September 2014

Needle Points from Rhonda


Lately I’ve been in a cleaning frenzy. First my sewing room at home, giving tons of books away to sewing newbies and now my office. Really, I would procrastinate on my office, but we are moving our warehouse and offices, so I am now on a timeline and forced to purge even more. Lots of sewing goodies have been organized into SCHMETZ tote bags as prizes for distribution later this month to contest winners at the American Sewing Expo. Books, fabrics, notions, patterns — all kinds of sewing goodies . . . although I kept my fabric scraps. Yes, “someday” all those beautiful scraps will make a stunning quilt. I just know it!

Hope to see you soon in Novi, MI at the American Sewing Expo. It’s going to be a great show!

Rhonda Pierce
Marketing Director
Euro-notions and
3800 West 42nd Street
Chicago IL 60632


Rhonda shopping for new office furniture in Chicago.


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SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #7


Mark Lipinski is a man on a mission. We know Mark from his Quilter’s Home magazine, weekly internet radio show Creative Mojo, fabric designs, zest for life and the list goes on. Catch up with Mark as he amps up The Slow Stitching Movement. (I know, I’m playing with words here. J) Included are stitch inspiration pics from the beautiful Shipshewana Quilt Festival and a few SCHMETZ needle choices for quilting.


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Vendors and classes galore! . . . And fun sewing and design contests too. Class registration is open. Make your plans now for one of the most progressive sewing expos. Which contest will you enter?


September 26 – 28, 2014. Novi, Michigan




Grab a friend and start sewing! National Sewing Month is a time to indulge your passion for sewing and is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to the craft if you’ve never tried it before. New and experienced enthusiasts can find free sewing projects and guidelines for sewing, embroidery, craft and appliqué articles available on the Sewing & Craft Alliance (SCA) website at Looking for an instructor? Try the SCA searchable instructor database to find one in your area.

Another place to start is the American Sewing Guild. With chapters and neighborhood groups across the country, members meet monthly to share their skills and ideas, enjoy education sessions and participate in community sewing projects.

September is a time to celebrate our passion, but we know the creative, therapeutic and calming effects of sewing are joys that we can celebrate throughout the entire year. Ready . . . Set . . . Stitch!

Grabbit BobbinSavers
Tame your bobbins! BobbinSavers are cute flexible plastic shaped circular channels that hug up to 20 metal or plastic bobbins.


Class L (home sewing bobbins)

Available in Blue, Lavender & Red


Accommodates 1-1/16” bobbins.

Use for Bernina Series 7 and 8 bobbins –  Available in Purple

M Class

Accommodates 1” bobbins used

by many long arm machines - Available in Lime Green

Find BobbinSavers at your local shop.


FREE Pattern!


Paisley Peacocks and a Posy

Designed by Brenda Miller, Among Brenda’s Quilts
Hoffman California Fabrics from Paisley Peacock Collection
CLICK HERE to download the pattern in PDF format.

A bit of raw edge appliqué and fussy cutting will really make this 48" x 62" lap quilt pop. Brenda never misses a stitch using the SCHMETZ Topstitch 80/12 needle when piecing and appliquéing. Visit Brenda at


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2014-2015 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)

American Sewing Expo

September 26-28

Novi MI

International Quilt Market

October 24-27

Houston, TX



February 19-22, 2015

Austin TX

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

February 26 - March 1, 2015

Puyallop WA

Creative Arts Business Summit

March 26-28, 2015

Washington DC

Gems of the Prairie

June 3, 2015

Peoria IL