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If you’re thinking about getting someone special a sewing machine as a gift this holiday season, you may want to consider including a list of safety rules that they need to follow in conjunction with the gift. The safety items are simple:
Before you give it to them, write up an agreement for them to sign. The agreement should state something similar to the following: “By opening this present, I promise to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations provided in the package I open. Should I disobey, I will immediately subject myself to a punishment without complaint or ill will. I hereby agree that the punishment will be affixed on a case by case basis—based on the severity of the crime—by the giver of the gift.”
Have them sign the legal document. Make a few copies. Frame one, give one to them and hide the original somewhere they can’t find and rip it up. It’s important you keep the evidence.
The punishments should be light and fun, and yet slightly annoying. Not enough to make them mad, but just enough to tease them. These will have to be cleverly thought up by the giver of the gift. Be sure to make them fun, otherwise they will begin to resent you or the gift. The punishment can be something as simple as tickling if they are a family member, or even a free back massage.
We are proud and excited to be participating in the upcoming Christmas Gift Festival this year! For a combined total of 6 days, we will be having a blast at University Mall, where Nordstrom used to be. For the next two weeks, this festival will be occurring at the mall on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays.
The Christmas Gift Festival is a way for Utah Residents to celebrate the holiday season with each other and with local retailers while supporting a good cause. During the Gift Festival, there will be vendors of all sorts in attendance, as well as lots of gift options and ideas for you to choose from.
One of the major focuses of this festival are the exciting charity events such as the Gingerbread House Festival and the Utah Valley Charity Trees. These are excellent causes which have helped out thousands and thousands of people, so they are worth checking out!
Make sure to bring your friends, your family, and yourself! It should be a good time for all age groups, and there are going to be featured children’s’ activities in order to get the kids pumped up for the holidays!
We hope to see you there! As an important not, we are giving away a brand new machine in tandem with our festival participation. One lucky person can win a brand new Bernette 46 on company FB page. Visit us on Facebook and “”like” our page for your chance to win!
Visit the Christmas Gift Festival on Facebook!
It’s the Inside That Counts
Ashley |August 24, 2012 |
Hey everyone! We’d just like to take a quick minute to talk about one of our great deals we have going on right now. If you have a machine that needs a tune-up, bring it in and we’ll get you a special price for it.
We’re offering a $60 tune-up for $45. That’s a discount of 25 percent! Tell your friends about it- this is a great time to have machines serviced. You can buy this deal now, share it with friends, or buy and share alike! This deal is available in both our St. George and Provo locations.
The Coupon Fine Print: Coupon valid from 9/1/2012 to 11/30/2012. Limit 2 per person, and one coupon per visit. Can't be combined with other offers. Coupon must be presented at the time a machine is left for Service. Does not apply to prior services.
As another note- our remodel in Provo is done! We’re pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Be sure to stop by and check out our improved space! We’re uploading pictures of the remodel. It was a bit of a process, but it was worth it!
We hope to see you soon!
Hi everyone! We’ve got an exciting upcoming event that we would like to focus on today! Angie Stevenson is going to be doing two workshops next month: one on September 26th and one on September 27th.
Looking to improve on your quilting and embroidery skills? Wanting a change of pace? Or maybe just looking to have fun with other likeminded people? Sign up for our 830 retreat today!
Our 830 retreat is going from Friday July 27 to Saturday July 28. We’ve got a great section of classes to choose from, with a big focus on embroidery and quilting. These classes will focus on our 830 machine and its ability to do a wide range of complex work effortlessly.
We’ll not only be going over all of the best ways to utilize the abilities of your 830, but we’ll also be showing some of the most effective techniques that will leave you with beautiful results. In addition, we’ll be showcasing some of our newest Bernina products, so that you have the option to update your equipment if you need to.
All in all, it’s looking like it will be a fun time that is also very helpful to 830 users and those who simply are wanting to improve their skill sets even more. Bernina events are known for their quality, so this is one that you don’t want to miss!
Hope to see you all there!
Here are some tips for taking care of your sewing machine, all of which you can do yourself:
1- Service your machine annually. This means thoroughly going through and making sure that it is clean and in good operation. Some disassembly is required, which is why you will need your instruction manual!
