VIP Club Special Guest: Kay Moore

Kaye joined us in our Kentucky Club house on Tuesday, May 16. We had a packed house, and were excited to see everyone after the Anita Goodesign Party! Everyone arrived early for a great dinner of pulled pork, salad, and macaroni.

May Block of the Month: Kentucky

May Block of the Month: Kentucky

Kentucky’s Block of the Month club is in the home stretch! This month, they created their 8th block in the stitcher’s garden quilt. We explored our machines decorative stitches – getting creative with how we applied our applique and even used the circular attachment to create perfect circles! Then, we crafted bias tubes to use as the flower stems.

Anita Goodesign Party 2017!

Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25 Luke’s hosted our first BIG party of the year! Over 100 sewing and embroidery enthusiasts joined us at the Holiday Inn in Erlanger, KY for two exciting days of hand-on learning, shopping deals, door prizes, great food and so much more! Steve G from Anita Goodesign was our excited and gracious host who shared all the “secret” tips and tricks he knows -and even divulged some up-coming collections that haven’t been released to the public yet!

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It Might’ve Been a Party…

But we still learned a lot!

Even though we took plenty of breaks for door prizes and shopping – this event was FULL of hands on sewing using the Elna multi-needle embroidering machine. We created free standing lace charms, free motion blocks, confetti applique – and even a zipper bag in the hoop! Steve also gave us lots of tips on other techniques – such as assembling quilt blocks and tile scenes (“Just follow the guide lines – and remember to baste first!”) and Anita Goodesign’s Fold ‘N Stitch quilting technique.

Serger Class

Veronica’s Serger Class: Ruffled Scarf

We love learning new Serger techniques from Veronica! Many sewers are intimiated by this 4 thread machine, but at Luke’s we have plenty of experts to show you the ropes. This weekend, she walked us through this great “serger crochet” scarf. This is made with 12 wt thread – no fabric! We set our machines for 3 thread overlock stitch, and learned how to adjust the stitch length to create the ruffles. This fun technique can also be added to other projects to add unique flair and variety!
Mid-day, we took a break for a lunch of baked chicken, salad, and marcaroni salad. Many thanks to our educator Kathleen J for assisting Veronica and helping everyone master this new technique!


April Block of the Month: Tri County

Block of the Month: Tri County

Tri County’s Block of the Month is making great progress! Our teacher, Debbie, assembled the center row of her quilt already – and it’s getting us super excited to see everyone’s finished projects. Lunch was pizza and salad, with candies for dessert!
This week, we used the fringe foot in the center flower to add some great texture! It looks like seeds. This new technique and foot is a simple way to add some dimension and pop to your quilt block. we also explored our decorative stitches, and got creative with our applique and quilting!

Laquitta’s Quilting Class Pt 2

Laquitta’s Quilting Class Pt 2

What a great group we have for Laquitta’s quilting class! Luke’s Tri County location was full of laughter and good spirits as we finished up our quilt tops on Wednesday. Everyone, from our beginners to seasoned experts, had a great time learning this unique pattern. In addition to applique and quilt assembly, laquitta also gave us some tips on piecing and sashing.
Remember! We’ll be having a special (FREE) Sit ‘N Sew for our class members to put the finishing touches on their quilt with Laquitta’s assistance on May 6.

We’re looking forward to our next quilting class with Laquitta in July! This class was super popular and successful – many asked for another one! At Luke’s, you ask and you shall receive! We’re still working on the details, so stay tuned for more information!

Janome MC15000 Owner’s Class – Tri County

Janome MC15000 Owner’s Class

What a great class! 14 Janome MC15000 owners joined us on Saturday and did a great job! The store was full of laughter and smiles as everyone learned together to master their machines. We took a quick break from all the sewing for a delicious lunch of grilled chicken salad, pasta, bread sticks and dessert.
Our educator, Lisa, went back to the basics with AcuFil. We learned to quilt in the hoop – without removing our hoops from the machine! It’s a great program included with the Janome MC15000 and we’re glad everyone’s had a chance to learn it! No need to worry about free-motion quilting. Just hoop your quilt – hit go – and watch it sew!
If you missed this one – Lisa will be back in June for another owner’s class!

