SSQS Journal
Issue 49 September, 2021
September 2021
Hello Everyone,
It's September! Can you believe how fast summer came and went? I'm ready for the heat to go but summer you can stick around a little longer.
When we announced back in the April Newsletter that we are moving into our new building at the end of September it seemed so far away. Here it is September first and we are now just weeks away from our move. Every evening after we close up the shop Rob and I head across the parking lot to see what has changed over at the new shop. We have been doing this since April. I had trouble envisioning the new shop at first when it was just a big empty dirty warehouse but Rob would always assure me that it's going to be awesome! He can always see the bigger picture and I'm thankful that one of us can. In the past month I have begun to see how awesome it is going to be, Rob was right all along! I can see the great space that we will have and how we will use our new space. Now I can see where the quilts will hang, where the cutting tables will be set up, how the new fabric shelves will be arranged, and where the checkouts are. Soon you will start to see the changes on the outside of the building too as they start transforming the front of the building and creating that welcoming entrance we are envisioning for the shop. The finish line is more in sight each day and we cannot wait to cross it with all of you, our customers and friends who have helped make this new shop possible. Thank you!
May All Your Stitches Be Sweet,
New Building Construction Update

While it does not feel like our punch list is getting any shorter based on the list of things yet to do, the fact is we are making progress. The floor is in and looks great, all of the interior doors have been hung and the hardware is being installed. We completed the installation of the HVAC, we have started to install the lighting throughout the retail space and most noticeable to the casual observer is that all of the concrete from the old sidewalks on the front of the building is now gone. The front of the building is being readied for the construction of a new porch and new sidewalks. That work will really transform the look of the building! Our Sweet Stitches sign out near the road is being printed as well other signage for the building. Lots of progress and lots of things yet to do. We have a good bit of work to do but our goal is the same - to move into the new space in late September. And because we are still asked everyday, the new building is right next door to our current shop, the new building is only 90 feet away!
Front of building, old concrete sidewalks removed
Old block removed, windows in center soon to be removed
New Front Entrance being installed in place of windows
View of the new Front Entrance
The interior is coming along
Interior from the opposite angle
The "Finish Line"
Our First Friday Demonstration Video theme will be " Finish Line". From the starting line to the finish line and even in between the lines we have some fun projects and great tools lined up to share with you.

The First Friday Demo Day Video will be provided by email, Friday September 3. Stay tuned!
For now we plan to provide First Friday Demo Day by Video. Once we have had the chance to move to our new location (Right Next Door!), we will decide if, how and when we might bring Demo Day back into the shop.
Go! Play Day! for September

AccuQuilt Go Play Day Videos are sent exclusively to those in our AccuQuilt Owners Club on the third Thursday of each month.

Stay tuned for Darla's next installment!
As we move into September, we will offer a full list of classes through the 20th of the month. After that we will curtail our classes as we prepare and ready for our move. So now is the time to sign up and take that summer class you have been planning for!

If you are interested to explore our classes, click the link below that will take you to our calendar or you can find the calendar and a list of classes on our website by clicking Classes in the top banner.

A New Face at Sweet Stitches
We are very happy to let everyone know that we will soon have a new team member in the shop. We are pleased to announce that Michelle Sessions will join the Sweet Stitches team beginning this week. Michelle is an energetic quilter with a good eye for color and design that will make an immediate and positive impact in the shop.

Welcome aboard Michelle!
Sweet Stitches Back on the Road
Sweet Stitches is planning a few trips out of the shop to attend quilting events as a vendor.
String-A-Long Guild Retreat
Friday September 10, 2021
Saturday September 11, 2021

Geneva Conference Center
5282 N Old US Hwy 31,
Rochester, IN 46975
Niles Piecemakers Quilted Treasures Quilt Show
Friday October 15, 2021 ~ 10am - 5pm
Saturday October 16, 2021 ~ 10am - 4pm

​Hope Community Church
2390 Lake Street, Niles, MI 49120
A Little Further Down the Road...
March 2022 - Visiting the Krazy Quilters - Winamac
June 2022 - Appleseed Quilt Show - Fort Wayne
Machine Minute
General Maintenance and proper technique are critical for optimum performance of your sewing machine and project outcome.

Can Feed Dogs prevent Thread Shred?
This month we want to talk about breaking thread and just one of the many possible causes. I see it often when repairing machines, the needle plate and specifically the needle opening is rough. The plate can be gouged from needle strikes leaving the opening very rough with sharp edges. How does this happen? In the case of typical sewing - its sewing too aggressively, that is helping the fabric along by pushing or pulling the fabric rather than allowing the feed dogs to do their job and draw the fabric through the machine while you simply guide the fabric. Pushing or pulling the fabric can distort the needle and cause it to deflect and contact the needle plate damaging the surface.

When you sew, the thread is tight against the needle on the down stroke but on the up stroke the thread will be loose and can and will come in contact with the needle plate opening. If that opening is rough, the thread will begin to shred and eventually fail.

You can prevent needle plate damage by allowing your feed dogs to draw your fabric under the presser foot, the feed dogs drop out of the way and the fabric stops moving just as the needle reaches the fabric. If you allow your feed dogs to do their job, your needle plate will retain its smooth finish and thread shed will be something that used to happen.
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 and batik 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.

Sweet Stitches Quilt Shop
Chesterton, Indiana 46304