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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.

  • 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!

  • 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:

    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

  • 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


  • Catching up with Jenny K. Lyon

    Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers prides itself in bringing top educators and experts to our stores to provide our customers with the tools, techniques and inspiration to continue their creative journey in all forms of fiber and textile arts. This week, we are featuring longtime Meissner Quilting Instructor, Jenny K. Lyon who has some exciting announcements we would like to share with our fellow Makers!

    Jenny is a featured contributor in the October/November 2017 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.

    Jenny is featured in the October issue of Quilting Arts Magazine! Her article titled "Bubbles 8 Ways" is about creative machine quilting. "I can’t wait to see it on the news stand," an enthusiastic Jenny mentioned in a recent blog post on  "It was fun to work with Quilting Arts-they were so helpful and made it an enjoyable experience. I hope I work with them again. I have so many ideas in my head for more articles. I just need a little time–hah!"

    One of the reasons that Jenny has been so busy, is that in addition to her teaching schedule, writing featured articles and keeping up with her own creativity, she has been writing her first book! Details  about the book and when it will be available haven't yet be announced, but we will update this blog as details become available.

    Click Here to get your copy of Quilting Arts Magazine!

    You can also catch Jenny in select Quilting Arts DVDs.  The Quilting Arts Series 2000 DVD features Jenny in a segment called Cut It Out. In this segment, creative use of negative space adds impact to art and quilts. Quilter and maker of wearable art, Jenny Lyon channels her garment background to create a high-fashion cutwork scarf. Fiber artist Lisa Walton makes an original art quilt using fused fabrics and free-hand cutting techniques.  A new Quilting Arts Series 2100 DVD will be available in January 2018 and feature two segements by Jenny, Bubbles 8 Ways and 10 Top Tips for Successful Free-Motion Quilting.

    If you want to learn from Jenny in person, you can attend her classes here at Meissner Sewing (click here for Jenny's current list of classes). Or you can attend one of four classes that she will be teaching this year at the 2017 Houston Quilt Market. Hurry and register soon, because her classes are filling fast.

    Jenny's Class Schedule for Houston Quilt Market:

    #329 Yes You Can Free-Motion Quilt!, Jenny K. Lyon (SOLD OUT)

    #488 Free-Motion Fills and Frills—Part 1, Jenny K. Lyon (SOLD OUT)

    #621 Free-Motion Fills and Frills—Part 2, Jenny K. Lyon

    #723 Fantastic Free Styling Feathers Four Ways, Jenny K. Lyon

    If flying to Houston isn't an option, Jenny will be returning to Craft Napa 2018 as a teacher for two sessions on January 11, 2018. The first, Yes! You Can Free-Motion Quilt, will teach you all you need to know about the basics of free-motion quilting.  Thursday evening, Jenny will be conducting a seminar on how to create a personal quilting plan for your quilts appropriately titled, How Do I Quilt This?   Registration for Craft Napa is open, but seats are filling fast for this popular annual event.

    If the end of 2017 is any indication, 2018 is going to be an exciting year for Jenny K. Lyon. We are proud and honored to have her as an instructor here at Meissner Sewing, and we can't wait to see what happens next!

  • 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

  • Bernina University 2017 Recap

    Last week, we returned from BERNINA University in Las Vegas, Nevada. For those who haven't heard of it, BU is the annual BERNINA Dealer Conference where we learn about all the new technology, innovations, and products coming your way. There is always a lot to learn in a very short time, our heads are still spinning from all the new information, but we wanted to share a quick recap of what happened during the four day event.

    Product Announcements

    Both the new B 880 PLUS and the new B 790 PLUS are expected to arrive in September.

    There are some exciting changes happening to the top end models. Coming in September are the new B 880 Plus and B 790 Plus sewing and embroidery machines. These popular machines include all of the current BERNINA top end functions PLUS the latest in embroidery technology.

    New functions include Group/Ungroup, Pinpoint Positioning, Undo/Redo and Rearrange Design Stitch Order. Coming in November, the new Midi-hoop will be available to accessorize your B 880 Plus and B 790 Plus. The 10.5 x 6.5 Midi-Hoop features the twist lock hoop release we love on the Jumbo/Maxi Hoops.

    For those who own the current B880 or B790, coming soon is the BERNINA Embroidery Plus Upgrade Pack. Made exclusively for the B880 and B790 machines, it adds Group/Ungroup, Pinpoint Placement, Undo/Redo, includes 58 new designs, 10 new alphabets and the Midi-Hoop.

    Upgrade packages are expected in early August.


    Upcoming Events at Meissner Sewing

    While at BU we also caught up with some friends that wanted to say hello.

    Jeremy Jeffries will be in Santa Rosa, Roseville and Sacramento this week to share the history and traditions of batik making.
    Click Here to register for Journey to Indonesia.

    Save the date in early December for Amanda Murphy’s first visit to Meissner Sewing’s Santa Rosa and Sacramento locations. More details on this event will be released in the fall edition of the Meissner Magazine.

  • Fireworks for July

    Happy Independence Day from Meissner Sewing!

    The month of July features a few exciting opportunities for our favorite Meissner Makers to express their creativity.

    The 2017 Row by Row Experience kicked off in late June and will run through early September. All Meissner Sewing locations are participating, so visit all four of our stores this month to pick up a free pattern for a unique quilt row. (Kits are also available for purchase!) With all stores participating, you can combine your rows to create a unique Row by Row Quilt! Remember to share your rows with us in our stores and on our Facebook page!

    Learn more about the Row by Row Experience >

    On Saturday, July 8th, we are opening our Folsom Store up for an Open House! Join us from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for exclusive savings, product and technique demonstrations, prize drawings, snacks and more! See you Saturday!

    Learn more about the Folsom Open House > 

    Later in the month, Meissner Sewing is pleased to welcome Reen Wilcoxson back to Sacramento. Reen is  the owner and founder of Embroidery Garden, and she is the expert in all things in-the-hoop. She joins us in Sacramento for the second time to host our Embroidery Garden event, a two-day, hands-on embroidery retreat.

    Read Reen's letter to Meissner Makers > 

    July also boasts a full calendar of exciting sewing, quilting and embroidery classes. Check for the most up-to-date list of courses available this month!  Also make sure to stay in-the-know by following our Facebook page and watching your emails for news from Meissner Sewing!


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