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  • How to Deep Clean Your Home Bit-by-Bit

    If you are anything like me, the thought of setting aside another beautiful weekend to spring clean holds absolutely no appeal. I would much rather finish my latest craft project, sit poolside and visit with family, or go to a baseball game than tackle dust bunnies and wash windows.

    Click Here to learn more about Miele’s new bagless Blizzard CX1 Turbo Team Canister Vacuum >>

    Miele and the crew at Food52 have partnered this spring to help make the overwhelming task of deep cleaning your home seem like less of an all-weekend chore.

    CLICK HERE for More Tips on How to Tackle a Deep Clean >>

    The concept is simple:
    Pick two tasks from the graphic to the left to complete every day.  Choose two tasks and employ the old saying “many hands make light work” by having each member of your household take a room to cut the time even further. Before you know it, your house will be ready to host that backyard barbecue.

    CLICK HERE to Learn the Best Cleaning Methods Based on Floor Type >>

  • 2018 Red Cross Real Heroes Awards

    Congratulations are in order for our Meissner Sewing team in Santa Rosa for being among 75 nominees chosen for the 2018 Red Cross Real Heroes Awards.  Entering its 15th year, the Real Heroes Awards honor 18 inspirational community members, whose actions reflect the values of the Red Cross and promote a positive and lasting impact on the residents in the Northwest California region.

    This year, our Santa Rosa employees were honored with a certificate of appreciation for their assistance in helping to rebuild the greater Napa Valley area after the devastating Nun and Tubbs fires.  Meissner Sewing, with the help of instructor Alys Hay, partnered with local sewing guilds by providing sewing space and materials to create pillowcases and quilts for residents affected by the wildfires.

    Click Here to read more about Aly's community efforts with the Moonlight Quilters Guild.

    The 2018 Real Hero Award recipients will be honored at the Real Heroes Breakfast on Friday, April 27th at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa.

    Congratulations to our fellow nominees and to the 18 award recipients below.

    • Animal Hero: Peter Lang
    • Blood Services Hero: Jerry Seltzer
    • Disaster Services Heroes: Eli Ponce and Dan Wynn
    • Education Heroes: Matt Markovich and Stephanie Jarrett
    • Environment Heroes: Chris Ostrom, Aaron Ostrom, and Tim Haywood
    • First Responder Hero: Mark Aldridge
    • Healthcare Heroes: Peggy Goebel, Joe Clendenin, and Robert Pellegrini
    • Humanitarian Heroes - Adult: Matthew and Amanda Nalywaiko
    • Humanitarian Heroes - Youth: Patrick Foley and Jackson Phillips
    • International Services Hero: Pearl Fisher
    • Service to the Armed Forces Hero: Ginny Craven

    Click Here to read more about the2018 Red Cross Real Heroes Awards

  • Sew What's Coming to Meissner Sewing?

    Happy New Year Makers!

    2018 is here, and if your sew-lution was to carve out more time to be creative  we have some suggestions for you. The calendars below only lists a small portion of the variety of events and classes that are coming to Meissner Sewing locations in January and February.

    January 2018 Highlights:

    If you are looking to get in the Valentine's Day spirit, head to the Folsom store to create the Pixelated Heart with Tanna Schreiner or the Lil' Twister Heart Wall Hanging with Judy Scollay.

    If your looking for something a bit more winter inspired, try Tanna's Scrappy Applique Snowflake class or take a page out of Amy Gibson's Quilt Block Cookbook and attend the 3-session Cooking with Blocks class starting on January 30th.

    Angel Chesney kicks off the new year with the 10th Annual HoopSisters EmbroidaBlock of the Month Quilt, called Sisterhood. Register to attend the FREE planning session on January 16th in Folsom or on January 27th in Sacramento.

    Join Pati Fried, recent addition to our talented team of instructors, and follow her as she guides you through creating original quilt designs in Tweaking Tradition, One Block at a Time starting on January 17th.

    February 2018 Highlights:

    Beginning sewists can learn the basic techniques in Jeanne Powell's Basic Beginning Sewing, or head to the Folsom store for Adult Beginning & Intermediate Sewing.

    Our OESD Super Spree events in Sacramento and Santa Rosa have been sold out for weeks, but there are still plenty of other opportunities to learn about embroidery in a variety of classes this February.

    Don't forget, the new Spring Meissner Magazine will be out at the end of January! Filled with tons of new classes and events, you won't want to miss out on.

  • Grinch Day Flash Sale

    Christmas is SEVEN DAYS away.

    While children have been counting down the days since their first glimpse of holiday decorations, some adults can practically hear the countdown to Santa’s arrival like a ticking clock.

    Tick...tick…tick.

    In support of slightly-grinchy procrastinators everywhere, we at Meissner Sewing are making a day to celebrate you. This Friday, December 22nd, all Meissner locations will be celebrating Grinch Day with a very special one-day flash sale sure to make every Maker’s heart grow 3 sizes larger.

    With 35% off* throughout the store, you can get the hard-to-shop for Makers on your list the gifts and stocking stuffers they will love.

