What’s The Buzz: January Events at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum

by Cathy Ellsaesser, posted on

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had wonderful holidays, and made some special memories with family and friends.  As the New Year gets started, here’s some January events at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum that are on tap.

January Classes

As always, we have a full slate of classes scheduled at each store. Come in from the cold and enjoy fellowship with other sewists while learning new sewing skills.

Some exciting offerings in January include:

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Make an Aline Knit/Stretch Skirt on your Serger – Arvada 01/05/19

Learn to cut and sew an Aline skirt completely on your Serger using practical techniques to make things easy and quick. We will doing everything from learning to cut high stretch knits to serging, as well and finishing our creations with a beautiful rolled hem. Fabric is provided.

Photo of Sticher's Garden Quilt in January Events

Stitcher’s Garden – Aurora 01/07/19

Showcase the decorative stitches on your machine with a Stitcher’s Garden quilt. The appliquéd quilt blocks are of rather large flowers stitched in place using specialty feet and decorative stitches found on your machine.  Learn different techniques, play with new tools and feet, all while making a new block each month. Sew the blocks together, and you will have a masterpiece and thoroughly know your machine.

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Mini Pincushion Collage Class – Littleton 01/10/19

Do you love those collage fiberwork wall hangings but were afraid to try one? Join us at the Littleton store for a three-session class to try your hand at one of Laura Heine designs.

The definition of fiber art is the creative art of making wall hangings, sculpture, etc. out of thread, yarn, fabric, etc. Best of all there is no wrong way to do it, and There are very few rules past the foundation.

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Scan N Cut Foiled Gift Bag – Colorado Springs 01/23/19

Come and learn how to foil with your Scan N Cut!  Foiling can be used in many decorative projects including scrap booking, card making, gift boxes for parties and so much more.  Foiling will give your projects that extra bit of flair you’ve been looking for. Learn how to use Scan N Cut foil transfer kit to make a decorative card stock gift bag (Brother Foil Transfer Starter Kit required for class – CAFTKIT1). By the end of class you will have a nice sample of just one of the many things your Scan N Cut can do!

This is only a small number of the January classes. Click here to see the entire January class calendar, and sign up for one (or more) today!

Special January Events

Permits, permits, permits! They’re hard to get. They’re holding up completion of the Event Center. But we’re hopeful for a January completion. (Keep your fingers crossed!)

We’re not waiting on the event center, though. We’re excited to hold a Handi Quilter Hands-On Long Arm Quilting class January 23 – January 24 OR January 25 – January 26 at our Aurora store. This two-day January event is slated to be held at our Aurora store. However, if the event center is ready for this class, we’ll host it there. We’ll see and, of course, let all attendees know in advance if we can inaugurate our event center with this class.

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Class Details

Learn many techniques in three different classes over the course of two days with educators from Handi Quilter.

Here is a sneak peek into what you will learn:

Stand-Up Longarm Machine Quilting Basics

Does longarm quilting interest you? Would you like to learn more about it? Or do you just want a review of longarm basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting. Explore machine and frame elements and features.  Learn  how to load a quilt on the frame. Find out vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Handi Quilter longarm and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget and are user- friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters – just like you!

Ruler Essentials

Love precision and consistency in your quilting designs? If so, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base and Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. Get inspired with the wide variety of Handi Quilter rulers, and take your designs to new heights.

Creative Textures and Fills

Meandering is the easiest and most common filler for background space – but there are countless other creative design elements to use instead. Expand your design portfolio by learning the stitch path of a wide variety of creative filler designs. Learn which designs lend themselves best to micro-quilting, and how to use Micro Handles for best results.

Cost of the class is $99 for the two days. As always, this includes lunch, snacks, machines, fabric and informational take-home packets.

Click here to register for the class on January 23 – 24.

Click here to register for the class on January 25 – 26.

Sew Fun

Our January Sew Fun sessions are:

Aurora: Tuesday, January 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Littleton: Wednesday, January 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Arvada: Thursday, January 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Colorado Springs: Friday, January 18, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

We’ll share some of the details of a couple of the projects a little later in the month.


2019 UFO Challenge

Graphic of UFO with UFO Challenge 2019 and Rocky Mountain Logo added

We posted the  sign-up sheet and Challenge rules in our previous blog, 2019 UFO Challenge at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum. Check it out and join the Challenge.