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  • And the Winner Is...

    Meissner Team Members Take Home Awards in California State Fair Crafting Competitions

    The 168th California State Fair officially opens next Friday, July 13th, but winners for several competition categories have already been announced. The competitions featured at the state fair showcase the talents and achievements of Californians recognizing the best in the state and displaying their work and talents in front of the more than 750,000 attendees that are expected to visit the fair this summer.

    The winners from the Fiber Crafts competitions have been announced, and Meissner Sewing is proud to congratulate our extraordinarily talented instructors Tonja McCarthy, Inger Blood, and Shireen Hattan on their achievements in this year’s competitions.


    Harmonious, By Tonja McCarthy
    1st place: Wearing and Designer Apparel: Wearable Art

    Meticulously pieced, quilted and studded in hundreds on Swarovski crystals, Tonja McCarthy, manager of Meissner Sewing’s long-arm quilting division originally created Harmonious in 2016. The beautiful coat took second place in the 2016 Hoffman Challenge; a prestigious national contest featuring quilting, clothing, and dolls; then toured the country as part of the Hoffman Challenge Collection 2016 which stopped at quilt shows, seminars, quilt shops, and quilt and doll-makers guilds around North America through October 2017.


    Trip Around the World, By Inger Blood
    Best of Division: Miniature Quilts
    1st Place: Miniature Quilts: Class One: One Person

    Inger Blood, one of our talented instructors at our Folsom location, was awarded Best of Division, 1st place and 4th place awards at this year’s state fair. Trip Around the World was inspired by a quilt Inger had seen made during the early 1900’s and was made for her friend Gail Fullbrook in England as part of the IMQE (International Miniature Quilt Exchange). The 24” x 24” finished quilt uses Dupioni Silk for the 1/2” pieced squares. The quilting was in the ditch between the squares, while ruler work quilting was used on the borders with free-motion fill. Wanting to attract more light to the quilt, Inger added Swarovski crystals. The binding is a double piped edge in two of the silk colors from the center motif.  Inger was also awarded 4th place in the Pieced Quilts: Class 2 - One Person Medium/Large for her quilt, Kaffe Fessett Diamonds.

    Quilt Squad, By Shireen Hattan
    4th Place: Applique Quilts: Class 1- One person/small

    Shireen Hattan, award-winning long-arm quilter, and one of our talented instructors at our Folsom location, was awarded 4th place at this year’s state fair. Quilt Squad is a perfect exhibit of the fun that Shireen brings to her quilting students; while being an exquisite example of the applique and quilting techniques that Shireen has been using since first finding quilting.

    Congratulations to our own Meissner Makers, and all the winners at the 2018 California State Fair! We are sew proud of your achievements!

  • Quilt Along with Friends this Summer!

    Last Monday Amanda Herring Designs announced a fun, new quilt along to help get you through the long, hot summer months. Called the Friendship Quilt Along, the project combines the unique skills and techniques that Amanda and her creative team love to share.

    Watch Amanda’s video below to learn more about it!

    Throughout the summer Amanda and her creative team, (including our very own Angelina McKenna) will post updates and photos of the project on Instagram.

    You can also keep tabs on the Amanda Herring Designs blog for updates, downloads, and the complete project schedule.  Project instructions will be released one block at a time starting this Friday, June 1st.

    And if you haven’t already fallen in love with the fabric featured in the Friendship Quilt Along, aptly titled “Hello Lovely”, visit the Sacramento Store and take a peek at this truly lovely collection.

    CLICK HERE to see the Friendship Quilt Along Schedule!

  • 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:

    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

  • 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


  • Three Lessons I Learned as a Beginning Quilter

    As a young girl I always enjoyed arts and crafts. My home was fully stocked with beads, markers, colored pencils, feathers, glitter, paint and anything else I might need to express my creativity.

    There was thread and fabric available to me, as my mother is a sewist, but I tended to gravitate toward other creative outlets.

