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    Quarterly Newsletter January-March 2017 Background From Freedom CollectionBackground From Freedom Collection

    Loving StitchesLoving Stitches

    Upcoming Quilt Shows

    W H A T ’S IN S ID E ...

    Quilting & Fiber Art Marketplace Sanford, NC Jan. 12-14

    Quilting & Needle Art Extravaganza Statesville, NC

    Jan. 26-28 We’ll have the BERNINA

    “Q-Machines” at this show!

    Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show Hampton, VA Feb. 23-26

    Quiltcon Savannah, GA

    Feb. 22-26

    Charlotte Quilter’s Guild Charlotte, NC March 9-11

    LOVING STITCHES 7076 Ramsey Street

    Fayetteville, NC 28311 Phone: 910.630.3912 Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

    Will You Help Us? We are preparing our schedule for the entire

    year of 2017 NOW. We’d love to hear from you about the kind of things you would like to know more about, the kinds of restrictions that keep you from taking classes, what are your favorite classes, your least favorite classes, and the list goes on.

    If you are willing to take the time to give us your feedback, we will be better able to off er what you want, when you want it, etc. We will be collecting written suggestions throughout the fi rst quarter at the check-out counter. Thank you in advance for your opinions and for giving us an opportunity to make ours the MOST customer focused shop anywhere in North Carolina.

    It has been 18 months since I last wrote this segment of our newsletter and, while I am excited to be contributing again, I must take this opportunity to say thank you…to my incredible staff who have worked tirelessly (well, I’m sure there were many times when they were very tired but they kept smiling) to keep Loving Stitches not just operating, but doing all the things that were required of them excellently. And thank YOU for all the love and prayers and support you have given to me and my family throughout Mikayla’s hospitalization, death and during our grief. No one could be more blessed and I love each of you for lifting us up above the waves of sadness and in doing so encouraging us to go on. I’ve been back in the shop the past several weeks as much as possible. Seeing you all again has been so wonderful and I will be working hard to make the future for the store even more exciting for you by bringing in new products you are sure to love but also by increasing our educational classes, clubs, workshops and events that will inspire you to think creatively and color outside the lines!

    This fi rst quarter we will be introducing some Sew-cial Clubs we think you are going to really enjoy. Sewing Machine, Serger, Embroidery and Embroidery Software Sew-cial Clubs will be appearing on the calendar and owners of all brands are welcome in most. Teaching will be BERNINA centered but owners of other brands will be able to benefi t from what is taught as well.

    You’ll also be noticing some differences in how we offer product in the shop beginning in 2017 as well. I’ve had time to read many industry related books about ways to make your experience better when you are at Loving Stitches and that is our goal…to give you the BEST experience available anywhere. Look for little changes that we hope will make big differences for you.

    As always, may I encourage you to read this newsletter cover to cover then keep it for a ready reference. There are simply too many good things to tell you to do it all here. Again, my love and thanks to each of you for being my “Jesus with skin on” these past months. May HIS light continue to shine in all we do or say here at Loving Stitches in this new year.

    Carol ol Do we have your current email address? Get all the latest news

    about events, classes, specials, and sales! Email quilts4u@lovingstitches.net and we’ll add you to our list.

    Carol’s Corner

    Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New Year!Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New Year!

    Sew-Cial Clubs ................2

    BERNINA News...............3

    Class Descrip ons .......4-7

    Stash Smash??...............8

    Longarm Corner.............9

    Check this out!.............10

    Events...........................11

    2017 is Here.....................12

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    The more I learn about the new SEW-cial Clubs that will be on the schedule for Loving Stitches guests this year, the more excited I become! We invite you to participate as our guests this fi rst year in all the clubs. NO MEMBERSHIP FEES! NO EXPENSIVE SUPPLY LISTS for projects you may not even like. NO CARTING YOUR MACHINE(S) from home and back. Rather, the clubs are set up as lecture demos or round-robin type sewing experiences (we will furnish the machines and kits) to allow you hands on opportunities to practice what you just learned. You will learn techniques, LOTS of techniques, and tips to make your sewing, embroidery, serging and even your embroidery software projects less stressful and more creatively satisfying. Each SEW-cial Club will be approximately three hours of education and inspiration you will not want to miss. Some clubs will meet four times per year, but most will meet ten times per year. We have tried to schedule the meeting times when most of our customers will be able to attend. How many times we offer each club may need to be increased and we are willing to do that if registration numbers exceed our space requirements.

