Top 3 Sewing Trends

As the world continues to change, so do the trends in sewing. What was once popular may not be anymore, and vice versa. Here are the top three sewing trends that are happening right now.

1. Focus on Comfort

Comfort is key for many people, especially as we spend more time at home. Cozy fabrics and loungewear inspired silhouettes are very popular right now. Look for machine washable fabrics that are soft and comfortable to wear like these flowy rayon prints by Lindsey of Sew to Grow.

2. Incorporate Fun Prints

Fun prints are also quite popular, as they can add some personality to your wardrobe. Florals, polka dots, and plaid are all popular choices. If you want to go for a more unique print, you can always find one that speaks to your personal style. You can also experiment with different colour blocking techniques to create a more interesting look.

3. Experiment with Different Textures

One popular sewing trend right now is to experiment with different textures. This can be done by using different fabric types, adding embellishments like beads or crystals, or even using different stitches from your sewing machine like Maddie’s dress below. This is a great way to add interest to your sewing projects, and it can really help you to stand out from the crowd.

Contact us today at Kimz Sewing to learn more about sewing trends in Caloundra and to sign up for our sewing classes. Our professional and friendly staff are always happy to help you with any questions you may have. Shoot us an email at or pick up the phone and call (07) 5493 4977.

Happy Stitching! Kimz Team x

Show & Tell 2022

What a great morning we had in store for our annual Christmas Party with lots of Show and Tell, yummy food and lovely conversation. See the photos below for all the beautiful work that everyone has done throughout the year.

Can’t wait to see what projects everyone is onto next whether it’s a bag, quilt or clothing, we love to see what you all are making.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Kimz in 2022 and we look forward to a fantastic 2023 with you all.

Happy Sewing everyone!

The Main Types of Sewing Machines

There are two main types of sewing machines: the mechanical sewing machine and the computerised sewing machine.

The mechanical sewing machine is the most basic type of sewing machine. It has a limited number of built-in stitches. Stitch settings need to be adjusted manually when altering the type of stitch.

The computerised sewing machine is more advanced than the mechanical sewing machine, and it is operated by a computer with a variety of stitches and features. Stitch settings are set automatically but can be altered depending on preferences.

Which Type of Sewing Machine is Best For You? 

There are a variety of sewing machines on the market, each with its own set of features and functions. Some sewing machines are designed for specific types of sewing, such as quilting or embroidery, while others are more versatile with a combination of functions. When looking for a sewing machine in Bokarina, consider what kind of sewing you plan to do.

If you’re just starting out, you may want to consider a simpler sewing machine. A basic sewing machine will have all the essential features needed to sew simple projects. As you become more confident in your sewing skills, you can upgrade to a more advanced computerised sewing machine.

Bokarina Sewing Machine

Are you looking to purchase a sewing machine in the Bokarina area? