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Vancouver Sewing Show This Week!

April 12, 2010

Filed under: Judi,Tech Tips — admin @ 5:25 pm

Well, I had a crazy and busy day yesterday. I thought that I’d get up early, write in my blog and carry on with a normal day. Instead, I got up to find that my laptop had crashed, so no blogging for me, and then I carried on to do enough work around the house that it should have taken a week! Boy, was I tired last night. I painted closet doors, cut the grass (and it was a beautiful day to be outside) and then spent the rest of the day unpacking and moving things that had been in storage for the almost two years that my daughter and son-in-law lived with us. All my much loved fabric that I had packed away came to light again – now there are so many projects to sew! I had no idea that I had so much yarn stored away too – I’m not sure when I will find the time to knit all of it up! My sewing room is beautiful again too!

Here at A Great Notion, things are busy too. We have our local Vancouver Sewing and Crafts show this coming weekend at the Tradex in Abbotsford  so we’re all busy packing up things to bring and show off there. This is always a great trade show to attend, so if you’ll be anywhere close to Abbotsford on Friday the 16th or Saturday the 16th, you won’t want to miss this show. If you’d like to download the show brochure, please visit There will be lots of classes to take, fashion shows to see, inspiring samples to make you want to sew even more, and of course lots of great stuff to buy!

Keith asked me to pass on a quick tip from him this week to help make sure that your machines – both sewing machines and sergers – will sew beautifully for you. He has seen a few machines lately in the shop with simple threading issues, so he asked me to remind you that whenever you are having any problems with stitch or tension quality to re-thread first before panicking! He says that he sees machines come in that have been threaded with the presser foot in the down position which almost guarantees that the thread will not completely engage in the tension discs. When the presser foot is in the down position, the tension discs are engaged, which means that they are squeezed close together and it is very hard to pull the thread down between them where it belongs. When the presser foot is up, the tension discs open up so the thread will easily fall right into place.  Sometimes when you’re having problems, it’s the easiest or most obvious solution that will fix things!

Thanks to all who have commented here on the blog, and also on Facebook.  I’m still getting the hang of it all so probably won’t respond to every one, but appreciate all the feedback!

Talk to you soon!


1 Comment

  1. Comment by Jadcquie — April 16, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

    thanks for the tip Keith. Every little bit of information helps!

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