Happy Memorial Day!

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Beautiful weather helps us make our own memories during Memorial Day 2019. We are flying the Red, White and Blue to say we are proud to be Americans. Thank you to all who have given their lives to make us free! We are able to live in peace and enjoy life in the USA. I am enjoying my friends, the flowers and my mom this weekend. Hope you have a great Memorial Day too.

 

 

 

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News from Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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Boys and Girls ages 10 years and older are invited to enroll for the beginner sewing lessons. Class is 2 – 3 hour sessions. Sessions are scheduled “one on one” and I can provide a sewing machine if needed for the classroom. You will learn to sew seams as you make to easy projects. We will then use a regular pattern to cut and sew pants. Book your class early for the Summer vacation.
 
Once you complete the basic sewing class you have “sew” many choices. I have made a few suggestions and framed some classes around some patterns I was inspired by. I hope I see you in class soon and you keep up the sewing practice, practice makes perfect!
 
Beyond the basics BoHo style! Enroll Now! Easy Fashion Sewing for the beginner. Make yourself a beautiful Kimono using Simplicity 8172. Two -3 hour sessions include reading the pattern, layout, cutting, construction and sewing a bias facing. Read more about sewing this lovely fashion in my personal “Sew-a-Long”. I am planning to write several blog articles when I construct my personal garment.
 
Beyond the basics Shirt– If you decide to make a skirt you can pick from any  commercial pattern. Purchase the pattern by hip size. Bring fabric and notions like zipper, all purpose polyester sewing thread, elastic, or buttons to class.
 
Beyond the basics for Boys and Men! If you have taken a Beginner Sewing Class with me and are ready for a new challenge, learn to make a  short sleeved button down shirt with a collar. Make a tropical themed shirt that looks cool doing the hot Summer months.
 
Retro Sewing for the intermediate! Try a beautiful shirt waist dress, Butterick 6672, to sharpen your sewing skills. This dress is lovely and a great garment for the Summer season. Learn fitting, interfacing, facings, pockets, buttonholes, casings, hemming and more making this lovely dress.
 
Beyond the Basics Fit and Flare is a very flattering classic style of dress. The garment features a fitted waist, a center back zipper, gathered or pleated shirt, darts or princess lines, a jeweled neckline or split neckline, facings or lining in the bodice and can be sleeveless, have short , cap or long sleeves. To fit, cut, mark and sew this dress will probably take us 3 – 3 hour sessions. When you have completed this session you are ready to tackle some of the most advanced fitting and sewing projects.

You are invited to attend the monthly Lap quilting club at the MAC center in Salisbury, MD. Register now for $5.00. You can also register at the door each month. Our next club meeting is May 23rd at 2 pm in the Bradford room at the MAC center. Come and sew with us! In our next Lap Quilt session we are learning to applique’. I am inviting all attendees to bring a machine and try out the techniques used to create the Fan, Dresden plate and Sun Bonnet Sue block . I will supply a pattern for the Sun Bonnet block in class. I will list materials to bring on the Lap Quilt club page. We are now on Lesson 5. If you would like to join our group, I can bring you up to date in one on one lessons.   All beginner’s are welcome. Need more help or have to miss a lesson? Take a class with Jenny’s Sewing Studio for a follow up “one on one” session  and make new Lap Quilt blocks each month with sit and sew help. Sign up for one hour, two hours or three hours of instruction on quilting, sewing machine use or sewing help. By the end of 2019 you will have a finished quilt. Join the fun! Follow the links and Enroll Now! Here is the club outline. The outline is revised often. Our next Lap Quilt Club meeting will be at the Salisbury MAC Center at 909 Progress Circle and in the Bradford room on Thursday May 23rd at 2:00 pm.  The fee will be $5.00 a session. Enroll Now at this link! Sign up for our blog newsletter updates.  

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Our next Lap Quilt Club is Thursday February 28th!

Pin ItOur next Lap Quilting Club is February 28th 2019 at 2pm in the Bradford Room at the MAC center.  Our monthly Lap quilting club  is open to all sewers. Register now for $5.00 or you can also register at the door. Come and learn more about lap quilting! This is a lecture demonstration so you do not need to bring anything but your enthusiasm for quilting. Beginners are welcome.

