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Oooops Forgot To Blog…..Lots Going On x

Hi everyone,

I apologise for the lack of blogging. Lots going on here so I have plenty to tell you and lots of pics.

Ok let’s start with my little stitchers. They have been busy bees creating festive decorations, Christmas gifts and learning new skills.

Lets start with the decorations

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Then on to the gifts…..

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My older group have been mastering the skill of free motion embroidery. They are part way through a Christmas gift project but I’ll show you what they have been up to…..

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We’ve also had a birthday party here in the sewing studio. It’s was a tote bag themed party…..

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They are so talented that I decided to hold an awards evening for them all but with a twist.

Most of them were aware they were coming…..but I had a secret that only me and their mums knew.

We had a guest, the lovely Jade Earley from this years The Great British Sewing Bee. Jade was live via link to all the children, she has signed all the certificates personally and if that wasn’t enough, jade had made them all gifts to say well done. We had an amazing evening of certificates, food and fireworks.

A huge thank you to Jade x

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The adults were busy too last week when their challenge was to make a Christmas appliqué cushion. Four lovely ladies joined me in the sewing studio for tea, biscuits and lots of sewing…

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It was time for the yarn bombing to start too….told you we’ve been busy. I would like to thank everyone who donated their time and skills on this project. The town looks fab…..

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Mum’s also been busy decorating the window for me as our Sue just stood there looking like a turkey 🙂

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We’ve had some lovely new fabrics in from Kaufman and Dashwoods….

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In between all of that I have managed somehow to fit in some sewing…

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Coursework
Coursework
Coursework
Raw Edge appliqué- Tree House
Raw Edge appliqué- Tree House
Victorian style Christmas tree decorations
Victorian style Christmas tree decorations
New quilt on the go
New quilt on the go

Now I know many of you have heard….I’ve tried to tell as many as possible. We are moving in the year and sooner than I thought. We are moving to 66 High Street.

I am closing on Christmas Eve until the 4th January I hoped to be moved in that time. The plan was not to move until February and its difficult to do when I have classes and an open shop. Hopefully everything we be in place for the new year. I’ll keep you updated as we go. My contact details will still be the same.

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Thanks for reading and following.

keep warm.

Ami

xxx

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My Top Tips to Finding The Perfect Machine

Hi everyone

Its getting to that time of year where you may be hoping Santa brings you a new machine or your buying a machine for a present. I’m getting lots of people in the shop and emails regarding my opinions on different machines. I thought it was be a good time to blog my tips on finding the perfect machine for you.

Its mind blogging searching for a machine that will meet your needs. There’s so many different brands and models that sometimes can hinder rather than help you….so let’s begin

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1 – My biggest tip is without a doubt is to stick to a well-known brand. Singer, Husqvarna, Brother, Bernina, Janome and Pfaff are the main players. You can buy with confidence knowing that your going to start off with good quality. You will normally find that the after sales and customer service is better and that YouTube will offer tutorials on many of theses brands. (Perfect when learning to thread your machine).

2- Ok,  so it’s research time and you’ve got a budget in mind. Now let’s say for example that you have a budget if £100 -£200, my advice to you is spend the £200. The only reason I say this is buy the best machine you can afford…..you’ll only be kicking yourself later when you start to outgrow your machine and you wished you had the pricey machine with more features.

3 – very important…….make a list of the things you need your new machine to be able to do. For instance if I was buying a new machine I would need to drop the feed dogs and have a longer arm and be reliable and easy to use because of my quilting. They would be my priorities, however at the back of mind I would be thinking about top loading bobbin, needle threader…..would help a lot in textile art. Now I know there’s a good chance that you might need to negotiate on but a list will quick you on the right track.

4 – shop around DO NOT rush in to buying a machine. It’s an exciting time and you can’t wait to get going, however listen to recommendations (however every person requires different features), compare machines and brands. If possible visit a machine showroom (I know they are few and far between).

5 – not really a tip but many of customers that have only used a manual machine are petrified of buying a computerised machine. Having tried many manual and computerised machines I can honestly say that after a play and practice you will no doubt wonder what you were fussing about.

My machines in the studio are all computerised and most of my ladies and children prefer them. If I had a £1 for every person has left the classes saying they want a machine like ours I’d be a millionaire and that’s just because they have sat for a few hours getting to know the machines.

Look at your sewing machine as an investment. Whether you will be  using a machine for business use or hobby you are using a machine to create something spectacular. So instead of getting frustrated when you should be creating make sure you do your homework.

Trust me I have experienced awful machines in the past …..but you live and learn.

I’m happy to help where I can, you can either pop in the Haberdashery, contact me on here, email me or fb me.

Ami x

 

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The Christmas List…..Part one!

Hello everyone,

We’ve had so much fun this week in the haberdashery. Its been a busy kind of week even with the poor weather.

I had a gorgeous present from one of my lovely customers Yvonne at  Crazy Creations.

Angry minion hat, its so warm and cosy....thanks Yvonne
Angry minion hat, it’s so warm and cosy….thanks Yvonne.

With Halloween out-of-the-way we now have our sights set on our first Christmas in our new home. Mum couldn’t wait to get the Christmas decorations out. She’s been busying away with the window display.

thanks Mum x
thanks Mum x

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Now on to the first part of our Christmas list. 

If you are stuck on what to put on your letter to Santa this year, then never fear we’ve got a few idea’s for you.

gorgeous medium and large sewing boxes. Everyone needs storage :)
gorgeous medium and large sewing boxes. Everyone needs storage 🙂

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Crochet hook cases !
Crochet hook cases !
Craft kits are also available, jewellery, sewing and crochet!
Craft kits are also available, jewellery, sewing and crochet!
Sewing machine bags but are great to storage other things too (like lots a fabrics)
Sewing machine bags but are great to storage other things too (like lots a fabrics)
How about a cross stitch kit or one of our needlecraft projects!
How about a cross stitch kit or one of our needlecraft projects!

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Twilleys Knitting kits with everything included.
Twilleys Knitting kits with everything included.

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What about a knitting loom and super soft yarn !
What about a knitting loom and super soft yarn !
Something to read???  We have books on Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Quilting, Patchwork, Felting and paper crafts.
Something to read???
We have books on Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Quilting, Patchwork, Felting and paper crafts.

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looking for a special gift.....a sewing machine. All our machines are Singer machines come in and see our selection.
looking for a special gift…..a sewing machine. All our machines are Singer machines, come in and see our selection.
How about handmade stocking fillers or buy something unique.
How about handmade stocking fillers or buy something unique.

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Not sure what to buy your loved ones, then why buy a gift voucher from us.
Not sure what to buy your loved ones, then why buy a gift voucher from us.
We even have handmade Christmas cards in too. Made by the lovley Emma at Crafty Emma
We even have handmade Christmas cards in too. Made by the lovely Emma at Crafty Emma

 

Well that’s the end of part one. I hope its given you some ideas.

Its been a brilliant week, thanks you to everyone who visits us, its show much fun and we really appreciate your support.

Have a super super weekend and we will see you bright and early Monday morning 🙂

 

Take care and thanks for reading xxx