.The silver anniversary is just around the corner. Twenty-five years ago in February I was taking a short-cut to my job at a local doctor's office when I discovered the cute little shops in the Old Town Center in Manassas. I saw Creative Country and because it had a spinning wheel on the sign, I thought it might be a knitting shop. The first chance I got, I went to check it out only to find out that it was a home decorating shop. The shop next door was empty though and an idea was born. I got busy seeing what I had to do to start a knit shop. Cross-stitch got added to the mix even before I opened the door. In two years I had outgrown my cute little shop on Main Street, so I moved to Cavalry Village.
Although I am in a different unit than where I started, I have spent the last twenty-three years in Cavalry Village. We added Needlepoint and Quilting and Elna Sewing machines to the mix as we grew. The years have gone by so quickly. I have several customers who have been with me through my whole journey. I just amazes me when I see them and realize that I first met them in my shop and I've known them for twenty-five years. We have seen our children grow up, go off to college, get married and give us grandchildren and now it is grandchildren going off to college and getting married. This shop has given me more than good customers; it has given me people to share experiences with. My life is so rich because of all of you. Thank you for your loyalty.
The actual anniversary of the shop is in June, so keep watching as we prepare to celebrate.
Abby's Waiting for Spring
Abby is watching for you to come through the door so she can show you how happy she is to see you.
Old Town Needlecrafts offers full service for sewing machines
Old Town Needlecrafts is an authorized Elna/Necchi dealership. As such we offer full service on these brands as well as others. Roger Jackson is our repairman, on site. His background as a mechanical engineer for IBM (30 years) and two other companies, most of these years in quality control, and his training with Elna on sewing machine service and repair makes him uniquely qualified to do this kind of service. Your machine is in good hands when you bring it to Old Town Needlecrafts and it will receive the top quality workmanship that you should expect. Roger is retired from his other job pursuits and is available on regular hours. Turn-arounds are relatively short for service with emergency same day service available much of the time, unless parts have to be ordered.
I believe that you will also find our prices competitive. An honest estimate of the cost of repairs is given before repairs are made.
Come in for a demonstration on any new Elna or Necchi machine and receive $10.00 off of cleaning and service on your old machine. If you decide to buy a new machine we will credit the whole cleaning and service fee toward the new machine and even let you keep your old machine. We just want you to see how great the new machines are and even if you are not in the market we would like for you to tell your friends who might be in the market.
Thanks to this lovely weather we have been having, I have had to delay posting new class dates until I get "make-ups" taken care of. I'm hoping that by the end of February all this mess will be behind us and I won't have anymore cancellations due to inclement weather. In the meantime, if you are not on my e-mail list and would like alerts as to when new classes are posted, please put your e-mail address in the rectangle at the top of this web site. If you have changed your e-mail recently or you have not been getting the e-mails, you might want to enter again. The web site apparently takes care of duplicates.
Happy Easter and Abby's Egg-stravaganza
Happy Easter to all. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful spring weather and are getting out. While you are getting around we hope you will stop into Old Town Needlecrafts and help us celebrate Abby's third birthday. We are going to celebrate on Monday, April 21st and Tuesday, April 22nd. Abby's birthday is the 21st and this year it fell at Easter time. It seems the perfect way to celebrate is to have an Egg-stravaganza. Come in and shop - make your purchases and then choose an egg party favor. The eggs will have discounts inside. (Abby's way to say thank you for all the hugs and treats.) We thank you too, for all the business. Hope to see you.
A couple of months back, I had sent out an e-mail about starting an Elna Club. Elna Club is for Elna machine owners and the focus will be on education- how to get the most out of your Elna machine. You will need to bring your machine and I will need to know that you are coming in order to get the space set up. The first club meeting will be March 28, 2014. We will do every other month on the fourth Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Ending time can be when we get done since it is a Friday night and no one, other than me, will have to worry about work the next day. There will be a minimal charge for kits for projects. You do not have to have bought your machine here to participate as long as your machine is an Elna. Guests who are considering buying an Elna will be allowed in if there is room. We will let you rent a machine for the evening.
I have wanted to do this for some time, but personal circumstances prevented me from doing so. This is a new year and things have changed, so let's give it a try.
We received some Fall Collection embroidery design discs for promotional use. Their value would normally be around $50.00 and the designs are really nice. We are offering the discs free of charge with the purchase of at least $50.00 of Floriani products. We have the stabilizers, threads, design discs, and the digitizer programs. I have been "testing" the products and really like them. Many of these products would be excellent Christmas gifts such as the Floriani Scissor set.
Even though I have had an embroidery machine in my home for at least 11 years and I had classes on how to use the different ones I have had, there was still a lot I did not know and there is still a lot more for me to learn. While testing these products I have learned a lot about what works well and what doesn't when embroidering. Here are some of the tips I can share from my recent efforts.
1. The right stabilizer is crucial to the outcome of the product. The Floriani chart is very helpful in choosing the right stabilizer. Toppings for fabrics with pile makes a much better embroidery on towels.
2. Another thing I learned is to check the tension balance on the machine I am working on. Auto is great for regular sewing, BUT is most likely too tight for embroidery. You should see the color on the back of your work and it should fill without leaving spaces.
3. I, also, have learned that I really enjoy Pickle Pie Designs and Lunch Box Designs which use a combination of embroidery and applique in the hoop. Floriani thread gives a wonderful sheen on the satin stitch.
I'm ending up with lots of samples. Come in and look.