Gifts for Christmas 2017 at Emporia

Today is the 1st December so that’s it, we are now officially on the countdown to Christmas! Whether you are all prepped with a shopping list (or in fact have been calmly and casually shopping since August) or you are the kind of person who leaves everything to the last minute, we are here to help you with a quick and convenient guide to Christmas gifts for craft fans.

The newest gifty introduction to Emporia’s shelves has to be our amazing and super funky sewing and knitting themed jewellery. Created in collaboration with the talented R&R laser cutters, these amazing designs feature a range of crafty themes from scissor earrings and ball of wool brooches to statement tape measure necklaces. If you know someone who is proud of their crafty status, there’s no better way to reward them (and give them a chance to show off) this Christmas. The jewellery ranges from £12.00 – £20.00 per piece.

Also new in stock are these cute little craft kits, just perfect for little fingers to get to grips with. Choose from felt sewing a bear or an owl, or the chance to sew up a cotton bunny or monkey – we’re sure these will be a big hit under the Christmas tree with all ages of kids, and grownups too!

Know someone who is feeling the chill this December? Treat them to the gift of warmth with our range of soft wool cowls and bobble hats designed by Lotte Jamieson. Or if they like making things themselves, choose from our select range of Rowan knitting books and wool; how about a beginner’s knitting kit including a pattern for a simple cowl, enough merino wool to make it, needles and a knitting bag all for £25.00. We’ve also got a good selection of high quality knitting needles and crochet hooks, which make fabulous stocking fillers for crafty sorts, with prices ranging from £2.50 – £12.00. Rowan pattern books cost £9.99, and Rowan wool ranges from £6.50 – £9.95 per ball.

We’ve got a range of fat quarters, Kaffe Fasset quilting squares and a couple of design rolls in gorgeous colours and patterns available at the shop, all of which make great stocking fillers. Choose a pre-made fat quarter bundle for around £12.00-£14.00, or make your own selection based on the recipient’s likes. Individual fat quarters range from £2.00-£4.25; the Kaffe Fasset squares are £15.00, and design rolls are priced at £25.00.

We all know at least one crafter who is always losing their scissor, cotton reels, unpicker and pins – give them the organisational skills they need with one of our beautiful sewing boxes and a wrist-worn pin cushion to accompany it. Available in a variety of lovely colours and themes, these fantastic boxes are the perfect place to store all your crafty goodies, keeping everything in one neat place ready to use whenever you have sewing time. The wrist pin cushions are £4.50 each, and the sewing boxes range from £20.00-£30.00.

For those wanting to give someone a truly amazing treat under the Christmas tree this year, why not take a look at some of our brilliant Brother sewing machines? Whatever your budget, we’ve got basic mechanical models that would work as perfect starter machines for someone just getting into sewing, all the way up to all singing, all dancing sewing and embroidery machines. The L14s is a great machine for beginners, with a variety of simple stitches, and it’s only £99.00. Or perhaps you know someone who would love to start sewing more stretch materials and would love an overlocker? Our trusty 1034D is a great machine to get cracking with jersey and sweatshirting, or to tackle tricky fraying fabrics like satin, and it’s only £199.00. For someone who wants to try their hand at machine embroidery with a love for Disney, the Innovis M280D is ideal – featuring 25 different official Disney machines, this sewing and embroidery combination machine is smaller and much lighter than some of it’s bigger contemporaries and won’t take up as much space on your sewing table, for only £899.00.

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As well as all these luscious gifts, we are also selling ALL of our Christmas fabric at 40% off between now and 24th December 2017 – so you’ve still got time to get making for the big day itself!

For any more information on any of the above, do please feel free to give us a ring on 01233 612278, get in touch via the Contact Form, or pop into the shop – we would love to see you! 

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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.

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 Classes for the Spring

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Now that spring is well and truly on its way we have started to spend much more of our time planning our warmer weather wardrobe. With the trees and plants in bud and fresh green leaves springing up all over the place, we are starting to feel like it wouldn’t be too silly to start imagining what we might look like in some strappy dresses or even a short sleeved t shirt would be good! If you feel like spring is making you want to unleash some new skills on your sewing wardrobe, then look no further as we introduce two brand new classes for the coming months.

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Beginner’s Overlocker Classes
Many, many sewers all over the country rushed out and bought some overlockers that were on sale from a sueprmarket (which shall remain nameless) last year and have since only got the machine out of the box once or twice, and just generally panicked at the noise it makes. Either that, or they very much wanted to buy an overlocker, but were too scared at the prospect of the fact that it cuts off the excess material leaving no room for error. Well, fear not Wannabe Overlocker Sewers – we have the class for you!