April 2017 VIP Newsletter


Wow! What a month March was. Read about our 2 special presenters and see pictures from all of our fun classes. Now, we’re gearing up for the Anita Goodesign Party at the end of April!

Meet our VIP of the Month – Donna L. She’s a long time Kentucky customer and quite the seamstress. Then learn about traditional monogram placement on a variety of garments and objects, get some tips and tricks on hemming knits, and see how easy it is to add cording with the 3 groove foot!

Also, in this email we catch up with Tri County! They’ve been busy with Sit ‘N Sews and lots of classes. In March, their embroidery club created large flowers (just in time for spring) all in-the-hoop using an Anita Goodesign project. Laquitta also had her first quilting class – creating an Ohio Star/Ohio Rose quilt.

Last but not least – we’re so excited to announce Hope Yoder’s Trunk Show in July! This is going to be our Christmas in July VIP Parties at Tri County and Elsmere. You’re not going to want to miss this one – her work has been featured in both Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine and Sew Beautiful Magazine. We’re excited to share her designs with you!

As always, Experience the Joy of Sewing with Luke’s Sewing Centers.

Customer Spotlight
Donna L
Donna “feels like she’s known Margaret forever,” since she lives only a few miles away from our Elsmere, KY store. She regularly brought her old Singer in for servicing, and eventually bought her daughter a Viking sewing machine to use abroad.”It had to be something easy to service in Europe,and Margaret had the perfect solution.” She loved that little machine so much, she bought an SE for herself shortly after.
A lover of embroidery and quilting, Donna actually picked up sewing as a special education teacher. “I loved helping out in the life skills class – and learned how to sew with them.” She describes herself as an “Avid mender and on-demand sewer” noting that many of her projects are favors for friends or service projects. “God sends people my way and I help them,” she explained. Donna has used her serger to hem all the band uniforms for a local high school, and once she even completely reconstructed a wedding dress for a daughter of her friend. She also loves embroidering items for her 9 grandkids.
Currently she’s trying to master her new Viking EPIC, which she bought during the holidays.  The Viking EPIC’s large touch screen, cloud capability, and thousands of decorative stitches ensure it lives up to its name. “It’s quite different from the Diamond I’m used to – but that just means there’s more to learn!” She loves how quiet and smooth it is compared to her other machines, the automatic needle threader, and “all those other things” that make it a joy to learn and sew on.
Despite her busy schedule, Donna takes as many classes at Luke’s as she can. “I love learning new things – part of being a teacher I guess,” she explains. Sewing Adventure, a large two-day event Luke’s holds in the fall, is probably her favorite. That’s where she discovered her favorite tool yet – the magnetic hoop. The magnets secure your fabric in place without leaving creases, and also make it easier to align fabric for embroidery placement. “I’m also looking forward to the Anita Goodesign Party – it’ll be my first one!” She exclaimed. Donna loves all her Anita Goodesign designs for their consistent quality and easy to follow instructions, but has never been able to make it due to scheduling conflicts.


April 24 and 25
(10:00AM – 5:00PM)
Holiday Inn
1717 Airport Exchange Blvd
Erlanger, KY 41018
(Discount hotel rates available)
  • Fun projects!
  • Door prizes!
  • Good Food!
  • New Friends!
  • Great Discounts!
You’ll spend two days learning the latest 
techniques while exploring the styles of the last 100 years with the industry’s best educators!
(All the machines, fabric, thread, designs and notions are included!)
ONLY $49.95 
for VIP Club Members!
(89.95 for non-club)
Space is Running Out!
Call TODAY to Save your Seat. 
(KY: 859-342-6600)
(OH: 513-671-5100)
$79.95 Value!
(KY: 859-342-6600)
(OH: 513-671-5100)

