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Jannette Jackson
Owner

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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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It's Time For the Holidays - Gift Rewards Offer


Thinking about what to get your favorite needlecrafter for Christmas?  Come in and let us help you find just the right thing to put under the tree or to stuff a stocking with.  Everyone who works here is a needlecrafter themselves and can offer expert advice.  If they have "everything" we also offer gift cards so that you can give them a shopping trip that is sure to please.

We are also giving a gift to you again this Christmas season.  From now to December 31, 2014 for every *qualifying purchase of $25 you spend you will get $5 put on a gift card that is for you to spend in the New Year.  Once you have a card, bring it with you every time to have cash added to it.

Everyone at Old Town Needlecrafts hopes that you have a happy holiday season.

*Qualifying Purchases - Regularly priced merchandise.  If previous gift reward cards are used at the time of purchase, the amount of the previous gift reward will be deducted before new rewards are given.

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



Abby, our official greeter!

ABBY, the QUILT BEE


Abby's Halloween costume.

Row by Row Experience



Above is our 2014 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". A new one is in the works for 2015. You can see how much fun this was this past summer by going to rowbyrowexperience.com. See some of the winners and other rows.
If you didn't get to participate this summer you can now get the patterns and kits again as well as the Fabri-plates. Old Town Needlecrafts still has some Fabri-Plates available from the last order.  I will not be re-ordering until next spring.

Also, we have a couple of invoices from this last summer without names for plates - please call the store: 703-330-1846 if you did not receive the plate you paid for.

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.

2015 Classes


We are at the end of the 2014 class schedule and 2015 is upon us.  I have posted the schedule for January through March.  It may change because of weather, but we will hope for the best.  There may be classes added because of interest, so stay tuned.

WHAT A SHOP OWNER DOES ON VACATION


HILTON HEAD ISLAND




My trusty Elna for quilting

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