Missing Joan Hook

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In late October 2016 Joan Hook passed away. Joan was a great quilter, a great sewer, wonderful past employee and friend. She will be missed. She shared many of her skills and crafts with the community and was always a cheery face at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Joan always tried hard to please. I remember her making a sample cow doll for me in the shop and I can hear her now,  laughing about how awful the pattern was, but she put her best efforts forward.  Joan visited us often and taught many quilters in the area. I will miss you Joan.






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Buying a sewing machine

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7258quilterNeed a new sewing machine? I will try to help you decide which machine is best for you as you look at the 100’s of product available today. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

How much am I going to use the machine and what I am going to require the machine to do?

What is my budget? Buy the most sewing machine you can afford, if you plan to continue sewing in the future.

What is your skill level? If you are reading this article you are on a computer. You have electric. I believe you should always look at electronic machines because the ease of operation. Electronic machines preset the stitch length and width to make the optimum stitch. When you turn on the machine it is ready to sew the stitch you need. You do not need the instruction manual to do the most basic sewing once you learn to thread your machine.

Features you will need to look at include:

Smooth and variable speed control, an electronic controller is best

Built in threader

Variable stitch length and stitch width.

One step buttonholer, many machine will measure the size of a button and sew a buttonhole to match.

A variety of utility and decorative stitches. Include blind hem, mending, and over edge stitches.

Front drop in bobbin.

Easy threading.

Extra high pressure foot lifter

Easy to adjust top tension

multiple needle positions

I like the automatic needle up and needle down button.

I like an extended bed. This extension table maybe an optional accessory.

Do not get hung up on price. You can buy a very nice sewing machine for $269.99 or you can spend $999 on more features. Buy the machine for you needs. Buy a sewing machine that will last you at least 10 years.

DSCN2067If you can, buy from a local dealer who will offer instruction and service for your future needs.

I have been selling and instructing on sewing and sewing machines for my whole life and can tell you the better the tools, the better your sewing will be.


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Sew Easy Presser foot by Singer

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sew easyThe sew easy presser foot looks like a wonderful addition for all sewers. Here is a foot that will keep your stitching straight. An adjustable guide moves to any seam width. You can also coordinate your machines needle position for additional seam widths. The attached video says it all. Here is a link to purchase the Sew Easy presser foot.   Fits most low shank machines.

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A Great time to Sew!

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deannie 2014It’s Hot outside, a perfect time to sew inside in the air conditioning.  I invite you to take a sewing class with me at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. Learn to Sew or Learn to Sew Better. Classes held “one on one” at my home studio. Here is the enrollment link to my classes. Questions? Email me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

Take advantage of discounts sales and closeouts this summer at Jenny’s. I have accessories and feet for Juki, Janome, Baby Lock, Brother and Singer.

One of a kind items I have on closeout Summer sale are at this link! Purchase Designer Handbags, Handbags 2, Serge and Merge, Pretty  Little Patchwork, and 12″ demo fabric bolts, stencil cutter, Fabric Glide and much more. Most items are 1/2 price. Most are new and unused. I also have items have have listed in a sewing room closeout. Since I moved into my own studio I need more space some you get to benefit.

Here is a great beginner sewing project using polar fleece. If you have some scraps you might want to download it and try the owls for fun.


Finally, it is the political season so I am sharing my free embroidery with you. I have learned to stay clear of expressing any views during this period so I will enjoy the designs with you in silence.

Stay cool!  Jennydemocrat_jef


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Sewing table extension back in stock

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extensionblueThe sewing machine extension slide on table is one of my favorite sewing accessories. It gives the sewer so much more room to support the fabric as you sew or quilt.  I always say that the better your equipment the better the sewing will end up.  A popular Singer sewing table is now in stock. See if it fits your machine.

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Sewing Machine extension tables

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alphatableIf you are a sewer or a quilter you know the support of a sewing table really helps you sew better. The bed extension holds the weight of your garment or quilt so that when you stitch, the project is not working against you. Another thing to say about a bed extension is that it makes sewing physically easier on you.

I offer several options for sewers in bed extensions. Alphasew offers a Universal bed extension that is easily adjusted to work with must home sewing machines. Also notice the accessory storage that puts you most used items at your fingertips. For a limited time I am offering the Alphasew extension table at a great savings. Save 20% off the universal Alpha table. Use JENalpha when you checkout at our shopping cart. Use this link to see all our sewing machine extension tables.  