Luke’s is Proud to Announce: 
Hope Yoder’s Trunk Show

FREE for VIP Club Members!
Dinner served at 6pm
Hope’s designs feature trendy embroidery and quilting for all our Viking, Elna, and Janome customers. Her work includes in-your-hoop projects, heirloom techniques, cathedral lace, window applique and so much more! Yoder’s deigns goes from trendy, to modern, to traditional and back again! There’s something for everyone.
Some designs will only cost $15!
Pick up the latest “Creative Machine Embroidery” or “Sew Beautiful Magazine” to see her work featured!
This will also be our Christmas in July Event!
Wear red for a FREE gift.
Elsmere, KY VIP Club
July 11 (6:00pm-8:30pm)
Call Margaret to save your spot:
Tri County VIP Club
July 12 (6:00pm-8:30pm)
Call Gen to save your spot:

 Embroidery Corner… 
Placement of Monogramming
(Always make sure your garment is stabilized correctly)
  • On a shirt, the left cuff is where you would place a monogram.
  • Fold the cuff in half and, on the side with the buttonhole, measure one inch in from the fold, and 1/2 inch from the bottom of the cuff. Mark this point; this is where your monogram will be sewn.
  • The size of the lettering should be approximately 1/4 inch.


  • Unless you are making the shirt yourself, you will have to remove the pocket and re-sew it on after you have monogrammed.
  • Fold the pocket in half and measure 1/2 inch down from the top of the fold.
  • Mark this point; this is where your monogram should be.
  • If you are sewing a design or monogram on a uniform shirt, the bottom of the design or name should be 1/2 inch up from the top of the pocket.


  • The correct placement, on a Ladies’ blouse, should measure approximately 7 inches down from the shoulder seam and 3 1/2 to 4 inches to the left of the center front.


  • The proper placement, for a design on a bath towel, is 2 inches plus half the monogram size above the border.

Pillow Cases

  • The monogram or, if you wish, an embroidery design may be centered 

Class Update 
A Flower for M’Lady – Tri County

Spring has officially arrived, and to celebrate, Tri County’s March embroidery class featured this great big Anita Goodesign flower called “A Flower For M’Lady!” This is a great project that combines embroidery and applique all in the hoop! Our educator Joanne H walked us through each step – it couldn’t be easier!

Are you a VIP Club Member?!
Women Sewers Laughing
If you’re not already a Luke’s VIP Club Member, enjoying access to special events, classes and every day discounts on notions and supplies, then,  purchase your next Sewing Machine from Luke’s and Join the Club!
Nick Lucarelli
Luke’s Sewing Centers

Announcing: Amelia Embroidery Class!
Monogrammed Charging Station
(11:00am – 3:00pm)
Join us for our first embroidery class in Amelia with Mary Lou! We’ll make this monogrammed charging bag in the hoop!
Includes class fee, workbook, 
design CD and lunch!
Call Jim to Save your spot! (513-753-4500)

Ask Luke’s… 
What is the best way to hem a knit fabric?
For a professional finish, the serger is the best machine to use for creating hems in knits and other fabrics. However, if you have only a regular sewing machine, hemming knit fabrics with a conventional sewing machine is definitely easier if a twin needle is used for this application.
If you have a question please submit it to  If possible we will use it in one of our upcoming newsletters.

Check out our last Sit ‘N Sew:
Bring your machine and current projects to Luke’s!  We have educators on hand to help out and answer questions. Have a cup of coffee, get some work done, and catch up with other Luke’s VIP’s! 

Wednesday, April 12 (11:00am – 4:00pm)-Lawrenceburg

(Call Brandon for more details: 812-537-0555)

Wednesday April 19 (10:30am-4:00pm) – Amelia
(Call Shane for more details: 513-753-4500)
Saturday, April 22 (11:00am – 3:00pm) – Tri County
(Call Gen for more details: 513-671-5100)
Saturday, April 29 (11:00am – 3:00pm) – Tri County
(Call Gen for more details: 513-671-5100)

Janome MC15000 Owner’s Class  –Tri County 
Saturday, April 8 (11:00AM-4:00PM)
Back to the basics with AcuFill! We’ll start from the beginging and show you how to use the program-  from start to finish!
Includes class, handout, 
and lunch!