2- Conduct mini tune-ups yourself throughout the year.
3- Use cans of compressed air to give yourself a quick and effective way to remove dust and list from the nooks and crannies of your machine.
4- Use a small lint brush (or a makeup brush as an alternative) to gently brush away list and dust that has accumulated or stuck.
5- Make sure that you clean the lint out of the feed dogs regularly.
6- Make sure to consult your instruction manual before you oil any part of your machine. Some modern options do not need it. Should you need to oil your machine, a single drop on the moving parts will do-- so do not overdo it.
7- Always swap in a fresh needle when starting a new project, or anytime that the needle gets damaged.
8- Make sure to cover your machine when it is not in use!
9- Last of all, make sure that you store your sewing machine in a cool dry place when you are not using it, so that it will remain in optimal shape for you.
Your sewing machine will be able to perform better if you take care of it on a regular basis. You can think of it this way: Take care of your sewing machine, and it will take care of you!
Today we’re going to be talking about one of the core basics of sewing- sewing a perfectly straight line. It is something that we all have to learn as we take up the hobby, and it is always good to be refreshed.
There are two big factors that influence the lines you get: pedal control and your ability to keep consistent lines. When you are working with your sewing machine, keep consistent pressure on the pedal, and use it in gradual increments. Go at your own pace and adjust based on what is happening, but never cut off or push down hard without easing into it. This will help you avoid snags and having your fingers get in the way!
The lines on the plate under the needle of your machine are your best friend when it comes to sewing straight lines. There are several lines next to each other on these plates, which are evenly spaced out. You can use these to know exactly how straight you are sewing, as well as being able to keep your pleats consistent the whole time.
So, apply steady pressure, go at your own rate, and keep an eye on those parallel lines that you have! You’ll get much more consistent and straight results this way.
Just remember that if you make a mistake it is perfectly normal! Even the pros make mistakes of the basics every now and then. The key is to never get discouraged, and to always take every mistake as a lesson. And after the lesson has been learned, there is always picking!
Getting it perfect every time is going to take practice and muscle memory. The great thing is that you can develop these skills as you go without having to focus on them to much- because the more projects that you do, the more the skills will develop over time!
We’re going to be offering 48 months of interest free financing for our machines priced to sell. Of particular note in this sale is the 830LE! Along with the 830LE, we are including a free Jumbo Hoop, and a $500 dollar mail in certificate which can be used on anything in the store.
We’re not limited to the 830LE, however. Everything is going to be on sale! Notions, Feet, Accessories, Patterns, and everything else will be on sale- up to 50% off!
Tell your friends and get in here! Whether you’re looking for a machine or you want to build up your supplies, there is going to be something for you! This is only going on tomorrow, so spread the word!
We are proud to be participating in the Quilt Walk in Panguitch this year! There is going to be a lot of fun events to go to, and a lot to be learned about sewing and quilting as well. We invite anyone who wants to learn some new skills to come participate with us!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Quilt Walk, it is an annual event which is held in order to celebrate the founding and history of Panguitch. For 12 years now, the city has hosted this gathering of quilting enthusiast, as well as those who are just looking to have a great time.
The history behind the Quilt Walk is impressive and even miraculous in nature. Panguitch was settled by pioneers from a nearby town, who run dangerously low on supplies that winter. As their town and families faced starvation, seven brave men trudged off through the snow to get supplies from 40 miles away. The only way to progress through the frozen landscape was to lay quilts end over end to take their weight and disperse the pressure. These men heroically braved the frozen wastes and returned home to save their families
The Quilt Walk celebrates that history with classes, games, reenactments, and food. It’s a great activity to bring the family to! The quilt walk takes place June 7-9 this year. See you there!
For more information about the quilt walk, active registration, and the activities going on during it, please visit http://www.quiltwalk.org/. And be sure to come say hi at our booth. We’d love to see you there!
This camp will give your children the opportunity to learn skills that they can use for the rest of their life. It is a great way to let your children have fun this summer without worrying about them. Stop by our store or check out our class schedule if you’d like to know more!
Attention quilters! We are hosting a contest through the Daily Herald which we think should be really fun. We’ve decided to offer a prize for the winners that we know a lot of you will like.
