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


Thursday, November 13, 2014

SALE

I just really quickly wanted to pop in and remind you about our sale going gone tomorrow and Saturday. Lots of fabric marked down to $6 dollars a yard or $4 if you finish the bolt (4!!). AND for every $20 you spend you'll be entered to win the grand prize which is this Stella lamp.
These special sewing lights retail for almost $200!!!

Plus patterns, books, and embroidery things will be on sale. You might not want to think about the Holidays but they really are upon us. What better way to begin your season then with some great new fabrics and sewing things?

See you there!
Happy Sewing
Love,
Jessie

Monday, November 3, 2014

SALE SALE SALE SALE

I am so excited to announce this: WE ARE HAVING A HUGE SALE! Does it sound like I'm shouting? I totally am. I am very excited about this. We've been needing to have one for a while and after we rearranged the store and kept getting in newer and more fabulous fabric lines we just couldn't ignore the preverbal elephant in the room. That elephant? There is simply too much fabric for the shop's space.

A few pictures of just A fraction of what will be on sale.
For two days November 14th and 15th we're putting a ton of fabric on sale for $6 a yard, $4 if you empty the bolt. Some of our newer fabric is going on sale for $8 a yard, or $6 if you empty the bolt. Machine embroidery designs will be on sale for 50% or 70% off. Some of our precuts and books will be on sale for 20% off. Lots of patterns will be marked down 50-70%.


 If that wasn't enough we're also going to do a huge giveaway. Every time you spend $25 you're name will be put in a drawing for a Stella lamp!!

The sale is right in time for the Holidays and we're going to stay open late. November 14th from 10am-8pm and November 15 from 10am-3pm.

This is the perfect opportunity to come in and get yardage for backings, to restock your tired stash and to find that elusive Moda that can't be ordered any longer. SQUEAL! Also I'll be working along with the rest of the crew so come in and see us.

See you soon and 
Happy Sewing,
Love,
Jessie and Sue.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Fabric and New Projects

We recently received the entire line of Moda's Basic Grey Persimmon collection. THE ENTIRE COLLECTION! It's gorgeous and very romantic (at least in my view). I love the way they've juxtaposed woodsy and sort of Native American motifs with a really soft feminine touch. It's just lovely. Below is a small sample Click HERE to view the entire collection or come into the store.
I think this arrow fabric is fantastic.




There's been a bit of a lack of completed projects on this here blog and part of it is because I was working on this Amy Butler Bag.
It's for my mom and I'm very excited to give it to her this weekend. I love the fabrics (all from the shop) which Sue helped me to pick out. She is so amazing with fabric coordination! The directions were very easy to understand. The pattern had a lot of pieces which isn't my favorite thing, but it went together so well and is so cute that I'll forgive the plethora of interfacings. I used Amy Butler's Field Bag and Tote (I made the bag version which is really just the tote with a zipper installed). Click HERE for the pattern.
Here's a closeup of the fabrics. Don't you just love this fantastic button? We have a wonderful button selection in the shop.


Then I made this quick pillow. I got the idea from THIS PIN from pinterest but changed the silhouette from the traditional sherlock to the BBC modern take on the show. This is a gift for a friend who adores the show (and really, who doesn't, it's fantastic!). I printed the silhouette off of the internet and traced it onto EZ-steam then affixed it to the black felt. After I adhered the oval and the silhouette to the pillow I hand stitched around them to keep the pieces from peeling away at the edges. The pillow itself was a piece of cake; two squares sewn right sides together. I'm pretty pleased with the results and can see lots of possibilities with other silhouettes.

What have you been up to? The weeks until Christmas are blowing away. I hope your finding some joy and happiness with your needle and thread.
Happy Sewing,
Love,
Jessie and Sue.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Classes

Our new class list is out and are we ever excited about what we're offering. Classes are a great way to learn new skills and to keep motivated to finish those projects that you start. So much easier to follow through when your stitching along with other like minded sewists. It's also a great way to meet people. Pop in, try a class out. The classes are free and take place in our beautiful shop in a leisurely and laid back atmosphere.

1st Wednesday of the month Doll club at 2:00

1st Friday of the month is Holiday club at 10:00

2nd Tuesday of the month is Crabapple/hand embroidery at 10:00. Our ever popular Crabapple/ hand embroidery class is back and better then ever.

2nd Friday of the month is the Kaffe quilt Dreamy Hexagons at 10:00. Love Kaffe as much as we do? This club is for you and anyone wanting to create that dreamy quilt.

3rd Tuesday of the month is Paper Piecing at 10:00. Come see why paper piecing is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. This club is great for all skill levels including beginner.

3rd Thursday is Wool Club at 2:00. Come learn how to work with this beautiful and rustic medium.

4th Monday of the month is Pin Cushion Club at 10:00. A year of pincushions perfect for your own collection or to give as gifts throughout the year.

