Friday, February 20, 2015

Frozen.

It seems a large portion of the United States is under a deep freeze and it's no exception here. I'm blogging from home (Jessie) because my kids are enjoying their second day off of school because it's too cold for little ears and noses to wait at the bus stops or walk to school. I'm not sure if I'm enjoying it... I grew up in the Upper Peninsula and I distinctly remember walking to school all winter in temperatures like this with wet hair! Kids these days... lol.

Luckily the temperatures didn't seem to keep are lovely customers away from the Valentine's sale. It went really well and we are so pleased. The store is so organized now, even the left over sale fabric has a place. I worked part of the sale and was scheduled to leave at five. I brought my computer in case things were slow. When i finally got it out I thought it was probably 2:30 or so and it was 4:45!! I was having so much fun and cutting so much fabric the time flew.

The winner of our giveaway was Jane Cleveland! She received this lovely Fat quarter bundle.


If your as bored of winter as much as we are it's a perfect time to find a new project. Maybe one filled with floral fabrics. If we can't have real gardens why not have fabric ones? Check out our Spring Inspired Pinterest Board HERE, for lots of creative and inspiring ideas.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Behind the Scenes...

This is Sue and I wanted to show off my office because it's actually clean! So, I thought maybe you'd all like a behind the scenes. I wish I had taken a before picture, but suffice it to say while the showroom may be filled with cherry fabric lined up in nice little rows, my office was filled with bolts, swatches and scraps, to say nothing of the paperwork taking over. There was barely room to walk and it's very hard to focus with stuff everywhere.



New year means it's time to clean and organize. New shelves, folders and binders. Ahhhhh now isn't that better? I can actually breath in here. When Jessie came in and saw all the floor space she did a little tap dance.

A new year is also a good time to start a new way of doing things in the store. I've been thinking about digitizing the shop for a while so that we can be sure that what we have in the store is what we have online. It makes a lot of sense when it comes to ordering and doing inventory but the amount of work it is going to take to put every little thing in the computer has stopped me...Until now. We've begun digitizing the shop. It's going to take a while to get to where we are actually able to use all the equipment and it's going to be a lot of man hours but the ladies are supportive; at the very least they're excited to use the scan gun. I hope you will  be patient with us as we figure it all out and get the bugs taken care of (A shop run by women who love sewing usually means we're not the most technical gals around).

Don't forget about our We-Love-Our-Customer-Sale. Thursday February 12 1-8pm. Come in for great prices, giveaways, treats, coffee and chocolates. I really hope to see you there.  

See you soon.
Love,
   Sue

Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Fabric and a Valentine's Sale.

Just wanted to pop in and let you know about some new fabrics and to remind you about our upcoming sale.

We got new Kaufman fabric in and it's finally been put on the website. It's really nice and has a sort of muted modern look to it. The solids have great texture. You can see it HERE. We also got in several Kaufman precuts.
Kaufman charm packs HERE.

Kaufman fat quarter bundle HERE.

New Kaufman Fabrics you can shop for it on our website.
Click HERE.

Even though we're in the midst of a blizzard and it's hard to imagine Valentine's day, it is coming. Our Valentine's-We-Love-Our-Customer-Sale is almost upon us! Thursday February 12th 1-8pm. Along with our $5 a yard fabric and discounted books and precuts, we'll be offering wonderful sweets and drinks. And for every yard of fabric you buy you'll be entered to win a giveaway. I hope we'll see you there. I'm hoping to have a new (pink) skirt made up for the occasion.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentine's Day Sale.

I love Valentine's day.  I think a day that celebrates love is special. I like red and pink and think they're really fetching together. I enjoy chocolate and going on dates and wearing cute dresses. So maybe it's cliche but I'm all about Valentine's day. One of things I love is fabric and this job. Those of us who work here are so happy to be around the wonderful, creative, customers that come into the shop. So, we decided to have a Valentine's Sale to show our appreciation and to spend more time with all of you.
Still so much fabric on Sale.

 Thursday February 12th from 1pm-8pm we'll be opening boxes of chocolates, pouring glasses of wine and brewing some coffee to share with you. Sale fabric will be $5 a yard and for every yard of fabric you buy you'll be entered to win a gift from the shop. Precuts and fat quarter bundles will also be on sale, 20% off.  


If you've been looking for a new project then check out My Enchanted Garden by Gretchen Gibbons. We're doing this project for our wool club and it's such fun. The second picture below is part way through Sue's first block. The first month you buy the book and the kit. Each month after we'll offer a kit for that block. The book is $27.99 and the first kit is $17.50.
This is what the finished block will look like.

Coming along.

We're well into the doldrums of winter. We've got so many great projects and beautiful fabric.  Come into the shop for inspiration and to beat the winter blues.

