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Time to start thinking about your summer activities! A perfect time to enjoy some of our most popular classes and programs for this summer. Check out the Our Current Classes page for all the latest information!

If you are looking for a different program or would like to take advantage of our individual classes, please give us a call at 518-695-4867.

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We’d would like to send out a “thank you” to all of my customers! We’ve been in business for almost 9 years now and the majority of our business is from our repeat customers and our referrals from all of you!

As a special value to our repeat customers we’ll give you 10% off on your first order during the month of July (2009) if you simply mention this web posting!

Thank you!

Prom season is fast approaching and some lucky ladies will be winning prizes – for making their own prom dresses!

The Sew Jo-Ann Prom Contest for this year has already started! You can download the entry form at this web link.

Contest entrants have a chance to win cash and prizes with the judges making their decisions based on workmanship, level of detail and originality. According to the contest rules, your fabric must come from their stores.

The design comes from you! At me, myself and I, we can help you work out the details of your design, determine which fabrics might work the best, and give you guidance on creating your pattern, fabric cutting, and of course, sewing your creation together!

The contest ends June 30, 2009 so you should start work now if you want a chance to win! Give us a call at 518-695-4867 to schedule an appointment to look at your future prom dress ideas!

Marie Osmond, who some of you possibly saw on Dancing with the Stars last year, is also a quilting enthusiast! She invites quilters to take the Marie Osmond Quilt Challenge! The Challenge offers a chance to win one of three wonderful prize packages each containing a Janome sewing machine, Quilting Treasures fabrics, Advantus storage accessories, Marie Osmond product(s) and much more.

You can download a copy of the application paperwork here from their website. Entries are due in by April 3, 2009.

We can help you plan & design your quilting project as well as help you through the construction phase. Give us a call at 518-695-4867 to see how we can be of help on this or any other sewing project.

Once upon a time…

Well, that’s how some fairy tales begin, but this is a different type of story. Possibly even a love story!

My husband’s grandmother used to sew. Back in the 1930’s many people did their own sewing – either to make complete clothing items or to do their own alterations. And Al’s grandmother was no exception. In fact, having come to the US from the region now generally known as Slovakia, she was probably even more inclined to do so.

The first thing she and her husband did after buying her house, was to invest in a state of the art sewing machine. Of course, back in 1930, this meant a Singer brand machine. Electricity, being a somewhat new-fangled idea at that time, was not universally available. In fact, the country was still in the process of adopting the alternating current standard pushed by George Westinghouse over the direct current approach pushed by Thomas Edison. As a side note – in 1924, at least part of Troy ran on DC. To offer a sewing machine that most people in the US could use, Singer was selling treadle operated machines – foot power!

But, as with so many things, Grandma’s sewing talents were not passed along to her children. The world had changed and by the 50’s and 60’s fewer people were making their own clothing and more professionals began offering tailoring services for alterations. And so, none of Grandma’s children learned how to sew and the Singer treadle operated machine sat as a decorative item. Eventually it passed along to my husband’s mother where it continued to serve in a decorative capacity. My husband’s father did, however, continue to maintain the machine keeping it in operating condition and looking wonderful.

On trips to my mother-in-law’s I would always manage to sneak a few peeks at the machine… Eying it from afar… Wondering how it would be to try it out…

And here is where this turns into a love story. Al’s mother, observant as ever, noticed my interest in the machine. Behind the scenes, she talked with her husband. And with her siblings, Grandma’s other non-sewing children. All of them know about my passion for sewing. And together, they made the incredible decision that Grandma’s machine should come to live with me!

I was stunned! This was truly a gift from the heart! The entire family was behind this gift, knowing that the machine was being passed along to someone who appreciated it and its history.

My father-in-law carefully dismantled it for transport and my husband re-assembled it here at my shop. So – just what does a 1930’s vintage Singer treadle machine look like? Take a look!

Welcome to the family!

This story will continue. The machine works but I have much to learn! It came with many more accessory feet than a current machine. But it also, happily, came with the instruction book. From that I now know this as a Singer #66, “Oscillating hook for family use” machine.

I do have some projects lined up for it so be sure to keep coming back to see how this love story “unfolds”.

…is in the planning stages!

As with the other quilting sleepovers done at Christ the King Church in Greenwich, NY, the quilts are being made for charity..

Attendees will arrive on Friday and leave on Saturday afternoon.

We’ll be creating a “quilt as you go” quilt. We are looking to have approximately 26 people to create 26 individual quilts that can be completed before everyone leaves! The quilts from this session are to be donated to a children’s hospital.

If this is something that you would be interested in, please leave us a comment with your email or give us a call!

The circle of the year is still turning – but it finally looks like winter may someday end!  It also means that tax-time is approaching!

Finances may be running tight but there are still many options left for those of us who can sew – or who want to learn to sew!

We want to brighten up our surroundings! Take down those heavy winter drapes and replace them with bright colorful window valences. Add some cheery throw pillows to bedrooms and living rooms. Brighten your kitchen with some new placemats, napkins and table runners. Inexpensive and relatively simple. We can either create these for you or teach you how to make them yourselves.

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