As the prize for winning, we are going to give away an AcuQulit GO! Baby Fabric Cutter. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this product, the AcuQuilt allows you to make precise cuts into your fabric without having to worry about straining yourself.
This fabric cutter is great because not only is it designed and built with the quilter in mind, but it also will be able to make a difference right off the bat! The equipment does not need a power cord or batteries, and is designed to be compact and foldable so that you can easily carry it around and store it! It is perfect for those who either require a lot of accuracy, or who maybe are having trouble cutting fabric by hand.
The quality of the blades which are inset into the AcuQuilt will give you a lifetime of accurate precision, and will not dull as long as they are used for fabric cutting.
Your projects should be even more enjoyable and should be made easier if you use this fabric cutter while you work!
If you would like to participate and compete for this awesome prize then check the Daily Herald for our ad! Information about entry and the rules of the contest can be found in there.
We hope to see a lot of great submissions! Have fun, everyone!
If you are at loss as to what you can give your mother this mother’s day, a travelling quilt may be the answer that you have been looking for. If you and your mother share the skill of quilting, this can be a great way to spend quality time together and enjoy each other’s creativity. If you and your mother do not know how to quilt, you can take classes! If only one of you knows how to quilt, it is a great opportunity for one to learn from the other.
A travelling quilt will require each of you to make blocks for the quilt. As you finish the blocks you can send the quilt back and forth to one another. When you live close to each other, you may even plan to spend a specific amount of time quilting with each other once a month.
If you do not live close enough to be able to quilt together, you can simply send the quilt back and forth to each other. Building off of the creativity of the last block is a great way to get to know each other better and see the creative nature of someone you hold dear.
So, to get this started simply make the first block. Find material that you love, a pattern that you love or even a shape that you love and use it for inspiration. Wrap it up and write some rules about the quilt you are making together. Include…
Include a nice note about how much you love her and you can bet your gift will be a success.
There are many different sewing techniques that are difficult to master. Sometimes though, there are some simple tricks that can help seamstresses successfully accomplish these difficult to master techniques.
If you have struggled sewing a perfect circle in the past you may want to use this method…
The next technique that can be difficult to master is a lettuce hem. When you want to sew a lettuce hem with your machine you should…
If you are overwhelmed by either of these techniques, you may want to take a sewing class. A beginning sewing class can be a great way to learn basic techniques that you can use throughout the rest of your sewing adventures.
We are also interested in what you have to share. Following our customers and those that find projects that spark creativity is a great way for us to broaden our horizons in the sewing world.
If you have not discovered Pinterest yet, you may want to stop by their website. Pinterest is an online Pinboard. This means that you can organize and share all of the beautiful and inspiring pictures and web pages that you find on the internet. Anything that you find can be pinned onto your own pinboard.
When you find someone interesting on the internet, you simply have to pin it onto your pin board. You can create many different pinbords to organize the ideas and inspirational items that you find while you are browsing the internet.
So, if you aren’t a part of the Pinterest community yet, hop on board! If you are part of the community, find Dave’s Bernina, follow us and let us take part in your virtual pinning experience!
There are many ways that sewing can improve your life. Although you may only think of sewing as a hobby, there can be real benefits to dusting off your sewing machine and starting a new project.Sewing can be a great way to save money. When you start sewing you can learn how to make clothes for yourself, accessories for your home or even make gifts to give to others. Often times, you are able to save a lot of money when you can make something on your own.
To ensure that your sewing is financially beneficial you can start looking for good deals on material or shopping through the sales sections of your local craft store.
Sewing is a great creative outlet. When you sit behind a desk eight hours a day or even if you are home with your children all day, you may need some time to be able to express yourself creatively.
Sewing can be a great way to express yourself creatively and ensure that you are receiving the fulfillment that comes from this expression.
Sewing can be a great stress reliever. When you are able to express yourself through your sewing and safe money with your projects you may find that your sewing is a great way to unwind and relieve some of your stress.
When you find sewing to be a stress reliever you can eliminate less beneficial habits that previously helped you relieve your stress.
Making Handmade Reusable Gift Wrap
Ashley | December 5th, 2011 |
Looking for a way to spice up the holidays with a little sewing? If so, then try making your own gift wrap this holiday season. It’s a great project, and it’s easy and fun!