Happy Sewing,
Love,
Jessie and Sue

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hedgehog Potholders


Hedge Fun!
When I was in college my then boyfriend (now husband) had a pet hedgehog. He would take her to class in the front pocket of his sweatshirt. We called her Miss Tiggywinkle and the summer of our engagement she came to live with me while he did his internship. Ever since then hedgehogs have had a special place in my heart. They're so cute and storybook-like.
Don't worry they're protected from hot pans by their prickles.

Hedgehog potholders
As soon as I saw the pattern for these potholders I knew I had to make a few for our kitchen (did you know a group of hedgehogs is called a prickle? Isn't that just the cutest?). I used Some of the shop's Cotton and Steel fabric for a quirky modern twist on the lovable little creatures. The pattern was pretty easy to use, I made it even easier by hot gluing the eyes on and drawing the smile with fabric pen instead of embroidering it.

Hedgehog Hot Pads
As long as we're on the subject of smallish things, Sue made this adorable little pineapple pincushion. This pattern from Sewn Into the Fabric "Pineapple Crush" is a fantastic way to use up little pieces of fabric. I actually like the wool one Sue made better then the ones on the cover of the pattern.

Pineapple Crush
Both of these would be great to whip up for a quick gift. Potholders for a house warming or bridal shower and pincushions for the sewing enthusiast in your life. Both use little fabric and are super cute. You can find the pattern for the Hedgehogs HERE, the fabric I used HERE and the pattern for the pineapple HERE. Or you can come into the shop.

I hope your finding that January is the perfect time for sewing projects. I know I am!
Happy Sewing,
Love,
Jessie and Sue.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy New Year

The blog was off for a couple of weeks due to the holidays but we're back now and excited for the new year and new projects.

So much sale fabric now only $5 a yard!!
To start the year off right we've dropped the prices of our sale fabric. There is still a lot of it and we'd really like to get rid of as much as we can before we have to do inventory (the not-so-fun part of working in a fabric shop). All of our regular cotton sale fabrics are now $5 a yard!! That is the cheapest they've ever been and we still have so much, definitely a great time to stock up and buy for backings and such.  Books are still 50% off and patterns are buy 2 get 1 free.


More sale fabric.
New Kaufman's for the new year. Both bolts and precuts. I'm thinking some of this would make a really nice light shirtwaist dress for summer. Honestly I started watching the New "Agent Carter" tv mini series which takes place right after WWII and I am now itching to sew vintage looking clothes. There is something so retro about cotton prints...sigh...



Speaking of retro, I received this as a Christmas gift. She's a WWII Fashion Doll. They made them to teach girls how to sew and came with patterns, fabric, and little scissors. This one has three of her original patterns. Straight away I made her a slip and undies and I have to tell you, I felt like a kid again. So much fun dressing her up. Next I'll be making her a WWII air force dress, I'll post a pick when I'm done just because she's so much fun.

Did you receive any fun sewing themed Christmas gifts. We'd love to hear about them. Any projects planned for the new year? Let us know in the comments.

Happy New year and Happy Sewing!
Love,
Jessie and Sue.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and the very best sewing to all of you!! This will be a quick post to wish our customers and readers the very best Holiday time.

We did get in a couple of new items which would make very nice Christmas presents. This Steamfast iron. It's the World's smallest steam iron, but it's very powerful. It's also very cute! $29.99

Lastly we got in some new lotion bars. These smell wonderful and are not greasy at all. Winterberry and Lavender scents. $8.99


If your looking for a last minute sewing project here is a free stocking pattern from us to you click HERE (I should mention we are not professional pattern writer's but this one is pretty straight forward). And here are a couple of Pinterest Boards with ideas and patterns from all over the webs. Our Christmas Pinterest Board HERE, Homemade Gifts Board HERE, and our Toys Board HERE

I just wanted to remind everyone what our holiday hours will be. We'll be open Christmas Eve until 12:00 and closed the 25th, 26th and 27th. We'll be open New Year's Eve until noon and then closed January 1st. 

Merry Christmast fellow sewists and a Happy New Year.
Love,
Jessie and Sue and all of us from Sewunique Threads.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Shopping

Fabric shops are a different sort of store. Our Holiday business is heavy long before the regular rush and then slows way down when people are out shopping at places like Target. Maybe customers think they can't buy their non-sewing sister a gift at a place called "Sew Unique" or maybe husbands feel out of their depth shopping for the love-of-their-life at a sewing store. Maybe you're creative side is itching for a little fabric shopping but you just don't have the time...

We can solve all those problems. Today I wanted to highlight just a few of the many things we offer in our store that aren't necessarily sewing related along with some more socking stuffer ideas. We're a local business and we love and believe in local business so if there is a local product that we love it's our pleasure to share it with you and carry it in our store even if it's not necessarily for your needle.

