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Judy Perkins Classes

Fabric Painting Class - Saturday, February 8, 10 AM to 3 PM, Cost is $25 and includes lunch.
We will provide you with your class supply list upon payment of class fee payable at the store.

Class Description: Have you been afraid to try painting on fabric? Well, this class is for you. Unleash your creativity and make people go "Oh!" In the morning we will paint and in the afternoon you will make a zippered bag with your painting. No experience necessary. I will show you the techniques on how to be successful with this project so that you can try it on a quilt project in the future.

If you have taken the Doodle class with me you can bring your doodle with you and paint it. I will also have patterns you can use. Most of the materials necessary for this project you may already have. Join us for a day of creativity and fun.

Rag Quilt & Free Motion Quilting Class - Saturday, February 22, 10 AM to 3 PM, Cost is $25 and includes lunch.
We will provide you with your class supply list upon payment of class fee payable at the store.
Class Description:  Make a rag quilt and then quilt it.

Don't be tricked into thinking you need a long arm machine to quilt your quilts.  You can quilt them on any domestic sewing machine.  This class is designed to learn free motion quilting designs that you can use on any quilt or quilt project.  This class is about learning and trying new techniques and designs.  It is about having fun while becoming a successful free motion quilter.  It is not about finishing a project in class.  You will learn more about your sewing machine, how to successfully free motion quilt and to not be afraid of trying new techniques and designs.  Best of all you will expand your quilting world.

Ruler Work Quilting Class, Saturday, February 29, 10 AM to 3 PM, Cost is $25 and includes lunch.
We will provide you with your class supply list upon payment of class fee payable at the store.
Class Description: Spend the day learning how to use rulers on your domestic machine. In this class you will learn basic ruler work that can be applied to your quilt projects. Learn how to use a ruler safely and correctly while learning designs. Learn techniques on how to fit designs into blocks and borders. You will have the opportunity to try many different types of rulers on the market. You do not need to attend the basic free motion quilting class first.

Tool Tote Class, Saturday, March 21, 10 AM to 3 PM, Cost is $25 and includes lunch.


Janome made it's 70 Millionth sewing machine in December.  Wow!
Come to The Sewing House to see the largest display of Janome sewing machines in Southeast Iowa.

Janome Quiltmaker 18

Janome Award. Once again we are pleased to announce that The Sewing House is among the top 35 Janome authorized dealers in the nation.

New Vacuum Display.

Come See it. We now service all vacuum brands.

Embroidery Club - First Wednesday of each month. 10:30 Am to Noon. No Machines Needed. Tips, Tricks, Techniques, Q&A, Show & Tell. Leta Tedrow leads Embroidery Club. Often there is a class after club. Call Leta at 641-919-2340 to get on her mailing list.

Embroidery Wednesdays - Machine Embroiderers, come to The Sewing House on Wednesdays and sew with friends. The store opens at 10 AM.

Embroidery Consulting - Leta Tedrow does fee-based embroidery consulting at The Sewing House by appointment. Contact her by phone at 641-919-2340.

Sewing Club - 2nd Monday of each month starting July 10th. 10:30 AM to noon. No machines needed. Format similar to embroidery club. Leta Tedrow will lead Sewing Club.

Vacuum Testimonial

Vanessa Crowe from the Hannibal-Quincy area drove to Ottumwa and purchased a Sebo X4 vacuum from The Sewing House. I asked her why she drove 120 miles to purchase a vacuum.

Vanessa replied, "I like Sebo and there is no Sebo dealer close to me. It is easy to use around furniture. It really deep cleans and I can seal the dirt in the bag before I take it to the trash. It does not put dust back into the air. It is quieter than other vacuums. It is easy to use on stairs. And I do not want a vacuum that looks like a popcorn popper." Thanks, Vanessa.


The SQUEELS, a quilting group from Omaha, Nebraska, recently enjoyed a quilting retreat at The Sewing House. They stayed in a local motel and ate meals at a friend's home. They quilted from 9am to 9pm for two days. Other groups have stayed in motels and ate meals in local restaurants and/or brought food to the store. SQUEELS stands for "Scrappy, Quilting, Eating, Eating, Laughing Society."

Bring your group to The Sewing House for a retreat. We will help you have a great time. Call for information.

Jewel Box Quilt Guild Enjoys Retreat At The Sewing House

Thirteen quilters from the Grinnell area sewed for three days in our classroom. They experienced door prizes, surprise sales, demonstrations and FUN. They stayed in a local motel and ate at restaurants. One group member brought in chili for one lunch.

Your group can also schedule a retreat at The Sewing House. Contact Tim at 641-682-4995 for information.
Sharon Walker from Centerville recently purchased an elna eXcellence 780 and sewing table. She shared the following thoughts and gave us permission to use them: "I love the Elna 780 with the sewing table. Now I sew at the proper height and my shoulders do not hurt. My favorite feature is the auto presser foot lift. This sewing machine is a great companion machine for those who own the Janome MC15000."

Editor's note: The Janome MC15000 is Janome's Top-Of-The-Line Embroidery/Sewing combo machine. Many 15000 owners keep it set up for embroidery and use the Elna 780 or Janome MC9400 for sewing.