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I Love Old Sewing Machines

Singer Featherweight 221JThere is something about an old sewing machine that appeals to me, especially if I’m looking at one that is in near perfect condition. If I had to guess, I think some people will buy a sewing machine and they never use it. For whatever reason, it gets put in a closet, or in the garage, and there it sits for decades.

We had a customer bring in a Canadian Singer Featherweight 221J this week. It looked so amazing, I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.

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A Story of a Sewing Machine’s Journey

Damaged BoxBased on a true story:

Once upon a time there was an old sewing machine. It had been sewing for decades, and started to have problems, so its owner (we’ll call her Jenny) decided to send the machine to Temecula Valley Sewing Center for service. Jenny lived in the middle of nowhere, and the closest place to ship her machine was a UPS Store about 30 miles from her house. Jenny brought the machine to that UPS Store, and trusted them to pack it appropriately. Jenny even prepaid the return shipping in advance, because she wanted to be able to get back to sewing as quickly as possble.

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Another Plastic Framed Sewing Machine …

A plastic framed sewing machineAnother plastic framed sewing machine came in for service today. We’re not going to share what brand it is, but you should know that this is the kind of poor quality you can expect if you purchase a really cheap sewing machine. The trouble is, I’ve seen customers bring in plastic framed sewing machines that they paid a lot of money for.

Be assured, Temecula Valley Sewing Center has never, and will never sell sewing machines that do not have metal frames.

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Christmas Stocking Machine Embroidery Optional

Jolly Christmas Stocking No Embroidery - LargeAfter many requests over the last several years, Aileen agreed to offer her Jolly Christmas Stocking as a class. When Aileen published her Jolly Christmas Stocking pattern many years ago, and still to this day, the cover of the pattern show stockings with machine embroidery designs on them.  Many people do not understand that embroidery really is optional.

There are plenty of fun ways to embellish a Christmas stocking.

  • Decorative threads
  • Decorative stitches
  • Rick rack
  • Appliqué
  • Fancy fabrics

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Customer Review: Carbona Color Run Remover

Carbona Color Run RemoverAt some time it happens to everyone, they wash something and color runs from one garment or fabric to another. That’s fine if it’s a pair of socks, because replacing socks is not usually a big deal. When you have a quilt that you’ve worked hard on, and you’ve spent hundreds of dollars putting together, a color run can be heart breaking.

Carbona Color Run Remover clearly shows that it “Fixes Color Run Accidents” right on the front of its container. When used as directed, your results may vary, but we wanted to share what happened with one of our customer’s quilts.

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Closed for the Holidays – December 24 thru January 1

Christmas 2013I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a great year. 2013 was very productive, both for Temecula Valley Sewing Center, and for my family in general. Many of you know that the store is open 6 days a week, but what you might not know is I work them all, and then some. So, this year I was looking at the calendar and decided that I was going to close the store from December 24 through January 1. This gives me 9 days off! I haven’t had a vacation like this in … well I don’t even remember. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had a vacation since I got married, and that was almost 6 years ago.

Don’t worry, the store will reopen on January 2nd. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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The WOW in Prewound Bobbins

Janome Prewound BobbinsAs the desire for sewing and machine embroidery grows, so does the technology of machines. For many years I have sewn and embroidered using Janome and Bernina machines. Although stitch quality and embroidery results were nearly identical when comparing both machine brands, a major difference is the bobbins.

With the exception of the Deco embroidery machines, Bernina’s bobbins are metal, while Janome’s bobbins are mostly a plastic/rubber/resin combination, and in the materials of the bobbins lies the conundrum. Bernina’s metal bobbins seemed to hold more thread than Janome’s plastic bobbins, so I would often opt for the Bernina machine when I was embroidering. However, there is a vast difference between the two types of bobbins, metal vs. plastic, when “prewound” bobbins enter the mix.

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Janome Institute / Elna Impact 2013

Janome 15000Hi Everyone. I just got back from Janome Institute / Elna Impact 2013. It was at the Rio convention center, which is part of the Rio hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since Janome is essentially the same company as Elna, Necchi, and Artistic, we were treated to seeing the new products that are coming out from each of these brands. Here are some of the highlights:

  1. Janome has a new top-of-the-line machine, the Horizon Memory Craft 15000
  2. Elna now has a expressive 900 model, which is comparable to Janome’s Horizon Memory Craft 12000.
  3. Elna now has a eXpressive 860 model, which is comparable to Janome’s Memory Craft 9900.
  4. Janome’s MBX embroidery software will soon be updated to version 4.5.
  5. Artistic now has a host of embroidery design collections from today’s best-known designers, including Michael Miller Fabrics, Lonni Rossi, Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching, Leah Day of Day Style Designs and the Free Motion Quilting Project, and Stitchique.
  6. The Janome 9900 now has a new wood grain face plate (design panel).
  7. A new buttonhole foot is available for Janome, Elna and Necchi machines that allows for much larger buttons than the standard buttonhole foot.

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Servicing Your Sewing Machine Regularly

Sewing Machine ServiceI believe we have previously addressed the frequency of servicing sewing machines. For most sewing machine owners, we recommend an “Annual Service.” That means once each year, but if you sew a lot you may require more than one.

In the last several weeks, I have heard customers stating quite common reasons for NOT servicing their sewing machine, and the single most stated reason has been “I really don’t use my machine that much,” or words to that effect.

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TVSC Now an Elna Sewing Machines Dealer

Elna LotusTemecula Valley Sewing Center is proud to announce that we are now a Elna sewing machines dealer. Taking on Elna allows us to have an even better selection of sewing machines for our customers. It will be a little while before our demonstration machines and Elna accessories arrive, but we were so excited, we just had to let you know the good news!

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