Class Update 
Ohio Rose/Star Part 1 – Tri County

We are so thrilled to be learning some traditional quilting techniques from Laquitta! We had a packed house of 12 quilters for this class – and they all did such a good job. They took a quick break from sewing for a lunch of pasta, salad and breadsticks, and then got back to work on their blocks. Many thanks to Kathleen for assisting Laquitta.
Quilting Classes with Laquitta – part 2
 Tri County
Wednesday, April 19 (11:00am-4:00pm)
Join us in Tri County for this special TWO-DAY quilting class. Laquitta will be teaching the “Ohio Star” and “Ohio Rose” lap quilt. We’ll learn applique, piecing, free motion and many other quilting techniques.
There will be some homework for this project (don’t worry! It’s not too hard!) and we’ll have a special sit ‘n sew on May 6 with Laquitta if you’d like her help to finish the quilt!
You don’t want to miss this special class!
For BOTH days
Includes handout and lunch!
Call Gen to save your seat! (513-671-5100)

Serger Class with Veronica – Ruffled Scarf
Elsmere, KY
April 15, 2017  
Includes class,
workbook, and lunch!
Filling up fast! 
Call to sign up! 

Accessory Feature…  
  3 Groove Cording Foot
Add decorative detail to all types of sewing projects.  The foot has 3 grooves on the top with a bar that holds them in place while stitching.  Simply place the cord or cords under the bar and in the grooves and sew them down for a simple couching method.  You can couch one cord or up to three cords at a time.  Use a variety of threads and stitches such as pearl cotton, fine knitting yarns or embroidery floss and stitch them down with the stitch of your choice.  Design your own braids and/or trims.
Basic Instructions for Couching Cords
  1. Select the number of cords you will be using and lay then under the black bar and into the grooves.  Pull the cords under and behind the foot.
  2. Attach the Cording foot to the machine.
  3. Select the zigzag or decorative stitch.  Set the stitch length and width as per the instructions for the stitch you are using.
  4. Use a chalk marker to draw the design placement on the right side of the fabric.
  5. Lay a piece of Tearaway under the fabric and sew down the placement lines.
  6. When finished, trim excess cords and place a drop of seam sealant on the ends to prevent fraying

May VIP Clubs: 

Guest Speaker Kay Moore
Kaye’s speciality in quilting is her unique “wool applique” This beautiful trunk show will feature her hand-dyed wool! Kaye is also known for her silk appliques, french country touch, animal prints, log cabin designs and vintage styles!
FREE for VIP Club Members
Includes Dinner
This isn’t a trunk show to miss! She will be presenting two nights for Luke’s VIP’s!
Elsmere, KY – May VIP Club
May 16, 2017 (6:00PM-8:30PM)
Call Margaret to Save your spot!
Tri Couty – March VIP Club
May 17, 2017 (6:00PM-8:30PM)
Call Gen to save your spot!

 June VIP Clubs: Luke’s Presents Belinda’s Studio’s!
Belinda’s studio is based out of Cleveland Ohio – and specializes in creating and digitizing beautiful embroidery designs! Her work is absolutely stunning and we can’t wait to see it in person! Her trunk shows have traveled as far as Austrailia! Luke’s is thrilled to have her and be able to share our “Joy of Sewing”
19.95 for non-club members
FREE for VIP Club Members
Includes Dinner served @ 5:30
This isn’t a trunk show to miss! She will be presenting two nights for Luke’s VIP’s!
Elsmere, KY – May VIP Club
June 13, 2017 (6:00PM-8:30PM)
Call Margaret to Save your spot!
Tri Couty – March VIP Club
June 14, 2017 (6:00PM-8:30PM)
Call Gen to save your spot!

Soni Grint will be BACK
August 29 and 30
11:00am- 5:00pm
Due to the stunning success of the recent software camp – and popular request – we’re doing a SECOND software camp!
This August camp will be to take our software customers to the next level! We’ll be doing lots of digitizing and in-the-hoop projects!
Can’t wait to see you there!
For BOTH days!

