October 2014

Needle Points from Rhonda


Look who I found at the American Sewing Expo last weekend in Novi, MI ... David Tutera, the ever stylish, creative guru of wedding and event CELEbrations. Besides his celebrity event planning, WEtv show, and books, David is a new McCalls designer, so watch for his new patterns. David always says, "Dream Bigger," so I'm taking his advice and hope you will too.
Sew SCHMETZ & Grabbit too!

Rhonda Pierce
Marketing Director
Euro-notions and SCHMETZneedles.com
699 Executive Drive

Willowbook, IL  60527


Rhonda with David Tutera

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SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #8


This summer I met the vivacious Mary Fons at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival in northern Indiana. You know Mary from Quilty and she likes to tease that she grew up with the "quilt mafia." Just to the north in Michigan is Janet Pray, founder and president of the most progressive consumer sewing show, The American Sewing Expo. These gals love to quilt and sew and catching their enthusiasm is sewww easy. I traveled so much this summer that one trip was dubbed "My Great Northwest Adventure" while teaching SCHMETZ classes, visiting fabric shops, machine dealers and SCHMETZ distributors with some casual sightseeing along the way. Enjoy the pics as I realize that I really have become a photo bug with an emphasis on fabric, food, frolic & sewing friends!


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SCHMETZ Double Eye Needle

Two eyes in one needle? That's right!

This is a Universal needle with two eyes. Use two spools of thread that unwind in opposite directions. Thread machine normally with one thread in each eye. Why a Double Eye needle? It is an option to running multiple threads through a Topstitch. Use different colors of thread or even different types of thread. The end result is a stitch with a shaded or textured effect. One tip is to reduce the sewing speed and use a simple stitch, generally one already built into your machine. Click this link for more info:



Have fun!

Find SCHMETZ Double Eye Needles at your local shop.

Featured Pattern


Amazing Puzzle Ball by Ami Simms

These adorable balls are amazing! Sew melons and half-circles together by machine. Stuff and sew into rings by hand. Puzzle the rings together to make a grab ball that kids of all ages will enjoy! Puzzled by the puzzle rings? Get your a ha moment watching Ami's video with her dog Scooter. www.amisimms.com

What a fun gift!

Available at your favorite fabric shop or www.amisimms.com.

SCHMETZ App - Updated Version (1.2.1)

Wondering which needle to use? Wonder no more because there's an App for That! That's right ... and it's free! CLICK HERE to download the most recent version (1.2.1).



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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Where's Rhonda?

2014-2015 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)

International Quilt Market

October 24-27, 2014

Houston, TX


February 19-22, 2015

Austin TX

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

February 26 - March 1, 2015

Puyallup WA

Creative Arts Business Summit

March 26-28, 2015

Washington DC

Gems of the Prairie

June 3, 2015

Peoria IL

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

June 24-27, 2015

Shipshewana IN