Tuesday, April 26, 2016

While I was Cleaning out the Freezer!

Funny what you think about as you are doing a bit of cleaning up!   So yesterday I decided to see what was lurking in my freezer as it was so packed that I couldn't add another thing.  Most of the items were freezer burned (not enough cooking I guess) and there were some things going back to 2011.  I guess I have not been rotating my stock!

As I was cleaning out, thread came to my mind.   (What a funny thing to think about cleaning the freezer!)   How often do you rotate your stock of threads?  Did you know that thread has a "shelf life"?

In the shop we rotate our threads as we purchase them.  The newest always go in back!   

My suggestion for threads is to date the spool when you purchase it.  I have lots of threads that have never been used yet,  so dating would be helpful!  It is hard to say what a "shelf life" of any particular thread is.  But if you have lots of breakage or you can break it easily when tugging on it,  it's old and won't hold up to the speed of the machine!

Of course, all this depends on how you store it also. 

Other things that lead to thread breakage is a dull needle or a needle with a "burr".   And sometimes you just need a good annual service.  Even if you haven't used your machine frequently, it still needs an annual services as the internal workings need to be refreshed, and cleaned out!   Oh and don't forget to run your "zig zag" stitch to keep your "side motion" from freezing up.  Many of us only straight stitch and you want those decorative stitches to work, when you need them.  All functions need to be used periodically.

It is recommended that you change your needle after 8 hours of sewing, or after you finish one quilt.  Lets face it....  we don't always sew continuously so 8 hours of sewing time could be several days, weeks or in my case months!   

If you hear a "tap, tap, tap"  from the needle plate area, it usually means your needle is dull................time to change!

Monday, April 18, 2016


Come in for a peek at what is new at the Quilters Loft besides the new location!

Events Friday April 22 from 6-8 pm  

Deb North, a Pfaff Creative Consultant, will be here to show you a totally awesome Trunk Show of wonderful inspirational ideas.  She has unique ways to put it all together with different fabric combinations, embellishments using really Cool Tools!

It's a wine and cheese event on Friday Night!  It's "Party Time"!  Enter to win some  great prizes!

Call now to reserve your space!  It is great to know how many are coming, so we can plan better!  We don't want to run out of goodies!

Events Saturday April 23, Two sessions (repeated)

Morning 10am to 12 noon
Afternoon 2 pm to 4 pm

As you making this beautiful travel/spa bag you will be using our beautiful Pfaff sewing or  embroidery machine of your dreams.  
Deb will show and tell you about the wonderful features of each machine as you embellish your take home gift!  Best of all you get to pick your decorative stitches too.  You will be making it "your own style" with a little assistance from Deb and Aubrey!

Also for those of who who come Friday night you saw the ideas now you see how to use really cool tools including rulers, pens, markers and more.

You don't have to bring anything but yourself and a pair of snips.  We provide all the rest! You will be making your Spa Bag "round robin style" as you use each machine's special features!

There will be two sessions:  Seating is limited so please reserve your place!

Morning 10-12 noon
Afternoon 2-4 pm

It's $20 to reserve your place ($30 retail for the spa bag) and we will give you a $20 coupon back after you complete your bag.  Sorry there are no refunds or coupon for "no shows"!