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  • Tips from Jody

    How to purchase embroidery designs online -

    This week Jody Burks, one of our fabulous instructors, gives us detailed instructions on how to purchase those wonderful embroidery creations she makes, online.

    Need a visual? Watch this video below to have Jody guide you through. Written instructions can be found below.

    Start here:

    1. Register to create an account, or login to
    2. Place your curse on the words "Sewing Products" (in the top navigation bar)
    3. Within the menu, move your cursor to the words "EMBROIDERY DESIGNS"
    4. Click on either the Anita Goodesign or Embroidery Design Studio logo to get started!


    If you clicked on the Embroidery Design Studio logo, continue here:

    1. Register/login on the home page
    2. Select the designs you like and click on “add to cart”
    3. You can view your cart or check out using the basket icon that is located on the upper right side of the page.  Click the “View Cart” button to proceed to checkout.
    4. Select the correct currency that is located next to the shopping cart.
    5. Click  on the “Proceed to Checkout” button.
    6. Follow online prompts to finish your online purchase.
    7. When your purchase is completed a link will be provided for you to download your designs.
    8. Your purchased designs are always available for you just by clicking the icon “My Designs”
    9. Click “Logout” to end your session.


    If you clicked on the Anita Goodesign logo, continue here:

    1. Register/Sign in on the home page
    2. You can view your cart or check out using the purse icon that is located on the upper right side of the page.  Click the purse icon to proceed to checkout.
    3. Type 01753DK in the coupon code box.  Click the “Update Cart" button. Click checkout button to finish checkout process.
    4. Follow online prompts to finish your online purchase.
    5. When your purchase is completed a link will be provided for you to download your designs.
    6. Your purchased designs are always available for you just by clicking “My Account” than “Order History or My Library”.
    7. Click “Logout” to end your session.
  • Foundations for Embroidery

    Angel Chesney knows the importance of using the right tools for the project at hand, and it is something that she teaches her students of all experience levels in the many of classes she teaches as lead instructor at Meissner Sewing. This week, Angel is sharing some of her most important embroidery tips to help you get the best results out of your next embroidery project.

    Learn more about Angel's unique path to sewing success by clicking here.

    Browse Angel's list of upcoming classes!


    • Use an embroidery needle! They come in a bigger size (90/14) and a smaller size (75/11). I mostly use a 90/14.
    • A specialty finish like Chrome or Titanium will resist heat buildup which causes your needle to stick.
    • Your needle tip is worn off after 4 hours of sew time. Change it! Breaking stitches? Change it! Skipping stitches? Change it!


    • Polyester – Strong and colorfast, this is often our first choice. Excellent brands are Mettler’s Poly Sheen, Isacord, and Floriani.
    • Rayon – Created as a silk alternative. Purely decorative, it is not strong! It prefers to sew at speeds under 750 spm. A natural fiber, it doesn’t do well with chlorine bleach. Excellent brands are Jenny Haskins’ Rayon and Madeira.
    • Cotton – We don’t use it much in embroidery. It’s very linty, and has a matte finish. Best used when the directions specifically call for it. Try Mettler 50wt. or 60 wt. Silk-finished cotton.


    • Use cutaway stabilizer as much as you can. Only use tear away or washaway when you can’t use cutaway.
    • Not all stabilizers are created equal. It is worth paying for quality: you ultimately use less!
    • It’s hard to overstabilize, and very easy to understabilize.
    • If the fabric stretches it NEEDS cutaway!
    • Make sure you use enough stabilizer for your stitch count. Click here to download the Floriani Stabilizer Workbook
    • There are 4 categories of stabilizer:
      1. Cutaway
      2. Tearaway
      3. Washaway
      4. Specialty
    • Angel’s Top 6 Stabilizers (Yes, in order!)
      1. Floriani No Show Mesh (lightweight cutaway)
      2. Floriani Tearaway Medium (tear away)
      3. Floriani Wet n Gone (washaway)
      4. Floriani Water Soluble Topping (washaway)
      5. Floriani Cutaway Medium (cutaway)
      6. Floriani Perfect Stick Cutaway (cutaway)
  • Managing your Account, here's how

    Each quarter as we prepare to release a new block of classes and events, it is also important to know how to manage your account, so that you can successfully signup for the classes and events that interest you the most. While we are always happy to sign you up for classes over the phone or in any of our stores, registering yourself for classes using your own account at home, puts you in control of your purchase history.

    With a account you can signup for classes, reserve a rental time for a long-arm quilting machine, view your past order, manage your wishlist and order items online from the comfort of home.

    We recently created a printed guide for the Meissner Sewing website that teaches you how to:

    • Create a new account
    • Sign up for a class
    • How to check for (and download) a supply list
    • Adding a class to your cart
    • The checkout process
    • How to  confirm your are signed up for class
    • Signing up for a free class
    • How to see if you are signed up for other classes

    Click Here to download this handy guide!

    If you have any other questions about our website, please let us know in the comments or email us at


  • 5 Tips for Designing Your Own Quilt Blocks

    AccuQuilt's 8th Annual 2017 Quilt Block Design Contest is under way and if you have been searching the internet for inspiration, you are probably overwhelmed by the thousands of images that appear. Don't worry, Ellen Schmidt, Meissner Sewing's resident Accuquilt expert has outlined five basic tips to help you design a quilt block that is uniquely you.

    Click here to view the contest rules.

    #1:  Use a Design Board to create your block. Wrap 100% cotton batting around white foam core board. Quilting fabrics stick and can be easily re-positioned while designing your block.

    #2: Work with fabrics that inspire you. When you love the fabrics, you will be more likely to love the results. Using fabrics and colors that inspire you will help your creativity bloom and make the design process more fun.

