Welcome to Kimz Sewing & Patchwork Centre’s NEW Site

With our brand new website off the bat, we’ve had some great feedback with how easy it is to navigate from our lovely customers. We’ve even had some great orders come through with our recent coupon sale, so thank you all so much for getting involved with our online store. We’d love to hear your opinions.

Don’t forget to use our coupon code LOVE2SEW for 20% discount on patterns in store until the 10th of June 2021. With loads of ByAnnie, Sew to Grow and Jen Kingwell Designs available, now is a great time to grab some patterns from your favourite designers.

Also we have the amazing BERNINA Q Series quilting machines set up in store for you to come in and check out. We the Q20 longarm set up on the Koala table as a sit down quilter and we have the Q24 longarm set up on the Classic frame. Maddie is already starting to quilt some amazing designs on quilts with more information on quilting services coming soon.

New fabrics are constantly arriving from designers such as the Curiouser and Curiouser range by Tula Pink, which features a total of 25 detailed prints in full, vibrant colour. The collection is designed to be loud and exuberant while working seamlessly with True Colors! We also stock Kaffe Fassett, Libs Elliott and Guicy Guice fabrics as well as Moda and a gorgeous selection of Batik fabrics.

Our timetable includes popular workshops in Dressmaking, Quilting, Patchwork and Bag Making. We have many options including sit and sew groups and classes with tuition from our experienced teachers helping you get the most out of your sewing journey. Check out our latest classes below and book in via our website, email, phone or drop in to book.

You can always keep up with us via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for all of the latest news from Kimz Sewing.

Until then, Happy Sewing!

Tips for Buying a New Sewing Machine – Beginners

If you are thinking about purchasing a new sewing machine here are some tips to think about beforehand.

1. I believe the most important thing to think about when purchasing a sewing machine is what are you going to use your machine for and what do you want to do in the future. Are you a dressmaker and enjoy making clothes for yourself or children, are you going to start patchwork and quilting, do you like to mend and that’s about all? These are all questions I ask my customers when they come in looking for their sewing machine.

Your needs on a sewing machine will be different for each application. If you are a dressmaker just starting out you may not need the big space that a quilting machine offers, but you might like some decorative stitches to use on little people’s outfits or even your own. If you are looking at Patchwork and Quilting you need space and also Needle up/down function as well as maybe a cutter and free hands system. So write down what you want to use your machine for and also think ahead .

2. Budget is probably the next important aspect to think about. Machines can cost anywhere from $199 to $12,000. A basic machine for a young person starting out can range from $199 to $399. Going any lower than $199 is usually not worth the frustration. Do your research with this price range and look at the functions available, build quality and warranty on the lower priced machines. Going to $399 will get you a much easier to use sewing machine and also a lot more options with stitch function and buttonhole ease and generally a few extra presser feet as well!

My recommendations for Beginner / Basic Sewing Machines:

3. Always ask about the Warranty covering your new machine and also check the reliability of the sewinng machine you are looking at. Mechanical is not necessarily better that electronic in my opinion. Your car is now electronic, so are our refrigerators and washing machines - so why not our sewing machines. With electronic you get way more options and they are so much easier to use than a mechanical machine. Your buttonholes are easier, your needle is either in the most upper position or lowest position (if you don’t touch the fly wheel) and therefore when you go to sew again your needle won’t come unthreaded. The stitch length and width is always picked for you but can be altered if need be. You get lots more stitch options and can do sooooo much more. The majority of modern day electronic machines have better lighting and don’t over heat. Electronic does not always mean computerized either and the sewing machines are generally easier to use. Most sewing machine companies offer a good warranty on the electronic boards in their machines.

I will say this - you should get your machine serviced on a regular basis, just like the manual suggests, as dust will collect on the electronics of the machine and can cause corrosion. Sewing machines are like cars - they need servicing to get the best out of them and longevity.

4. Buy from a local dealer that has classes and an onsite fully qualified sewing machine technician. If you do have a problem or don’t know quite how to do something, they can help you. Your local dealer may be a little more expensive but you will get your money back in advice and tuition. Most local dealers offer great classes and use the machines that they sell themselves. Also, it is a lot less of a hassle to take it back locally to have it looked at than posting it back to the online store.