This month we are working on the following blocks:  4 patch, double 4 patch, pinwheel and rail fence. Learn to use the rotary cutter and make templates from the “Lap Quilt by Georgia Bonesteel” book. I will be giving you tips on how to cut and sew these 4 blocks using a projector and my sewing machine.

If you need more help after the session you can sign up for “one on one sessions” with me at my studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr. Use the link to enroll and bring your sewing machine to Jenny’s Sewing Studio for a follow up “one on one” session  and make new Lap Quilt blocks each month with sit and sew help. Sign up for one hour, two hours or three hours of instruction on quilting, sewing machine use or sewing help. By the end of 2019 you will have a finished quilt. Join the fun! Follow the links and Enroll Now!
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Enroll Now for Lap Quilting Club and Sew Along class each month!

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Lap Quilt Club at MAC center!

Each month Jenny’s Sewing Studio will introduce a brand new quilting skill or Quilt block in our lecture demo Lap Quilt series at the MAC center in Salisbury, MD. Beginners are welcome.  Sessions are only $5.00 each and will be scheduled in the Bradford room at 2:00 pm each month.  You can enroll using my web site shopping cart at this link. You can also register at the door of the seminar with Jenny. It helps me plan hand outs and seating when you enroll in advance.

Our first meeting is Thursday January 31st at 2:00pm. The series will be lecture demonstration and you will learn the steps needed to start your quilt. Beginners are welcome. I will demonstrate some of the basic tools needed for quilting. This month I will also introduce electric quilt to help you visually understand how your quilt will look and how much yardage you will need to create your quilt. I have a few handouts to share. We will talk about fabric choices. I will make a few templates and sew a few seams using a 1/4″ foot.  Plan on the session taking about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Bring paper and pen for notes.

I suggest you purchase the Lap Quilting book which contains patterns for 70 Lap Quilt blocks. Attend as many months as you can and work along with me each month to complete your quilt. I will hold a Show and Tell session at the beginning of each club meeting starting in February.

Club meetings for 2019 will be January 31st, Feb 28th, Mar 28th, April 25th, May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, Aug 29th, September 26th, October 31st, November 21st and December 19th . Time for club is 2:00 pm.

Let’s start quilting! See you next Thursday January 31st at 2:00pm.

Lap Quilt Sew Along!

Bring your sewing machine and sew. Following each monthly Lap Quilt club meeting I will schedule a Lap Quilt Sew Along at my Sewing Studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr, in Salisbury, MD. My first Sew Along for Lap Quilting is February 7, 2019. The fee is $20.00 per session. Enroll for the 1:30 – 3:30 pm session or the 6:30 to 8:30 session. Class is once a month. This class is designed to help all beginner quilters with hands on sewing help while you are constructing the quilt. Classes are limited to 6 sewers. You can enter by the front door unless there is snow on the walk, then come in the back door. I always clear the back walk.

Bring your sewing machine or reserve one of my machines to use in class. Bring  Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel, template plastic, a black sharpie marker, a wash away marker, clover chalk triangle for dark fabrics and a ruler to begin making  templates for your quilt. You will need sharp bent handled scissors and straight pin for cutting.  We will make a few templates and cut a few blocks. Let’s get started making your quilt.

For the quilt blocks I suggest you color coordinate at least 4 different 100% cotton fabric prints for your blocks.  Bring at least one yard of 4 different fabrics to mark and cut. That way you have choices when designing the blocks. We can add more prints later. You can also buy additional yardage of a favorite print. The choices are up to you. Bring your fabrics and a neutral thread to class. It will speed things up if you have your bobbin filled and your machine threaded and are ready to sew. I will have plugs and places for sewing machines to set up and sew. I also have cutting mats available.

You can always bring scraps of 100% cotton fabrics and border the blocks later with a neutral color like off white or black. We will talk about borders, backing and binding in another class.

Bring a neutral color thread like off white or black.

