New Jersey Selection

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This week to celebrate the arrival of our amazing new cover stitch machine, we’re showing off all our lovely new jersey. We’ve got cats, skulls, pandas, florals and even llamas – all perfect for making everything from a basic t-shirt to yoga pants and pyjamas for your kids.

All these lovely prints are available for £12.00 a metre, and we have some plains in stock for £10.00 a metre too. Just think what quick and easy makes you could be sewing up with this fantastic prints?

 

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Our fabulous  new cover stitch machine is the CV3550, a brand new model from Brother that is a double‑sided cover stitch machine. It comes with a wide range of cover stitches and works on many types and weights of fabric. You can use it for both decorative and constructive reasons and the standard stitch will appear on the bottom side of the fabric while a top stitch will show on the top side of the fabric. You can then sew hems and add decorative stitching to your projects. This machine also comes with three additional stitches for an even more professional look. When the cover spreader is engaged, a cover stitch will appear on both top and bottom sides of the fabric. This special one‑step finish was previously unavailable, so this is an extra exciting addition to an already pretty amazing machine.

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We also have a fantastic overlocker that is perfect for sewing stretch materials. The 1034D is available as 3 or 4 thread machine which will trim, edge and neaten for a professional finish which won’t fray or unwind. It comes with a range of features including three or four thread, cut and sew overlock stitches, a F.A.S.T. lower looper threading system, perfect overlock stitches on all types and weights of fabric, a differential feed, free arm flat bed, a removable knife and a snap on presser foot. It’s a lightweight, compact machine with a carry handle for extra convenience and it comes with an instructional DVD that gives you the lowdown on everything you can do.

The Brother machines are available to buy from Emporia now – call us on 01233 612278 or pop into the shop and have a chat to find out more.

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Sew Saturday at Emporia

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Saturday 21st October sees sewing fans up and down the country celebrate their addiction to their craft and we’re joining in the fun. With competitions, goody bags and workshops all taking place at the shop, there is plenty to get excited about on this fantastic sewing-inspired day.

Saturday morning will see a Beginner’s Class take place, so if you are keen to get behind a machine and learn the basics or refresh your knowledge if you’ve not sewn for a few years, then join Clair for this three hour session. Make an envelope-closed cushion cover and learn how to insert a zip in a pencil case or makeup bag. The Beginner’s Class starts at 10.30am and costs £40.00 per person – booking is essential.

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In the afternoon there will be the chance to get your hands on a special Sew Saturday goody bag containing a variety of sewing themed treats and some free patterns. You can then take a seat in our sewing corner and spend a bit of time with fellow crafters making some special Sew Saturday creations. Sausage dogs are the theme of this year’s Sew Saturday so you can create a cute little canine friend to take home with you in our special open craft session.

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Special offers will be taking place in the shop on the day, including Buy One Get One Half Price on all sewing patterns, and everyone who makes a purchase on Sew Saturday will be entered into a prize draw to win a fantastic bundle of goodies including fabric, pattern cutting tools, a copy of Sew magazine (who are sponsoring the event) and tickets to a sewing and crafting event of your choice!

All this plus our ever expanding collection of new dress fabrics, and our brand new jersey collection – come and see us on Sew Saturday and celebrate your passion for sewing!

For more information on the Sew Saturday Beginner’s Class or to book a space, ring 01233 612278 or pop in at see us in Park Mall.

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

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Today is the official date for the Macmillan Coffee Morning but we are hosting ours next week on Wednesday 4th October, here in the shop. We’ve got cake, coffee, biscuits and tea all planned for our regular visitors, so if you fancy eating some delicious treats in the name of charity, then why not join us.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Every year they invite people all over the UK to host their own coffee mornings (or afternoons) and raise money on the day to donate to Macmillan. Last year they raised a phenomenal £29.5 million and this year they are aiming to raise even more.

The reason behind all this cake and coffee making and eating and drinking is that there are now 2.5 million people in the UK living with cancer, and before 2030, it will be 4 million people. Macmillan nurses aim to be there for as many of those people as possible, supporting them and their families in whatever way they can through one of the toughest things many of them will ever experience. Macmillan provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support, as well as campaigning for better cancer care for all sufferers.  One in three people will get cancer, and their goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone.

So with this in mind we will be hosting our own Macmillan Coffee Morning next Wednesday 4th October, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. If you would like to make a contribution of cakes or other delicious goodies, we would be most grateful; but we would be even more grateful if you would join us in having a cup of tea or coffee, eating some baked treats and maybe sitting down with some sewing or knitting, whilst having a chat. We want to make our coffee morning a convivial and crafty couple of hours, so if you have a portable project you want to bring with you, then be our guest! As long as you put your donation in the pot, it’s all good.