Another option you may want to check out is the sew steady table that is available in 3 sizes. The sew steady table is a special order item and is custom made for your sewing machine model. Allow at least 2 weeks for delivery.

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Machine instruction

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Lynn sept 2014Use the following link to enroll in a 2 hour session. Tell me the make, model and what you wish to learn.

Sewing Machine Basics– Learn the basics of using your machine. We will wind a bobbin, thread the machine and work on the stitch functions. Please make sure you bring your instruction book with the machine. Learn the blind hem, mending stitch, buttonhole, sewing on buttons, over edge, and more. Bring thread, your machine and scissors plus your book. Fabrics will be provided. 2-hours 1:30-3:30pm

Serger Sewing Basics – Learn to thread and use your serger. We will cover the ¾ spool stitch, flat lock and narrow roll hem. You will practice the stitches and make a few projects as you learn. Make sure you bring your serger and instruction manual, 4 cones of thread ( prefer one cone of yellow, blue, red and green) scissors, and tweezers. Fabrics and materials will be provided. 2-hours 1:30-3:30pm

Embroidery Machine Basics– This is a great class to learn to use your embroidery machine. Learn where to start with embroidery. Bring your machine and card writer or USB thumb drive and laptop. We will cover stabilizers, threads, marking and positioning tools, templates, and give you some great ideas to try with your machine. Learn to embroider a towel and tee shirt and more. Demonstration will include a generic embroidery software that will work with all machines. We will practice one transfer and a monogram. 2-hours 1:30-3:30pm

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Singer Futura Embroidery Seminar – 2016

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Singer Futura seminar will now be a “one on one” all day session. Class scheduling will be done as a private appointment. Here is my appointment calendar. I can schedule any day I do not have a class. No Fridays Please.
I hope you will join me to explore the use of the Futura, Studio or Legacy embroidery machine.  This one day seminar is designed to benefit the brand new user as well as those who want to brush up on their embroidery skills. email jenny at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio for more information. Class is by appointment only. Our Seminar is in Salisbury, MD. To enroll click here to pick your class and pay.

The Singer Futura Embroidery seminar
will be held 10:00am-4:30pm with an hour reserved for lunch. I am flexible on the day you wish to schedule.  I can provide a Futura Quintet and a laptop and basic sewing supplies to make it easy to attend.  The embroidery technique and software is exactly the same on all Futura models. Just bring a spool of red embroidery thread and a jump drive to copy files too. Singer has introduced quite a few Futura models and I will cover how to use them all including the The Futura Quintet, XL580, XL420, the XL400, 4-1, XL550, Futura Quartet or the SESQ6000 SEQS 6700 and more.

You will cover how all the basic embroidery functions like loading a design, centering, printing a the template for positioning, changing colors, use the design browser, copy and paste designs, use the embroidery anthology, change the screen color, load the hoops, use the grid, use the lettering engine, learn the draw package and more. I will also cover all the options. Learn to use the Auto Punch, Hyper Font and Photo Stitch. Once you create a design we will edit it using editing option. Add texture to your design. If you own the options you can create along with me. If you do not, watch the demos.  If you are interested in purchasing the options like Auto Punch, Photo Stitch, Cross Stitch, Hyper Font and Editing you can buy these from me.

I hope to see you in Salisbury, MD !  Class is $80.00.  I will need your name, address, phone number including cell phone, make and model of Futura and options owned. Also tell me your computer operating system.
To enroll call me at 410-543-1212 and leave a message or email me for a faster response. We will then set an appointment for when you want to attend.

Follow-up with additional sessions. If you have taken a Futura class from me in the past and wish more instruction, contact me: jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com and we will discuss how many hours and what you wish to review.

Any cancellation can be made within 48 hours. No refunds or rescheduling will be made after 48 hours. Exceptions  will be made for weather and sickness only if you contact me in advance.  I will give you my personal phone when you enroll so please do not attend if you are ill.  I will set a new appointment time asap. If 2 cancellations are made in a row by the same customer, fees will be forfeited. Remember, I have set aside the scheduled time just for you, I will call you to remind you about class, so be on time.



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