Here at A Great Notion, we are proud to say that we have not only the Fraser Valley’s ONLY factory certified Bernina technician, but the only factory certified Husqvarna and Baby Lock technician as well.
Keith Atkinson has been repairing Sewing, Serger, Embroidery, and Quilting machines for 19 years and has earned himself the reputation of being the “go-to” repair person for all machine brands in the Fraser Valley. He is the tech that services machines that other local techs can’t fix! Keith services machines for several local school districts and maintains over 600 machines each year for schools alone. He has completed training with Bernina Canada, Husqvarna Canada, and Baby Lock Canada.
When Keith or one of our two other techs service your machine, they pay attention to even the smallest details. Each machine is thoroughly cleaned (inside and out!), lubricated, the tension is calibrated, all parts are inspected to make sure they are functioning properly and are at their best, and more! Keith makes sure that your machine is properly maintained and produces the best stitch possible. For a complete list of what our techs do in a standard servicing, please click HERE.
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My name is Susan and I have been employed at A Great Notion for just about 3 and a half years. I have an excellent knowledge of the fabrics and notions we sell as well as our sewing machines. My main goal is to offer the best customer service I can and to make the most of your visit to the store. I pride myself in helping with good fabric selection and finding that one last fabric you need for your quilt. I also have a great knowledge of the notions we sell to make your sewing/quilting/embroidery project a breeze. My main love has always been in garment sewing and more recently home décor projects. Over the last few years I have learned to quilt and although I like the smaller projects, I am ready to take on a larger challenge.
I am writing this blog as I hear quite often about the other place, our competition and their great prices. I spent some time at my local fabric store (a Canadian chain), recorded some prices, looked at the quality of their product and listened for the service given. I must say not once while I was in there and taking tons of notes was I asked if I needed any help. Anyone that knows me knows I ask if you need help within the first 10 seconds of you being in the shop. I also found their quilting cottons to be of a lesser quality, but I also found some great deals on fabrics as long as I was a member. There are lots of fabrics that we do not sell and I do occasionally have to shop at other places. If you are looking for everyday sewing and quilting notions and good quality cottons then I think our store has it all. I have attached a chart showing some comparison pricing.
The choice is yours: Some things will be cheaper if you shop around and are willing to pay a membership fee, but for all your quilting needs at a GREAT price with GREAT service, A Great Notion is the place to shop.
Interested in learning what’s new with Baby Lock? We’ve got an expert here to fill you in! Isobel Dunnet is the Director of Education for Baby Lock Canada and we are excited to have her share her extensive knowledge with us. Stop in the Surrey/Langley store on Saturday, February 8th from 1:30-4:30 to get your Baby Lock questions answered and to find out what’s new with the fabulous Baby Lock sergers, sewing & embroidery machines, and quilting machines. We’ll provide the refreshments, you provide the questions!
If you have any questions about the event, please leave a comment or call us at 604-575-9028. See you then!
Johanne Brousseau has always loved to sew and since 1978 has shared her enthusiasm and knowledge by teaching sewing and pattern making. Her career began as a pattern maker/designer for a local jeans company, and 8 years later, Johanne founded Creation Unique: a couture studio sewing custom-made evening and bridal wear that evolved later into a successful retail sewing machine business. Johanne is a fashion sewing expert with industry experience. Her extensive sewing knowledge combined with her easy-going pace makes her classes extremely popular. Sign up soon – most of Johanne’s previous special event classes at A Great Notion sold out!
Get ready for swimsuit season with a new stylish bathing suit that is fit for your figure. Johanne will teach you to adjust and modify your pattern according to YOUR measurements, and you’ll get tips on serging and handling the most stretchy seams. Learn how to insert foam cups and how to apply and topstitch elastic as well. The techniques you learn in this class can also be applied to gymnastic, skate, dance and yoga wear. One 7-hour class: $95 plus supplies.
Friday, February 14; 9:30-5:00
Eight out of ten women wear the wrong size bra and it seems that no matter what you are willing to pay or what size you take, it is difficult to find a bra that fits. In our 2-day day Bra-making Workshop, you’ll learn to sew a bra for yourself and have it professionally fitted to your unique body. This classic full band bra can be made with or without underwires and has great lift and support. It has been specially designed to use with low-stretch fabrics, which give the best support and a flattering profile. Once you have a basic bra that fits, you can make a second bra to really strengthen your bra making skills. You’ll end up with the best fitting bra you’ve ever owned! This is one of the best classes you will ever take. With Johanne’s expert fitting you will go home with bras that fit, are comfortable, and look good. Bras are fun and easy to make once you have your own fitted pattern. If you can set in a sleeve, you can sew a bra. $250 class fee includes fabric and findings to make 2 bras.
Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16; 9:30-5:00 or
Tuesday and Wednesday, February 18 and 19; 9:30-5:00
Not just for active wear, knits are used in all types of garments and Johanne is here to teach you all the ins and outs of sewing with knits in this lecture/demo-style class. Learn how to sew stretchy seams that do not pucker, make narrow straps, hidden pockets, and decorative bindings. You’ll be able to achieve “ready to wear” looks on every garment you make. All you need to bring with you to class is a pen and paper for note taking. $32
Monday, February 17; 9:30-12:30
Making underwear is simple – come to this lecture/demo class with Johanne to find out how easy it can be! Panties and sports bras that look stylish and fit well are simple to make once you understand how they are constructed. Johanne will show you the techniques used to give that professional look to your garments including inserting elastic and finishing seams. All you need to bring with you to class is a pen and paper for note taking. $32
Monday, February 17; 2:00-5:00
Have fun making a pair of perfectly fitting jeans. Johanne’s has a background in designing and making jeans for a large commercial jean company. Using a pattern that Johanne developed from her years in the garment industry you will learn to sew jeans that rival ready to wear. Using garment industry techniques you will learn a quick way to insert a fly front, make belt loops, and specialty seam finishes. With this basic pattern you will be able to replicate any new fashion jean. $220 class fee includes pattern; supplies extra.
Thursday and Friday, February 20 and 21; 9:30-5:00
See you there!
On Thursday, January 23rd, stop in either store between 9:30am – 8:30pm for AMAZING sale prices, FREE demos, FREE make ‘n takes, timed specials, and FREE refreshments!
Most activities are drop in, but if you’d like to make this FREE tablet keeper you must sign up in advance as we only have 30 time slots & kits in each store. All customers are welcome, whether you’ve shopped here for years or have just discovered us!
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