to make better decisions, complete tasks, and handle the stresses of your day.

    1. Give Your Mind a Break

    When your mind races or you have so much to do that you constantly make plans and worry about everything, you’re not in the healthiest mental state. But, when you focus on a hobby, you clear your mind and give it the break it needs. If your hobby includes repetitive moves or rhythmic motion like knitting does, you enter a relaxing, meditative state, according to knitting therapist Betsan Corkhill. A hobby that challenges you forces you to concentrate so much that your mind cannot think about anything else, making it possible to shut out other things that you had been focusing on throughout the day.

    The goal is to choose a hobby that helps you enter what women’s health and success coach Jennifer Racioppi refers to as a flow state. A flow state is similar to meditation, putting you in a state of mind that combines action and awareness so you can stop worrying about everything other than the task (in this case, a hobby) before you. If you find a hobby that is so engaging and enjoyable that you lose track of time, you have achieved the flow state.

     

    1. Hobbies Bring Joy

    All too often, we become so busy that we forget to take the time to pursue activities that bring us joy. Doing something simply because you enjoy it promotes positive stress, or eustress. Eustress is healthy stress that benefits our bodies by increasing our brain power and improving our immune system. This positive stress drives us to be successful and happy and gives us the motivation we need to pursue activities that we find exciting and fun. That’s the benefit of finding a hobby that you love; it improve your mental and physical health through the excitement and joy it brings. Not sure what hobby is best for you? Check out this site, which helps you match your interests and skills to different hobbies.

     

    1. Hobbies Help You Challenge Yourself

    Challenging yourself is one way to keep life interesting and keep your brain active. Hobbies are ideal challenges because they give you the opportunity to try something new and experience new things without much risk or pressure. You will learn your new hobby as you go, and you will recognize that it is okay to be unsuccessful at first.

    However, a new hobby should not challenge you to the point of putting your health or safety at risk. The point of taking up a hobby is to improve your health rather than harm it, after all. If, for instance, you take up rock climbing, you should undergo some training and ensure you have the proper equipment and safety gear before your first climb.

    If you’re more interested in a trades-related hobby that requires the use of tools or special equipment, spend time learning about safety tips. Examples include wearing safety goggles, reading user manuals, and asking a friend who is familiar with power tools how to use them safely. More DIY safety tips are available online, such as this guide provided by Redfin.

    Pursuing a hobby improves your mental and physical health because it gives your mind a break, brings you joy and promotes eustress, challenges you, and keeps your brain active.

    Article submission by Maria Cannon of http://www.hobbyjr.org

  • Creating Community in the Heart of the Napa Valley

     Hello everyone! I am so honored to be a guest blogger on the Meissner’s Blog!

    My name is Pokey Bolton, I am the founder of Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines, and founding host of Quilting Arts TV on PBS. I then went on to be the Chief Creative Officer for the International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival in Houston…but having been out of California for 24 years, I have always dreamed of coming back home.

    So in 2015, armed with my experience in quilt publishing, media, events, and craft adventures, I moved to Napa and founded Crafting a Life, LLC, a media and events company.  I also accomplished my forever dream and built an art barn on my property to host small sewing, quilting, and mixed media retreats. It is also my studio where I like to spend my days dyeing and printing my own fabric to then put into quilts.

    In this day and age of digital media--of learning anything we need to know online--I have felt something missing and I don’t think I am alone: missing community. Online education and social media can only provide so much interaction and connection, and I have wanted to create a sense of actual community, a physical place where a variety of arts could come together in one venue and people could learn side-by-side, face-to-face. In January 2016 I launched Craft Napa, a multi-day, multi-class retreat hosted at The Embassy Suites/Napa where students can take workshops in quilting, sewing, collage, mixed media, art journaling, watercolor, and surface design. And, of course, being in Napa, we host a wine-blending event, too.