We carry a wide variety of candles from Swan Creek Candle Co. They smell so good that when we come into the store the following day the store still smells delightful. They last a long time too. Right now we're loving these two holiday scents.



We just started carrying some of Siesta Silver Jewelry. The pictures did not turn out well because the rings are so shiny (truly not even close to doing them justice) we have rings, bracelets and charms. One of the styles is called "Quilt Block" and the company's headquarters are in Vicksburg Michigan.


New in the shop is Glide thread. This polyester thread won't fade and is perfect for machine embroidery and long arm quilting. A couple of these would be perfect in a sewing enthusiasts stocking.


This display is full of small items. Fabric markers specialty pens, small rotary cutters swatches of silk AND some of the best hand lotion around, udderly smooth hand cream
Our vintage holiday tree is filled with cute stocking stuffers: buttons, thread snips, charms, silk threads...

How about some fun wool fibers to embellish projects?

Very nice new seam rippers. These are very sturdy and have a great handle that is the perfect size and won't lead to hand cramping like some others can.

As you can see we carry a wide array of gifts for the sewing and non-sewing person in your life.

I also wanted to highlight our Holiday hours. We'll be open Christmas Eve until 12:00 and closed the 25th, 26th and 27th. We'll be open New Year's Eve until noon and then closed January 1st. 

I hope to see you soon!
Happy Sewing
Love,
Jessie and Sue



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Stocking Stuffers

It's officially the first week of the Holidays (though, I for one have been thinking about it for a while now) and that means it's time to think about stocking stuffers. Growing up stockings were always my favorite part of Christmas morning because it's a little treasure hunt of goodies. And, if I were being honest, I'd say stockings are still at least in my top three of Christmas morning traditions (following the joy of the kids and homemade sticky buns... it might even outrank sticky buns). What I'm trying to say is your NEVER too old for a stocking. 

If your husband or other loved one is stuffing one for you and maybe they need a little help, send them our way. We've got loads of great little treasures. The perfect stocking stuffer is a combination of something that is a little practical but still a splurge or something you wouldn't necessarily buy yourself and, of course, it has to be small. Sewing notions are the perfect thing. We have high quality needles, threads, buttons and all kinds of cool little sewing doodads that make sewing easier and more luxurious. We even have wonderful hand lotion and beautiful jewelry! And we're more then happy to help your Santa pick out some great things for your stocking.
These are some of the wonderful products from Sewline we
carry which can be found HERE or in the shop. Their products
make sewing so much blissful.

Fun and sassy thread snips are always a hit.
We have a beautiful array of buttons.
Threads galore, in beautiful colors. 
A precut bundle in the toe of my stocking? Yes please!
 I also wanted to highlight the latest fabrics that have arrived in the store. New Kaffe Fassette and new Tula Pink. I think it's all fantastic. Every time we get new Kaffe I'm amazed at the color.

Find our new Kaffe's HERE.
My favorite new fabric, though, is this Forest Frivolity from Tula pink. some day I will have a glamper and spend days secluded in the forest writing, and this fabric pulls on that heartstring. It's so whimsical and I love the color palette....I can't wait to figure out what I'll do with this one.
Find this and all our Tula Pink fabric HERE.
Also we've updated our class schedule. Click HERE to see all we offer and to try something new this coming year!

I hope your Holiday planning and sewing is filling you with joy.
And as always
Happy Sewing
Love,
Jessie and Sue.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Small Business Saturday

First of all we'd like to thank everyone who came in for our big sale last weekend. It was fantastic to see so many of our wonderful customers. The winner of the drawing for the Stella lamp was Pat Simington. Congrats Pat!


Ever more sale fabric.
Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. Time for turkey, stuffing, pie and Christmas shopping. The shop will be closed on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th so that we can spend time with our families. We will be open on Saturday the 29th for Small Business Saturday with lots of specials and Sales.

Come in on Small Business Saturday to take advantage of
 buy 2 get 1 free deals from the sale table.
We're putting even more fabric on sale for Small Business Saturday. Most is $6 a yard or $4 if you empty the bolt or $8 a yard and $6 if you empty the bolt. Plus if you empty a bolt during small business Saturday you'll be entered to win another fabulous giveaway. Anything on the Sale table will be further marked down to buy 2 get 1 free, this includes patterns, threads and books that are already marked 50% off! (The least expensive thing will be free.)

There are Amy Butler Patterns in the buy 2 get 1 free!
buy 2 get 1 free

Books buy 2 get 1 free!
And because it's the holidays for the 29th only, the holiday themed fabric will be 10% off and the halloween fabric will be 25% off. Great deals everywhere you look. So if your thinking about sewing Christmas gifts, looking for stocking stuffers, or want to add to your stash the 29th will be the day. Can't wait to see  you then.


Happy Thanksgiving and as always...
Happy Sewing!
Love,
Jessie and Sue