Thursday, March 27, 2014

What’s Your Favorite Quilt Memory?

Every quilt has a story or a special memory!  My mother grew up on a farm, they sewed many of their dresses from feed sacks and the leftover scraps were pieced into quilts.  My favorite quilt memories were the bedtime stories.  My mother would choose a fabric piece in the quilt and tell a story about it. She would reminisce about a special occasion where they wore the dress, talk about the design of the dress, and who in family it belonged to. Other times she shared stories about the farm life such as using the mule and a pulley system to move hay bales into the barn. In the picture, “Jenny” the mule is being navigated by my mother while her sister is in charge of the rope.
In celebrating “National Quilt Month,” we invite you to share your special quilt memory with us!

Monday, March 24, 2014

BOGO - Mettler Cotton Silk Finish Quilting Thread - 547yd spool

March is “National Quilting Month”!  We would like to support our quilters with a special buy one get one free offer on our Mettler Cotton Silk Finish Quilting Thread 547yd spool.  This is an in store offer only.  So stop by Phil’s Sewing today and stock up on your favorite colors!  Offer is good now thru March 31, 2014.     

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mark Your Calendar For The March "I Love To Sew Club"!

Finished Project - Pfaff Creative Edge Work 457

Here is a follow-up of the previous post to show the completed projects.  The embroidery designs that were used in the above projects were from the Pfaff Creative Edge Work 457.  This is a multi-format CD that can be used on most home embroidery machines.  The edge work is done very similar to appliqué designs.  The designs were stitched on linen with lots of sizing, using 2 layers of Aquamesh Washaway as the stabilizer.  After the first section is stitched, the outer edge of the linen is trimmed away.  As the following sections of the embroidery design are stitched the raw edge of the linen is being covered up giving the linen a nice clean look.  To connect the designs the camera feature of the BabyLock Enterprise (BNT10L) and the BabyLock Embroidery Upgrade 1 for the BabyLock Enterprise were used.  This can also be accomplished on the BabyLock Ellisimo/Gold using the BabyLock Ellisimo/Gold Continuous Border Hoop Embroidery Upgrade III.
The Pfaff Creative Edge Work #457 may be ordered by calling (800) 733-3594 or (636) 239-3594 locally.  This item cannot be shipped it must be picked up at our brick and mortar store.  The complete collection and hoop requirement size can be viewed at

Monday, March 17, 2014

BabyLock Enterprise with Embroidery Upgrade 1 Makes Continuous Borders Easy

It might be cold and snowy outside but at Phil's Sewing we have a beautiful border of roses blooming on our BabyLock Enterprise!  With the use of the built-in camera function and the BabyLock Embroidery Upgrade 1 for the Enterprise, connecting the rose border made a daunting task easy!  Stop by Phil's Sewing and smell the roses! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

BabyLock Sewing Machine Repair

No, it's not a watch or a clock! It's the Baby Lock Enterprise 10 needle embroidery machine! Most of you know that I am a third generation watch and clock technician, adding sewing/embroidery machine repair only seemed natural. I've been attending technical sewing machine classes for 20 years and it is interesting how some of the mechanical aspects of clocks and sewing machines are similar. I spent last week in Advanced Technical Training classes at the Baby Lock Training Center. During this class the Enterprise was one of the machines that was disassembled, and each part of the machine is studied to learn the function and settings. In this picture I am reconnecting the connectors to the main circuit board. In the next couple of weeks we will be attending more classes. It's not easy to take time off from the store, but we strongly believe that attending these classes allows us to bring the best service to our customers.  Visit our website

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

February Sewing Club Featured Kitchen Shirt Tales Apron by Indygo Junction

At our February "I Love To Sew Club" Janet did a first-class job of transforming a man's shirt into a fun kitchen cover-up apron! A special touch of rick-rack and bias tape lends a pop of color. Easy to make and fun to wear! The pattern is available for purchased at Phil's Sewing or in our online store at: