Thursday, May 19, 2011

Today's fabric "USER"

So - I'm trying to reach out to more of our customers...

I have been doing some broader studying and have learned that some of my customers just might not be the typical home sewer. But all people can be considered fabric users.  Here is a brief list of what we consider "our customers."

Restaurant Owner
Hospital supply person
Small Manufacturer
AND many, many more...

By definition, a "fabric user," does not have to be a home sewer.  A fabric sewer can also staple, glue, or velcro fabrics to get that desired look.

Remember there are many, many different types of fabrics out there: cottons, denims, knits, satins, fabrics that are shiny, fabrics that are oh sooo soft, fabrics that are strong like home dec fabrics, vinyls, and canvas.  There are also soft baby fabrics.  My favorites are those fabrics that are bright and cheery, fabrics that go "BLING."

What I'm letting each of you know is that you don't have to be a sewer to love fabrics.  Fabrics have oh so many multi purposes.  In my last house I didn't sew, but stapled my drapry to a board, and hung them.  They were very modern, and very cool.  All I did to get my idea was to look through a few magazines.

I'm hoping that you ladies (and men too) who don't know how to sew, or don't feel confident doing so - you can still put something together with fabric.  I have many students who are excited to put together something new, and have never sewn a straight line on a sewing machine before.

That being said,  here are a few sewing, yes sewing, projects that take no previous sewing skill, and very little instruction.  Guess what??? No more excuses!  At Sally's Fabrics we even rent sewing machines for in store use.  If you schedule ahead you can come into to the store, rent a machine, and by paying a small fee, get some instruction on your current project.  How can this be you ask?  On Saturdays, we have Lola available in our "sewing lab" - if customers schedule to come, she will be there to answer your every question.

So... if your interest has been peaked, take a look below.

Okay - here is a prime example of something you can do with fabric - YOU can become a "fabric user."  This picture to the left is a close up of a lamp shade done by a customer, who is not a sewer, who, cut out circles and pasted them with fabric glue all over  her lamp shade, which had been worn out.  Then, with some very simple training she was taught how to zig zag stitch over the circles.  She did the stitching only for effect - with the fabric glue no stitching was required - so if you are not a "home sewer" feel free to recover any small appliances as necessary.  All it takes is fabric and glue!

Next project -

This is a rag quilt made entirely with flannel.  At Sally's we would be more than happy to help you in choosing the right amount of fabric for this project.  A rag quilt is a great project for a beginning sewer. :)

And last but not least....

Okay - I know the detail on this quilt is a little hard to see, and I know it looks impossible!  But wait.... this quilt is mostly hand embroidery - very easy!  It can be done while watching TV or while sitting and relaxing in the car, or even while on vacation.  This quilt is just one block at a time, and is another great starter quilt.

Come into Sally's, and we will be happy to get you started!

So, until next time - remember just because you may not be a "home sewer" you can definitely become a FABRIC USER!

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