    This next edition of Craft Napa takes place in January 11-14, 2018, at The Embassy Suites/Napa, and this time it will be expanding to a four-day retreat with 17 teachers and 41 workshops—everything from free-motion stitching, modern quilting, improv piecing, art journaling, bookmaking, mixed media,collage, lettering, and assemblage. (And yes, wine blending!)

    Having been a BERNINA ambassador for years, it is truly an honor that both BERNINA USA and Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers are sponsoring this event by generously providing sewing machines for classroom use. This is a great collaboration and a terrific way to kick start a creative new year!

    I hope you are able to join us for Craft Napa. More information can be found at craftnapa.com.

     

    Happy Stitching,

     

    Pokey Bolton

  • How to Choose the Best Sewing Machine for You

    Jenny Lyon is a guest contributor to the Meissner Sewing Blog, and she is an instructor at the Sacramento and Folsom stores. She has been free motion quilting on her domestic machine since 1999. Jenny's work has been juried at Houston International Quilt Festival, American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, Pacific International Quilt Festival, and in art galleries. Find out more about Jenny at quiltskipper.com. 


     

    Thinking about buying a new or used sewing machine and you’re not sure how to make that decision? I have a few suggestions to help make the process less confusing.

    Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers offers an extensive selection of sewing, quilting and embroidery machines from the top manufacturers. At over 20,000 square feet, the Sacramento store is the largest show room in Northern California.

    1. Set a budget amount first. You don’t want to get excited about a machine outside of your budget. You might want to consider the cost of a cabinet in your budget- it’s much easier to quilt or sew with your machine in a cabinet. Also, there may be feet or accessories that you will want/need: Walking foot, tote to haul your machine to class, zipper foot, etc.

    If the machine you want is outside of your budget, consider financing options or buying a used machine. Meissner’s has an excellent selection of quality used machines.

    2. Consider your needs. General sewing, quilting, embroidery, garment sewing? Specialty feet or accessories may be needed and may be in addition to the cost of the machine. Buy the machine made for your kind of sewing.

    3. Take your time! This is a major purchase, and you want to love your machine. You may need to “date around” for a while before you set your heart down on a machine.

    4. Bring along a sample of the type of sewing you do. If you are a quilter, bring a quilt sandwich. Embroiderers bring along something to embroider upon. Garment makers will want to make sure that the machine can handle 6 layers of denim or 2 layers of silk organza.

    5. You want to LOVE your machine! Persevere until you find the one that sews like a dream. If you work with heavy layers, make sure it plows right through a sample. Make sure the foot control makes it easy to control the speed. An intuitively-designed front panel makes sewing more pleasant.

    A note about lightweight machines: Their size and scaled down features are what makes this category of machines light weight. I have seen some amazing quilting and sewing come from them!
    If your budget only allows for a machine and no cabinet, go for it! 

    The bottom line is this: Take the time to make a confident selection so that you go home with a machine you absolutely love!

    Click here to join Jenny in class at Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers > 


     

  • Tips, Tricks & How-Tos

    Are you looking for inspiration? A tip? A trick? Maybe you're just searching for a new project.

    No need to search anywhere else because we're sharing a few of our favorite tutorials and ideas all here on our blog!

    All of these projects and tips (plus more!) can be found on our Facebook and YouTube pages! Follow along as we share more projects, techniques and tricks. We also invite you to show us what your working on. Post and send photos of your creations to our page, and bring your projects to our stores to show them off!

    Project: Minky Quilt

    Technique: Rotary Cutting 

    Tip: Winding a Bobbin

    Project: Serged Receiving Blanket

    Tip: Rotary Cutter Blade

    Technique: Quilting in the Hoop


     

  • Make May Great

    The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and May promises to be the beginning of an exciting Spring and Summer at Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers.

    Here are just a few of this month’s featured attractions:

    Events & Workshops:

    Anita Goodesign Spring Embroidery Party

    What better way is there to kick off the month than with a party! An Embroidery Party, that is. May 4-7, the Sacramento store will host two, two-day Anita Goodesign embroidery workshops. We will take a trip back in time to explore and embroider styles and techniques from the past 100 years. The party, with a “Remember When” theme, will cover seven different time periods, beginning in the 1800s and reaching modern day.

