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Sewing Studio University Joins the Slow Fashion Movement
No, you do not have to wear clothing made in some Third World sweatshop. And, if I may make a prediction, I would bet clothing production will be coming back to this country, providing a living wages (as opposed to 15 cents a week) for their workers.
In addition, Peggy Sagers will be hosting a new PBS program "Fit 2 Stitch" beginning in January. Peggy is the owner of Silhouette patterns and this program is the first devoted to cothing construction.
Sewing Studio University is joining the Slow Fashion Movement. Next meeting will be in March 2014...time to figure out how you will apply this to your life and wardrobe.
One part of our participation in this movement is learning how to make our own clothes...or filling in whatever skills you need to do so.
And, no, you do not need to provide space in your closet for clothes you have no intention of wearing.
We will be planning our near future wardrobes, shopping our closets and providing some items for charity or consignment, and learning construction methods to tailor our clothing or so new articles of clothing can be made.
Cost is $80 for the year (November to November - no December meeting)
Contact us to reserve a space! (219)477--5073
Sewing Studio U(niversity)
Those who sew are among the friendliest, most helpful people you can find. To spread this untapped source of friendship and knowledge around...
Enrollment is open for the 2014 year of Sewing Studio U.
The tuition for the calendar year is $250.00, which then includes enrollment in :
Sewing Sisters Club
Designer Ruby Technique Studio
Designer Diamond Technique Studio
Sewing Machine Technique Studio
Advanced Sewing Machine Technique Studio
Slow Fashion Movement
Serger Club meet the first Thursday of the month at 10 A.M.
Designer Ruby Technique Studio meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 A.M.
Sewing Machine Technique Studio meets the second Tuesday of the month at 2 P.M.
Sewing Sisters meets the second Friday of the month from 10 A.M. to Noon
Embroidery Club meets the fourth Friday of the month at Noon..
"Pack Your Laptop"
Etsy Club meets the first Monday at 2 P.M.
The Etsy Club is getting into making items to sell to create money for charity sewing for cancer patients!
Software Roundtable is the Wednesday before Embroidery Club at 2 P.M..
Each month is an adventure in exploring this Computer Assisted Drawing software.
Slow Fashion Movement is the second Wednesday at 5 P.M.
An on-going effort to free ourselves from cheap fashion through wardrobe planning, tailoring and
If you are interested in only one of these classes, the annual tuition cost is only $80, which includes 10 classes (no classes one summer month and December)
Tuition for all offerings the year is $250.
A single class is $20.
Card carrying "full time students" receive 20% discount on all purchases, plus discounted cost for special events and guaranteed work space.
We encourage you to consider enrolling and making good use of your sewing machine and/or serger. Of equal or greater importance are the friendships created among those who share a love of sewing which are worth every cent you spend to enroll! Finally, we hope to provide special pricing and events for our loyalest of clients!
This tip is concerning the magnetism and electircal isues with a computerized sewing machine....
Today's tip comes from John Szwec, former National Technical Trainer for Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines.
One of my new machine owners asked about using magnetic pin cushions around her new computerized machine.
I know what I told her, but I asked John.
Any of the stepper motors in your machine work by magnetism and have a ten times stronger magnetic field than any magnetic anything you are putting near your machine.
So if you are used to using magnetic pin cushions, do not let your new machine stop you!
My answer to her was that you would need one of the magnets they use in the junkyard to lift cars, before you would have a magnetic problem with the machine.
John did point out the magnetic items near your LCD screen is another issue. You put a magnet near the screen and all the LCD crystals move and forever after you will have a distorted picture on the screen.
Then we have had a couple of machines in with, what turns out to be warranty issues, otherwise expensive replacement of stepper motors, but these problems were caused by power surges. However, the electrical warranty on any machine is not 20 years, but somewhere between two and five years, depending on the model.
So word to the wise, to have your machine in a surge protector and unplug it when you aren't using it.
John also mentioned there is a power conditioner which monitors the electricity coming through for highs and lows, rather than just protecting against the highs. Something to think about when you consider the investment you already have in your machine.
The Sewing Studio will be open MOnday, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 5, as usual..
Then we will be open Saturdays until December 21, 10 to 4.
I live in Crown Point and have a salon & spa in Valparaiso. Sue was referred to me as a client and the moment I met her, I couldn't stop thinking about fulfilling my goal of learning how to sew. Not only does she sell top of the line sewing machines, she makes sure you know how to fully use them She was confident she could teach me and she very patiently has. What a great place!
Michelle M. Crown Point,IN
"I am loving my Viking Serger I got from you over a month ago! It surely makes my life so much easier to sew the skirts for the skirt purses that I am making. Also I wanted to ask how to leave a testimonial for you and your shop! I am so thankful that I came to you vs. other stores for Viking machines! You are so helpful and a great person!
Thank you, Sue !!!"
Maggie T. Portage, IN
"Love the shop & Sue is a great lady to do business with. Always willing to help you find everything you need.
And if you join any or all of the classes you are sure to meet a great bunch of ladies. And you'll learn alot too."
Pat W. Kouts, IN
"I just love that I bought my machine here. I have the freedom to call or come in for help when I need it."
Carole H. Valparaiso, IN
"I do so love your store."
Phyllis L. Bolingbrook, IL
"I just wanted to take a minute and thank you and the group for such a great day with the Serger Circle. I learned so much, got comfortable with using my machine, and actually completed a couple of napkins. All 12 are done now and I completed a scarf as well, while I was at it! I realized that the leftover fabric from my kitchen curtains would probably yield a dozen or so napkins so I now have them cut out to do more practicing.
What a great group of women to spend a day with, so helpful and friendly. I'm already looking forward to the October class.
Linda L. McHenry, IL:.
"I have been sewing for 60 years and have never had a sewing helper as professional and helpful as you. You are always willing to help and the turn around time for machine repairs has been very good."
Rita W., Hanna, IN
"I am so happy to find the Sewing Studio! Sue is a great Viking dealer. She has helped me progress from my first Viking enbroidery machine of a 1+ to a new Designer Ruby. I remember how frustrated I felt at not being able to use the 1+ to its capabilities.
Because of the classes and sewing groups she nurtures, my retirement is so much more fun than I ever thought it would be. I am continually learning something new about sewing and machine embroidery while making new friends at the same time."
Judy T., Valparaiso, IN
"I had a Singer machine that was always breaking down in the middle of projects. Sue suggested the Viking 100Q and I am delighted with it!
I love not having to use a foot pedal. Thank you for my first lesson. I sewed on knit t-shirt material and on pleather.
Looking forward to spending more time learning my new machine with Sue and my poodle friend, Blondie."
Jill B., Valparaiso, IN
Mentioning to my sister that my machine needed cleaning, she said this was the only place to go!
Her machine had been serviced here, fair pricing, and it sews better now than it did when it was new!!
Diane B., Valparaiso, IN
Good job, having sewed and embroidered, it is working perfectly!
Sharon M. , Hebron, IN (repeat customer)
Repairs have been great and my machine works fine.
Sue W., Valparaiso, IN (repeat customer)
Being the only sewing machine dealer in Northern Indiana from Illinois to Ohio and north of Indianapolis who is a member of the Better Business Bureau (by invitation) I am sure it is repairs that draw complaints, not the machines I sell or the lessons that are given. Having been a consumer long before I became a dealer, I know repairs caused nightmares in my sewing history.
So I am delighted to provide such a wonderful service technician and have my own machines in good hands too!
Sue B., the Sewing Studio