    This was the case until I joined the Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers team. I became inspired by the creativity and passion that was surrounding me and was being expressed through the textile arts.

    As a result, I consciously embarked on my own creative journey, starting with the basics in Dara Dubois’ Sew Fun and Easy! class in Sacramento, where I completed my very first sewing project - a monogrammed tote bag.

    After wrapping up this class and spending a bit of time practicing my newly acquired skills on my own, I took a huge leap in my journey and decided to take on quilting.

    And I recently completed Jeanne Powell’s Basic Quilting for Beginners class at the Sacramento store.

    This beginner course is a six-class series, where students piece together nine different styles of quilt blocks and with sashing and borders. Time permitting (because everyone works at their own pace), this series also provides students with the opportunity to learn techniques to attach the backing and batting to a completed quilt top.

    I left this class with a finished quilt top that is ready to take home and stitch in the ditch.

    While I added several new tools to my creative toolbox, there are three lessons that I learned over the course of the six days in the classroom that stand out to me.

    Lesson #1: When in Doubt Pin It Out

    I learned my first lesson the hard way, but eventually, I came to appreciate pins in the same way that I appreciate a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

    Initially, I thought I could speed up the construction process by making minimal use of pins. Boy, was I wrong.

    Having never quilted before, I needed extra pins to keep my block stable as I stitched the pieces together on the machine. With a few more pins, I was actually able to keep sharp points in the blocks, and I didn’t have to take the time to rip and re-stitch seams that didn't match.

    Secure pinning became even more important as I progressed from piecing the blocks to attaching the sashing and borders.

    In order to match up the edges, I needed to have a pin in place at about every inch of the fabric. On my first try,  I attempted to skate by with a few less pins, and I ended up having to rip the seams of the whole side because the pieces were far from matching up.

    I came to realize that, in reality, it would take me less time to add in a few extra pins at the start than it would to rush through with less pins and eventually have to rip out the seams of an entire side of my quilt.

    As I quilt more frequently, becoming more familiar with the process and more confident in my skills, this may change, but for now, when in doubt, I will definitely be pinning it out.

    Lesson #2: Patience Really is a Virtue

    Quilting requires precision. Quilting requires attention to detail. Quilting requires a bit of perfectionism. Quilting requires patience.

    It’s not the set of skills behind the creator that defines a completed quilt. Each person’s skills themselves can be practiced and perfected. I learned that there are certain, inherent characteristics that help in becoming a successful quilter. One of those traits is patience, especially as a beginner.

    I set out to create a quilt top that I would be proud of. This class was my very first experience with quilting, and I was determined to leave with a finished product that I could show off to my fellow quilters.

    But it takes time. It takes time to achieve perfect points. It takes time to stitch perfectly straight seams. It takes times to make accurate fabric cuts. And when a process takes time, it also requires patience.

    By no means is my finished quilt top perfect, but I am still a beginner. With time and patience, I will practice and each finished project will become better and better.

    If I am patient and take the time that each step requires, then, and only then, will I have a product that I can be proud of.


    Lesson #3:  Enjoy the Process

    Walking into Jeanne Powell’s Beginning Quilting Class on the first day of the series, I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect, and I was in awe of the process.

    I had seen so many amazing finished quilts that have been created by so many amazingly talented quilters, and I aspired to construct my own amazing project.

    Despite my nerves and anxieties, I knew that the only way I would achieve this goal would be to truly enjoy the time I would spend in class and the new process I would learn.

    I had to love the fabrics that I had chosen. Which I did.

    I had to be equipped with the right tools. Which I was. (Hello, Janome Anna Maria Horner M100 sewing and quilting machine).

    I had to listen to the teacher and follow the instructions. Which I did.

    I had to slow down and focus on the task at hand, not mentally jumping ahead to the next steps in the process. Which I did.

    I had to appreciate the new skills, while perfecting the ones I had already established. Which I did.