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If you are in need of any baking inspiration, you can visit the Macmillan Coffee Morning website which has a collection of recipes from various chefs and celebs, including a recipe from Rupert Grint for chocolate and ginger biscuits and Jamie Oliver’s blood orange and polenta cake. Sounds delicious!

Join us from 10.30am Wednesday 4th October 2017 at Emporia Fabric & Craft for our Macmillan Coffee Morning – all donations received on the day (and afterwards) will be donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information on the Macmillan nurses, click here.

Emporia at Sewing Bee Live!

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This week we’re at the Sewing Bee Live at ExCel London! (Another work trip out, we hear you cry! Yes! Aren’t we lucky?) The show runs for another two days over the weekend and we’ve spent the day here checking out the stalls, watching some of the contestants take part in the various challenges and getting the most out of our sewing themed day out.

From the varieties of fabric and haberdashery stands selling all kinds of sewing wonders, to specific designers showcasing their patterns and different designs, we have had a full on day of oohing and ahhing about everything on show. Vogue fashion shows, getting technical advice from the judges, expert tips from previous Sewing Bee contestants as well as getting to see some of the garments from the TV show live and in person – there isn’t much sewing related action that we’ve missed out on.

One of the the highlights was the vintage fashion exhibition hosted by the London Textiles and Fashion Museum which featured some amazing garments from the 1930s up to the 1970s. From gorgeous silk tea dresses that your grandmother might have worn to the kind of thing your mum might have been boogieing before she got pregnant with you, there were some amazing designs and even more amazing prints on display.

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We stopped off at various stalls to make purchases, including some gorgeous arrow print chambray and star pattern sweat shirting from our mate Paul at Fabrics Galore; a Linden Sweatshirt pattern from Guthrie and Ghani, some fabric print blocks from Block Craft and a dress pattern from Maven Patterns.

We also spent quite a bit of our time going gooey at the knees over various famous sewing types, including Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It, the ladies from The Foldline, Ana from Cocowawa, Chinelo Bally from the first Sewing Bee series and most important of all, Patrick Grant himself! Having interrupted Chinelo on her way to the loo, half way through a challenge, we thought it best to shout after her “I think you’re amazing!” and the less embarrassing phrase, “We love you!” as she departed. She looked at us either like we were crazy or just over excited. It was most likely a mixture of both.

All in all we had a fabulous day out and generally got a bit over enthusiastic about sewing, fabric and all the stars. If you are headed here tomorrow or Sunday, we hope you have just as much as fantastic time as we did.

The Sewing Bee Live event continues to take place at ExCel London on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017.

 

A Visit to Brother

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Yesterday we went on a little shop adventure all the way round the M25 to Reading to visit Brother and see all their brand new machines which they are now launching across the country. Invited by our lovely rep Rachael, we got to go and see all kind of exciting new machines and accessories along with the various other Brother retailers. From relaunches of their most basic mechanical machines to demonstrations of some amazingly complicated looking (and huge!) embroidery machines, we got well and truly stuck in and had a good look and a go on various different new releases.

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One of the most exciting new products to come out of the Brother factory this year is the brand new M280D, a small scale embroidery and sewing machine, that comes loaded with 125 embroidery designs, including 45 different Disney characters.

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We tried out an Elsa on our test and we’re convinced that this baby will be a godsend to those of us with Frozen (or Cars, Monsters Inc., Mickey Mouse, Ariel, etc) obsessed children or grandchildren. This model also comes with an SD card slot meaning you can always add more embroidery designs to the collection if you want. This Disney edition costs £899.00 and will be in store with us from next week.

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Having seen a huge surge in popularity of our overlockers recently, it was a great revelation to try out the new Brother coverstitch machines yesterday. Designed to work almost like an overlocker that doesn’t cut the fabric, the coverstitch can create similar stitches across the edges and hems of stretch and non-stretch fabric, meaning you can bind edges in a similar way, whilst only having a two-line stitch showing on the right side of your make. You can also get more creative with these coverstitch machines as they can be used for all kinds of decorative top-stitching too. We will have this five thread edition in store from next week, costing £599.00.

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The last and most innovative piece of kit we tested yesterday was the incredible needle felting foot which can be used with the Brother V range: this accessory is designed to mimic the action of hand-created needle felting, which works by repeatedly stabbing a barbed needle up and down through thin layers of wool to blend the fibres together. It uses three needles to felt the wool, alongside a free motion action that allows you to steer the needles around your felting piece, and you can go as fast or as slow as you please.

