Kathy and I just returned from BU which was held in Las Vegas in July. I can now say I've been there, but it's not quite my cup 'o tea. However, it was an exciting week with the unveiling of several new and updated machines. The 790e and the 880e are now the 790Plus and the 880 Plus with some upgraded and wonderful new features. For those of you who already own a 790 or 880 do not despair! Recently Bernina issued a firmware update which you can download from their website. Once you have done that you can upgrade your machine to the new Plus models with a reasonably priced upgrade kit. We will have more information and you may check with Kathy if you have specific questions about this conversion.
There are also new 5-series machines, including an embroidery only edition, the 500 which is a little sister to the 700 embroidery only machine introduced last year. All of the new 5-series machines (the 500, 570, 590e) will have a 1" expansion of the bed to 8 ½", the new jumbo Bernina bobbin system, 9mm feed dogs, embroidery as an option and the integrated even-feed feature. The exception will be the new 535 which will still have 5mm feed dogs and is an update to the popular 530. These machines will all ship later this summer/fall and we'll do our best to keep you up-to-date.
Toolbox Software was also introduced at BU. It is a modular software that is designed for the new or occasional embroiderer. You can edit designs, add and change lettering, or create monograms. Just select the module that fits your needs or get the bundle with all the modules! And it is compatible with both Mac and PC formats. A free trial version is available in the store or at: www.bernina.com/toolbox-trial.
Join us on Oct 18 from 7-9:30pm and test drive the new 5-series machines which were introduced at Bernina University in July. We will have one of each available with two people per machine so sign up early if you'd like to explore these amazing new machines. You'll have a chance to work on each one and there will be a small project to complete, plus refreshments. Please register as places are limited.
The Quilt Patch is committed to making quilts for children who need a security blanket for any reason. We support a number of community organizations which will make good use of the quilts and other comfy covers that we make and collect. Do something to make yourself feel warm and fuzzy this year and join us in several days of community service and sewing. Come for whatever time you have available. There is a job for everyone whether you are an accomplished sewer or not.
For those of you who wish to help but are unavailable to come and sew, we are happy to take any donated tops that need finishing, especially those appropriate for pre-teen and older boys. If you are looking through your work space and see things you know you'll never finish (and we all have them,) we can turn them into treasures. You may drop them off any time at the Quilt Patch. We also collect finished blankets, comforters and quilts for these good causes. Please mark your donations with your name and contact information. Please read the information below from Project Linus about blanket/quilt requirements.
If you have 100% cotton fabric in good condition that you would like to donate, please make an appointment to drop it off at the shop. We particularly need backing fabric (approx. 1 1⁄2 yds or larger pieces.) Sadly, we have had too many occasions when sewing rooms have been cleaned out and everything dropped at the QP. We have neither the time nor resources to sort through it and also find somewhere to donate what we cannot use. Our mission is to create quilts for children who need them and we hope that you understand that we need to limit what we can accept.
THURS, FRI, SAT 10am-4pm: AUG 30, SEPT 1, 2
WEDS, THURS, FRI 10am-4pm: DEC 27, 28, 29
Blanket Requirements for Project Linus: Approximate SIZES:
Knitted or crocheted blankets/afghans: soft acrylic yarn or blend (NO WOOL please) A pattern and general instructions for fleece blankets can be found on the Project Linus website. Click on Patterns