4. Buy from a local dealer that has classes and an onsite fully qualified sewing machine technician. If you do have a problem or don’t know quite how to do something, they can help you. Your local dealer may be a little more expensive but you will get your money back in advice and tuition. Most local dealers offer great classes and use the machines that they sell themselves. Also, it is a lot less of a hassle to take it back locally to have it looked at than posting it back to the online store.

So please do your research, write down all the features you want on your list and aim for the one that suits you and your budget.

Happy shopping and Stitching
Kim

Fit to Flatter – A How To with Lindsey Rae

Lindsey is back to teach at Kimz and we are super excited!Lindsey is an amazing teacher, and her knowledge of garment sewing and sewing machine know how is exceptional.

Lindsey is the founder of Sew To Grow and is passionate about sewing and education in the sewing industry. She has already been to Kimz teaching her "Urban Outlook" tote, teaching our ladies how to work with leather. You can check it out here.

This time Lindsey is coming in to teach you how to make your garment fit to flatter. Doesn't that sound great? With 4 designs to choose from including dresses and tops, you are sure to get noticed for all the right reasons and best of all feel comfortable and confident.

The Sweet Summertime Dress features no zippers, a fitted waist and cap sleeves this pattern is sure to be a wardrobe staple all season long!

The Noosa Shift features two sleeve options (sleeveless and flutter), pockets, t-shirt hem and elasticized waist.

The Sweet Summertime Peplum features no zippers, a fitted waist and cap sleeves. So on trend!

For all the information you need on this weekend workshop including dates, price and requirements, click here.

We can't wait for Lindsey to again inspire and work her magic in our classroom. Places are limited so please ensure you register to avoid disappointment.

Happy Stitching! Kimz Team x

Crochet with Jenny King

Our crochet classes with Jenny King have been so popular that we now have them twice a week. They are scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1.00 to 4.00 and are for all levels of crochet skill.

We also have some of Jenny's wonderful yarn in stock.

Stonewash comes in large 100gm balls containing 280metres of cotton rich yarn. This 60%cotton/40% acrylic blend yarn gives you the best of both worlds. It will work well for any #3 pattern or 8 ply here in Australia. It is a tube knit yarn so there is no splitting and this gives it a wonderful earthy texture. Stonewash, as the name implies , means for everyday casual garments or relaxed comforting home wares. It is perfect for baby wear as it is sooooooo soft.

Jenny King Designs Embellish yarn is silky and has a knitted tube construction to make it unique. No need to worry about the Z or S twist. This is a great yarn for those people who cannot wear animal fibres but still want luxury in their garments. It feels really soft on the skin with a sheen that looks as sumptuous as silk without the weight or expense. Embellish is great for Jenny King Designs Get Squared garments and makes up quickly. Designed in Australia.

Jenny King Designs Fantasy yarn 100meters per 50gm ball. 60 % cotton and 40% polyester. It is great for summer clothing, throws, wraps and assorted homewares. It is also great for fringing.

If have ever wanted to learn crochet or just want to join a crochet group then check out our class list here for future class dates and times.

Happy Stitching! Kimz Team x

Quilt As You Go Class

If you have ever wanted to try Quilt As You Go we can highly recommend the Sea Spray Quilt pattern by the incredibly talented Monica Poole. Our ladies have had a ball making their very own quilts over 2 classes.

Tina has made her quilt graduating the values of grey and navy fabric.

Barb is making a blue and white quilt for her mother

Sharon is making her quilt in Batik fabrics.

Donna is using up some of her blue fabrics.

Dominque is making a quilt for her husband in blacks, greys and oranges.

Juanita is making her nephew a quilt for his birthday.

Juanita is making her nephew a quilt for his birthday.

Here are the results from the two classes with just a little more work to do, our ladies will have their very own quilts in single and queen size.

Happy Stitching! Kimz Team x

Free Motion Quilting with Rulers…. Workshop with Jane Rundle

What an amazing workshop we had with the lovely Jane Rundle of Jane Madly Quilting. Our ladies had a marvelous time learning how to use quilting rulers on their home machines using free motion skills. We can't wait to have another class in the new year with Jane.

If you would like to know more about free motion quilting with rulers or to put your name down for an upcoming workshop with Jane, please let us know via email, phone or drop in.