Making your own gift wrap says to the recipient of the gift that you care about them, and that you put the time and effort into the covering that they are removing, not to mention the gist itself. This is such a great way to warp gifts because of the ease and variability of the action.
Indeed, if you are feeling crafty, you can of course fabricate your own wrapping from scratch. But, if you’re not feeling like doing everything, there are a lot of shortcuts that you can take in order to get the same effect.
The point of wrapping your gifts this ways is to create something that is fun and cute and memorable, not to mention enjoyable for you. Reusable gift wrap can also be a gift in itself, if the person who is getting the gift wants to hang onto it.
While those of you who are feeling extra crafty can make your covers for presents based on the exact specifications of the gift, here’s a handy starting point for the rest of us. Taking a reusable shopping bag or tote and decorating it is one of the best ways to create your own gift wrap, and it’s easy to do.
All you have to do is sew designs into it and make it feel festive, and embellish from there! From this simple starting point, you can keep working until you have a project that is truly unique and beautiful.
Dave’s Bernina Tip of the Week!
Ashley | December 2nd, 2011 |
Tip of the week: Sorry I missed a few weeks it has been busy but fun at the store. The Christmas sewing is coming along but it is hard to get some of it done without everyone seeing it. So I mix another project in with it. The PJ pieces are sitting there with a quilt project that I am working on. That way when one of the kids or husband comes in they see a mix of fabric and think that it is just one of my regular projects. The best way to hide something is in plane sight sometimes.
Creating a Sewing Kit with the Necessities
Ashley | November 18th, 2011 |
When you are going to start sewing you have to make sure that you know how you are going to create your own sewing kit. Make sure that you get your sewing kit together so you can be sure you have everything you need while you are getting ready to sew. In your sewing kit you should be sure that you have…
A variety of thread
A variety of buttons
A variety of needles
Pins and a pin cushion
A tape measurer
Fasteners (Snaps, hooks and eyes)
When you start shopping for a sewing kit do not be afraid to talk to a sales assistant in the store. You want to make sure that you take the time that you need to understand how you will get the quality equipment for the right price.
Be sure that you organize your kit as well. You want to be able to find everything that you need when you need it. As you are organizing your kit you may also want to make sure that you have somewhere safe to store the kit. Put the kit into the same closet or cupboard so that you always know where it is. This way, you can be sure that you are able to grab your kit and start working on your sewing project whenever you need it.
Dave’s Bernina Tip of the Week!
Ashley | November 11th, 2011 |
Do you have a lot of UFO’s (UnFinished Projects)? It can seam so overwhelming when you look at them all altogether. Well I have found that when I make a list of them all, then I try to finish a few that only have a small amount left to do, like hem the skirt, put buttons on, or bind a quilt. That way I have that feeling of accomplishment, and I am excited to tackle one of my bigger projects. The nice thing about this is, I can go out and get more fabric without feeling bad about buying more!
Keep the creativity flowing!
Fix Up Your Old Clothes Instead of Spending Money on New Ones!
Ashley | November 10th, 2011 |
If you are starting to notice wear and tear on your clothing, but you do not have enough in the bank to go on a shopping spree, it is time to pull out your Bernina Sewing Machine! There are many things that you can do to spruce up some of your favorite old items, without spending a fortune.
To begin, pull out some of the items that need a little mending. Some of your shirts may be in need of new collars, or even cuffs, as these are usually the first to get tattered and worn-looking. Find a little bit of fabric that matches or compliments the pieces you need to replace. Make sure to:
Choose a fabric that is the same weight and texture as the original
Carefully remove the original cuffs or collar—you may want to take some pictures of the original so you have something to go by
Use the removed piece as a pattern for your new replacement design
Follow the original grain line with your machine, so that the cuffs and collar will lay properly
Once you have the proper pattern, the rest is some simple sewing. Once your creation is complete, simply attach it exactly where the original was. You can experiment with different colors to see which contrast you like the most, just to spice things up a little.
Gone are the days of throwing out shirts at the first sign of a tattered look. Use your Bernina machine to give your wardrobe a makeover, today!