    And ultimately, I had to enjoy the process. Which I did.

    Note: This post is part of an ongoing series. 

    Click here to read the first post in the “Diary of a Beginning Sewist” series

    Click here to read Part 1 of my Quilting Adventure

    Click here to read Part 2 of my Adventure


  • The Adventure Continues

    My Creative Adventure Continues. Next stop: Quilting Part 1

    I joined the Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers team in August, and after spending some time with a group of incredibly talented quilters, embroiderers, sewists and crafters, I was inspired.

    As a result, I decided to renew my creativity, beginning by establishing a strong foundation of sewing basics. I started in January with Dara Dubois’ Sew Fun and Easy! class at Meissner Sewing in Sacramento.

    Click here to read more about my experience in Dara’s class!

    It’s now mid-February, and I can safely say that I haven’t taken my foot off the pedal since then.

    I have consistently practiced the sewing techniques I learned in the class, stitching up several more tote bags, all in different sizes and shapes.

    But my creative adventure continues.

    Now, I am enrolled in Jeanne Powell’s Basic Quilting for Beginners at Meissner’s Sacramento.

    It seemed as though I was taking a huge leap, jumping from beginning sewing all the way to a quilt class, so I was a bit nervous.

    To ease my own anxieties and to increase the potential for success, I made sure to download the supply list from the class registration page and gathered all the tools I would need.

    I faced my first challenge, however, when I was tasked with selecting my fabrics. As an indecisive person, I struggled to choose just eight complementary fabrics from the several beautiful patterns and prints available in the Sacramento store.

    In order to find eight fabrics that I would enjoy working with for six weeks, I sought guidance from Jeanne, and together we laid out several different combinations of prints and solids until I landed on a collection that I knew I couldn’t live without. My finished quilt will have a mixture colors, including various shades of blues, reds and oranges, as well as a blend of solid and printed (with birds and flowers) fabric.

    With that fabric challenge behind me, my excitement for class grew. I felt as if I was in the third grade again, eager to begin school so I could put my new supplies to use.

    Bubbling over with both excitement and nerves, I walked into the classroom at Meissner’s Sacramento on Valentine’s Day.

    Jeanne checked in with each student who entered the room, confirming that everyone was equipped with the required supplies and providing the opportunity for all of us to get settled at our stations.

    She began class by introducing herself, explaining her background as a teacher and a quilter—both positive qualities that were apparent throughout the class as she was detailed in her explanations, incredibly knowledgeable in each topic, and patient with complete quilting beginners like me.

    I was seated in front of the (adorable) Janome Anna Maria Horner M100 Sewing & Quilting Machine, and after her Jeanne’s introduction, we quickly got stitching.

    We began by creating a sample 4-patch quilt block, a process which would serve as the foundation for the next three blocks we would complete in the first day.

    As the class went on, I became progressively more confident using a rotary cutter. I also became comfortable stitching with the AMH100, a machine equipped with all the features I needed and more. I even started picking up on some quilting lingo.

    Four hours later, I had three finished quilt blocks, including a rail fence block and two blocks made from half-square triangles, in hand.

    It was a good idea to begin my creative adventure by establishing my basic sewing skills first because the techniques I had been practicing in the weeks leading up to this quilting class were certainly put to use in Jeanne’s class.

    I look forward to watching my quilt come together in the next five class sessions as we go through the steps to construct six more blocks, baste the quilt top and apply the backing, stitch in the ditch, and then finish the quilt edges.

    Stay tuned for updates from the classroom as I continue on with this exciting creative journey!

    Note: This post is part of an ongoing series. Click here to read the first post in the series, and keep following along with the Diary of a Beginning Sewist! 

  • My Creative Adventure Begins

    Diary of a Beginning Sewer: The Adventure Begins

    I’m embarking on an adventure. A creative adventure.

    Growing up, I was never a sewer. My mom and aunt sewed, and I always had them to thank for a closet full of beautifully constructed costumes and clothes.