Call Margaret for more details (859-342-6600)

Project of the Month 
Sunrise Pinwheel Quilt Block


Supplies Required:
  • 1 pc Blue 7 ¼”
  • 1 pc Blue 6 7/8″
  • 1 pc Lagoon 7 ¼”
  • 1 pc Lava 6 7/8″
  • 1 pc Luna 6 7/8″
  • 1 pc Gold 6″ x 6″
  • 6″ x 6″ Fusible back web
  • 12″ x 12″ Tearaway stabilizer
  • Neutral cotton thread for piecing
  • Yellow embroidery thread
  • ¼” Piecing foot O
Sewing Pinwheel Block
  1. Thread machine with neutral cotton thread top and bobbin.
  2. Attach ¼” Piecing foot.
  3. Select ¼” piecing stitch.
  4. Cut the 7 ¼” Cobalt and 7 ¼” Lagoon in half on the diagonal.
  5. Cut the 6 7/8″ Cobalt, Lava, and Luna in half on the diagonal and then in half again on the diagonal.
  6. With right sides together, stitch one small Lava triangle to one small Luna triangle sewing them on the short side.  Make 2 of these units.  
  7. Stitch one small Cobalt triangle to another small Cobalt triangle, sewing them on the short side.  Make 2 of these units. 
  8.  Lava/Luna units > lay large Lagoon fabric on this unit and sew in place. Make 2 of these units. 
  9. Cobalt units > lay large Cobalt fabric on this unit and sew in place.  Make 2 of these units.
  10. Sew the 2 Cobalt units together.
  11.  Sew the Lava/Luna units together. 
  12. Sew the top Cobalt unit to the bottom Lava/Luna unit to make the block.
Sunrise Applique
1.       Apply the fusible web to the 6″ x 6″ Gold fabric following manufacturer’s instructions.
2.       Using the Gold 6″ x 6″ fabric, cut a half circle approximately 5″ in diameter.
3.       Apply this to the Cobalt section of the block.
4.       Select an Applique stitch and sew the “sun” in place.
Sunrise Rays – Elongation
1.       Decorative – Satin select stitch #5. 
2.       Place Tearaway behind block.
3.       Set Elongation at 3 and sew 2 pattern stitches beginning on the left side of the block.  When the second pattern begins stitching, touch Auto Lock so machine will stop when pattern is complete.
4.       Set Elongation at 2 and sew 2 pattern stitches beside previous stitch.  Touch Auto Lock when second pattern begins stitching.
5.       Set Elongation at 3 and sew 2 pattern stitches beside previous stitch.
6.       Continue stitching lines using this elongation sequence.
7.       Elongation 2, 4, 3, 2, 3, 2, 4,, 2, 3, 2, 3
8.       Remove excess Tearaway.

Block of the Month – Tri County
Join us the 3rd Saturday of every month to embark on a year long sewing project! Debbie Chiarelli will walk us through this fantastic and fun quilt project by Stitcher’s Garden- one block at a time!
April 15 (11:00am-4:00pm)
May 20 (11:00am-4:00pm)
$24.95 a month
Includes Work book, Pattern
and Lunches
Call Gen for more details!


Block of the Month – Elsemere, KY
Join us the 1st Saturday of every month to embark on a year long sewing project! Debbie Chiarelli will walk us through this fantastic and fun quilt project by Stitcher’s Garden- one block at a time!
May 6 (11:00AM – 4:00PM)
29.95 for the first month
24.95 after that
Includes Work book, Pattern
and Lunches!
Call Margaret for more details!

Laquitta’s Quilting Class Pt 1 – Tri County

Ohio Rose/Star Part 1 – Tri County

We are so thrilled to be learning some traditional quilting techniques from Laquitta! We had a packed house of 12 quilters for this class – and they all did such a good job. They took a quick break from sewing for a lunch of pasta, salad and breadsticks, and then got back to work on their blocks. Many thanks to Kathleen for assisting Laquitta.

Block of the Month: Elsmere

Elsmere Block of the Month

Block of the Month in Elsmere is making fantastic progress! For April, they made a colorful flower block. This month, we learned how to add textureand dimensional fringe with the applique foot – and used a variety of applique stitches to add even more variety. We also learned a great corner technique – and used some new tools. A fabric glue pen helped us tack down the rick-rack, and used a bias-cut tube to make the stem. It was great fun!