Canada Day was the official kick-off, and now we're experiencing full-fledged summer. We waited a long time, and now we intend to enjoy it!
Of course, with warmer weather and longer days, our attention tends to drift away from the sewing room a little bit, but we still like to keep our needle in. Smaller projects, quick hostess gifts, fun little accessories for summer travel -- these are perfect for those days when it rains (or is too hot!) and we just want to escape to the studio for awhile. We have fabrics, patterns, and classes to inspire you and keep you sewing throughout the summer months to come.
So come on in and get some ideas, or sign up for a class. Just because it's summer, you don't have to spend all of your time outdoors!
Hope to see you soon!
Leslie, Val, Tamara, Amy, Valerie, Carrie, Anne and Elke
SUMMER GARDEN OF VALUES!
As with any perennial garden, your fabric garden needs annual maintenance: Identify colour gaps, deal with the weeds, add some new varieties.
As a public service, we are again offering our ever-popular Summer Garden of Values! Every week during the summer, we'll be featuring a different colour. If that colour appears, in even the tiniest amount, in a regularly-priced fabric, it's 25% off!This applies to fabric on the bolt (minimum cut 0.25m), fat quarters, pre-cuts such as charm squares and jelly rolls, and kits.
Take a look at this year's schedule here, then start digging through your stash to get your garden in order. Unlike the real kind of gardening, this one's much easier on the manicure!
HAVE PFAFF, WILL TRAVEL!
Summer is the season for travel, so you need a machine that's designed to go with you! Whether you're taking it to the cottage, along for the ride in the RV, or just to the back deck for some sewing al fresco, a Pfaff passport machine is made for travel. Why? Well,
It has a hard carrying case (with a dedicated spot for the foot control and cord;
It has an optional extension table with a cloth bag that attaches to the case;
It has all the features you need without all the extras you don't.
Take advantage of special pricing during the month of July. Even when fall rolls around and you go back to your bigger machine, you'll appreciate having a passport tucked away and ready. Because you never know when the next adventure is going to present itself!
PS If you know anyone who's looking for an excellent entry-level sewing machine, the smarter by pfaff 140s is on special, too!
Perfect for beginners!
INSPIRA CABINETS 25% OFF!
Yes, you read that right!
Normally, we hold our annual Cabinet Sale in November, but this year Pfaff beat us to the punch by throwing in a surprise July sale. So now you don't have to wait to update your sewing space -- you can be enjoying more comfortable, ergonomic sewing right away.
Until July 31, 2019, all Inspira sewing cabinets are 25% off the regular price*. Come in to see samples of what's available and to discuss your options. We'll be happy to help you choose the cabinet that best suits your needs, your space, and your budget. Just think of it as an early Christmas present, one that you can open up every day!
*Custom inserts excluded; 50% deposit required before ordering.
PFAFF PFEATURED PFOOT!
Sometimes we think a sewing machine is like a millipede -- it has SO MANY FEET! And they all have certain attributes that can make your life much more pleasant.
In our continuing series, this month's featured foot is the Bi-Level Topstitch Foot. Discover how to use it by clicking here, then try one out. You'll never want to sew another binding by hand!
PS For complete instructions on using all of the Pfaff feet, we recommend The Pfaff Foot Book by Country Stitches. We have it here at Quilty Pleasures.
WHAT IS MYSEWNET?
mySewnet™ Cloud is, in essence, a service where you save and access your personal files, stitches and designs over the Internet instead of on your computer’s hard drive. Your files in mySewnet™ Cloud can be saved and accessed from different synched devices such as your mySewnet™- enabled machine, your PC or Mac, your smart phone, or your tablet via mySewnet™ apps. And it lets you do so many things!
