Luke’s VIP Club Newsletter
January 2018

Customer Appreciation Day!
Thursday, Jan. 25th, 11am – 4pm
Luke’s Erlanger/Elsmere, 4005 Dixie Hwy., 41018
Educator, Kathleen J. has lots of sewn samples to share as well as a step by step 15 minute Project…  

You’ll learn how to make “Continuous Bias Binding!”
20″ cotton square will become a   
2 1/2″ or 4″ Bias Binding.
What can you use Bias Binding on???
  • To finish a Quilt!
  • Decorate a Pillow!
  • To finish a blanket!
  • To make piping!
  • Chinese Frog – Let’s make one!
  • Clothing
  • Seat Cushions
  • Upholstery
FREE Gifts!
30% Off!
Door Prizes through out the day!
FREE Snacks and Refreshments!
You don’t want to miss this   
“Customer Appreciation Thursday!”
Jan. 25th, 11am – 4pm, Luke’s Elsmere Store

Luke’s VIP Club – Janome / Elna Owners:
2 Day Janome Owner’s Class (Hands On)
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 March 21 & 22, 2018
Wed. & Thurs., 10am – 5pm
Luke’s Tri-County Store
LuAnn will be coming to Cincinnati to show you all that you can do with your Janome and answer any questions you might have.   You’ll also learn about New, accessories available for quilting, sewing and embroidery.
Kits and Materials provided both days.
Fee: $14.95
FREE Gifts & Door Prizes
FREE Lunch & Refeshments!
Don’t miss this rare opportunity – Call now to sign up…Limit 20 participants.
Call Genevieve (513) 671-5100

Accessory Feature…  

Ratchet Gear Feed Plate or Stitch Control 
This is the part of the Ruffler with the numbers 1, 6 and 12. These settings will determine how often the Ruffling Blade will gather or tuck. When set at 1, with each needle penetration the Ruffling Blade will move creating a tiny gather. When set at 6, the Ruffling Blade will move and create a tuck every 6 stitches. When set at 12, the Ruffling Blade will move and create a tuck every 12 stitches. When set at the Star, no tucks will be sewn but a straight stitch is obtained.
Ruffling Depth Adjust Screw

The Ratchet Gear Feed Plate and Ruffler Depth Adjust Screw work hand-in-hand to create exactly the type of gathers or tucks desired. The Ruffler Depth Adjust Screw determines the depth of the tuck. When the screw is set at 1 the Ratchet Gear will take a tiny bite of the fabric. The higher the number the larger the bite. If tiny gathers are desired, set the Ratchet Gear at 1 and the Depth Adjust screw between 1 and 4.
Stitch Length
Another important element to achieving beautiful ruffles is how long the stitch length is set on the sewing machine. The shorter the stitch length the tighter the ruffles. A stitch length of 5.0 is suggested when the Ratchet Gear Feed Plate is set at 1 and the Ruffling Depth Adjust Screw is at a higher number.
Place the fabric underneath the Ruffling Blade and above the Cloth Guide Plate. As you sew, the Ruffling Blade will move, creating a tuck, according to the adjustments made to the Gear Plate and Ruffling Depth. For best result, sew slowly.
Ruffling Techniques
The length of fabric needed to be cut would be determined by the amount of ruffling desired. It is best to always sew a test strip to determine length of fabric required. 1. Cut a strip of cotton fabric at least 18″. For a test strip cut the width at least 2″.
  1. For a gathered effect set the Ratchet Gear Plate on 1. Set the Ruffling Depth Screw to 1 or less.
  2. Set the stitch length on 2 – 2.5. Place the fabric under the Ruffling Blade and sew. 18″ of fabric should gather down to approximately 9″.
  3. Cut another strip of cotton fabric at least 18″ x 2″. Set the Ratchet Gear Plate on 6 and the Ruffling Depth Screw on 4. Stitch length 2.2. Place the fabric under the Ruffling Blade and sew. The fabric strip gathered down to approximately 12″.
  4. Test sew several lengths of fabric to see exactly what happened each time the Ratchet Gear Plate, Ruffling Depth Screw and stitch length settings are changed.
  5. Make a notebook, writing down the setting used for your samples for future reference.
  6. Once the ruffle is made, attach to the project with a straight stitch, right sides together.

NEW! Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18
The new Quilt Maker Pro delivers the next step in your quilt making journey.
Step up to longarm quilting and into a new world of possibilities. Janome, the leader in innovative products that have changed the sewing industry, now offers a long arm format sewing and quilting machine to round out the passionate quilter’s sewing studio.
Customizable Frame Size
Customize size in 4 foot segments – set up at 4′, 8′, and 12′. All of the segments are included standard.

Quilting Space
The machine quilting space 9″ high and 18″ deep. The frame can handle quilt tops up to 11′ wide. Provides ample space, and very good visibility when quilting.

If you’ve been thinking about a Long Arm Quilt Machine, either on a 12′ Frame or a Sit Down Table model, we can make your dreams come true!
Visit Genevieve in Luke’s Tri-County store for a test drive, even bring a friend.
We’re happy to compare the Quality and Value of the Janome Quilt Maker Pro18 to anything on the market.
60 mos No Interest…Delivery and Set-Up available…Unlimited Free Lessons!
Embroidery Corner
Hooping without puckers… 
Embroidery Tip
Here is a tip for a hooping method to make sure that the fabric being used is centered correctly in the hoop without puckers. After preparing the fabric by cutting it to the necessary size, here is a great tip:
  1. Secure fabric to stabilizer by using a temporary spray adhesive such as 505 spray. *Note: Be certain to keep hoop and cutting board away from spray.
  2. Center the inner hoop on top of the fabric.
  3. Check the thumbscrew of the outer hoop to be certain that it is loose enough to accommodate fabric thickness.
  4. Transfer the inner hoop to the outer hoop by lifting the fabric beneath the inner hoop, keeping the inner hoop stable and centered on top of the fabric.
Working from the top of the hoop to the bottom, press the centered inner hoop and fabric into the outer hoop.

Ask Luke’s… 

When I am piecing blocks together for quilting, which is the best way to press the seams?

There are two ways to press seams when piecing a quilt block. One way is to press the seams to one side, usually to the darkest fabric. This gives the seam strength and durability, but it is also more difficult to quilt if you are quilting by hand. The other way is to press the seam open, which results in a flatter surface for the quilt. First, press the seam as it has been sewn, flat on the wrong side. Then press the seam either open or to one side on the wrong side of the fabric. Last, flip the fabric to the right side and press again to make sure that the seam is completely open. This makes it much easier to match points and seams when joining to the other pieces.

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 
Quilted Coffee Cozy

Quilted cup holders are a cute alternative to disposable cardboard cup holders you get at the coffee shop. You can sew this from scraps of fabric and fusible felt.
  • Coffee template or cardboard cup holder
  • 1/8 yd fabric
  • 10″ x 10″ of fusible felt
  • Matching thread
  1. Cut two templates from fabric (add ¼” to each side) and one from fusible felt (no additional seam allowances). Fuse the felt to the wrong side of one fabric piece.
  2. Pin the two pieces of fabric right side together and sew a ¼” seam around 3 sides leaving 1 short side open. Turn right side out, turn the edges of the open end under and press.
  3. Quilt using a method you like to quilt with.

Overlap short ends, sew them together, and continue sewing around the cozy to close the edge.