Melissa will take you gently by the hand and show you how to master your own overlocker, or you can borrow one of ours and learn all the secrets of these marvelous (but temperamental) machines. Learn all about how to thread and re-thread all four cones; see what kind of stitches you can sew with; and get to grips with sewing up stretchy material to create either a pair of child’s harem trousers or an adult’s t-shirt. Choose from our funky stretch jersey fabrics and go home, not just with a brand new item of clothing made by your very own hands, but also the skills with which to tame the overlocker all by yourself!

Special offer! If you buy one of our overlockers during April or May, you can get a half price overlocker class! Pop into the shop to test drive our overlocker machines today.

10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 29th April 2017
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 24th June 2017

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Sew a Child’s Shirred Dress
Shirring is a fantastic way of gathering material and can create a fitted form on dresses, skirts, tops and trousers. Shirring is done by using elastic on your bobbin and standard thread on your spool, thereby creating a series of tight gathers across your chosen material, whilst showing only the thread on the top layer, ensuring a professional looking finish.

In this class you will learn the basic techniques of threading your machine with elastic and sewing the shirring effect on a child’s dress. Choose from a lovely selection of light weight cottons with fabulous and funky prints, to make a gorgeous summer dress for your little one. Please bring relevant measurements with you to the class to ensure your dress fits it’s desired model – see a member of staff for details.

10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 27th May 2017
10.30am – 1.30pm Wednesday 28th June 2017

Coming soon …
Melissa is working on a shirred adult top class for the summer, so click back soon for more details on when these classes will take place.

For full details on all classes and workshops, please see the Classes page at the top of the blog. Or pop into the shop and have a chat with us in person. You can also ring us on 01233 612278 for more info. Please note that all classes require a 50% booking fee to confirm your place, and places cannot be cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.

Embroidery Machines and Overlockers

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Since the arrival of our fantastic selection of Brother sewing machines last week, they’ve had lots of admiring looks and plenty of oohs and ahhs. This week we thought we’d take the time to have a closer look at a couple of our other very exciting Brother machines, those that can do a little bit more fancy footwork than an ordinary sewing machine. So here’s the lowdown on over fabulous overlocker and the simply amazing embroidery machine! And don’t forget, if you fancy a test drive on these babies, or any of our Brother stock, do feel free to pop by the shop and have a go on them – we’re sure you’ll be just as keen on them as we are.

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1034D Home Lock – £199.00

Overlockers give you the chance to sew with jersey and other stretch materials, adding cuffs and neckbands without over stretching as well as binding off edges with a neat finish. But it’s not just about tackling stretchy fabrics or those that fray easily; you can also make great use of an overlocker to neaten edges and give a much more professional finish to all your sewing projects. This model works as either a 3 or 4 thread machine, and features a built-in carrying handle, a F.A.S.T. lower looper threading system, an instructional DVD, perfect overlock stitches on all types and weights of fabric, a built in light, differential feed, a removable knife and a common snap on presser foot.

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Innov-is F480 – £1,299.00

If you are a big fan of embroidery then this combination embroidery and sewing machine is the perfect machine for you. Designed to tackle sewing and embroidery projects alike, the F480 is superior quality and packed with features. You can create labels, monograms and even design your own stitch patterns with an easy-to-use keypad and numerous advanced feature, all of which make this machine a favourite amongst keen sewers. As well as featuring 182 built-in stitches (including 10 buttonhole styles), 5 Styles of lettering (upper and lowercase), 138 built-in embroidery designs, the SFDS: Square Feed Drive System, and a memory function that recalls previously programmed stitch sequences. Alongside all these amazing embroidery functions you also get the best of the sewing machine side of things with a whole load of extra features like a lock stitch button, a needle up/down button, automatic thread cutter, advanced needle threader and a quick set bobbin winder. The user-friendly colour LCD screen is the icing cake.

All machines come with a 3 year warranty from Brother, basic accessories such as screwdrivers, spare needles, bobbins and a variety of extra feet suitable for that particular model. For more information on each sewing machine at Emporia, pop in and see us for a demo or to have a go yourself.

Sewing Machines are Here!

Our very exciting brand new Brother sewing machines have arrived! We’re very excited to welcome a range of fantastic machines, ranging from starter models at a good price for newbies all the way up to the all singing and all dancing versions old sewing hands will be blown away by. Following our fabulous day of training from our official Brother rep, we are all now fully equipped to give you the low down on each different machine we stock, and give you individual advice on which model might be the right one for you.