    Registration for each meeting of each club will be critical so that we can have adequate numbers of handouts, club member only discount certifi cates, door prizes, refreshments and such prepared. Seating is limited to the capacity of our classroom so registration will be accepted on a fi rst come, fi rst serve basis. And registration is required each month for each club to make things fair to all who are eligible to attend. If you sign up but do not hesitate to do something else at the last minute, someone who really wanted to come is robbed of that opportunity. So, please be considerate and respectful of the educators who will be working to make this a wonderful experience for you as well as those who truly do want to attend and take advantage of this one-time offer of membership in our SEW-cial Clubs for the entire year of 2017 absolutely free. Handouts, special coupons and offers, etc. will only be distributed during or at the end of club meetings to registered attendees. Owners of all brands are welcome to attend Sewing Machine SEW-cial Club, Embroidery SEW-cial Club, and Software SEW-cial Club. Because we have very few educational opportunities for our Bernette/BERNINA serger owners, the Serger SEW-cial Club will be brand limited at this time. However, we will be adding basic serging classes to our schedule this year beginning in April for all serger owners, regardless of brand. to take advantage. The schedule for this fi rst quarter is outlined in the Educational Opportunities section of this newsletter. We hope you will like what we have planned for you and that you will consider attending regularly.

    Look for our SERGER Club in

    April

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    NEW BERNINA SEWING, SERGING AND EMBROIDERY PRODUCTS, NEW BERNETTE SEWING PRODUCTS, NEW EVERSEWN SEWING PRODUCTS, NEW EMBROIDERY SOFTWARE, NEW BERNINA ACCESSORIES, NEW FABRICS, NEW NOTIONS, NEW BOOKS, NEW PATTERNS, NEW KITS, NEW CLASSES, NEW CLUBS, NEW EVENTS, NEW WORKSHOPS, NEW INSPIRATIONAL DISPLAYS…THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO ENJOYING IN 2017!

    HOWEVER, ONE THING HAS NOT CHANGED… LOVING STITCHES REMAINS A DEALER OF EXCELLENCE FOR BERNINA OF AMERICA AND IS RECOGNIZED FOR DELIVERING ONGOING, CONSISTENTLY EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE AND FOR CREATING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR CUSTOMERS BY PROVIDING SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE, EDUCATION AND SUPPORT.

    Thank you for your con nued patronage and encouragement. It is truly a blessing to us to con nue to serve you as we approach our

    21st year of business.

    Machine New Owners (for all current models) Choose each class you will be able to attend. You will only need to attend one session of each class.

    Class #1 Tuesday, 10-1, Jan. 17 Saturday, 10-1, Jan. 21 Thursday, 10-1, Feb. 16 Friday, 10-1, Mar. 10 Class #2 (Prerequisite Class #1) Tuesday, 1:30-4:30, Jan. 17 Saturday, 1:30-4:30, Jan. 21 Thursday, 1:30-4:30, Feb. 16 Friday, 1:30-4:30, Mar. 10 Class #3 (Prerequisite Class #2) **790 & 880 Models ONLY** Thursday, 10-1, Mar. 23 Embroidery New Owners Class #1 Thursday, 10-1, Jan. 19 Class #2 Thursday, 10-1, Jan. 26 BERNINA Stitch Regulator Saturday, 10-1, Jan. 21 Embroidery Software 8 Class #1 Wednesday, 1:30-4:30, Jan. 18 Class #2 (Prerequisite Class #1) Wednesday, 1:30-4:30, Jan. 25 Class #2 (Prerequisite Class #1)

    Wednesday, 1:30-4:30, Feb. 1*These classes are free for those who have purchased their machine at Loving Stitches

    New Owners Classes

    Is it time to have your machine

    serviced? We service any brand

    of domestic sewing and embroidery

    machines! Call us today!

    Join the BERNINA Block Party in March, 2017, an online and in-store quilt block of the month program developed by BERNINA Educator and Master Quilter, Nina McVeigh. Every month, a block with tutorial will be posted to the BERNINA blog, WeAllSew. A new technique will be in each block! Each block can be a stand-alone project or can be put together to make a BEAUTIFUL 81” X 81” quilt when fi nished. We are working on construc on of our store quilt now and plan to have the March block on displ