    #3: Modify an existing quilt block. Without a place to start, looking in books or online for ideas can be intimidating. Begin the process by creating a classic, existing quilt block pattern from your AccuQuilt dies. Then begin making adjustments one at a time.

    See Ellen Schmidt's Complete Schedule of Classes

    #4: Try out different shapes. Turn squares into half square triangles, or merge those squares into a larger rectangle. Changing the balance of the quilt block can have a big impact.

    $15,000 worth of Prizes up for grabs in AccuQuilt Contest

    #5: Turn up the volume on your inner critic. Don't be afraid to ask "What if I change something else?" Then work to answer the question to further the design process. Take photos along the way, so if you stumble, you can always go back to what you had before.

    So now that you are armed with how to start designing your quilt block, we can't wait to see what you come up with.  Good Luck!

    Enter Your Quilt Block Design by August 21st

  • 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


  • Get Started on the Right Foot: An Introduction to Accessory Feet

    Picture this.

    You recently purchased a brand new sewing machine from Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers.

    You’re on a mission to improve and enhance your sewing, quilting and/or embroidery projects, so you’re equipping yourself with the best tools available to you, including a top-of the-line machine, the highest-quality notions and the very best accessories.

    So, you take a trip to the Sacramento superstore. You walk through the doors, and you’re first stop is the wall of presser feet.

    The wall is stocked with accessory feet for almost every make and model of BERNINA, Baby Lock, Janome and Brother machine.

    Ruffler feet. Walking feet. Hemmer feet. Feet for embellishing. Feet for finishing. Zipper feet. Invisible zipper feet. Cording feet. Binding feet. Piping feet. Feet for quilting. Feet for straight stitching. Feet for embroidery. The list goes on, and, suddenly, you have no clue where to even begin on your journey.

    The world of accessory feet is so expansive that even the most advanced sewist can get overwhelmed by the process of understanding and ultimately purchasing tools to improve your sewing experience and create a visibly superior product.

    It is important that, as a sewist, quilter, embroiderer or crafter of any type, that you have at least a basic understanding of accessory feet because using the appropriate tools can enhance your projects and simplify your sewing process.

    “The right accessory feet can make the job easier,” Angelina McKenna, Meissner instructor, said. “The right foot can make a world of difference.”

    Foot Selection

    As you work to grow your machine's toolbox, the first step in selecting the correct foot is to consider the project you are working on and what you wish to create.

    “It can be a little overwhelming, so typically (you) have to find a sales person to help navigate the giant wall of feet,” Jennifer Campbell, sales associate in Sacramento, said. “And then it really depends on the project that’s at hand.”

    For example, someone looking to complete a quilting project might consider a walking foot, quarter-inch seam foot and possibly a free-motion foot, Campbell said.

    There are many factors to think about as you select your accessory, some of which include the type of fabric you will be using, the specific look you are trying to produce and even the machine you will be using. But ultimately, the foot you will select and use varies based on the outcome you desire.

    Foot Categories

    No matter which brand of machine you own, there is a foot available for practically every application within each of those brand categories. Under the brand categories there are several additional groupings of feet that serve different purposes. This might seem obvious.

    Some feet will come standard with your machine at the time of purchase, and there are feet you can purchase separately that can be used for a technique or to produce a unique look.

    For example, there are zipper feet for inserting zippers; there are hemming feet for creating a polished hem on garments; and there are cording feet for embellishing and finishing items like pillows and other projects.

    "There's the ones, the basic one that come with your machine, like the zig-zag foot, straight-stitch foot, zipper foot, rolled hem foot (that) come standard with most machines," McKenna said. "But then things like a Teflon foot are an accessory foot that don't really come with a machine because it's for a specialized thing."

    Narrowing down the long list of feet further, you can break the standard and the extra feet into smaller groupings based on the particular type of project.

    “If you were trying to keep it as simple as possible, I would say quilting, heirloom, fashion, crafting and home dec,” Campbell said. “And everything would fall under the five, maybe in one or two of them.”

    For each application there can also be several variations of the same foot, and generally each brand will name and categorize them differently.

    “So you’ve got brand, and then in each brand there’s categories of machines," Campbell said. "Like BERNINA has red package, white package. Baby Lock has groups, so you have to find your machine, find your group and then find the foot. And them Janome has 9 mm, horizontal and oscillating, and Memory Craft. And then Brother is the same as Baby Lock.”

    Foot Anatomy

    This is where it might start to get more confusing.

    Your foot selection generally depends on the specific project, and the results that each foot will produce for your project will vary based on the anatomy of the foot, including its size, markings and indentations.

    The way that the foot itself is made determines how the foot will interact with your fabric and materials to create each individual look. Working with a foot that has the right anatomy will often result in a more professional look or an polished project. And, again, selecting a foot with the correct anatomy begins by looking at the project you are working on.

    For example, the feet that you use for embroidery projects will be different than a foot that you will use for cording because of the anatomy of the feet.

    "The cording foot, there's a groove on the bottom," PJ Lytton, sales associate in Sacramento, said. “A foot that you use for embroidery, it’s shaped in a way where it keeps the fabric down when your machine is going because your feed dogs are down."

    Basically there are many ways to break down the topic of feet.

    This subject goes beyond what can be explained simply in one place, but this overview is meant to provide general information that sets the basic foundation to expand your understanding.

    This post is part of the "Get Started on the Right Foot" series. As part of this series we will be diving into these topics further, as well as the specific feet available, here on our blog, on our Facebook page and on our Instagram. Stay tuned!


  • Meissner Minutes Tutorial: Minky Quilt

    In this three-part video, learn how to construct, assemble and finish an easy minky quilt!

    Part 1:

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  • 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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