Events

Looking for something to do? Or do you have a sewing machine you want to learn more about?

We offer frequent instructional classes and special events that we like to think of more as “parties.” We have brought in some big name sewing, quilting, and embroidery celebrities in the sewing world to host and teach at our events, including the likes of Kim Montagnese, Sam Fung, and Kym Goldup-Graham B.Sc.


To see what we have on the schedule, click the "Book Now" link (above) on the black menu bar. Or you can find a list of upcoming events below.

 

Schedule of Events

=AUGUST=

The "LUMINAIRE EXPERIENCE"
Be the first to get up close and personal. Each Registered Attendee gets a $50 gift check, PLUS a chance to win door prizes. The Grand Prize is the brand new Brother Scan-N-Cut DX!

This is THE ultimate sewing and embroidery machine combining sewing, embroidery, quilting and crafting creativity. The Luminaire XP1 Machine is the shortest path from dreams to fantastic reality.  Learn about:

  • Adding echo quilting as well as a choice of new patterns surrounding your designs in “My Design Center”.
  • A choice of new fill patterns and line types as well as editing tools.
  • The new 10-5/8 x 16 hoop.
  • The new capacitive screen which functions just like your phone or tablet.

Get the latest tips and tricks, new project ideas, and explore WiFi capability with PED11 from one of Brother’s Educators.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 28th 9 am
Location: Wedgwood Cove, 2200 W 9th St, Albert Lea, MN 56007
Price: $49.99

 

=SEPTEMBER=

Sewing with Sam: Air Thread Serger Test Drive
Come experience the new, incredible, and innovative Air Thread Serger by Janome. You will complete a fun project with Sam Fung.
Instructor: Sam Fung
Date/Time: September 5th, 10 am or 2 pm
Location: 2720 Bridge Ave, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Next to Applebees & Hy-Vee)
Price: $29 (incl. use of machine and all project materials)
Bring: Notebook & light jacket

Sewing Revolution
Learn techniques to aid in:

  • Placement of machine embroidery & appliqué 
  • Patchwork & quilting
  • Using standard stitches to create embroidery & quilting

You will receive valuable instruction and learn about helpful tools. You are guaranteed to not only learn from this presentation, but also be entertained and leave with a smile on your face!

Instructor: Kym Goldup-Graham
Meet Your Instructor: Kym Goldup-Graham, B.Sc. lives on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia, and is an international speaker, teacher, author, co-inventor of sewing related products, and, together with Ann Duncan, is Co-Owner of The Sewing Revolution Party Ltd.
Together, Kym and Ann have presented and taught extensively in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the United States. They have been invited to teach by companies such as VSM, Janome, and Brother. They combine patchwork, quilting, 
appliqué, and machine embroidery together with amazing results. The work done by them speaks for itself and is of an exceptional and original quality. Both are passionate and enthusiastic about the craft and love to share the secrets to sewing they have learned along the way.

Date/Time:September 7th & 8th (Two-Day Event) 9am to 5 pm
Location: 2720 Bridge Ave, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Next to Applebees & Hy-Vee)
Price: $129 (incl. lunch, snacks, use of machine, and all project materials)
Bring: Notebook & light jacket

Sewing with Sam: Janome MC9400, MC6700P, HD9 & Skyline Test Drive

You will experience the state-of-the-art features of these machines and learn how they can benefit you in your sewing and quilting projects. You will complete a drunkard's path placemat that you will take home with you.
Instructor: Sam Fung
Date/Time: September 10th at 10 am or 2 pm
Location: 2720 Bridge Ave, Albert Lea, MN 56007 (Next to Applebees & Hy-Vee)
Price: $29 (incl. use of machine and all project materials)
Bring: Notebook & light jacket

 

=OCTOBER=

DIME STITCH LAB
Two days of hands-on machine embroidery.

What is Stitch Lab?

We've designed this class to be unlike any other. This hands-on class gives you the opportunity to use the most current dealer-supplied embroidery machines and tools for two days. You'll be learning, creating and having fun alongside your classmates in this completely hands-on event.

Each participant will go home with:
- Embroidery designs, instructions AND blanks to make the same 6 projects made in class.

Make 6 Projects in this 2-day event.

*Projects subject to change.

Develop 14 Techniques by Making the 6 Featured Projects:
1. Quilt with your embroidery machine
2. Learn precision piecing in the hoop
3. Proven methods for embroidering on napped fabrics
4. Sure-fire placement for matching sets - no mistakes, guaranteed!
5. Add dimensional accents to everyday items
6. Make your applique designs look more professional
7. Use embroidery designs to make functional, beautiful items
8. Edit like a pro!
9. Hooping techniques for tired hands
10. Shortcuts for stitching multiple items
11. How to hoop ready-wear items
12. Tame tricky fabrics - ultra suede, velvet, vinyl, leather and silk
13. Hoop once and only once!
14. Placement, placement, placement - nail it the first time!

Lunch will be provided both days.

Instructor: Melissa Booritch, DIME Inspirations Consultant
Date/Time: October 19-20, 9:30-4:30 (both days)
Location: 2720 Bridge Ave, Albert Lea, MN 56007
Price: Early Bird (thru 8/31): $99
          September 1st-30th:   $129
          After October 1st:       $149