I hope to see you in class. Questions? Email me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com
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Mac Center enrollment and class information is final for Winter Institute

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio will present “Learn to Quilt” on January 15th and “Learn to Sew” on January 22nd at 1:00pm at the MAC center in Salisbury, MD. I hope you will join me, Jennifer Friedel,  as I present ideas on Quilting and Sewing you will want to try. Free projects will be offered for you to start your quilting and sewing adventures. Plan on 2 fun afternoons of quilting and sewing inspiration. Both events are $3.00.

MAC’s Winter Institute offers 27 different classes for you to choose from. You can register now using the MAC registration form link (Page 1 and Page 2) I have attached. You can then mail the registration form to MAC, Inc., 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, MD 21804 ( postmarked by Jan 3) or register at the front desk by Friday Jan. 4th. For more information call 410-742-0505.

Here is a link to “A Gift for You!” You can give a friend a gift of a class for Christmas or a birthday. Invite friend’s to come with you and register them for the classes you think they will enjoy. Registration is $3.00 a class. Call MAC at 410-742-0505 to register for the classes of your choice no latter than Jan. 4th 2019.

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Join Jenny for the 2019 monthly Lap Quilting Club at the MAC Center in Salisbury, MD.

Club meetings for 2019 will be January 31st, Feb 28th, Mar 28th, April 25th, May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, Aug 29th, September 26th, October 31st, November 21st ( 3rd Thursday because of Thanksgiving) and December 19th (3rd Thursday because of Christmas). Time for club is 2:00 pm. The clubs are scheduled every 4th Thursday of the month and the sessions are 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Each session will introduce techniques to help you piece a traditional sampler Lap Quilt. The quilt size you decide to make is up to you. I will be completing a quilt along with the sessions. After we get started I will hold a “Show and Tell” at the beginning of each meeting so you can share your sewn blocks and fabric choices with the group.

Our first Club session will be held on January 31st, 2019. I will introduce supplies and fabrics you will need to gather to complete the quilt you would like to make. We will talk about templates and I will demonstrate a few 4 patch blocks. I suggest you purchase Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel. The book contains over 70 patchwork blocks with template patterns and will be your guide for making a Lap Quilt. Amazon.com has the book at a very reasonable price.

You will need to register for each club session in advance and can register in club for the next session or use this on-line link to enroll. Please enroll in advance so MAC sets up enough seating and tables for you to attend.

All club meetings will be power point demonstration. I will also introduce “Electric Quilt” software to show you how you can design your quilt and blocks using the computer.

All club fees will only be applied to the upcoming club. Enrollment date will show the session you are choosing. No carry over fees please.The MAC center is at 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, MD 21804. Club will be in the Bradford room near the gym.

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50% off our entire web site at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio is offering a 50% off closeout sale on almost every item in our on-line shopping cart.

The items in our cart are limited to in stock items only. The stock will be sold on a first come basis.  Great prices on every day and specialty sewing parts, stabilizers, bobbin thread, sewing machine needles and bobbins, Serger feet, Serger blades, light blubs, sewing machine needles and more. I have Singer, BabyLock, Brother, Janome, Juki, Bernina, Pfaff, Simplicity and Toyota parts in limited supply at the cheapest prices you will ever see.

I have marked down over 1000 parts  but I have not gotten to all items. If you do not see your item discounted write me. (No special orders)

Additionally here is another way to save!!  Spend $100 or more on one order and save an additional 10% off using discount code “ $10 on $100 or more”when you check out of the shopping cart. Specials will change as the sale progresses!

Find Organ needles, also Schmetz, Singer and Chromium needles and some Janome needles at 50% off! We have Singer serger needles!

See the Singer circular stitcher at 50% off
Find bobbins like 15J, metal and plastic class 15 bobbins, metal and plastic class 66 bobbins, Touch and Sew bobbins, Futura Centur, XL5000/6000 bobbins, Baby Lock, Bother, Viking  and Janome bobbins at 50% off!

We have Janome, Juki, Singer, Brother, BabyLock, Bernina, Juki, and Generic Presser Feet at 50% off!