    But despite the fact that I was a crafty kid, I could never get the hang of sewing.

    My mom made several attempts at teaching me how to stitch up my own projects, beginning with small, simple patterns. I always wanted to learn but never actually saw a project to the end.

    I have started but never finished several sewing projects. Until now.

    In August I joined the Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers team, and since then, I have seen what amazing things modern sewing machines can create. I have witnessed the even more amazing abilities of the quilters, sewists and crafters who put them to use. I have also been lucky enough to hear the stories behind the projects and the people.

    Simply put, I have been inspired.

    For this reason, I have a renewed desire to sew, and I want to do it right. So I embark on this creative journey, beginning with the basics and expanding my skills to reach my ultimate goal of constructing a quilt.

    After some thought and plenty of time spent looking at the Meissner class calendar, I finally decided that the perfect place to start would be with the Sew Fun and Easy! class, which is taught by Meissner instructor Dara Dubois.

    So, I signed up, took the class, and finally completed my very first sewing project.

    Thanks to Dara, this class really was “sew fun and easy.”

    At the beginning of class she laid out the plan for the next three hours: We would make a tote bag adorned with two straps and a pocket. The pocket would be embellished with an embroidered monogram.

    And then we got to work.

    For this class, we were provided with the Brother 990D sewing and embroidery machine. The machine itself was easy to use, and I quickly became comfortable operating it.

    As we progressed through the steps of the project, I stumbled in a few places. I mismatched my fabrics. I poked myself with my pins. I struggled with the straps. And I got the full beginning sewer experience when I made good use of a seam ripper.

    But I'm a girl on a mission, and I didn’t let myself get discouraged. Plus, Dara handled both my own mistakes and my fellow beginner classmates’ errors with ease.

    The three hours felt more like 30 minutes, and before I knew it, class had come to an end. We had already created and monogrammed the pocket, formed the reversible bag with boxed corners, sewed the straps and then attached all the pieces together.

    Walking out of the classroom, I felt proud and accomplished as I tossed a completed tote bag over my shoulder.

    After taking this class, I fully intend on completing many more sewing projects, including more practice with this particular bag pattern. I now have the skills to confidently tackle more projects and classes. I'm officially on my way to ultimately learning quilt construction.

    I’ve truly begun my creative adventure, and I have the finished project to prove it.


    Follow along with my creative journey here, on the Meissner Sewing blog and on our Facebook page! 


  • Sewlebrity Love of Sewing Challenge

    In the new year, Baby Lock is sharing the creative journeys of 12 "Sewlebrities," including TV personality Nancy Zieman, blogger Heather Valentine and author Pam Damour.

    In the "Love of Sewing Challenge," you will follow these "Sewlebritities" as they embark on anew creative process, sharing their projects and techniques for using the Destiny II sewing, quilting and embroidery machine.

    Each week Baby Lock will update you with a new project or video, featuring one of these 12 individuals. Follow the journey here, on our Facebook page and with Baby Lock.

    Sewlebrity 1: Nancy Zieman

    Nancy Zieman is the host of PBS television show Sewing with Nancy. She is also an author and is currently a spokesperson for Baby Lock sewing machines.

    Project: Embroidered Hobo Tote

    Sewlebrity 2: Pam Damour

    Pam Damour, also known as The Decorating Diva, is a blogger and home décor expert.

    Project: Buttonhole Pillows

    Sewlebrity 3: Pat Sloan

    Pat Sloan is commonly referred to as "The Voice of Quilting." She is a quilt and fabric designer, an author and the host of a weekly "All Quilting" Internet radio show.

    Project: Golden Coins Quilt

    Sewlebrity 4: Lindsay Wilkes

    Lindsay Wilkes is an business owner, author, blogger and pattern designer. She is the designer behind the clothing and patterns featured in her boutique, The Cottage Mama. She also shares  her "love for sewing, cooking and crafting and all things domestic" on The Cottage Mama blog.

