What’s The Buzz: August 2021 Happenings at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum

by Cathy Ellsaesser, posted on

Oh, it is so good be be back in the stores for August 2021 events and sewing classes. We sure have missed everybody! To be sure, we are “over the moon” that we will have in-store Sew Fun this month, and we also have a full slate of in-store classes and events, and a special event at the Event Center. Woo hoo!

Special August 2021 Events

OESD Embroidery Essentials

OESD signage for one of the August 2021 events

We love our Event Center, but we also know that sometimes, you just want to stay close to home. So we’re bringing an OESD event to each of our four stores this month.

You don’t want to miss out on this fun, in-store Embroidery Essentials lecture-demo from OESD that includes a goody bag valued at over $200!

Learn essential embroidery techniques, including how to choose the right stabilizer, hooping placement, and more from an embroidery expert. Also learn how to create exciting project techniques like freestanding lace, tiling scenes, applique, quilting in the hoop, and try new innovative embroidery accessories.

Get inspired by the beautiful embroidery samples and projects. Learn tips to make your embroidery stress-free and fun!

This lecture-demo is perfect for embroiderers of all skill levels and embroidery machine types.

What’s included:

  • Informative stabilizer education – learn which stabilizer to use for any project or fabric
  • Behind the scenes look into the OESD embroider design process
  • Trunk show of beautiful embroidery
  • Door prizes and giveaways
  • Goody bag valued at over $200 with fun sewing & embroider items✂Exciting designs and project offerings available ONLY to Embroidery Essentials attendees
  • Learn New embroidery tips and techniques

Class is from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at all stores:

Cost of this fun, one-day event (10am-5pm) is ONLY $29. Lunch, snacks & drinks provided. Register by clicking on one of the store links above.

Kimberbell Summer Nights – Event Center 08/21/21

Kimberbell signage for one of the August 2021 events

Join us for Kimberbell’s one day machine embroidery August 2021 event!

Your event project kit includes everything you need to make three exclusive projects including the “Sweet Stash” Roll up Bag, Pink Roadster Mug Rug, and “S’more Fun” Roasting Stick Tote.

Learn to make innovative candy pockets in the hoop, stitch on a chambray Kimberblank tote, and embellish your projects with Embroidery Leather, Sweet as Candy Colored Vinyl, Applique Glitter, and more!

Cost for this one-day, hands-on, August 2021 event is $129. Kits and machines provided and there will be two people per machine. Join us at the Event Center for this August 2021 event. Register here.

Hands On Quilting & ProStitcher with HandiQuilter – Aurora 08/25/21

We wrap up August 2021 events with Handi Quilter class at our Aurora store.

Handi Quilter Logo -- one of the August 2021 events

Join us for a full day of hands-on learning! You will get the opportunity to have your hands on a machine, and learn from a Handi Quilter National Educator! Learn how to start getting more of your projects done, your way.

As a bonus learn all about Pro-stitcher. Whether finishing your own quilts or considering a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with Pro-Stitcher.

In-Store Classes


Costume Workshop – Aurora 08/07/21

Mannequin, tailors dummy, clothes hanger, shoes, vector set for fashion shops

Learn to build costumes that currently exist only in your imagination!

Create your Cosplay or Halloween costumes under the supervision of a costume designer with over 25 years of experience.

In this class, you can build items custom fit for you. Projects either with or without a pattern are welcome. The crazier the better!

Beginners are invited, however it is advised that you know how to operate your machine. If you need help, don’t hesitate to sign up for one of our free usage classes.

Class is from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Cost for the class is $20.


Jelly Roll Rug / Placemats / Coasters – Arvada 08/21/21

In this two part class you will make a rug or set of placemats and matching coasters. Either option is made using Jelly Roll strips and batting.  Using  a unique technique of folding the strips and then attaching the strips together, you make a wonderful rug that is washable!  NO CUTTING INVOLVED ! ! !

In the class, you will learn some tricks and helpful hints that you won’t get in the pattern instructions alone.

NOTE: This is a two part class — Saturday, August 21 and August 28, 2021 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Cost for the class is

Colorado Springs

Learn to Use Your Serger, part 1 – Colorado Springs 08/25/21

Got a new (or old) serger that’s sitting in your closet because you’re really not comfortable with using it? Well how about attending one of our free instore classes and “Learn to Use Your Serger”.

Of course, we have a host of machine usage classes at our Colorado Springs store (and at all of our Denver-area stores, as well). So check out our class calendars and find just the one you need!


Paper Piecing – Catch Me If You Can – Littleton 08/26/21

catch me if you can quilt

This beautiful quilt requires knowledge of the paper foundation method. Classes will meet monthly to work on that particular month’s part of the quilt. Finished quilt is 80″ x 80″. The packet for this class includes all foundation papers to piece together this beautiful quilt. Class will run approximately one year. 

Cost for each class is $20. The class meets from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Sew Fun

Blog image for August  Sew Fun

What do Laura Heine and Pat Sloan have in common with Terry Gonzales?Well, Terry will be showing you some projects designed by Laura Heine and Pat Sloan at our first in-person Sew Fun since February, 2020!

As always we have a bunch more sweet projects to show you! So mark your calendars and plan on joining us at your local store.

Aurora: Tuesday: 8/17: 10a-12p or 2-4p or 6-8p
Littleton: Wednesday: 8/18: 10a-12p or 2-4p or 6-8p
Arvada: Thursday: 8/19: 10a-12p or 2-4p or 6-8p
Colorado Springs: Friday: 8/20: 1-3p or 5-7p

If you haven’t joined Sew Fun for 2021, do so now. You can order your sewing discount and membership card online and pick it up in your favorite RMSV store on your next visit. The cost is $69.99.

But Wait, There’s More

Check out our monthly class calendar to see what other August 2021 events and classes we have slated. We hope to see you at one of more of them.

Happy Sewing!


Cathy Ellsaesser

Me, too!

Cathy Ellsaesser


Sharon Hill

Can’t wait for SewFun!

Terri Pollard

What is the cost of the HandiQuilter class?