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Sweet Stitches Quilt Shop December 2020 Newsletter


SSQS Journal

Issue 40 December 2020 

Hello Everyone,

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. It may have been a little different this year like it was for many of us, but the meaning behind it remains the same and we can't help coming away from it thankful for our health, those we love and all we have. 

We just want to take a moment to thank you all for coming in to shop for our month of sales in November. Thank you, we so appreciate your friendship and support of our little shop. 

December always seems to sneak up on me, I'm never ready to start the Christmas rush to get the decorations up, the rush to do the shopping, the making and baking. Sometimes it's all too much to fit into a few weeks but every year it manages to get done. I think with all that has happened this past year, all that we have gone through I think a "little" Christmas is all I need to feel the spirit and to be happy this year - a little decorating, a little shopping, a little making and baking. Have yourself a Merry "Little" Christmas as the song goes... Let your heart be light...and your stress level low...that's the 2020 version. 

My theme for First Friday Demonstration Day at the shop will be “little” too. The theme is " Merry Little Projects" to make your holidays bright. Stop in the shop to see the projects and products on Friday and see the shop dressed up a little for the Christmas Season.

From everyone at Sweet Stitches we wish you all a Holiday Season full of all the little things that make you happy. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

May all your Stitches be Sweet,


Friday, December 4, 2020

 "Merry Little Projects" is Joan's theme for December. Be sure to stay tune for our first Friday email and Video link.

Friday Demo Days are a little different now but we don't want you to miss out on what's new in the shop so we now video tape them so you can watch at home. Be sure to stop by the shop to see the projects in person and pick up items to make your own projects at home.

A link to the Demo Day Video will be provided on the morning of December 4.

Our owner's group Go! Play Days! are in full swing and are delivered as a video to our accuquilt owners via a separate email. Each month, a new video featuring tips, tricks, and a project idea is presented by Darla. Stay tuned for the third Thursday of the month for our next Go! Play Day! video.

Our December video will be delivered on or before December 19 and will feature part two of the Christmas Ornament Wall Hanging Project! 

If you are an Accuquilt owner, be sure to tune in. Kits are still available or you can use your own creative stamp and create your colorway.

Darla has announced two new accuquilt classes:

Accuquilt 101 class
 where she will review the techniques you need to know in order to get the most out of your Accuquilt cutting system. This class will be a great review if it's been a while since your cutter got some use, or perfect if you purchased your cutter some time ago and have not yet let it out of its box! 

Accuquilt Tea Towels   Use your accuquilt die cutter to prepare applique shapes for a Tea Towel project. If you are up for some fun using your accuquilt system and some easy applique, this is the class for you!

To keep up on all of Sweet Stitches Accuquilt news, tips, tricks, and special offers (and yes, Accuquilt will have several offers in November) you can connect with us through our Sweet Stitches Accuquilt Facebook page.


December 2020

You can click here to see the December calendar.

With the holiday approaching the class schedule will be limited. Come January, we will again offer a full list of classes and instruction so don't worry, beginning quilting will be back along with a new collage quilting class!

Please note that for the foreseeable future our Covid rules will remain in place so we all stay safe. We will have a maximum number of Three people in our classes and masks will be required for class participants and instructors. 

 December Sales Events

Sewing Machines - if it's in stock you can take another 5% OFF the already low HOLIDAY SALES Price Starting December 1st thru the end of year while quantities last. This means 20, 30 and even 40% OFF the MSRP depending on model!

If it is time for a new sewing, embroidery, serging or quilting machine you have to stop in and check out our elna and Janome models.

December 1 thru 12 - Our rack of Janome and elna Sewing Machine Accessories are 15% OFF!

December Shop Schedule

The shop will be closed for Christmas and New Years. Please stay safe over the holidays, we look forward to seeing you in 2021!


A Machine Minute

General Maintenance and proper technique are critical for optimum performance of your sewing machine and project outcome.

Did you see the lights flicker?

Last month we talked about dirt - machine dirt, dust and debris that can cause issues if they make their way to your electronics and boards. Did you know that dirty power can be just as bad? For those that have a computerized sewing machine, what you really have is a computer that sews but it does not have the benefit of a battery like a laptop. The computer (er sewing machine) relies on continuous line power to operate. Even a brief power loss, power sag, surge or other electrical anomaly can impact the software and or the electrical circuits and boards.

If you are running a computerized sewing machine, it is important to protect it. A good way is to use a high quality surge protector. A surge protector is not just a power strip but a protective device that can protect your machine. An even better way to protect your machine is with a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply). In addition to the options to protect against a spike, a UPS will ensure power reaches your machine even in the case of a voltage sage or a short term power outage.

Using a surge protector and/or a UPS is good insurance policy against electrical induced damage.   



Quilters of all skill levels can find encouragement, inspiration and creativity at Sweet Stitches Quilt Shop. Located in Chesterton, Indiana just a few miles from the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Sweet Stitches Quilt Shop is your destination for fabrics, notions and all things quilting. We carry a wide variety of brights, batiks and reproduction fabrics as well as notions, patterns, books and Elna/Janome sewing machines. Our large classroom offers students everything they need to learn and grow their quilting talents. From fabric selection to project advice to training on your new machine, our friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to assist. Stop by the store or click the "Shop Online" link to view our wide variety of products ready to ship direct to your door.

1585 South Calumet Road  Chesterton, IN 46304

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