Luke’s VIP Club Newsletter
April 2017

Club Recap 
May VIP Club Special Guest: Kaye 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. 
Margaret opened by reminding everyone about all of our upcoming classes and events and quickly recapped previous ones for those that couldn’t attend. Then, Lisa and Veronica took the floor for an Anita Goodesign Trunk Show, and shared all the latest samples from this month’s new collections. It’s always great to get a sneak peak on the latest designs. 
After a short shopping break, our guest for the night took the center stage. Kate specilizes in wool applique. She uses her own hand dyed wool to create stunning quilts and table runners. Many of her quilts were even own designs!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a VIP Club meeting without door prizes! Diane W was the lucky winner of an Anita Goodesign Quilting 123 collection, an iris thread collection, Snip a Stitch Scissors and some Maderia thread! Wow! What a deal! 

Tri County’s VIP Club
We had a great club with guest speaker Kay Moore on Wednesday! The night started with pizza, salad, munchies and desert. We kicked off the show with the slideshow video created by Genevieve showing off all the smiling faces and great projects at the Anita Goodesign Party. What a great event!
Then Genevieve showed off the latest and greatest designs and samples from Anita Goodesign. 
We then enjoyed an hour with Kay talking about her wool and different designs and patterns she uses and sells. Her wool is all dyed by hand, and many of her patterns she designed herself. During her talk, she shared her beautiful work with everyone, all made by hand, not machine! Her work was gorgeous and everyone enjoyed her and her husband Bob!

We had a few door prizes, Eileen was the winner of 505 Spray and thread, and Mary was winner of some havel snips and thread! Congrats Ladies! 

The big winner of the night was Diana M. who won the $500 Anita Goodesign collection of designs and projects! Congrats Diana!
Show and Tell was amazing, so many ladies brought awesome things to show the group!  We LOVE seeing what our customers and VIP’s are creating! Always feel free to bring your work in and share it with us.

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
Embroidery Myth Busting!
Myth #1:  Cheap supplies save you money – I know it can seem counter intuitive, but buying inexpensive goods is not always the best way to save money.    Cheap thread can have more breaks, which causes more downtime for your machine and a longer production schedule.  Cheap backing may be lumpy or paper thin, and you need to use more sheets to stabilize your fabric.  If buying less expensive or lesser quality goods causes you to use more, or slows down your production,  you’re not really saving much at all.
Myth #2:  You should stick with the brand that comes with your machine – We hear this a lot from people who are just starting out.  When you ask them why they use the brands they use, they say “well, that’s what came with my machine”  and simply take as a given that what came with their machine is the best option out there.   Quality and value may be one reason that samples are included with a new machine, but it’s not the only one.   Samples may be included because the machine supplier sells that brand.   You might receive samples with a new machine because a supply manufacturer and a machine manufacturer worked out a deal.   The best way to know what works best for you and your machine is to try a lot of different brands.  Manufacturers don’t always know best.
Myth #3:  Rayon thread will always have a better sheen than poly thread – This myth stood the test of time, until trilobal polyester threads were created.  Trilobal polyester filaments are triangular in shape, and reflect the light differently than regular polyester filaments.   This difference in light reflection creates a polyester machine embroidery thread that has a far brighter shine than ordinary embroidery thread.    If you want a durability of polyester thread combined with the shine of rayon thread, use a trilobal polyester thread for your embroidery.
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

Tri County Embroidery Club – Shadow Work
 Saturday, May 27 (11:00am-4:00pm)
We’ll learn how to do shadow work embroidery and combine multiple designs in the hoop! 
Includes class,
designs, and lunch!
Call Gen to save your seat! (513-671-5100)

Elsmere: Welcome Wall Hanging
 Saturday, June 10 (11:00am-4:00pm)
Connie will be teaching us how to make this fun welcome banner! This is a great way to add some elegance to your entry way or front door. We’ll combine sewing, embroidery and quilting in the hoop for this great project. 
Includes design, lunch
and handout!
Call Margaret to save your seat! 

Tri County: Home of the Free
 Saturday, June 10 (11:00am-4:00pm)
Join us in Tri County for this fantastic class! We’re super excited to create this in-the-hoop project with you – just in time for the 4th of July!
Includes design, lunch
and handout!
Call Gen to save your seat! 

Tri County: Make It and Take It! (Infinity Scarf)
 Saturday, June 24 (11:00am-4:00pm)
Come on in and create an infinity scarf! We’ll provide fabric AND the serger! 
Includes fabric,
Pattern, and lunch!
Call Gen for more info! (513-671-5100)
Ask Luke’s… 
What does the sewing term “couching” mean?
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COUCHING is the word that comes from a French word which means to lay down a cord or yarn etc. & sew in place.
Many sewing machine manufacturers have a foot especially for this technique.  Try using many of the decorative stitches on your machine to “couch” your cord.

If you have a question please submit it to  If possible we will use it in one of our upcoming newsletters.

Project of the Month 
Serged Travel Pillow Case

This is a quick little travel pillowcase that can be completed with just a roll hem, flatlock, and 3 thread wide stitch.  All stitches are using the 3 thread method. 
Approximate Size:  14″ x 21″

Kit Contents:
  • One piece 14″ x 42″ cotton batik
  • 3 spools Serger Thread to match fabric
Student Supply List:
  • Chalk marking pencil
  • Straight edge ruler (at least 24″ long)
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Straight pins

1.  Fold the 14″ x 42″ batik fabric in half (wrong sides together) to measure 14″ x 21″> On one end of fabric on the right side mark a line ½”, 1 ½”, 2 ½”, 3 ½” and 4 ½” from edge of fabric.
2.  On the other end of fabric on the wrong side, mark a line ½” and 4 ½” from edge of fabric.
3.  Set up machine for 3 thread roll hem.  Thread machine with cotton serger thread.
4.  Roll hem both edges on the ½” mark.  Make sure fabric faces correct way for roll hem.  (You should be able to see the drawn line)
5.  Set up machine for 3 thread Flatlock.
6.  Do a flatlock stitch on the 1 ½”, 2 ½”, and 3 ½” line > Fold fabric on the 1 ½” line, wrong sides together > Serge edge making sure stitches fall of edge of fabric.  This helps the fabric to lay flat when pulled open.  Pull fabric apart to lie flat.
7.  Continue the same technique on the 2 ½” line and the 3 ½” line.
8.  Fold front down on the 4 ½” line making sure right sides are together.
9.  Fold up back (right sides together) to front.
10.  Fold the 4 ½” line on the back flap over to the front.
11.  Set up machine for 3 thread wide.
12.  Serge the side edges.
13.  Turn right side out and press.