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Most importantly of all, the foot also features a plastic guard around the triple needles to ensure you don’t get carried away and stab your fingers! Perfect for those who like to create felted pictures or artwork, you can get really creative with the wool – just like we did! The wool felting needle foot attachment is available to order from us now, priced £149.99.

For more information on any of our Brother sewing or embroidery machines, overlockers or coverstitch machines, please pop into the shop and have a chat. We are holding a Brother Demo Day on Friday 20th October from 10am – 4pm, where Rachael from Brother will be on hand to showcase these amazing machines and all the fabulous things they can do.

New Autumn Fabrics

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The kids have finally gone back to school, the weather has taken a turn for the chillier and the evenings feel like they’re are getting darker much earlier too, which can only mean one thing – autumn is well and truly on its way. So it’s perfect timing that these gorgeous autumnal inspired prints have just arrived in the shop. Featuring a host of adorable woodland creatures and cute forest style prints, these luscious fabrics are making us very excited for the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Bright colours, adorable animals, autumnal florals and folk inspired patterns all come together to create some simply beautiful designs. We’re already thinking about what we can make with these fabrics – an Amelie dress or maybe a simple gathered skirt or two – what do you think? What kind of autumnal makes are you feeling like sewing up? Take inspiration from these lovelies and let us know!

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A simply beautiful teal and turquoise woodland featuring deer, foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs, hares and rabbits is just crying out to be turned into a fabulous autumnal quilt to snuggle under on the sofa.

These dragonfly and butterflies prints are an unusual take on a more traditional spring or summer theme, but in these colours work perfectly for a colder season.

A stunning contrast panel of traditional Scandi style designs on a black background makes for a very easy cheat’s quilt or can be turned into cushions or table runners very easily.

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This gorgeous floral would make a lovely child’s dress or maybe a fresh take on a kimono dress.

Try out these trees for some simple patchwork – such a cute woodland scene will certainly make for a perfect autumn day’s spot of sewing.

This little foxy fellow comes with his own mixers of tiny orange and white stitches – we all know someone who loves foxes, so maybe it’s time to start thinking about making gifts for other people if you’re feeling suitably inspired.

All the new fabrics are priced at £16.00 per metre.

We’ve also taken delivery of some great new accessories for our Brother sewing machines, including Stitch in the Ditch feet, Open Toe and standard walking feet, concealed zip feet, quilting feet, and adjustable binder feet. And a whole range of colourful embroidery threads, plus water soluble sheeting for the embroidery machines. Prices on these products vary, so pop into the shop and take a look at what we can help you to do with your Brother machine.

 

Adjustoform Dress Forms at Emporia

Another new and exciting stockist has arrived at Emporia this week – the incredible and sewing-world renowned Adjustoform!

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Giving you the chance to create amazing fitting clothes either for yourself without having to persuade someone else to do the pinning whilst you wear your creations, hoping they will do a reasonable job. Or if you’re sewing for someone else, then you don’t need to have them constantly on hand to be able to fit their clothes to them as you can use the dummy instead.

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Coming in a variety of sizes that adjust their shape to replicate yours, these handy models can make the difference between endless pinning and tacking and resewing, and simple, easy fitting and creating. The model we’ve currently got on show in the shop is the Lady Valet, priced at £160 for either a small or a medium, and even though it’s the most basic model it will still adjust in 12 different points to replicate your body. Other benefits include using it to hang clothes to keep them in shape whilst you undertake a long-winded sewing project, and it’s old school style and traditionally designed polished wood stand and matching neck cap.

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If you want to take things up a notch with your dress model, take a look at the SupaFit standard and deluxe editions. These forms come as either a four or eight part dummy, which again can be tailored to fit your own measurements as an aid to accurate fitting. The body is split at the waist to assist fitting for those with longer or shorter waistlines, and it features 12 adjusting wheels, an adjustable neck with useful pin cushion, a foam-backed nylon covering which allows easy pinning and marking, strong tripod stand folds for easy storage, and hem marker or hem leveller options. You can also get a male version of this model too.

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The prices for the SupaFit deluxe models start at £130.00 and go up to £145.00 for the full figure; and the SupaFit standard starts at £120.00 for the petite and goes up to £135.00 for the full figure.

For more information on the Adjustoform dress models you can give us a ring on 01233 612278 or pop into the shop and have a chat with us about your sewing needs.