Apr 24

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea @Hobbysew

Hornsby store are having their Morning Tea on Thursday 23rd May 10.30-2.30.  To help raise as much as possible, Donna Warren is offering one of her famously gorgeous quilts to raffle. Tickets will be 2 for $5 or 5 for $10. Ph 9477 5885 for more info.

On the same day the winners of the Mad March “Women of Courage” quilt competition, judged by Val Moore, will be presented with their prizes. The Viewer’s Choice prize will also be presented.

To make it even more fun, Hobbysew staff are kindly going to bake a selection of goodies to sell on the day with lots of cups of tea. So if Hornsby is your local Hobbysew shop, why not pop along on the 23rd May and help boost their donation to cancer research.

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Apr 24

Eastwood Patchworkers Quilt Exhibition

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Apr 23

Machine Needles

Posted in Hints & Tips

It is very important to use the correct machine needles when making a quilt so you avoid damaging your fabrics.

The correct needle will assist in producing the best quality stitching, which will enhance your quilt.

The general rules for needle selection are:

For patchwork piecing, (ie sewing your blocks together) using woven fabrics, cotton, polyester and blends, a sharp pointed needle is recommended.  Hobbysew recommends a Klasse’ Sharps needle.  The size of the needle is dependent on the thread used.

For quilting, (ie sewing through two layers of fabric with batting/wadding in between), use a quilting needle.  Hobbysew recommends the Klasse’ Quilting needle.

For embroidery, either straight satin stitch or patterns; or hoop embroidery (manual or computer controlled), always use an embroidery needle. They are specially designed to eliminate excessive holes in the fabric and to ensure better stitch tension for embroidery work.  Hobbysew recommends Klasse’ Embroidery needles.

Choosing the correct TYPE of machine needle

If your project or thread is specialised, choose your needle based on that rather than fabric type eg embroidery, quilting, twin needle work.

If your project is general sewing or overlocking, base your needle choice on the characteristics of the fabric eg stretch, denim or leather.

METRIC FABRIC WEIGHT
60/8 Very fine synthetics and cottons
70/10 Net, chiffon, nylon sheers
75/11 Voile, chiffon, organza
80/12 Cotton lawn, taffeta, silks, tricots
90/14 Poplin, chintz, gingham, synthetic velvets
100/16 Cord, denim, gabardine, heavy suiting

For more information visit www.klasse.com or check the colour coded range of Klasse needles at your nearest store.

Choosing the correct SIZE machine needle

The size of the needle must match with the thickness of the thread being used. The lower the number, the finer the needle.  However, the finer the thread, the higher the number.

When sewing, the thread lies in the needle groove.  If the needle is too fine for the thread, the thread will not sit in the groove properly, causing faulty stitching.

Needle Problems –
WHEN IN DOUBT – CHANGE THE NEEDLE!

The needle must be in perfect condition.  Stitching problems occur from using a needle that is blunt, bent or the tip has been damaged.  Problems that can occur include noisy or jamming machine, skipped stitches, seams that pucker, upper thread breaking or the tension is unbalanced.

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Apr 23

Junior Entry in Top Ryde

How good is this! A sweet little entry in Hobbysew Top Ryde’s Mad March quilt competition from one of their junior sewers.

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Apr 23

Top Ryde Mad March Quilt Competition

Some of Hobbysew Top Ryde entries for their Mad March quilt competition.

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Apr 23

Wrapped with Love

A quilt made by Lynn who is part of the ‘Wrapped with Love’ Knitters Group. The group meets at Hobbysew Top Ryde on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Lyn decided to try her hand at quilting – pretty darn good for a first quilt! Ph 9877 5067 for more info on ‘Wrapped with Love” Knitters Group.

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Apr 23

Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters Class

Posted in Classes, Erina, Make It!, Quilts

Hobbysew Erina ran a delightful class for nannas with their granddaughters, and mothers with their daughters.  The youngest in the group was 6 years old! Heaps of laughter with one nanna commenting it was the most fun she’s ever had sewing.  The Owl themed projects in particular were hugely popular and so it was decided to run the class again next school holidays on 3rd July. Ph 4365 1127 to book.

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Apr 23

Beginners Patchworking at Hobbysew Erina

Posted in Classes, Erina, Make It!, Quilts

This very friendly class runs every Mon & Fri fortnight and the ladies come week after week sharing stories and sewing (sometimes more stories than sewing as you can see from the photo!)  Now they are showcasing their skills by putting together a single bed quilt for display in the shop. Hobbysew Erina is providing each person with 4 pieces of fabric and they are creating several blocks to be put together to show that it is possible to make a quilt without years of sewing knowledge. Will post a pic of the quilt when it is finished.

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Apr 23

Mad March Mini Quilts on display for voting at Hobbysew Erina

Aren’t they fantastically inventive!

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Apr 17

HOT BUYS!

Be quick to visit our new Hot Buys page for “surprise” specials. Prices slashed 40%, 50%, 60% or more off recommended retail, but only for a limited time or while stocks last.  That’s SIZZLING!

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