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March 2014


Color Coding Chart

At last... easy to identify SCHMETZ needles. The newly color coded SCHMETZ needles are showing up on notions walls in shops now. Most needles will have two bands of color the top band to identify needle type and the lower band to identify size. The Universal needle will have just one band of color for size. Yahoo!


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8˝" x 11"

4" x 6" Postcard Size (2/page - Avery 5389)

Needle Points from Rhonda


I love design and was recently captivated by the enchanting colors, textures and shapes playing among the light in the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit in Seattle. How did Chihuly create such wonders from glass? My imagination went wild thinking about fabrics in a bold and symphonic way. Chihuly, an American glass sculptor, found inspiration from his mother’s garden. Without a doubt, Chihuly has planted robust seeds of inspiration for my sewing in years to come.

What inspires you to sew? One inspiration we surely share is the alluring array of fabrics available in your local fabric shop. In the premier issue of SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW, get a glimpse into the creative worlds of two distinct design forces that bring color and passion into our sewing rooms: Pat Bravo, Art Gallery Fabrics and Susan Emory & Christine Van Buskirk, Swirly Girls Designs. Their fabrics, patterns, and creative processes will inspire you.

Designer Joi Mahon invites seamstresses and inspiring fashionistas to a fun design challenge based on Fashion Icons Through the Ages. Barbie is Joi’s favorite fashion icon. Who is yours? Coco Chanel? Levi Strauss? Sign up now! Open to all sewing & design skill levels, the Half Scale Design Challenge is sure to elevate your creativity.

Whatever your inspiration to sew, remember to stash extra needles for those late night sewing adventures.

Rhonda Pierce
Marketing Director
3800 West 42nd Street
Chicago IL 60632


SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW

Inspired to SEW

Issue 1



Wondering about which needle to use? Wonder no more because there's an App for That! That's right . . . and it's free! CLICK HERE

Android version available soon.

Fashion Challenge with Designer Joi!

Join award winning fashion designer Joi Mahon for some fashion fun. The Half Scale Fashion Challenge focus is Fashion Icons Through the Ages. This sewing and design challenge is suitable for all skill levels. CLICK HERE


Rhonda's Favorite Pics

2014 Sewing & Stitchery Expo

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The largest sewing party in North America — the Sewing & Stitchery Expo — was just a few weeks ago in Puyallup WA and I was the show Facebook Hostess. Having access to backstage performances, classrooms, designers, vendors, volunteers and the fabulous attendees was beyond fun. I was surrounded by the creative life force taking forms in fashion, home dec, knitting, quilting and so much more. Really, I was in sensory overload for days! But neither my feet nor I will complain, because talking to sewing enthusiasts is a joy. Thought you would like to see a few pics . . . .

Just so happens that 3 out of 4 days I wore Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina for Vogue Patterns. The first pic shows me with Laura Mendoza, 4-H leader & sewing extraordinaire. On the last day, I met up with Marcy Tilton while wearing a plush faux fur collar designed by Rhonda Buss.

Favorite pics from the Sewing & Stitchery Expo

Visit the Photo Galleries at www.SCHMETZneedles.com for more day-by-day pics.

Inspiration in glass. Favorite pics from Chihuly Garden & Glass, Seattle WA.

Where's Rhonda?

2014 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)

Creative Arts Business Summit

March 27-29

Washington D.C.

International Quilt Market

May 15-18

Pittsburgh, PA

International Quilt Festival

June 19-21, 2014

Chicago IL

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

June 25-28, 2014

Shipshewana IN

N. Jefferson Open House

July 26-27

Vancouver, BC, Canada

American Sewing Expo

September 26-28, 2014

Novi MI

International Quilt Market

October 24-27

Houston, TX

International Quilt Festival

October 30-November 2, 2014

Houston TX


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