Friday, October 28, 2011

Get that machine you really want; we finance now

In cooperation with Red Thread Financial Group, Always In Stitches now offers financing for the Handi Quilter and top-priced Janome sewing machines.

The program is available for any equipment purchase that is at least $5,000; financing for computer hardware and software can be added on. Red Thread promises quick approval after a credit application is submitted. Rates are typically 11-14 percent with terms of 24-60 months. The machine is used as collateral. Ask an AIS sales associate for more details and applications.

Other news from our Oct. 28 newsletter --

Nothin’ but knit
What’s better than an hour of free time to do nothing but knit in your favorite recliner? How about 10 hours of uninterrupted knitting in our comfy shop?

Join the Always In Stitches knit-in from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 18 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19. There also will be door prizes, discounts and fun fellowship. Call now to hold your spot, (317) 776-4227. We appreciate you using our products when participating in this event.

Other knitting opportunities: Learn to knit with experienced knitters at TINK-ers Beginning Knitting Group, 4-7:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Or if you think private lessons would be better, schedule one with Penny. A one-hour lesson is $10.

Admit it – you’ve always wanted to quilt
The first lesson beginning quilters learn is one that may seem hard to believe: Quilting isn’t difficult.

Ruth Middleton makes lessons so easy, in fact, they couldn’t be simpler. She teaches the language of the quilter and explains how to use a rotary cutter, rulers and mats as a simple quilt top comes together in the class.

From 10:30-12:30 Nov. 5 and 19, she’ll be teaching one of these beginner classes using the Dogwood Blossom pattern. Cost is $50 plus supplies, and students should plan on homework between sessions.

If the shoe doesn’t fit, give it to Soles 4 Souls
We’ve all got a pair of shoes – maybe several -- that take up closet space yet we seldom wear.

Always In Stitches is giving you a chance to do something good with them: Bring them to the shop between Nov. 25 and Dec. 24 and we’ll ship them to Soles 4 Souls, which is trying to “change the world, one pair at a time” by outfitting people in Third World countries with shoes.

Any style is accepted – flip flops to dress shoes and everything in between – for men, women and children. Nothing gets thrown away; if a shoe isn’t usable, Soles 4 Souls will recycle it.

Cash donations to help defray shipping costs also are accepted. Soles 4 Souls recommends $2 per pair. Find the collection box in the center of the shop, near the couch and classroom.

Bye-bye ripping out, re-sewing
We’ve discovered a great tool for anyone who sews, but particularly quilters.

The handy, little Direct-A-Seam makes sure your seams face the direction you want them to go and keeps them from turning before you sew over them.

Find it on the wall in the notions department.

Try watercolor painting
Even if you’ve never lifted a brush, you can create a lovely watercolor in our half-day or full-day class.

Self-taught artist Gayle Middleton Jones, who was raised in Noblesville, will teach the classes from 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (with a break for lunch on your own) Nov. 5. According to her website, Gayle’s goal is to paint realistically with an eye for detail.

Samples of the art that students will create -- “Beach Scene” on Nov. 4, “Winter Scene” on Nov. 5 – are displayed at Always In Stitches. All supplies are included in the cost: $20 for the half-day session, $40 for the full-day session.

Easy Peazy trunk show here
You’ll like the patterns for totes, a walker saddlebag, accessory bags and glasses cases, and you’ll love how simple they are to make. See them all in our Easy Peazy Patterns trunk show, on display now through Dec. 5 in the center of the shop.

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