Summer is in full swing and so are we at TM Quilt Shop

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Summer is in full swing and so are we at TM Quilt Shop,

Just a few more weeks and we will be celebrating our 4th Anniversary. Our theme for grown ups is “Be A Kid Again”, details will be coming as the days draw near. Be sure to enter your name each day for our big prize drawings on July 1st.

What’s New at TM’s:

Voting for our Quilt Challenge Viewer’s Choice is ongoing. The judges’ awards and announcement for Viewer’s Choice will be done on June 30th. We so appreciate those of you who participated.

Block Party pick up is next week and we want to remind you to look over the border and binding kit choices. You must prepay next week in order to pick up your finishing kit in July. The samples are displayed in the shop.

Our Quilting Class Calendar has been updated to include July, August, and September.  Be sure to check out our new classes coming this summer.  The new Knitting Classes will be posted tomorrow.

The New Block Party sign up and samples will also begin on June 30th.
Andrea has been busy collecting and displaying all of our “Employee Favorites”, she has displayed books and patterns, notions are next.

Our home decor area has been recreated with an Asian theme, we invite you to come in and get some simple ideas for your home.

New fabric:
Benartex: Riverbed-beautiful muted colors with reeds, dragonflies, rocks, we will be getting the full lines of “Christmas Treasures” by Susan Winget and “Peppermint and Holly Berries” by Nancy Halverson. We will email you as soon as they are in.
Timeless Treasures: “Noir” several bolts of deep indigo, “Dream Catcher” southwest design, “Heads, Shoulders, Knees &Toes” a fun fabric for kids to color and then assemble to make goofy kids!
SouthSeas: “Good Ship Noah”,
Moda: “Visions” by Sandy Gervais,
M&S Fabrics: from Australia, 10 bolts of interesting Aboriginal designs, perfect for wearables
Free Spirit: 20 bolts of “Field Study”, these colors really glimmer
Loralie: finally, several bolts of her new “Teachers” theme fabric
Michael Miller: desert vista, three new bolts of Cuddle Up,

New Yarn:
Gorgeous selection of Noro Kureyon – it felts beautifully.
Karabella: Boise, Margaritte and new light weight Supercashmere
Novelty yarns: from Crystal Palace: Splash and Blippity, new Fizz and Fizz Stardust
*watch for our July coupons – we will add 20% off of yarn each month.

New books/patterns:
Quilting: New Asian Fabric magazine, “Quilts Through the Seasons” by Eleanor Burns, Super Simple Triangles from Possibilities, 9-Patch Pizzazz and Puzzle Quilts are back in.

Knitting patterns: Felted Fish, Demi Brim Felted Hat, Felted Fish Pajama Bag and Pillow, restock of 2nd Treasury of Magical Knitting, restock of needle felting kit.

New notions:
Finally, the pompom maker is in and it is really fun. Come in and try it.

Marti Michell’s new “My Favorite Log Cabin” rulers in two sizes are in.

I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of our wonderful customers who have made the last four years so wonderful. A special thanks to our new Knitting Family, including “Mom” Barb, your support and friendship mean so much. And more than ever, to my staff. A group of women whose talent, inspiration and sense of humor I value more each day. Thank you for all that you do.

Hope to see you soon, have a safe summer,

Cassy and Staff

How To Choose The Best Beginner Quilting Sewing Machine

Beginner Sewing Machine

Sewing is an entertaining and useful hobby. It can fill you with joy and excitement while also giving you the chance to create some fancy outfits to wear on special occasions. However, sewing isn’t easy, so you should expect to spend quite a lot of time in learning the tricks of the trade. Moreover, you have to know how to choose your tools and accessories, in order to have a fulfilling experience right off the bat. As the sewing machine is perhaps the most important tool you are going to need, you should do your homework very carefully before getting one.

The best beginner quilting sewing machine is the one that has all the features and functions you need, while also being very easy to use. It’s strongly advisable that beginners stick to basic models of sewing machines, as this is going to enable them a faster learning process. Besides, when you are a beginner, you may not want to tackle complex projects anyway, so you shouldn’t spend a lot of money on a state of the art sewing machine featuring hundreds of functions.

sewing machineThis doesn’t mean you have to settle for the cheapest machine for quilting you can find. Although basic, your machine should come from a trustworthy manufacturer, from a company that has a solid reputation on the market. By choosing a high quality device, you are going to be on the safe side in regard to the warranty and the durability of your sewing machine. Beginners should pay special attention to flexibility and durability, because they are usually quite brutal in the learning process, so they break a lot of needles and damage a lot of parts. If your machine is nothing else but a cheap import from third world countries, it is probably going to break pretty soon, forcing you to spend money to have it fixed or even to buy a better one.

The best beginner sewing and top machines for quilting are the ones that have a very intuitive menu and not so many buttons and features. As the main purpose of a beginners should be to learn how to feel the machine while sewing in a straight line, there’s no need to invest in complex features and abilities, as you won’t be able to use them anyway. As you progress, you may want to sell your first machine, and put the money towards a more complex model. This would give you the time needed to figure out whether you really like sewing or not. If you don’t like it, you aren’t probably going to use it too much, so investing in an expensive machine would be nothing but a waste. If, on the contrary, you fall in love with this hobby, you can turn it into a profession, and invest in a more advanced machine and in other accessories that would enable you unleash your creativity and put your ideas into practice. Most beginners don’t know what they want, so it’s wiser to spend as little as possible to start with, but without compromising their learning process.