By visiting the mySewnet™Portal, you can access your own profile information, user account settings, machine information, subscription options and online cloud file management. It is easily accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection, including mac computers. Sign up for SewNotice, an app that lets you monitor your embroidery stitch-out progress via notifications on your smart phone. Get notifications when you're out of thread, ready to change colors, and when your design is done. Or take a look at ImageStitch, an app that allows you to take a photo and quickly create an embroidery design with it. Save the design to your mySewnet™ Account to be synchronized to your machine.
Even if you don't have an embroidery machine, you'll love CreatorCue, an app that allows you to view step by step tutorials for various sewing techniques on your tablet or smart phone. It also includes instructions for projects and handy information about stabilizers, with more content being added all the time.
For instructions on registering for mySewnet, click here. To download CreatorCue, click here. Then have fun!
CRAFTY TABLES FOR CRAFTY PEOPLE!
If space is an issue, why not consider getting a Crafty table? It offers several advantages:
1/ The insert is included in the purchase price;
2/ It folds up for out-of-the way storage;
3/ It has wheels for easy transport;
4/ It's economical, especially while on sale; and
5/ It's in stock!
JANOME AIRTHREAD 2000D!
Does the thought of threading an overlock machine make you want to run for the hills? Well, get ready to run your serger instead, because Janome has introduced the new AT2000D AirThread Professional!
Its one-push blast air threading system takes all the pain out of threading the loopers, and the built-in needle threader takes care of the rest. Easily converts to rolled hem, too. To see more of the features of this amazing machine,read this.
Then come in for a demo, see how slick the threading is, and take your new machine home!
It's our pleasure to let you know that the PFAFF® creative icon™ has won the prestigious "Red Dot: "Best of the Best" design award!
The "Best of the Best" award means that the creative icon™ was deemed to be one of the best designed products globally launched in 2017. Only 69 products, or 1% of all nominated entries, have received this award. This includes products from categories as wide as lamps and garden furniture, to ships, planes and trains.
The icon has won in the category "Household appliances and household accessories". This category includes vacuums, washers and other large house hold appliances.
Congratulations to Pfaff and its fabulous creative icon!
More About the Red Dot Award
The origins of the Red Dot Design Award date back to 1955. Its distinction, the Red Dot, is established internationally as one of the most sought-after quality marks for good design.
With the help of the jury, the internationally organized competition "Red Dot Award: Product Design" appraises the best products of the year. In 48 categories, manufacturers and designers can enter their innovations. The jury only awards a Red Dot to products with a high design quality. The best products of a category are awarded the "Red Dot: Best of the Best"
Have a Featherweight? You Need a Heavyweight!
Attention all collectors of vintage Featherweights! Arrow Cabinets has produced a limited-edition cabinet just for you!
It fits all 221 black machines perfectly, with no need for an insert, and arrives fully assembled ready to set your machine in at the perfect height.
Quantities are limited, just like the 221, so don't wait too long to order your machine's perfect companion.
PFAFF creative icon:Sewing vs Driving!
The new Pfaff creative icon™ sewing and embroidery machine is a truly remarkable, state-of-the-art piece of engineering. And, of course, this kind of quality comes at a significant cost. When the price of the icon is mentioned, the most frequent comment we hear is “I could buy a car for that!”, which is true if you aren’t too fussy about the model.
However, there are many reasons why you should put your money into an icon instead of a vehicle. As a public service, we have listed some of them here:
The icon has a much tinier carbon footprint than a car. It runs on thread, not gas.
Sewing machines were green before it was cool. Still are.
You can drink while driving the icon. Or text. Or watch Netflix.
You can put your pedal to the metal and not get a speeding ticket.
The icon does not require snow tires or antifreeze. And it will never get stuck in a snowbank.
No one expects you to drive them anywhere, or pick up groceries, with the icon.
You can convert your garage into a fabric vault or sewing studio, as nature intended.
Can a car embroider?
Rush hour will take on a whole new meaning, where the “rush” refers to exhilaration.
You don’t have to parallel park the icon.
No seatbelts, airbags, or child restraints required. The icon’s safety record is impeccable.