4th Wednesday of the month is Hexie Club at 10:00

Last Friday of the month is Sit ‘n Sew at 11:00. Bring any project you wish and sit and stich with other ladies.

I hope we'll see you at one or more of these clubs and classes. Not only will you come away with a new skill but you'll also have something beautiful to show for your efforts.
See you soon!
Happy Sewing.
Love,
Jessie and Sue

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tis the Season...

Don't hate me for this, but I think it's worth mentioning that there are only 11 weeks until Christmas! If that scares you then consider that Halloween is even closer. In that vein (vein, get it? Muwaahaaa), we have two kits. The kits use the Ghastlies for a fantastic and fun take on both holidays.

The first kit is a Ghastlie quilt perfect for a cold fall day. Kit is $63 and includes the pattern and fabric for the quilt top. Click HERE for all the Ghastlies we carry.


The second kit is a Ghastlie Christmas apron. I'm actually in love with this apron and am planning on making one for myself to wear during all my Christmas baking. I love that it's holiday themed but pokes fun at it too. Christmas for me, is very magical but there are still moments when it can feel a bit ghastly! The apron kit includes the Amy Butler pattern used so you know the apron is going to fit really well and be nice and flattering. This would be a perfect "tongue and cheek"gift for the quirky person in your life, or for yourself (like I said, I'm totally making myself one). Kit is 44.95 and includes all fabric and pattern.
Sorry about the awful glare on this picture.



Also we have the new Fig Tree collection "Somerset" from Moda. As always it's superb. Click HERE for more details.
Just a taste of the new Somerset collection from Moda. Her designs are
always so beautiful.


Why not cuddle up with a blanket and a warm glass of cider and plan out those Holiday projects now. That's always my favorite part anyway. Check out our Pinterest Boards HERE for lots of ideas. We have a file filled with costume ideas, a Ghastlie file with lots of creative uses for the Ghastlie fabric, a Christmas file, gifts file, and toys. Lots of sewing inspiration from around the internet.
Happy browsing and Happy Sewing!
Love,
Jessie and Sue


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Meet the Shop.

Today we're going to get to know a little bit about the Woman behind it all,  Sue Stanton. So how did it all happen? And where does all the magic come from? Today we get a peak at the owner and proprietor of Sew Unique Threads.

Sue is standing in front of her
favorite fabric. A Kaffe, "Brassica Moss"
Click HERE for details.

First of all, I think we'd all like to know why you opened Sew Unique Threads and how it became the shop it is today.
Seven years ago I was very unhappy with the availability of embroidery products in my area. I loved hand and machine embroidery. Because I couldn't find what I was looking for and because I really wanted to bring that love to our area, I decided to open my own shop with a focus on teaching machine embroidery. I'm not sure what happened! seven years later, we still carry all of the embroidery products I love, but we also carry over 2,000 bolts of fabric. I guess I got bit by the sewing bug along the way, and there was a need for more then just high end embroidery supplies. My customers were also looking for unique and designer fabrics.

Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Sue and I'm a mom and wife. I'm not a Grandma yet...sadly... I do have three dogs and four cats I can spoil while I wait. I love to garden and create sitting areas in my yard, even if I never sit down! I can admire them from a distance.

How long have you been sewing and creating?
I made a macrame hanging table in college (I wish I still had it). I also rented a loom in college. I've been making ever since. I've always loved handmade and vintage things, it feels like creating is part of me.

What are your favorite types of products to make?
I like it all! quilting, crafting, clothing, home decorations...

What is your favorite thing about owning and running Sew Unique Threads?
I love to create a space where people can enjoy shopping and find unique items. I like the fact that my store is different even though, at times, that can be a little scary.

What was the last project you finished?
Cherry Wall hanging
Patterns and Kits for the Cherry Wall Hanging
in the store.


What is the your next project going to be?
To finish...Let's see, there are so many started, I'm not sure!

There you have it a little peak at the Woman who started it all! I hope you enjoyed this edition of "Meet the Shop" and as always...
Happy Sewing!
Love,
Jessie and Sue

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Kaffe Fassette

Where has the summer gone? I feel like I blinked and suddenly the children were back in school and autumn was upon us. Things are coming together in the shop, fabric rearranged and organized. I'm still having to learn where everything is, but I love the way it looks.

I really feel like fall is the time to settle in to some bigger projects. It's also the time to start Holiday sewing and making (if your really organized that is) and our new shop look is now organized and so much more conducive for getting the materials you need.

We've been getting more fabric in too. If your looking to start Christmas sewing we have really stocked up on our holiday fabrics this year.  We've also gotten in lots a new Kaffe Fassette. And it's got a place right in the center of the store!

I hope we'll see you in the shop or online soon.
Happy Sewing,
Love,