Happy Stitching! Kimz Team x

We’ve Been Revamped

Look out everyone.... we've been revamped inside and out!
Our store front has had a fantastic makeover from the team at Saber Signs and we are loving how fresh it looks from the outside and also the inside.
We have plenty of Janome, Bernina and bernette machines ready to demonstrate with the latest technology available to make your sewing experience the most enjoyable it can be. Come in for a look at what there is to offer or check them out online.
Some new faces instore to greet and assist you when you come in include Melissa and Maddie (above) who happens to be Kim's daughter. Kim, Christine, Pamela and tech Mitch are still here to help.
With more fabrics arriving each week, you are sure to find the perfect match for your projects. We stock a large range of Batiks, Moda Grunge, Devonstone and Kona Solids. As well as the Jennifer Sampou Sky range. Shown above left is the Entwine range from Guicy Guice and in the bottom right Stealth from Libs Elliott. We also stock Wool Felt for lovers of Wendy Williams applique.
Hand sewing has become more popular over the last year and to keep up with the increasing demand we have now stocked a wide range of specialty threads including Cosmo embroidery thread, Wonderfil Eleganza thread and Wonderfil Spagetti and Fruitti Threads.
A huge range of bag making supplies including products by Emmaline, Voodoo Rabbit and By Annie which are available online and in store in a large variety of styles and colours.
So if you have not been into Kimz for some time you may want to take a trip in to check out all of the wonderful new items available or have a look at the website for more goodies.
Happy Stitching! Kimz Team x

Fabric Scrunchie Tutorial

Fashion trends always repeat and the good old Scrunchie from the 90's has made a massive return. Using scrunchies is also better for your hair than elastic hair bands as they create less friction and breakage on hair.... plus we can make them ourselves in fabric that we love.

We've chosen a super cute Golden Grove Cockatoo fabric available here to make our scrunchie sample. You can use many different types of fabric to create your own one of a kind hair accessory so have fun with different types of textures and colours.

To make one scrunchie, you will need the following: Fabric piece measuring 4" x 18" Elastic 8"-9" (8" for finer hair 9" for thicker hair) Thread that will match the colour of the fabric Sewing machine, pins and scissors Bodkin (optional)

Fold your fabric piece right sides together along the long edge. Measure in from both ends approx. 1" and pin (if you use red headed pins it will make it easier to know when to start and stop). Pin in-between the red headed pins using different coloured pins to keep the raw edges together.

Now at your sewing machine, align the side of the presser foot with the raw edges of the fabric and start sewing at the first red pin ensuring you back-stitch to secure. Remember to take the pins out before you sew over them as this can damage your machine and/or break your needle.

Stop at the last red pin and back-stitch to secure.

Turn the fabric tube right side out. This can be a little fiddly so to make this task easier you could use a Loop Turner or a Turn it All tool.

Take the raw fabric edges from both ends of the tube and align these edges with right sides together. You won't be able to align the whole length of the seam, just the start to begin with will be fine.

This step can be a little awkward. Just go slow and just start at the beginning, working the raw edges together as you sew until you get to the end.

Pull on both sides of the joined tube until the seam you have just sewn slips inside.

Keeping one end of the elastic out of the fabric tube, thread the opposite end through, until both ends of the elastic are coming out of the tube coming from each direction. We've used a

Insert the elastic inside of the fabric tube and tuck the raw edges of the fabric into the opening.

Edge stitch along the folded edge to enclose the raw seams and to close the opening and....
VOILA!!!

I hope you enjoy making these fabric scrunchies! They really are fun and quick to make and great to teach kids who want to learn how to sew. Please share any that you create with us because we'd love to see them.

Happy Stitching! Kimz Team x

Show & Tell 2020

Wow... what a year 2020 was! Here at Kimz we ended the year with our annual Christmas Party.

As always we encouraged our ladies to bring along some of their amazing makes from throughout the year and we were inspired by their creations.

Tina completed her "Over The Hill" quilt. This was our Block of the Month through 2020. The original pattern by Wendy Williams was modified for our classes.

Tina finished this stunning foundation paper pieced quilt "La Vie Est Belle". Pattern by Jacqueline de Jongue of BeColourful Quilts. Quilted by our very own Pamela Jones.

Judith made her "Foxley Village" which was our 2019 block of the month quilt. This pattern is by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Designs and combines both applique and piecing. Quilted by Lisa Reynolds.

Liz has been making a few ByAnnie bags. Here pictured is the "Bon Voyage" tote bag and the "Running with Scissors" she made here in class.