As many are preparing for the holidays, we here at the Expo headquarters are ramping up for another exciting Sewing & Stitchery Expo! Amidst this busy season, we want to ensure you all are prepared for what’s to come.
Our team is busy preparing the brochure to be mailed out in December. To make sure you get your copy on time, please sign up for the mailing list by selecting here if you have not already done so. Classes reach capacity quickly so you will want to have your picks selected and on hand when tickets go on sale!
Additionally, as March approaches you should be thinking about where to stay. Hotels in the area fill up very quickly for this event so make sure you check on this early! For your convenience, select the link to see the list we have compiled of possible accommodations in the area.
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We look forward to seeing you at the Expo!
Does this question sound familiar? With so many beautiful and luscious fabrics available in the marketplace, fabric selection has never been greater. When sewing with wovens, knits, stretchy knits, sequin, oil cloth, tulle, batiks, velvets, you are bound to ask, “What needle do I use”? With all of the needle types available for the home sewing machine, how does one choose which one to use? Just as the name suggests, Universal is the most popular needle type because it works well with woven and knit fabrics. BUT, stitch quality frequently improves with a more appropriate needle choice. How do you know what needle to use?
The needle name is the first clue. Quilting needles for piecing and quilting projects. Denim needles for jeans and denim raggy quilts. Jersey Ballpoint needles for jersey knit fabrics. However, not all fabrics have a same name needle. Rather than trying to remember what needle to use with what fabric, use technology to help you out! There are several mobile apps available that can assist you. Search your app store for needle selection, and find an app that can help you make these decisions.
Choosing the right needles is just the first step. Like so many other things, needles wear out, too! Yes, you really do have the change the needle, after all the needle is not a permanent machine part. The needle is meant to be changed. To tell when to change your needles, check out the “Change Your Needle” clues. Use the needle too long, and you will see compromised stitches, shredded threads and damaged fabrics and hear the difference in clicks, pops and clunks! Remember needles do not last forever!
By selecting the right needle and being sure to change it when needed, your projects are on their way to the sleek, smooth stitching you desire.
About the author: Rhonda Pierce is the spokesperson for SCHMETZneedles North America, www.schmetzneedles.com.
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