    We hope to see you Friday in your most festive holiday attire for this very Grinchy flash sale!

     

    *Offers good December 22, 2017 only. Discount taken from MSRP. Financing available on select dates OAC. 60 months financing available on select makes and models. Household department only. Excludes  services, classes, events, longarm, industrial and commercial products and services. No substitutions or exchanges. Not valid with any other offers. Se­lection varies by location. In-stock items only. Some restrictions apply. See store for details. Although we strive for accuracy in all of our publications, we are not responsible for typographical errors, misprints or printing errors. All sales, discounts and specials in this publication are good only while supplies last and, unless otherwise stated, are not valid with any other offer.

  • Block of the Month Programs for 2018

    Next year we have some exciting new Block of the Month programs! These classes are great for the quilter who has conquered beginning quilting classes and is ready for a challenge. Join us in 2018 to learn new techniques and build a different block each month in these fun classes. Check out the descriptions below:

    Block of the Month: Stash Busters (Folsom)

    This class series continues with a new quilt for 2018! Join Elaine for a stash-busting Block of the Month and create your own version of Tula Pink's stunning "The Butterfly Quilt"! Choose your colors, raid your stash, and join us! Course Level: Intermediate.

    Instructor: Elaine Buchanan ($15 each month)

    Folsom: 1/29, 2/26: 1:00-5:00pm


     

    The Fussy Cut Block of the Month (Sacramento)

    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? Introductory sessions on Tuesday, December 12th are free! Course Level: Intermediate.

    Instructor: Angelina McKenna ($15 each month)

    Sacramento: 1/03, 2/07: 2:00-5:00pm


     

    HoopSisters EmbroidaBlock of the Month (Folsom and Sacramento)

    The theme of the 2018 HoopSisters EBOM is Sisterhood. Join the Sisterhood with embroidery expert, Angel Chesney. This EmbroidaBlock of the Month program is your opportunity to learn new techniques, while creating your own Sisterhood Quilt. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome. The program costs $179, but the planning session is free! At this free session, you'll learn more about the program and dates will become available.

    Instructor: Angel Chesney ($179 - planning session is free!)

    Planning Session
    Folsom: 1/16: 4:00-7:00pm
    Sacramento: 1/27: 9:30am-12:30pm

  • Sew What's Happening: December 2017

    Happy Holidays Meissner Makers!

    We know that the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year's can be a blur of activity, but if you are looking to carve out some time for a creative escape we have some suggestions for you.

    The calendar below only lists a small portion of the variety of events and classes as well as holiday savings offers we are offering this month. To see the full list this month, view our all store class calendar.

    Some special dates to highlight include this Saturday, December 9th, when the River City Quilt Guild will be at the Sacramento Store hosting a open house and trunk show featuring the winners from their recent quilt show. While viewing the show, enter to win their beautiful opportunity quilt by purchasing a raffle ticket.

    On Tuesday, December 12th in the Sacramento Store, Angelina McKenna will be hosting two free introductory sessions for her new fussy cut block of the month class.

     

    Click to view an enlarged version of the calendar!

    Stay updated on all classes, events and specials by following us on Instagram and liking us on Facebook!

  • 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 MeissnerSewing.com
    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!

    Needles

    • 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!

    Thread

    • 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.

    Stabilizer

    • 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)
  • 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

  • Holiday Gift Guides

    The start of this week feels different than the weeks past. While it would be easy to blame the end of Daylight Savings time for the shift, this Monday feels different because it feels like the holiday season. It could be that new chill to the morning air; or how a hot cup of cocoa is the perfect thing to take that chill away. The holiday stations available on my satellite radio and the Christmas movies appearing on television all weekend definitely help set the scene.

    With the holiday spirit that begins showing up in the weeks prior to Thanksgiving, also comes the rush of Christmas to-do lists, holiday event invitations, and a gift giving stress that could overwhelm even the most jolly of Santa’s elves.  

    In hopes of relieving some of the holiday stresses that come with finding the perfect gift to offer our most cherished friends and family members; our staff at Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Center has again, compiled a list of ideas to provide inspiration for your gift giving dilemmas.

    For the Maker who has everything, we have some items that are brand new to our stores.

    For the beginning crafter, choose a gift that will help engage their interests:

    For additional inspiration, browse the latest gift guides by Janome, Baby Lock and Brother.

    Click the links below to browse the holiday gift guides by Baby Lock, Brother and Janome.

    Click here to browse the Baby Lock November gift guide.

    Click here to browse the Brother Holiday 2017 gift guide.

    Click here to browse the Janome "Sewing through the Seasons" gift guide.

    More gift suggestions will be available in the upcoming Meissner Magazine, will be available November 12th.

    Or maybe you are the person that people would like help shopping for? Meissner's has you covered too. On page 23 of the upcoming magazine, we have a Christmas wish list that can be filled out, so you can leave shopping suggestions for Santa's helpers.

    Click here to download the Meissner Christmas Wishlist now!

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