Jan Potter & Bonne Swett – Inspired2Sew Duo

By | 09/22/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #4, April 2014. Written by Rita Farro.) The dynamic duo of Jan Potter and Bonne Swett are two sewing buddies best known as the “Inspired 2 Sew” girls at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. They attend Sew Expo, shop, take classes, and decide which fabric, pattern, book, or… Read More »

Do SCHMETZ Needles Work With My Machine?

By | 09/15/2021

Whether you’re making a three-layer quilt with artistic stitching or tackling the somewhat tricky task of sewing thick denim, SCHMETZ has the ideal needle for every home sewing project, ensuring you achieve the best possible results for your self-made masterpieces. SCHMETZ works with all these sewing machine brands!  SCHMETZ engineers work with sewing machine manufacturers around the world… Read More »

Machine Embroidery – Lisa Shaw

By | 09/08/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #90, June 2021. Written by Rita Farro.) Lisa Shaw We cannot talk about machine embroidery and not talk about software, that digital link between the computer and the embroidery machine. The software proved to be a difficult learning curve, especially in the beginning. It would be impossible to discuss or evaluate… Read More »

Machine Embroidery – Reen Wilcoxson

By | 09/01/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #90, June 2021. Written by Rita Farro.) Reen Wilcoxson Reen Wilcoxson was featured in Issue #40 of SCHMETZ Inspired To Sew magazine. That issue was all about In The Hoop (ITH) embroidery designs, and Reen is considered THE EXPERT in this exciting machine embroidery specialty. ITH designs are ones where you… Read More »

Machine Embroidery – Oklahoma Embroidery Supply & Design

By | 08/25/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #90, June 2021. Written by Rita Farro.) The evolution of machine embroidery for the home sewer has been mind-boggling. In the 1980s, some sewing machine companies added lettering to their decorative stitches. The machine companies started to attach hoops to their machines in the 1990s, and in the early 2000s, sewing… Read More »

Recycle,Restyle,Refashion – Part 4 – Gail Yellen

By | 08/18/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #47, November 2017. Written by Rita Farro.)     Part 4 of the series: Recycle,Restyle,Refashion. For generations, women who sew have been recycling. They start with one thing and, with their sewing skills and imagination — a transformation results into a completely different thing. Patchwork quilting began because frugal women couldn’t… Read More »

Recycle,Restyle,Refashion – Part 3 – Mary Mulari

By | 08/11/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #47, November 2017. Written by Rita Farro.)     Part 3 of the series: Recycle,Restyle,Refashion. For generations, women who sew have been recycling. They start with one thing and, with their sewing skills and imagination — a transformation results into a completely different thing. Patchwork quilting began because frugal women couldn’t… Read More »

Recycle,Restyle,Refashion – Part 2 – Luveta Nickels

By | 08/04/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #47, November 2017. Written by Rita Farro.)     Part 2 of the series:  Recycle,Restyle,Refashion. For generations, women who sew have been recycling. They start with one thing and, with their sewing skills and imagination — a transformation results into a completely different thing. Patchwork quilting began because frugal women couldn’t… Read More »

Recycle,Restyle,Refashion – Part 1 – Michelle Paganini

By | 07/28/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #47, November 2017. Written by Rita Farro.)   http://www.dictionary.com For generations, women who sew have been recycling. They start with one thing and, with their sewing skills and imagination — a transformation results into a completely different thing. Patchwork quilting began because frugal women couldn’t afford to waste any bit of… Read More »

Joanne Hillestad – Fat Quarter Gypsy

By | 07/21/2021

(Originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #54, June 2018. Written by Rita Farro.) Joanne Hillestad, of Fat Quarter Gypsy, has a motto: Life is too short not to have chickens. Eleven years ago, Joanne was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing surgery and chemo, she says, Something like that impacts your life. No way around it. It… Read More »