Luke’s VIP Club Newsletter

February 2018

With spring just around the corner you will find inspiration blooming all around you for new sewing projects.  Bright colors and warmer days will spark new quilting, embroidery, and garment ideas.  We are featuring the new Quilt Maker Pro18 by Janome that is sure to excite every quilter and make your spring projects as beautiful as a blossoming garden.

We have some very exciting events coming up for the month of March so don’t forget to mark your calendars.

Keep reading to try out our project of the month, get tips on using water soluble stabilizer, lace beading, and Topstitch/Ditch Foot uses.  Don’t forget to print your VIP Buck$ Coupon.

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

Luke’s in Tri-County

11711 Princeton Pk. Springdale, OH 45246

Last Chance To Sign Up:

Urban Tote by Indigo Junction

Only ONE spot left!

When: Saturday February 24th

Time:  11am to 4pm

Club Member Price: $39.95

  • Free Lunch
  • Purse Pattern
  • All Hardware Needed

Come join us for this for a class that will really help you learn your machine!  Lunch is on us so don’t wait any longer.  We can’t wait to see you there.

Call Genevieve to reserve your seat.  (513) 671-5100

Accessory “Feeture”…

Topstitch/Ditch Foot

This foot has a guide in the middle to hold the seam open as you stitch in the ditch. This is very helpful when quilting using this method. Attach the foot to your machine and align the fabric under the foot so the guide rest in the middle of the seam. Stitch in the ditch letting the flange guide you keeping watch to make sure the flange stays in the middle of the seam.

For topstitching you can move the needle to the left or the right of the guide.

The Topstitch/Ditch foot makes attaching two pieces of fabric or lace together an easy task. Just butt the fabric/lace up against the flange on each side and stitch using a zigzag or specialty stitch.

Embroidery Corner

Water Soluble Stabilizer

I am embroidering on a T-Shirt and was told to use a water soluble stabilizer.

What is this and how do I use it?

When doing embroidery on a napped fabric such as sweatshirt fleece, T-shirt knit, towels, velvets, etc. you should lay a piece of water soluble stabilizer on top of the fabric so that the threads “float” over the fabric instead of getting buried in the nap of the fabric. This results in a smoother finish for your embroidery. Cut a piece of stabilizer a little larger than your embroidery design and simply lay the washaway stabilizer on top of your fabric after hooping it (or you can also hoop the stabilizer with the fabric if desired).

After completing the embroidery pull away any excess stabilizer. Rinse away any remaining stabilizer. Sometimes it is necessary to let the fabric sit in the water for about 10 to 15 minutes to remove the stabilizer. Each stabilizer is a little different so follow the manufacturer’s directions when using them.

There are several types of water soluble stabilizers on the market.

Ask Luke’s

What is lace beading?

This is a narrow flat insertion lace, approximately ¾” wide.  It has a row of holes running down the center, to be used most commonly for threading ribbon through them.  However, it is still lovely when used without ribbon.  You will see lace beading used extensively in heirloom sewing and home dec specialty sewing.

Some sewing machines have a stitch built in that can mimic this look.  It is most often called a ladder stitch.  By using this stitch you can adjust the length and width of the stitch for your project.

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 

Accessory Bag

Supplies Required:

  • 9 ½” x 22″ Solid color (top layer)
  • 12″ x 22″ Print (lining)
  • 9 ½” x 22″ Cotton batting
  • Assorted contrasting embroidery threads
  • Twin Needles – 2.0mm – 4.0mm – 6.0mm
  • Large button

Machine Accessories:

  • Any sewing machine with decorative stitches
  • Regular Sewing Foot
  • Satin Stitch Foot
  • Automatic Buttonhole foot
  • Button sewing foot
  • Beading foot
  • Ditch/Topstitch sewing foot

Additional Sewing Supplies:

  • Chalk marker
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors

Sewing Instructions:

1.  Divide the top fabric into thirds by folding the fabric. Mark the stitching lines on the fabric. Mark your lines the same as the illustration or be creative and mark your own patterns. Keep the designs simple by using straight lines or subtle curves.

2.  Layer the top fabric over the batting and pin into place.

3.  Insert a 4.0mm or 6.0mm twin needle into your sewing machine. Thread the machine with 2 different colors of embroidery thread, using the extra spool pin that comes with your machine for the second thread spool.

Tip:  Thread one thread spool at a time, following the same thread paths for both threads. When you reach the thread guides above the needle, place one thread into the right thread guide a  nd the other thread in the left thread guide.

4.  Attach the beading foot to your sewing machine. This foot will create the Trapunto effect by allowing the batting to rise up in the deep groove of the foot.

5.  Select straight stitch. Increase the stitch length to 3.0mm. Stitch on all marked lines.

6.  For added effects sew two lines next to each other.

7.  Change to the 2.0mm twin needle. Select a simple decorative stitch, such as a feather stitch.

Adjust the width to 2.5mm.

Caution:   If you have a twin needle guard function on your machine that stops you from selecting a stitch that will not work with a twin needle, engage this before stitching. If not, you will need to test the width of the stitch before sewing by turning the hand wheel by hand through the entire decorative stitch to ensure that the needle will not hit the side of the presser foot or throat plate.

