Ron Collins – Exclusive
Ron’s back with two all-new classes!
Ron Collins is Canada’s best known sewing personality and he’s back at A Great Notion with two all-new classes! He has inspired audiences with appearances on HGTV, Sew Perfect, and Eyes on Toronto, to name a few. He was also a celebrated guest instructor at the Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design in Vancouver.
Ron will share with you new techniques and secrets to help you learn how to create incredible garments that fit and flatter your body.
Only a few spots left in each class.
Are you disappointed in the fit of your dress pants? Join Ron in a 2-day pant fitting workshop! Discover how to identify and correct your fitting problems, then you’ll alter your pattern to make these adjustments. Learn how to create a smooth, clean silhouette for a flatter looking stomach, and the world’s best fly front technique so the zipper won’t be exposed at the centre front of the pants! Ron will share these and other “secrets” with you!
Uncover great techniques at this knit how-to workshop! Bring your favourite knit garment pattern & fabric and you’ll learn everything you need for beautiful results when sewing knits: ease, pattern layout, marking, cutting, interfacing, thread, needles, seam and hem finishes, closures, and more! Also learn how to stabilize necklines, shoulder seams, and armholes to stop them from stretching out. Need pattern adjustments for a great fit? Learn how to change your pattern to fit you. Come learn to sew the fabric you love to wear!
One of our most popular teachers, Jean Jones, is here yet again with another fabulous quilting class: Perfectly Bound.
It’s the finishing touches that make all the difference! Take your quilts from so-so to fabulous when you learn how easy perfect bindings are. Jean will teach you how to apply bindings to both straight and curved quilt edges, how to turn corners cleanly, and join the binding ends invisibly. If time allows she will also take a look at binding quilts that are not square (e.g. Hexagons) and turning inside corners. This class is suitable for those who have taken beginner quilting as well as experienced quilters.
This class is sold out in Abbotsford already, but we still have room in our Surrey/Langley location:
Surrey/Langley: Tuesday, May 13; 5:00–9:00
Abbotsford: Friday June 13, 10:00-2:00 SOLD OUT
One 4–hour class $32.00 plus supplies.
To register, click HERE or call us at 604-575-9028.
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.
Sewing is a great pastime, but there are so many sewing tools out there that it can be intimidating for beginners to figure out exactly what you need to get started. There are plenty of notions that will come in handy later on, but here’s a list of essential tools to get you started as a beginner sewist that you will use now AND when you’re an expert.
1. Materials. You always need the right fabric, thread, and sewing machine needles for your project. Check your pattern for details on what kind fabric to use, and always match your needles and thread to your fabric or project. For example, for embroidery you will often use a 40 wt rayon thread whereas for garment sewing you’ll choose a standard cotton or polyester to match the fabric you are using. There’s a handy guide to choosing the right machine needle here.
2. Seam Ripper. Lets face it: mistakes will be made. This little guy is (unfortunately) one of my most important tools!
3. Scissors. A good pair of fabric shears are necessary and can make a world of difference in how quickly and easily you can cut your pieces out. Don’t frustrate yourself by using the wrong scissors! These Gingher scissors are one of my favourites, but this 2-piece Klasse set is also a great option.
4. Marking Pens. There are several kinds to choose from here, and mostly it comes down to personal preference. I prefer a water soluble or heat erasable pen because it gives me as much time as I need to complete my project before it disappears, but if you are working on a quick project or something that won’t be washed, an air erasable pen that fades away on its own would be the best one for the job. Or, pick a pen like this one that does double duty – one end is water soluble and the other side fades away!
5. Pins & Pincushion. Pins are another necessary item for your sewing room, and you’ve got to have somewhere to store them! From the classic Tomato Pin Cushion to a super functional magnetic one, there are several options to choose from. My favourite is this Grabbit magnetic pin cushion and these are great basic pins to get you started.
6. Point Turner. This is a much less obvious choice, but a point turner will help you take your projects from looking homemade to being professional quality. It is used to turn out your corners, collars, or points so they look clean and precise. Make sure you press them with your iron after turning too!
7. Extra Bobbins. You will quickly run out of spare bobbins, and your projects will turn out much better if you use the correct bobbin thread for the job. There isn’t much that’s more annoying than having to unwind a bobbin because you don’t have a spare! There is a selection of bobbins here, and we have an even bigger selection in the store.
8. Tape Measure. Another staple in the sewing room. You’ll use this both with taking your measurements and for marking your fabric. This is a good basic tape measure, but a small retractable one can be just as useful.
9. Ruler. A good, clear ruler is extremely helpful with marking and cutting fabric. I really like the line of Omnigrip rulers, and my go-to is the 6″ x 24″ size. I use it for nearly every project I do.
There you have it – a complete list of everything you need to get started with sewing.
Tell me: What are your essential sewing basket tools?