    Floriani Embroidery Extravaganza in San Jose

    The following week we are taking the show on the road, as we travel to San Jose to host the Floriani Embroidery Extravaganza. Our Meissner Sewing team, along with Kathi Quinn and a special mystery guest, will be sharing tips and tricks for embroidery, crafting and quilting. This hands-on event, located at the Terrace at Willow Glen on May 11 and 12, promises plenty of fun, prizes and learning.

    Can’t make it to San Jose? Join us in Sacramento in June! Learn more.

    Sonoma County Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

    The Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival is coming to Santa Rosa May 18-20! Visit the Meissner Sewing booths to try new products and machines, enter our daily drawing for the chance to win prizes and more! Join us at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

    Download your FREE admission coupon. Click here.

    Classes: 

    Roseville: Embroidery Garden Workshop

    If you are inspired by the Embroidery Garden in-the-hoop designs, then these workshops are made for you. In these classes, you will work with the designs to create your own unique variations while exploring new in-the-hoop embroidery techniques. This month's feature projects is an in-the-hoop clutch purse.

    Class Details: Roseville •  May 13  • 10am-1pm

    Register for the Embroidery Garden Workshop >

    Folsom: Pillowcase Bonanza 

    In this class, you will make a standard pillowcase with the standard accent strip. Then, you can make your pillowcase  unique by changing that accent strip and/or border. This class allows you to discover techniques for making scallops or prairie points 1 or 2 colors for the accent strip and to experiment with embroidery designs on the border. Take what you learned in class and apply the ideas to other projects, like tea towels, placemats, or even quilts.

    Class Details: Folsom •  May 27  • 1:30-4pm

    Register for Pillowcase Bonanza >

    Santa Rosa: Saturday Night Quilter's Drop In

    The Saturday Night Quilter's Drop In in Santa Rosa is your time and place to join fellow quilters in working on your projects. Just bring your sewing machine and a project, and share and learn quilting techniques, tips, tricks and more!

    Class Details: Santa Rosa  • May 20  • 5-9pm

    Register for Saturday Night Quilter's Drop In >

    Sales & Specials: 

    Baby Lock is showing its appreciation by offerong a six-month Love of Knowledge Online Sewing Membership when you trade up to a new Baby Lock machine over $499. With training videos available 24/7, Baby Lock Love of Knowledge membership is a great resource for learning all about your machine- from set up to techniques and tutorials and beyond.

    Also this month, you can purchase a Janome MC9400 and receive a Janome 500E!*

    Visit our Sales & Specials page to learn more and see all of this month's offers. Click here.

    For all of our upcoming classes, events, workshops and sales, download a copy of the newly-released Meissner Magazine! Click here. 

    Stay up to date with all things Meissner Sewing on Facebook and Instagram!


     

  • Sergers Unstitched

    Open up a serger and it may appear to be a complex piece of machinery, but this creative tool is made to bring ease to specific sewing techniques and projects.

    Upon first thought, the stitches created by a serger may seem intricate, but achieving them isn’t actually all that difficult.

    Features of the Baby Lock Enlighten Serger include Jet Air Threading, 4/3/2 thread serging and the exclusive wave stitch.

    In fact, sergers are just one way to expand the resources for achieving inspiration.

    Matt Beausoleil, who has been a factory-trained technician at Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers for almost 10 years, unravels a few intricacies of the machine.

    “A serger is made for finishing off a seam,” Beausoleil said. “They cut and at the same time join the materials together.”

    Generally, sergers are used on projects where a more secure stitch is required, such as creating hems in garment sewing. It is the mechanical differences in a serger, compared to a sewing machine, that allow the machine to function in a way that provides the added strength to each set of stitches.