8.  Sew another row of decorative stitches beside the previously sewn lines.

Attaching the Lining:

1. Attach the regular sewing foot.

2.  Place the lining fabric and the stitched fabric, right sides together, matching the long edges. The lining fabric is larger in width. NOTE: The lining fabric creates a border along the front edges when turned right side out.

3.  Sew along the 2 long sides. You will have excess lining fabric in the center.

4.  Lay the two pieces on a flat surface with the stitched fabric (front of bag) facingup (do not turn right side out yet). Adjust the lining fabric so that it lies flat, having the excess fabric evenly spaced on each long edge.

5.  Sew across the top edge. Then sew an angle or curve at each of the top

corners.  Do not stitch the opposite short end yet.

6.  Turn right side out. Lightly press the outside edges.

7.  Fold in the raw edges of the unsewn short edge to finish. Use any stitch to close opening or hand stitch opening closed.

8.  Sew a buttonhole in the middle of the curved side.

9.  Fold up the bottom third so that the edges are even with the front section. Pin in place.

10.  Attach the ditch/topstitch foot. Select a decorative stitch such as a feather stitch or blanket stitch and sew down both edges, in the “ditch” between the top fabric and the lining to keep all layers together.

11.  Attach the button sewing foot and sew a button on the front side.

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!

Are you a VIP Club Member?!

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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

Luke’s VIP Club – Janome / Elna Owners:

2 Day Janome Owner’s Class (Hands On)
with Janome Educator, LuAnn H.  

March 21 & 22, 2018 (FULL)

Wed. & Thurs. 10am – 5pm

Luke’s Tri-County Store

This event was so popular and we didn’t want our VIP ladies to miss out so LuAnn will join us for a second 2 Day Class!

March 23rd & 24th

Fri. & Sat.  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 Elna Sewing Machines.  She will answer any questions you might have.   You’ll also learn about New Accessories and Feet available for quilting, sewing and embroidery.
Kits and Materials provided both days.
Fee: $14.95
FREE Gifts & Door Prizes
FREE Lunch & Refeshments!

This is a rare opportunity – Sign up NOW!

Call Genevieve (513) 671-5100
Only 2 Spots Left!

***Luke’s in Tri-County Events***

11711 Princeton Pk. Springdale, OH 45246

Block of the Month

Wednesday Feb. 28th
Time:  11am to 4pm
Stop in and enjoy a class with our educator, Laquitta.  We will have all the accessories you need for this fun project and free lunch!
Club Member Price:  $24.95
  • Pattern Provided
  • FREE Lunch
Call Genevieve (513) 671-5100


Sit-N-Sew Event

Saturday March 3rd
Time: 11am to 3pm
FREE to all Club Members
Laquitta will guide you through this class as you work on projects from home. She will help you with all of your sewing needs and answer all of your questions.  We will provide lunch for those who attend.
Enjoy the company of other crafters and share your own tips and ideas with ladies who know the joys of sewing.
What To Bring: 
  • A project you are working on.
  • Your sewing machine.

Tri-County VIP Club

Wednesday March 14th
Time:  6pm to 9pm 
FREE to all Club Members

Special guest Joanne Meadows will be spending the evening with us.  Joanne is a Martha Pullen Certified Instructor and will be presenting an amazing trunk show of beautiful samples.

  • Trunk Show
  • Door Prizes
  • Show & Tell
  • FREE Dinner
  • Grand Prize Giveaway!

Block of the Month

Saturday March 17th

Time: 11am to 4pm
Educator Debbie will be helping you with the first Block of the Month event project for March.  We always have such a great time and we can’t wait to see you there!
Fee:  $24.95
  • FREE Lunch
  • Block Pattern Included
Call Genevieve (513) 671-5100

Block of the Month

Wednesday March 28th

Time:  11am to 4pm
Laquitta will be our educator for our second Block of the Month event in March at Tri-County.
Fee: $24.95
  • FREE Lunch
  • Block Pattern Included
Call Genevieve (513) 671-5100

Starburst Dresden Plate Class

Saturday March 31st

Time:  11am to 4pm 
This exciting class is the perfect spring inspiration.  Our educator Laquitta will teach you different sewing techniques.
Don’t want to embroider that day?  No problem!  This class is for all sewers so you certainly don’t want to miss it!
Fee:  $29.95
  • FREE Lunch
  • Two Templates
  • Skilled Teacher!!!
Supply list will be announced soon.
Call Genevieve (513) 671-5100

***Luke’s In Elsmere/Erlanger***

EPIC Owner’s Class #4
Sat., Feb. 24th, 11am – 4pm
Luke’s Erlanger Club House, 3926 Dixie Hwy., 41018
Teacher: Connie B.
“God Bless America” 


What will I learn?
  • Applique
  • Precision Hooping and Marking
  • Embroidery
  • Quilting w/binding
Fee: $39.95
Banner and Pattern included!
FREE Lunch!
Call Margaret @ (859) 342-6600

Luke’s KY Club
Tues., Mar. 13th, 6pm – 8:30pm
Luke’s Erlanger Club House, 3926 Dixie Hwy., 41018
Educator, Joanne M. will present a beautiful Heirloom Trunk Show of Quilting, Embroidery and New Designs!
  • Trunk Show
  • Door Prizes
  • FREE Dinner