I began sewing in 1987 on my mom’s peachy-brown Singer that she bought for herself brand new in 1967. I think she paid about $70 at the time, which was no easy task being so young and newly wed. That machine taught me basic skills: straight stitch, zig-zag & seam allowances. After college I purchased myself an old Viking 6460. I loved that colorful old machine but eventually I grew out of it.
Last weekend I was honored to be invited to teach some of my serger classes in Kansas City! I met Jamie David at Bernina University last summer in San Antonio and we’ve kept in touch since, talking about machines (of which we now have matching 580′s), sewing blogs, new patterns, and exciting projects we’re working on. She works at the Bernina Sewing Centers of Kansas City in Overland Park, KS. I jumped at the opportunity to visit with my friend while I also got a chance to step out of my MD classroom comfort zone.
This coming week we will launch both our biannual classroom sale and the BERNINA financing event. Both events begin this Thursday, These are the same machines that many of you have fallen in love with over the last 5 months. All classroom machines have been meticulously maintained and get a last additional tune-up before they go home with you. Rest assured, all classroom machines come with the same warranty, machine owner class and accessory discount as a new machine purchased at MD. This is a fantastic way to get yourself sewing on a BERNINA for much less money.
I’ve been working on developing additional Machine Owner classes for all our BERNINA sewists. While I cover the “must-knows” in your initial class, there’s always more to know and especially more presser feet and accessories to play with. Eventually I’d love to have a Needles and Thread session, but for now…Specialty Presser Feet!
As you can see, we have a beautiful new website! We have been working on this for a while, and as anyone who has ever designed and/or built a website knows, it is a heap of work! There is the design part, it has to look pretty in the end, right?
Sure you can do pintucks the “hard way,” but why? Pintucks can be created using a combination of two machine accessories, the twin needle and a grooved pintucking presser foot. You frequently see the tucks in multiple parallel rows, which the grooves on the bottom of the presser foot help to align. BERNINA has a variety of Pintuck feet #30-#33 & #46C, each with a different number of indentations. The more indentations, the smaller and finer the pintuck and the narrower the twin needle you should use and vice versa. — READ MORE —
We are excited to be entering a new chapter of kids sewing classes at MD. While we are totally bummed to see Shelly Figueroa step away from teaching all the kids sewing classes, we are so happy for the fabulous growth of her beautiful children’s pattern line: Figgy’s Patterns. Shelly brought light-hearted fun, a great attitude, and loads of skills to all the kids classes she taught. — READ MORE —
Every other week, we’ll be profiling one of our customers to find out a little bit about their sewing life. This week the MD Sewist Spotlight is on Jen Carlton Bailly.
Where do you go online when looking for sewing resources? Or for communities of like-minded sewists? Inspiration and guidance? I have a few!
The Sew Weekly I love their “Make This Look” series where she finds lovely lovely looks and pairs it with a corresponding pattern and fabric selection.
BurdaStyle Patterns you can download at home, projects and tutorials, discussions and sew-alongs, and you can create a member profile to share your work.