Quilt in the Hoop

Cross Body Bag in the Hoop! TriCounty

Tri County – Cross Body Bag in the Hoop!

Tri County followed up the popular Autumn Hostess class with a fan favorite – Pickle Pie’s Cross Body Bag! This monogrammed bag comes in 2 sizes, and is 100% created in the hoop – no sewing required!

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Holiday Cutwork – Green Township

Green Township – Holiday Cutwork!

Green Township is preparing for the holidays! On Saturday, our fantastic educator Kathy walked us through how to turn plain linen towels into custom cutwork aprons! We also learned about our positioning systems and attaching a waistband.

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Quilt As You Go on the Serger (Elsmere)

Elsmere – Quilt-As-You-Go on the Serger!
On Saturday, September 30, Veronica showed us how to masterfully craft this great quilt on the serger. We learned the “quilt as you go technique” meaning the piecing and quilting was done at once!

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Tri County VIP Club – Unveiling the Janome 6700!

Unveiling the Janome 6700 – Tri County 
Elsmsere’s Veronica made a special trip out to Tri County on the 21st for a special Thursday VIP Club meeting! Club kicked off with a dinner of ravioli, Ziti Alfredo, and bread sticks.

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Autumn Hostess – Tri County

Autumn Hostess!
On Saturday the 23rd, JoAnne led Tri County’s embroidery club through this adorable autumn place mat! It combines quilting in the hoop, applique, and free standing embroidery for a unique, fun design.

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Customer Appreciation Day (Tri County)

All About Feet!

This day was all about “feet”! We learned all about the feet that come standard with out machines – as well as many useful specialty feet! Our educators shared their favorite “must haves” and secret tricks.
Stay tuned for our next customer appreciation day!



Class Recap: Block of the Month

Tri County’s Final Block of the Month!

On Saturday, September 16, Tri County’s Block of the Month finalized their quilts! We spent 13 months with our educator Debbie C learning all about various presser feet and specialty techniques. Many of these techniques can be carried over and used to add a bit of extra fun to everyday sewing and quilting techniques.

We can’t wait to start this all over again in January! Stay tuned for more details.







September VIP Club (Elsmere)

Announcing the Janome 6700!

Luke’s Elmsere location brought VIP Club back with a stunning trunk show and new machine! The night kicked off with dinner – chicken, salad and fresh fruit. As everyone ate, Margaret took the stage to highlight some of our upcoming events. We have so many exciting classes and events coming up – we just had to share them with you!
Then, Veronica demonstrated the new Janome 6700 – a powerhouse sit down quilter that will become a beloved tool in any sewer’s arsenal. It’s fast – able to reach speeds of 1200 stitches per minute and it’s all metal interior means it’s incredibly strong. If you missed out on the demonstration – stop in and check it out for yourself!
After she wowed the crowd with the 6700, Luke’s staffed presented a trunk show of our newest samples. Anita Gooddesign released so many great new designs in recent months – we just had to share them! We also brought out some old favorites to share!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Luke’s VIP Club without a big winner. Congratulations to Sharon N! She went home with a gift basket of stabilizers, thread, scissors, and lots of notions.

VIP Spotlight: Pam Troxel

Pam Troxel

Pam is an avid sewer of all things who has been a loyal Luke’s customer for over 10 years. She learned hand sewing and embroidery as a toddler, working alongside her mother.  “I come from a family of sewers” she explains. She even has hand pieced quilt tops created by her grandmother. As her machine dealer – Luke’s Sewing is delighted to help her carry on the tradition. She also makes a point of attending as many group classes and events as possible. Her favorites include Debbie’s Block of the Month classes and Veronica’s serger classes.
When she’s not attending classes, Pam still sews alongside her mother, but her cat Patches is her main assistant. “She’ll sit with me and watch while I’m sewing, and likes to sit on my fabric or embroidery arm.” Like most seasoned sewers and quilters – Pam has a ‘stash’ she’s built up over years – it takes up two large closets! She dreams of a climate controlled shed-turned-studio in the back yard – where she’ll have as much room as she needs for her machines, fabric, and cat!
As a child, Pam sewed on her mother’s old White – a solid machine, but she wanted something more. When she decided she wanted an embroidery machine, she researched every possible brand and came to Luke’s. Now, Pam is a loyal Husqvarna Viking fan. “I just love how easy they are to use! The price is really great for the level of technology involved,” she gushed. Currently, she enjoys using her Ruby Royale – “There’s so much you can do with it! The hoops are a great size, and there’s so many stitches!” she exclaimed, reminiscing about her first embroidery machine, “When I first got my SE, my father asked me what I was going to do with 25 button holes… but now he loves it when I sew and embroider for him.”
Pam is also really excited about creating her own designs and patterns with the Premiere Ultra software. “There’s so many possibilities,” she remarks, mentioning  the digitizing lessons she’s been taking, “I’m not limited by the designs I can find – I can create my own and not just be limited by what I find. The one-on-one lessons have really helped with that.” As a Luke’s VIP Customer, Pam can take lessons at any of Luke’s 5 locations, receive plenty of personal attention, and get all her questions answered – so she can keep on creating wonderful things for her family. Most of her projects are gifts for her family and friends – her parents are running out of space to put everything she’s created for them!