Friday, 14 September 2012

Friday Sewing Tips

The weather is starting to look a little gloomy over the office here - I feel like I preface so many friday posts with this, but it's typical Melbourne!
For those of you who've been good enough to dedicate some time to sewing today, we've found some fabulous tips over at one of our favourite blogs, Coletterie.

Seamstress' at work in a Melbourne Garment Factory, c1950
The girls have collated a great list of tips lifted from some professional seamstresses - that is, those who work on industrial machines for a living. While the closest I've ever got to an industrial machine is our trusty vintage singer here in the office (it's only for looks, I swear), I'm sure there are some awesome ideas you can adopt for your own sewing room.

If you're not fortunate (?) enough to own one of these babies...

We're all about keeping up the good habits here at W&W, so why not head over to Coletterie and start up a list for yourself?

Click here for the full story.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Not a patch on it!

It's no secret that I'm no sewer, I've said it many times before.

It's also little surprise that I am prone to over-reaction.

Put those two seemingly disparate statements together and we have the moment when I witnessed a barrage of Quilting Genius and quite literally fell off my chair.

Come now, I hear you cry, what on earth are you doing on the floor? Surely you are stretching the point a bit? And how are you typing this post from down there?

The aforementioned Quilting Genius, you see, came in the form of Spotlight's Tri-National, Second Annual, Very Exciting Quilting Expo this weekend.

The event was held in all Spotlight stores and gave some of our avid quilting customers (and patchwork newbies) a chance to show off some of their skills and share some advice, tips and tricks with others.

The highlight (and impetus of me kissing the floor somewhat unceremoniously) of the Expo was our "Show Us Your Best Work" competition, in which YOU were invited to bring in a quilt or patchwork project and win yourself a fantastic ELNA sewing machine (bazinga!).

The swanky ELNA Elina 21. You know you want it.
The quality of the entries was absolutley astounding. I'm not sure how else to describe them, so I created an album on our facebook page. Leave us a comment and tell us which is your favourite?

 Here's mine... shh. I'm not supposed to play favourites.

 Did you enter in Quilt Expo? Send us your photos!