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Jannette Jackson
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Aurifil & Gutermann Threads

Full Floriani Dealer


Old Town Needlecrafts is the area's full Floriani dealer with embroidery threads, stabilizers, design patterns, design software, and now the new chrome plated needles.
http://floriani.florianiembroiderycentral.com/products


 
 

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25 YEARS IN BUSINESS!!!


25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

The time to celebrate has arrived. The party is Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is an open house, so come any time. We will be having a cake, balloons, and DOOR PRIZES that will be given out at various times during the day; AND, of course, we will be having a sale. The sale will start on Friday, June 6th and continue through Saturday.

BUT, THAT’S NOT ALL!   Come and shop anytime during the month of June until July 5th and enter your name into a drawing for one of twenty-five $25.00 gift cards that will be given away. We will draw for five cards on Saturday evenings at closing time each week for the next five weeks. After we draw, all the entries from that week will be put into a box for another drawing for an Elna Lotus sewing machine ($1199 value) which will be given away on July 5th.

A Little Shop History


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.

Jannette





WATCHING FOR YOU




Waiting for you


Abby, our official greeter. 

 

Row by Row Experience



Attention quilters!  Are you looking for some summer fun?  Get in on the Row by Row Experience which will start July 1st.  There are 42 shops in Virginia participating in this event.  More than that, there are over a 1000 shops throughout the United States and Canada who will participating.  What a great way to save your travel times this summer.  The theme for the row by row is seasons.  Each participating shop has chosen a season and has designed a 9 1/2" x 36 1/2" (unfinished) row that can be put with rows from other shops to make a quilt. The patterns (instructions) are free. For all the details go to rowbyrowexperience.com.  There are prizes for those who finish.

Above is our row named Summer Hummers x 3.  The top version is pieced.  The middle version is for machine embroiderers and the bottom version is a fussy-cut one using Benartex Fabrics "Glorious Hummingbirds".

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.

Machine Service Offer


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.

2014 Classes


At last, it is early summer and the weather is a little more predictable.  It looks like we can plan the classes for the rest of the year and, hopefully, not have to cancel because of weather.  Check the class schedule for classes in knitting, quilting and other needle art interests.  We also offer private instruction in knitting and crochet by appointment.

We Have A Winner!



We drew the last five names for the twenty-five $25 gift cards on Sunday.  After contacting them we put their names back in the box, shook it up real good and drew for the Elna Lotus sewing machine.  AND THE WINNER IS -- Cathy Span from Mineral, VA.  We thank everyone who came in and participated in our celebration and congratulations to Cathy and the twenty-five $25 card winners.

Elna Club



The Elna Club has been fun and educational.  Elna Club is for Elna machine owners and the focus is 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 next meeting is July 25, 2014.  We meet 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 is 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.


Machine Embroidery Tips


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, such as, the Floriani Scissor set, would be excellent gifts. 

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.

Jannette