Now is the time to buy that extra bobbin case. We have bobbin cases for the Singer Futura.

Find many high shank feet and parts suitable for the Singer 20U. If you have a 20U we have all kinds of style1955 needles in various sizes.

We have Singer and Janome needle plates at 50% off!

Save on serger accessories. Great time to buy those helpful extra feet for your serger. Save 50% off

There are also sewing machine foot controllers at 50% off!

Find Rufflers at 50% off!

Find walking feet at 50% off!

I am clearing most inventory and closing my shopping cart in 2019! 

Jenny’s Sewing Studio will continue offering “one on one” sewing classes! I look forward to offering more new sewing ideas for 2018/2019 in Salisbury, MD.   Enroll Now in any of our 22 sewing classes!

Special project sewing for the public will also be offered. I also have new articles in the works for our sewing blog as I move forward. I hope you will stay tuned for updates as they occur.

Discounts will only be offered for on-line orders that are in stock! I will email you order status as I can. All orders will be shipped Priority mail, no exceptions. Please note you can text me at 410 543 1212 or email me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com if you have questions. All sales final!

Happy Sewing and see you on-line!
Jenny

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Marfy Patterns

Pin ItA McCalls email introduced me to some of the most beautiful sewing patterns. They are by an Italian company called Marfy and sold by Vogue and McCalls. If you love designer clothing you will have to take a look. I am definitely going to buy a few pattern this year.I can not believe they have been around since the 1960’s. The internet sure helps sewers share.

According to Vogue each Marfy pattern is cut and prepared totally by hand with great care and precision on onion skin paper. To ensure a perfect fit, line and elegance, each pattern is tested, studied and perfected on fabric by a skilled team of professionals. The Marfy patterns are for skilled sewers.

Marfy Patterns:
  • Do not have cutting layouts
  • Do not have seam allowances
  • Do not have hem allowances
  • Do not have instructions for assembly
  • Here are few styles. Click on the web site link here to see more.


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Jenny’s sewing history

Pin ItHere is a history lesson about Jenny and sewing! I thought it would be fun to look back.

I received my first sewing machine at age 7.  See my picture below with no front teeth. I remember I did not like the toy machine as it did not work well. I graduated to my mom’s featherweight pretty quickly.  Most of my sewing was doll clothing.  Sewing and embroidery were usually done by hand. I can still remember my uncle showing me how to design cross stitch on graph paper and I was making samplers with my own designs for a year or 2. It is a wonder I continued to sew. My mom  “made me” hem a gathered shirt by hand. I hated it. I guess I got over the trauma.

In Home economics class my first project was an apron. After that it was a jacket dress and a shirtwaist dress with pin tucks.  By the time I reached the 8th grade I was sewing with wool and made pleated shirts and jackets.  I took home economics all 4 years I was in high school. I made costumes for school musicals and even a bicentennial dress. I am a prolific sewer but most of my garment sewing was done when I learned to sew in junior high and senior high school and the first few years I worked for Singer. I bought most of my fabric from Dannemann’s, Butler’s sewing Center and Woolworth’s. I sewed everything I wore. I even sewed bathing suits because I needed a few. We lived on the water and believe it or not I water skied every day. Those were the days. I could not afford a wardrobe so I made it.

When I reached college my mother gave me her Singer featherweight to bring to school.  I was popular because I had one of the few sewing machines in the dorm.  I sewed for class or special occasions because the budget was small.  I made a Vogue designer tailored suit. The ensemble included a wide high waist lined slack with cuffs and a ¾ length tailored jacket with belt by Yves Saint Laurent.  If only I could wear that fashion statement now.  In one class we designed our own fabric.  I created a pair of bell bottoms with hand stamped butterflies. I wish I had a picture.  I also made a long peasant dress that was tie dyed and wore it for years.  Again you have to picture the fashion statement as cell phones were not around yet.  I guess I should be grateful.

