June 2016

On the Road


International Quilt Market is rich with new products, books, fabrics and ideas. I have just returned from this wholesale venue that attracts worldwide quilt shop owners, designers, authors and educators. To say I am inspired is an understatement! One of the highlights was meeting up with the vivacious Pat Sloan, author, designer and the co-creator of the wildly popular Splendid Sampler. Through podcasts, Pat IS The Voice of Quilting ... and is profiled in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW. Be sure to click the link below that opens to an easy to read digital magazine.

One nifty new product I found at quilt market is The Big Jig, by The Junk Jeans People. If you struggle with sewing over thick & heavy fabric, this gadget is just the solution!

Wishing you a summer of sewing ...

Sew SCHMETZ & Grabbit Too!

Rhonda Pierce

Spokesperson, SCHMETZneedles.com
Marketing Director, Euro-notions


699 Executive Drive

Willowbook, IL  60527


Pat Sloan and Rhonda.

2016 Spring International Quilt Market

Salt Lake City UT



SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #28

Archived now at www.SCHMETZneedles.com.


Pat Sloan is on a mission to share the love of quilting. There are so many ways Pat connects with her growing tribe: Podcasts, videos, books, social media, quiltalongs. Quilting really has no boundaries and Pat leads with a voice we all want to follow. Whether you are a quilting newbie or a seasoned quilter, welcome to the wonderful quilt world stitched together by Pat Sloan. Enjoy ... Click Here!


The Big Jig from the Junk Jeans People

The Big Jig helps machines sew over thick seams! This innovative NEW notion outperforms others on the market. It is used to help level your sewing machine foot to sew over thick seams. It features:

  • Hang Hole

  • Eazy grasp design

  • Longer stitch area

  • 2 thicknesses included

Sew over:

  • Heavy jean seams and repairs

  • Belt loops and bags

  • Quilt intersections

  • Drapery seams; Upholstery; etc.

  • Anything heavy that poses a problem!

The Big Jig is available at favorite quilt shops. (www.junkjeanspeople.com)


SCHMETZ Jeans/Denim Needles


To buddy up with The Big Jig, here are a few details about the SCHMETZ Jeans needle:


The Jeans Needle has a modified medium ball point and a reinforced blade. The advanced point design is a SCHMETZ exclusive. Use this needle for penetrating extra thick woven fabrics, denims, or quilts with minimum needle deflection, reduced risk of needle breakage and skipped stitches.

Sizes: 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18, 4.0/100


Have you read these back issues?

SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW?

Issue 27

Ebony Love

Issue 26

Joan Hawley

Issue 25

Cheryl Sleboda



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Wondering which needle to use? Wonder no more because there's an App for that! That's right ... and it's free! Available for iPhone/iPad and Android devices.


At last ... easy to identify SCHMETZ needles! Most needles now have two bands of color - the top band to identify needle type and the lower band to identify size. The Universal needle has just one band of color for size. Yahoo!


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2016-2017 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)

Quilt Canada*

June 15-18

Toronto ON

Shipshewana Quilt Festival Schoolhouse*

June 23

Shipshewana IN

American Sewing Guild Conference*

July 7-10

Indianapolis IN

United Notions/Moda Open House

August 14-15

Dallas TX

Baby Lock Tech

August 27-31

St. Louis MO

Virtual Sewing Guild*

October 11


International Quilt Market*

October 29-31

Houston TX

Allbrands Bayou Extravaganza*

November 10-12

Baton Rouge LA

Sewing & Stitchery Expo*

March 2-5, 2017

Puyallup WA 

*Teaching SCHMETZ Classes