    “Mechanically, a sewing machine will have a hook and a bobbin case, whereas a serger has a looper instead of a hook,” Beausoleil said. “(The looper) performs the same function, but there is no bobbin case or bobbin. Sergers are made to run with a three-thread or four-thread stitch.”

    The stitches from a sewing machine are created from two threads, a single top and bottom thread. Whereas a serger uses multiple, three or four, threads, which is what makes serger stitches more secure.

    In addition to various types of multiple-thread stitches, sergers can also perform a chain stitch, which is a two-thread stitch and most closely resembles a straight stitch on a sewing machine.

    A chain stitch is created when the thread comes down and the lower looper is coming around, picking up the thread in the front and taking it back around as it comes up, Beausoleil explained. A cover stitch is created in a similar way, but this stitch uses three threads.

    “There are quite a few different types of styles of sewing that can be done with a serger,” Beausoleil explained. “There’s a cover hem, a chain stitch and an overlock.”

    Each serger is equipped to create various stitches, and as you upgrade in levels of machine the type and number of stitches available from its toolbox grows. Most modern sergers are capable of creating four-thread stitches, and some machines, like the Baby Lock Ovation, can produce up to eight-thread stitches.

    One of the most commonly used serger stitches, however, is the four-thread overlock stitch.

    “There are a lot of differences in sergers,” Beausoleil said. “Some machines are purpose made; they’re only cover hem or only chain stitch machines. And some of them can do all of them. And some of them only do four-thread.”

    Similarly to sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, crafters can have one of each type of machine or can have one machine that will perform each type of stitch.

    Understanding Serger Stitch Types >>

    Simply put, a serger functions to create stronger stitches. It is a great tool to have specifically for garment sewing and can be great alone or as a companion to your sewing machine.

    “They may look complicated, but they’re actually simpler than sewing machines,” Beausoleil said. “The machine itself has a simpler design. They’re just made that way.”


     

  • Discover the Serger in April

    If you haven’t already discovered what you can do with a Serger, then now is definitely the perfect time to explore the ease and functionality of this sewing machine companion because April is National Serger Month!

    According to www.nationalsergermonth.org, National Serger Month was established in 2013, “in an effort to educate sewing enthusiasts and celebrate all things sergers.”

    Throughout the month Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers will be offering several opportunities to get educated on sergers and to celebrate.

    So, let’s get started.

    Why Use a Serger?

    A serger can be a great companion to any sewing machine.

    Sewing machines and sergers can both achieve beautiful, decorative stitches, but sergers can be used to simplify some techniques while also creating neater results, according to www.nationalsergermonth.org. Specifically, the site explains, sergers will finish edges without stretching the fabric while sewing twice as fast as many sewing machines. Sewing machines, however, can easily insert buttonholes, buttons and zippers.

     

    Celebrate with Meissner Sewing

    You’re officially invited to attend our Baby Lock Serge-A-Thon event taking place in Sacramento and Santa Rosa on April 29, 2017.

    The Serge-A-Thon is a one-day event, where participants will have the opportunity to partake in American Patchwork and Quilting’s Million Pillowcase Challenge, where you will be tasked with serging together a pillowcase for donation to a local charity.

    Participants of the Serge-A-Thon will also have the opportunity to use and try a Baby Lock Serger and can enter a national drawing for the chance to win one of three Baby Lock Ovation sergers.

    Click Here to Learn More

    In addition to the Baby Lock Serge-A-Thon in our Sacramento and Santa Rosa locations, Meissner Sewing offers a variety of classes throughout the year that allow you to get acquainted with your serger and to teach you how to use your machine with confidence. Check the class calendar to see the full list of dates and times for upcoming, Serger-specific courses.

    Click Here to Check the Calendar

    Bonus: Keep celebrating in May at the Sew, Serge and Sensational Embroidery event in Santa Rosa!

    Get Serging!

    Start stitching with a few  ideas for serger projects, and remember to share you finished creations with us all this month on our Facebook page! We want to see what you’re working on!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Happy Serging!


     

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