    Project: Love You to the Moon and Back Embroidered Pillow

    Sewlebrity 5: Joi Mahon

    Joi Mahon is an award-winning fashion designer, author and educator.

    Project: Destiny Dress

    Sewlebrity 6: Amy Smart

    Amy Smart is a blogger, quilter and pattern designer. Her website, Diary of a Quilter, features her patterns, quilts, tutorials and more.

    Project: Mini Patchwork Quilt with Embroidery

    Sewlebrity 7: Heather Valentine

    Heather Valentine is the owner and designer behind The Sewing Loft, a source for sewing inspiration and growing creativity.

    Project: Subway Embroidery Art

    Sewlebrity 8:  Simple Simon & Co.

    Simple Simon & Co. is a blog run by two women named Elizabeth. The blog features inspiration for sewing, quilting and homemaking.

    Project: Adding Decorative Stitches 

    Sewlebrity 9: Amy Ellis

    Amy Ellis  is an author, blogger and designer. She is also the Owner of Amy's Creative Side, an  blog and online quilt shop.

    Project: Free-Motion Mini Quilt 

    Sewlebrity 10: Evy Hawkins

    Evy Hawkins is an author designer and the owner if  A Bit of Stitch.

    Project: Skirt with Cutwork Border 

    Sewlebrity 11: Sara Gallegos

    Sara Gallegos is the host of My First Quilt, a free online quilt show for beginners.

    Project: Be You Tiful Wall Hanging

    Sewlebrity 12: Lindsay Conner

    Lindsay Conner is the editor of CraftFoxes, writer and crafter. She is the owner of LindsaySews, a crafting blog, and Craft Buds, a source for inspiration, tips and tutorials.

    Project: Home Applique Project

    Click here to visit the Baby Lock Sewlebrity Love of Sewing Challenge website.


  • Holiday Gift Guide

    It is officially that time of year.

    The time when it seems as if the air outside has never felt so brisk; a mug of hot cocoa has never tasted so good; the heat radiating from your fireplace has never felt so warm and welcome; and the elves in your sewing room have never worked as furiously to stitch out winter projects and goodies in preparation for the holidays.

    We feel as though we are truly in a winter wonderland as the holiday spirit fills the air. The only thing that might possibly fade the delight of the season is the stress that walks hand in hand with the gift-giving season. We search for the most perfect gifts to offer our friends and loved ones in order to express our love and gratitude for them, but sometimes it can be difficult to find the best item to represent those feelings. And frankly, this can be stressful and put a damper on the joy of the season.

    But, we wanted to help reduce some of those anxieties that arrive with the season, so the staff at Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers have contributed ideas and we've compiled a list (and we've checked it twice) to provide inspiration for your gift giving.

    For Beginning Crafters: 

    ToolsIf you are thinking of introducing sewing to a loved one or if you know a friend who has just taken up the skill, then consider gifting these items:

    • Good scissors, a pre-cut fabric collection, Mettler metrosene thread box set, Janome 3160DC, a Jean-A-Ma-Jig, glass-head pins, and a Zirkel pin magnet
      -Shannon Gage, Santa Rosa
    • A basket with craft appropriate, good-quality thread, an assortment of needles, machine-specific bobbin, and basic tools (like a seam ripper, snips, fabric scissors and good pins).

    "I'd also suggest a gift certificate for entry-level classes in their chosen craft."

    -Alys Hay, Santa Rosa

    For Intermediate Crafters: 

    Mettler Thread SetsDo you know someone who has been sewing, quilting, or embroidering for some time but who also wants to take their skills to the next level? Here are some gift ideas to help them do just that:

         -Shannon Gage, Santa Rosa

    •  A Meissner Gift Card to be applied toward more challenging classes, a selection of stabilizers for embroiderers, a selection of interfacing for sewers, and storage containers (for thread, bobbins, and projects). Also consider WonderClips, a good-quality ruler, embroidery scissors for embroiderers, and Wash Away Wonder tape. I would also recommend a Baby Lock serger (an Evolution for sewers and embroiderers and an Ovation for quilters). A Baby Lock Tiara would be great for quilters, and a Baby Lock Sashiko is fit for all crafters!