You can’t make Christmas presents in a car. Only pollution.
The icon will take you anywhere your imagination and creativity lead you.
You’re welcome. Have fun with your new Pfaff creative icon!!
Sometimes the deals come along when the budget isn't quite ready. Did you know there are several financing options which are always available to help you in the short or longer term?
3 Months No Payment, No Interest is always a great solution because it comes at no extra cost and is available on all machines over $500.
If you prefer Equal Payments, there are two plans from which to choose: 48 months or 60 months, each at a cost of just 8.9%. These plans are available for all machines costing over $2000.
Interested? Just ask us for details. The process is simple and will put a machine in your sewing room right when you need it.
Our spring schedule is full of great classes that will help you master new techniques, make new friends, and create some terrific projects. We even include recess!
Carting your machine back and forth to classes can be a pain -- literally. Lighten the load with Pfaff's fabulous little passport 3.0!
Weighing just over 6 kg, it's lightweight and compact, making it a perfect travel machine. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice features -- the passport has Pfaff's famous IDT dual-feed system, 100 stitches, full electronic functions, built-in thread snips, and it takes all of your standard Pfaff feet.
Add the extension table (which travels in its own bag, securely attached to the machine's hard carrying case), and your passport 3.0 can take you anywhere you want to go!
MACHINES IN THE CLASSROOM!
Often*, when you attend a class at Quilty Pleasures, you have the option of borrowing a classroom machine instead of bringing your own. This not only makes travelling to class easier for you, it also allows you to see what's new in the world of machines.
The Pfaff quilt expression 720 offers lots of light, lots of throat area, and the incomparable IDT dual-feed system. From the top of the hugely popular expression series, it has all the features you'll learn to love while being user-friendly and amazingly easy to operate. We have it set up in a Crafty Table, too, so you can be really comfy.
Just advise us at the time you register for a class, and we'll make sure to have a machine ready for you.
*Because of the amount of homework involved, we don't recommend using a classroom machine for Quilting I. For that class, it's better to bring your own machine with you. That way, the teacher can help you with any issues that arise. However, if you'd like to buy a new machine, that's still an option!
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We continue to collect cuddle quilts for the Montfort.
If you've never made one before, a word of explanation: These are small baby quilts that are placed in the neonatal incubators and bassinets, so the size is restricted to between 22" x 22" and 24" x 24". Their small size also makes them perfect for testing block patterns, busting your stash, and practicing free-motion quilting.
Keeping in mind the intended recipients are newborns, please aim for cute and cheerful, using only 100% cotton or flannel in the top and backing, and 100% cotton thread for the construction and quilting. Cuddle quilts are typically sent home with the babies who use them, so there is a constant demand for them.
Thanks very much. Your donations will be gratefully appreciated!
DID YOU KNOW?
We can special-order products for you!
It happens all the time: You're reading someone's blog and they recommend a pattern, book, notion, or other item that you'd really like to have. Only trouble is, either they don't sell it or you don't want to order it from them because of the exchange rate, shipping costs, Customs issues, whatever.
Let us deal with it! We can usually order these products from our suppliers, and all of the hassles are taken care of. No fuss, no muss, and your order comes right to the store and into your hands.
IT PAYS TO COMPARE!
We know that price is a big factor when shopping for quilting supplies, and it's easy to assume that big box or chain stores will always offer a better price than an independent quilt shop.
However, we recently have had several customers tell us of specific instances where our prices were equal to or better than our competitors', even after their 50% discount was applied. We appreciate knowing that people are paying attention and realizing that our prices are competitive, even though we're a small, local business.
To our watchdog customers: Thanks very much for doing the math!
CREATE A CLASS!
We try our best to offer classes that we think will appeal, but we are always open to suggestions.
If there is a class that you would like to take but we aren't offering, just let us know. And if you have a group of friends who would like to take a class together, we can arrange that, too.