Thursday, May 19, 2011

Danny Wicker - Sewing Machine Service Technician Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Quilters Loft!

We are celebrating Danny's First Year with us with a Sewing Machine Special.  From now until May 31, 2011 save 25% on your annual sewing machine maintenance, (parts and repairs excluded).  Mention this post for your discount, or if you are on e-mail bring in your coupon.  We have had so many requests to service other brand machines.  Danny services ALL Brands.

We have "Wait Appointments"!  Drop your machine off at it's appointed time and you can wait for it.  Just let us know that you would like a "Wait Appointment", which takes about an hour to do the annual maintenance.  You can shop upstairs, explore downtown, or bring a friend and have lunch downtown.

For the "Wait Appointment", you will need to schedule in advance, request the "Wait Appointment", and bring your machine in at it's appointed time.  Please don't be late, so that we may be able to have it ready for you on time.  We only schedule a limited amount of "Wait Appointments"  so book yours today. 

Danny graduated from Needle Trades Technology Greensboro, NC in 1977. His first job was with Wrangler Jeans as a sewing machine technician at various plants in eastern NC. In 1983 he moved to Regency Bedspreads Co. in Conover, NC and was employed as a sewing machine technician. There he gained experience repairing industrial long arm quilting machines and computerized single head quilting machines. In 1989 he moved to Peaches and Cream Inc. and was employed as head sewing machine technician, responsible for 2 manufacturing facilities in Whitakers and Sharpsburg NC. In 1994 he became owner of Statesville Singer Center, an existing Singer and Pfaff dealership established in 1951. He later moved the business and changed the name to Wicker Sewing Machine Co. and specialized in the repair and service of all brands and models of sewing machines. Danny's interests include gardening and music, and he is an award winning guitarist. He is the father of 3 children; Amber, Luke, and Kate; and one granddaughter, Niya. He is an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Statesville and lives with his wife Cathy and 2 teenagers on a 14 acre hobby farm in West Iredell lovingly called "The Miracle Farm." Danny says "I am excited about setting up shop at the Quilters Loft and I hope my 30+ years experience will prove to be an asset there. I am looking forward to serving both new and existing customers, with their sewing machine service and repair needs."

Danny Wicker Plays Music at 202 N Main Wine Shop

 Danny our very own talented Sewing Machine Service Tech has other talents!  Went to see him play his music last night at the Wine Shop across Moore Street for Acoustic Wednesdays.  Danny and Clyde played some beautiful music.

The Wine Shop is an upscale place to stop in and hear some wonderful music.  They have great wines, and wonderful coffee and desserts in a restored circa 1900 building.  Mike Parker is the owner and he has done a great job of bringing this great place to downtown.  Stop in and stay awhile.  You won't be disappointed! 

Danny will be there again and I will let you know when.  Come out and support our local artists!  Great music is alive in downtown!  It's Happening Downtown!!
Danny and Clyde making Music at 202 N Main Wine Shop!

Danny playing his steel guitar, what a beautiful sound!

Mike Parker, Owner of 202 N Main at the Wine Bar!

Danny and Clyde

Mike Parker

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's a Zoo Downtown!!

While Reba and I were away at the Inspired Workshop, the Lake Norman Festival was on in downtown.  Someone on the planning committee for the festival put Zoo animals and food vendors together in the same parking lot next to the Christian Mission.  Well for some reason, duh, the health department had a problem with that, and the Zoo had to move.  What better place to put them but around the Quilters Loft!! Does this mean we are party animals here??  So we gave up and closed for the day!  The farm smell was wonderful!  NOT!  Where is the FABREEZE!!  Enjoy the pictures..........
Camel in my parking space!!

The Crowd on Moore Street!

OK, I want one of these!!


Info Booth right outside our door!

Is this the bear?  The Lama? The kangaroo?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Notion Commotion, Trunk Show, Learn to make perfect curves!! and more!! Guest Educator Barbara Brooks - Sat May 21st, 2011

Barbara Brooks and her Puppies!

Yes, this is the event we have been hoping for!!  Barbara Brooks will be coming to inspire - motivate and wow you with all her favorite 'toys'.  We can call it 'Notion Commotion'!!  or 'Demo Day'!! or how about just a day of Creative Playing!! with so many demos on some of the newest tools, that we all want to know about.

If you are a Quilter - Garment Sewer or Machine Embroidery won't want to miss this event. Just wait till you see her trunk show! (She will be bringing her RV and says it is packed with samples and her two puppies.)

10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lecture - Demos and a Fabulous Trunk Show
12 to 1 p.m. Lunch  (On your own or bring a brown bag lunch, we have a fridge)
1 p.m. to 3p.m. More Demos on some great new 'Quilter's Toys' and then we will demo the Crazy Curves - we will have a few machines set up and she will bring some fat quarters and let you sew your 'perfect curves' so when you go home you are ready to start chain piecing.

PLUS.... what a great time for you to see why quilter's love piecing on their Pfaffs!

If you feel more comfortable using your machine, bring it along and we will set them up during lunch break. Bring a 1/4" foot or if you can move your needle on your machine to sew a 1/4" that is fine too.

Supply List:  Bring pen and paper to make your 'must have' list and also 'wish list'.

P.S. Barbara just called all excited about this new tool that she just got and said "wait till your ladies see this - it is now at the top of my top 10 things we all have to have". - then she wouldn't tell me what it is - said she would bring plenty and that I would love it.....
Now for the best part of the best day ...........Barbara has taught 'Crazy Curves' all over the country, including at the Quilters Loft many years ago.  She fills her classes by saying

"Learn to cut out 80 Blocks in 30 minutes.
Learn to piece 80 blocks in less than 2 hours.

And she promises every block to be perfect."

Perfect Circles!
Perfect Circles!
Barbara has been to the Loft before, but it has been several years, so I can't remember just when that was!!!  We love having her here (and her two puppies will be here too), as she has alot of energy and is soooo much fun. She also teaches at Pfaff Convention, so we get to see her there.

Call now to reserve your place as space is limited!  Reserve your seat: $10