Once I started to work for Singer I sewed complete wardrobes.  We had so many choices as sewers back then. When I moved to Atlanta, Ga I found the greatest place to buy fabric. It was called Cloth World. I loved that place. They had endless round tables displaying fashion fabric stories of colors and coordinating fabrics.  Singer was a close second in fabric display.  Now days you do not see that many fashion fabrics and a lot of times it is displayed like at Mood from Project Runway, in tubes that are stacked on top of each other and impossible to view. G Street had some great fabrics but again I was not thrilled with the display. I always had to fight the fabric to find something.  I was and am a bit spoiled.  I guess we should be grateful for the few stores that are left to service the sewing public. It is funny when you think about it. Retail is struggling today just to remain open, yet they still have such possibilities. Recently I went to Hobby Lobby to touch and feel the fabric there. They had a few nice pieces and the display was well maintained. I saw a lot of old friends in that fabric department. Thing is, it is a city block and ½ from the store entrance. I do not like to hike that far for interfacing. I will buy it on Amazon. See, I told you I am spoiled.

I remember driving to Clear brook, West Virginia to buy the wool to make a winter dress chesterfield coat and a double breasted pinstripe suit in wool and the black suit you see the pattern of.  I looked up the woolen mill and it is now a Grille. Times have changed a lot of things.

When I first went to work with Singer I traded in my featherweight complete with table and all accessories for the new Singer Futura II and then the Athena. I had one of the first electronic sewing machines. I also bought one for my mom. We had a lot of fun on that Singer machine model 2000.

The age of double knits appeared and I was in love with the techniques and the fashion.  I even free motion embroidered complete floral vine patterns on several suit jackets.  See the picture of the blue pantsuit I am wearing.  I made my own sweaters and had a coordinating jacket and pants for every look.  It is hard to explain how inspiring the fabrics were back then.

I was sorry to see our local Kmart close here in Salisbury, MD.  If I remember back to the 70’s and 80’s it was Kmart and Sears that introduced cheap clothing to the public. That started the end of fabric retail because it was now economically as cheap to buy your own clothing, rather than make them.  Now Kmart will soon be gone. Walmart hit us in the 90’s did a number on retail too. Walmart has tried to own and sell everything. Walmart started with fabric, then they took it out, now fabric is back in the store again. It goes against my small business sense to shop at Walmart although I know a few people that do.

When I opened Jenny’s Sewing Studio in 1982 we were on the start of the quilting and sewing craft craze. I offered about 2,000 bolts of colorful cottons. When we opened the cotton was 2.99 to 3.99 a yard. When we closed our quilt shop in 2008 the cotton was selling for 7.99 to over 10.00 a yard.  I have probably made over 100 quilts and wall hangings.  I also enjoyed making lots of quilted clothing, dolls and crafts.  I still have a few quilts I saved and display  for the different seasons.  Quilting really revived sewing for many years. Machine embroidery and quilting helped sell a lot of sewing machines .

I sold Singer, Janome, Bernina, Pfaff, BabyLock, Brother, Juki, and Simplicity sewing machines. I owned one of each top end model and used the machines to learn the features and create samples for my store.

Hancock Fabric came into Salisbury for a few years. Jo Ann fabrics and Mays fabrics also had fabric in Salisbury. I saw them come and then go. None of these fabric chains lasted over 10 to 15 years here. 

We had some really great customers and held some great classes and seminars on sewing, embroidery and quilting. I knew most of my regular customers by name and enjoyed their visits to the store. Life is about sharing and I think that is the number 1 thing I like about sewers, they share. I offered in store clubs for the sewing machine brands and software classes on machine embroidery. I still offer hands on classes on a “one on one” basis.  Hours I spend with these sewers is priceless to me. I try to capture the customer and project unless I get so busy time gets away from me.

Lately I have offered some custom sewing for customers. I am picky as to what I will sew but enjoy being creative.

We will see what the future of sewing brings.  I hope a new generation of sewing enthusiasts opens new markets for the creating fashion. Of all the sewing I have done,  I still liked sewing my own fashions the best.  I loved to make something out of a mistake or pull all my scraps together and create from them. It was the heart of my sewing. Today I enjoy teaching students how to sew and hope they will continue for years to come.
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