Take a look at a few of the lovelies that are now gracing our shelves and see what you think!

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LX17 – £119.00

The LX17 is perfect for basic alterations and repairs. With easy drop in bobbin, a 4 step automatic button hole and included instructional DVD, the LX17 makes an ideal starter machine. This starter machine also comes with 17 built-in stitches (including an overcast stitch) and a soft cover.

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XR27NT – £189.00 (Coming in February)

A more traditional sewing machine, The XR27NT features a wide range of stitches ideal for repairs, dressmaking and home furnishing projects. It also includes features designed to make sewing quick and easy such as the automatic needle threader and quick set bobbin system. It comes with 27 built-in stitches, an automatic one step button hole and an instructional DVD to help you get started.

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Innov-is 15 – £249.00

You may be new to sewing, or maybe you are looking for a sewing machine that’s easy to use, in which case the Innov-is 15 is the perfect choice. Featuring a ‘jog dial’ which makes it very simple to select different stitches quickly, an built-in needle threader, and an LCD screen which shows information about the stitch width and length. There are 16 stitches to choose from, including 3 different buttonholes, plus drop feed setting and top loading bobbin.

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Innov-is 55 Fashion Edition – £449.00

The feature-packed Innov-is 55 Fashion Edition is perfect for dressmaking sewers keen to create their own wardrobes. Whether you are new to sewing or an experienced designer, this machine offers you unlimited ways to shape your pattern picks into impressive ready-to-wear garments. This edition also comes with a Creative Sewing pack worth £59.99, featuring 5 additional sewing feet; more extras include 7 other feet, an advanced needle threader, a quick-set bobbin, and a lettering facility.

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Innov-is 1800Q – £1299.00

When it comes to sewing machines, this one is the Mother Ship – the Innov-is NV1800Q is great for almost any sewing project, such as dress making or home furnishing as it features a large wide table and huge range of standard accessories. Large quilt projects fit easily on the workspace to the right of the needle, which measures a whopping 210mm, and it features  over 230 built-in stitches! Choose from 10 styles of button holes and 5 Styles of leterting upper and lowercase; enjoy the SFDS – Square Feed Drive System which deliver’s a smooth strong feed and the ICAPS – Continuous Automatic Pressure System; make full use of the touch sensor keypad with direct stitch selection, the lock stitch button and the Custom Stitch facility which allows you to design your very own stitches. This beast of a machine also comes with a whole host of extras including a large wide table, a hard case,  3 free motion quilting feet, a walking foot, an adjustable zipper/piping foot, a non stick foot, an open toe foot, a zigzag foot, a button hole foot, an over casting foot, a blind stitch foot, a monogramming foot, and a button fitting foot – phew! That’s a whole load of sewing!

This is just a selection of the machines we will be selling – check back in a week or so for the lowdown on our overlockers and embroidery machines. 

All machines come with a 3 year warranty from Brother, basic accessories such as screwdrivers, spare needles, bobbins and a variety of extra feet suitable for that particular model. For more information on each sewing machine at Emporia, pop in and see us for a demo or to have a go yourself.

Exciting New Arrivals at Emporia!

f480zu1_lNext week we will be welcoming some very exciting new arrivals to the shop; after a few secret meetings with a very nice lady, we are very proud to announce that we will be selling Brother sewing machines at Emporia!

Understandably we are hugely excited by the prospect of having a fantastic range of fabulous machines in the shop, as this means not only will we be able to help all the newbies at the Beginner’s Class take home their first sewing machine, but we will also be able to try out all the different makes and models, before we recommend them to you.

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Of course customers looking to buy a new machine will be able to try out whichever model they want in order to give it a good test drive – there’s nothing like being able to run through a full range of stitches, check out the self threading option and all the digital design functions on a fancy machine is there? And that’s not all, because anyone who attends one of our sewing workshops will be able to try out a Brother machine from our tester range, giving them the chance to see the differences between their own and another model, or perhaps think about upgrading to a slightly more advanced machine.

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Alongside a whole range of sewing machines, ranging from basic models all the way up to incredibly swanky ones, we will also be selling overlockers and embroidery machines! Very exciting news for anyone who loves sewing with jersey, or who happens to be a bit of an embroidery addict. This of course means that we will be running classes with our new overlockers, so if you want to improve your sewing presentation or learn how to sew with stretch fabrics then these classes will teach you the basics and give you the lowdown on overlockers in general, and why they’re not as scary as everyone thinks.

The new machines from Brother will arrive in the shop next week, and range in price from £119.00 to £1399.00 – keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter account for the big announcement of their arrival!