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Weekly Update, April 16, 2024

Hello Creative Community!

             In my last email, I showed this project.  It combines very simple piecing and embroidery.

As I was thinking about this week's email, I though about how my method of stitching has changed over the years. As a child and a young adult, I created many hand stitched as well as machine stitched items. As life changed; kids, moves, busy career in health care, opening the shop, my stitching projects changed. I spent more time at my sewing machine and less time hand stitching.


In November and December my husband was ill. I found myself thinking that I may be spending a considerable amount of time waiting at medical visits. What could I do during those hours? I know all of you are faced with life changing events. Many of those events involve waiting. I began to think about take along projects. I got out some hand embroidery projects from long ago and started to investigate what is "new"!

There are sew many fabulous guides for hand stitching which I will share in upcoming book reviews. What I really loved the most was the information on the positive benefits of hand sewing on our mental well-being. As you know, I think sewing should be meditative so I was very excited to read about all of the studies that reveal numerous positive health benefits!


In the upcoming months I will offer more slow stitching options in the classroom as well as in the shop!

Our love for creating never changes, just your method!

Upcoming Classes! Be Sew Smart!

Sew What! Workshop! 



  • Everyone asked me WHAT we are sewing? Whatever you want!
  • Loads of Sew What Workshops to choose from!
    • April 20, Saturday - Time: 10:00 - 2:00
    • April 27, Saturday - Time: 10:00 - 2:00
    • May 4, Saurday - Time:10:00 -2:00
    • May 11, Saturday - Time:10:00 -2:00
    • May 18, Saturday - Time:10:00 -2:00
  • In this Workshop:
    • You choose what you want to work on!
    • We are available for guidance, inspiration, & project suggestions!
    • Please note: This is not designed to be a class on a specific topic that you want to learn. Please sign up for a Skills Builder Class!
  • Click Here for More Class Info!

Private Sewing Class!

  • If you just can't wait until a group class is scheduled then a Private Sewing Class maybe what you need! 
  • Loads of Private Sewing Classes to choose from!
    • April 19, Friday - Time: 4:00 - 5:00
    • April 23, Tuesday - Time: 6:00 - 7:00
    • April 24, Wednesday - Time: 11:00 - 12:00
    • May 3, Friday - Time: 4:00 - 5:00
    • May 7, Tuesday - Time: 6:00 - 7:00
    • May 8, Wednesday - Time: 11:00 - 12:00
  • Click Here for more info!

Intro to Applique by Machine!

  • April 17, Wednesday - Time: 11:00 - 1:00
  • Meets Face to Face in the classrooms at Smile Spinners
  • In this class I will provide:
    • A brief intro on a number of applique by machine techniques
    • An in depth look at fusible applique and the blanket stitch
  • We will create a simple project in class
  • Please bring your sewing machine!
  • Click Here for more class info!

Workshop, Garment Masters, Unlined Tops or Jackets!

  • April 17, Wednesday - Time: 6:00 - 8:00
  • Meets Face to Face in the classrooms at Smile Spinners
  • In this workshop you will work at your own pace on the garment of your choosing!
  • Click Here for more class info!

Sew Simple Project! Placemats!

  • April 18, Thursday - Time: 6:30 - 8:30
  • Meets Face to Face in the classrooms at Smile Spinners
  • Create a placemat using one of Smile Spinners easy placemat patterns.
  • Also practice; cutting, stitching and pressing techniques!
  • Please bring your sewing machine!
  • Click Here for more class info!

Learn How to Make a Quilt! Machine Quilting Part #1

  • April 19, Friday - Time: 11:00 - 1:00
  • Meets Face to Face in the classrooms at Smile Spinners
  • Part #1 explores the getting started to quilt process. 
    • ​​​​​​​Needles, threads, battings!
    • The sandwich!
    • Holding those layers together!
    • Marking!
    • Setting up your machine for success!
  • Please bring your machine for this class!
  • Click Here for more class info!

For information on the classes scheduled for April visit our website!  Click Here for April's Class Calendar!

The May calendar is almost complete! Click Here for the May Calendar!

Be Sew Creative at Smile Spinners! An entire sewing campus awaits you!  Click Here to plan your trip!