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. Appointments will be taken starting January 2016.
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.

The Singer Futura Embroidery seminar
will be held 10:00am-4:30pm with an hour reserved for lunch. I am flexible but prefer Wednesday or Saturday.  I will 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. 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: 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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More sewing room specials

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berninaMy latest addition is a used Bernina 1080! For those who know Bernina as a high quality work horse, this is the machine for you. The used Bernina 1080 electronic sewing machine is in excellent condition and when it runs it purrs. This machine was one of the last Bernina made in Switzerland and was used by my mom for about 15 years. The machine has almost everything you could want in a Bernina. Great for the quilter and the heirloom sewer. Easy enough for the beginner. Read more about this great find here.

I am also starting to add inventory to a special sewing room sale category in my shopping cart. Product will be sale priced until excess inventory is reduced. Save up to 25% on some items like thread assortments and stabilizers. I will be adding more items as I can.


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InvisiGrip by Omnigrid

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During a recent class I had several students who were trying to use the rotary cutter to cut 2 1/2″ strips for a quilt. The ruler kept slipping and the strips were cut crooked. I have experience using a cutter and ruler so completed their strip cutting. I then went shopping for something that may help in the future keeping the ruler from slipping for beginners cutters who are not used to how to apply pressure to the cutter and ruler. I found it with InvisiGrip. I applied the thin cut membrane to my ruler and it worked. The students loved it and there was no ruler sliding and slipping. I recommend this product to everyone!

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Steve White passes away at 60

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steve whiteI am sorry to hear on Thursday November 5th Steve White passed away at his home in Parsonsburg. Here is an article from Delmarva now….

Steve was know for many creative talents. He was the fire chief in Parsonsburg and an EMT. I knew Steve for his work with sewing machine repair. He worked for several years part time in our Salisbury, MD store, Jenny’s Sewing Studio, with my Dad Gray Friedel repairing sewing machine and sergers. He was know as the serger expert and his golden touch could fix any serger we had a problem with.  My condolences to his family and friends. It was a pleasure to have known Steve and he will be missed.

“Longtime Parsonsburg Fire Chief Steve White, whose earnest and tireless efforts successfully helped erect a new firehouse for volunteers in far eastern Wicomico County, has died, the Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Co., has confirmed.

White died at his home in Parsonsburg on Thursday, Nov. 5, after an illness. He was 60.

He was chief of the Parsonsburg fire company 20 years, and, fallen to illness in recent months, turned over his duties to Interim Fire Chief Eric Tyler.

“He was an all-around good person who did a lot for firefighters,” said a mourning volunteer at the firehouse Thursday afternoon. “He was instrumental in getting the firehouse built. We’ve lost one of the best chiefs we’ve ever had.”

White’s family along with members of the Parsonsburg fire company plan a public announcement about his death and to reflect on his life and achievements at a special gathering Saturday at the new firehouse that opened five years ago, said Tyler. White’s family, he said, has requested privacy until then.”

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My nephew Michael’s wedding September 6th 2015

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mikeandshalaniWell here is something on a personnel note and different from sewing.. My brother Jim drove my mom and I to Leesburg, Va for the most exciting wedding this past labor day. My nephew and Godson Michael was married to Shalini in a Hindu ceremony. I will share a few pictures of the event with you. I even got 2 Henna tatoos. It is funny, everywhere I go the young people want to see and talk about the tatoos….  The brides family gives all the female guests a gift and it was a pearl necklace. Here is the gift giver handing them out. It was a lovely weekend. Pictured are the bride and groom, my niece and her husband, the gift giver, and the Friedel family.


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The Circular Stitcher is creative fun

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The Circular stitcher is finally back in stock and Jenny’s Sewing Studio has the stitcher at a great sale price.

Decorate in circles, it is great sewing fun and very in right now. Our new circular stitcher makes it easy to be creative. The stitcher fits on most low shank sewing machines as a guide. Using your satin stitch foot, just touch and sew out any decorative stitch in a circle. Frame a monogram, interlock circles, change colors, frame applique, Make a faced opening in circles. The possibilites are endless. Send me pictures of how you used circles and I will post them.

Circular stitcher is an accessory that makes creative fun with decorative stitches. This circular stitcher fits any low shank foot with a Japanese shank. With the use of a thumb tack create circles in multiple sizes.  Here is the link to the right low shank and open toe foot so your set up is complete.

Futura Shank


Stitch Foot

Place the satin stitch foot on your machine. We used the open toe foot. Decide where you want the circle and how large you need it. Place a thumb tack underneath the fabric. It will extend into the center of the circle on the right side of the fabric. There is an adjustment screw on the top of the attachment and as you roll the white dial the diameter grows smaller or larger.  The shank has a hole under the quilt bar hole that the circular stitcher slides into.

Adjust the widthYou will need to slide the circular stitcher in position for every circle. The attachment sits on the thumb screw. Lower the presser foot and guide the fabric and it will feed in a circle. A video link for you to watch is on the circular stitcher product page.

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio web site is still growing after all these years

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Shop on-line at Jenny’s Sewing Studio! Our comprehensive inventory includes sewing machines and parts, accessories, embroidery designs and software, sewing and embroidery lessons on line and on CD, sewing notions and supplies, sewing books and patterns and more – all backed by our years of experience since 1982.  (picture shows our opening newspaper photo from 1982).

I am in the process of updating the web site to serve you better. You will find our shopping cart pages easier to read and be able to find your sewing needs faster than ever before.  Also note I am adding instructional video where possible, so you understand the products you are ordering, especially software. This Fall I am going back to school again to learn more about the web site design so I can produce the best web site possible. As you know, the computer is always changing.

Use our on-line secure shopping cart for the most accurate ordering system. I will strive to guarantee you the  fastest shipping results! I use Pay Pal for the best security possible. You can use your credit card information in our cart and it is now processed with Pay Pal so I never see and of your personal credit card information. Using our shopping cart will also ensure your credit and shipping information will be safe with us and we can refer to your history of the order and tracking and so can you, if any question should arise. If you have a question you can always email me at 24/7 and I will reply within 6 hours if not sooner.

I have transferred some old photos of Jenny’s Sewing Studio for you to enjoy on Pinterest.  Jenny’s Sewing Studio is now 34 years old and we have been on line for 20 years. That is a lot of history. You will see more additions as I have time. Here is a picture from our first web site in 1995.


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