           -Alys Hay, Santa Rosa

    • Omnigrid fold away portable cutting and pressing station, Tutto Machine Trolley, and Gidget sewing table

           -Meagan Schleter & Vicki Ayers, Folsom

    For Advanced Crafters: 

    We all know that someone who has been sewing for a very long time, is incredibly dedicated and has nearly perfected the craft. So, here is some inspiration for gift to present her with this year:

    • "A new machine!” - Shannon Gage, Santa Rosa
    • Meissner Gift Card to be applied toward both refresher classes (a lot has changed over the years!) and advanced classes. Also, specialty threads, a rotating cutting mat, a carrying bag for cutting mats and rulers

           -Alys Hay, Santa Rosa

           -Meagan Schleter & Vicki Ayers, Folsom

    For All Skills and Crafts

    •  “We all have our monster-sized machines at home that take a forklift to move. So if I could get or give something for Christmas, it would be the Janome M7200. Not only is it portable, and has purple on the front (my favorite) it has just enough functions, for a take to class or visit relative machine, without the weight.” -Cindy Maffia, Roseville


    •  “Tula Pink Hardware, Mettler Thread sets, Fuller Mini Maid Hand Vac, Floriani Chrome Needles and Floriani Embroidery Needles”  

     -Angelina McKenna, Sacramento 

    -Angel Chesney, Sacramento 

    • "ScanNCut CM650W machine, a scanning mat, a low-tack mat, extra standard blade & holder. One blade for fabric and one blade for paper. Terial Magic (when cutting fabric, this stuff is the bomb!)” 
      -Kathleen Douglas, Sacramento

    As bonus inspiration, we also asked a few of the staff what they would like to see under the tree this year:

    Angelina says: 

    Shannon wants:

    Pam is asking for: 

    • Garment fabric
    • Cutting tables

    Meagan & Vicki say:


  • Long-Arm Open House in Sacramento

    Longarm-Open-HouseMonday, December 14th through Friday, December 8th

    Sherri the Elf is very excited to help host our Long-Arm Open House! You are welcome in anytime during the designated date and times and enjoy holiday refreshments, try your hand at long-arm quilting, win prizes, and be amazed as you watch our computerized long-arm easily finish quilts. The best part, all the events throughout the week are FREE!

    To start of our event, on Monday, December 14th, we have “Doodle Quilting”- a lecture with demonstration taught by Angelina, a well-known instructor here at Meissner. Watch in amazement as doodling on paper transforms into “doodle quilting” on your quilts. Please see schedule for specific times, as there are only a few spots left.

    On Tuesday, December 15th and Wednesday December 16th, we have Patricia from “Quilter’s Rule” coming to discuss and demonstrate rulers and templates that make quilting easier and more professional looking. Patricia is dynamic and knowledgeable about this product, and her presentation is FREE to all.

    On Thursday December 17th and Friday, December 18th we are pleased to announce national quilt award winner Gina Perkes will be at our store. Gina is known for her beautiful free motion work on quilts and is fun and vibrant. We will host her trunk show, and she will discuss her creative techniques for crafting award winning quilts. This is an ideal lecture demo for all quilters, and those interested in starting a quilting journey. Again, this presentation is FREE to all, so please register online as spots are limited.



    Sherri the Elf wants to Share some Holiday Good Will!

    We love doing something for Charity!
    Do you have a quilt top that you would like to donate to a charity?

    We have a special opportunity - bring in your quilt top, and we will finish it for you!
    We provide the backing and batting, attach the binding, and deliver to local charities in our area.

    We hope to see you next week!

    Register Today for the LONG-ARM OPEN HOUSE!

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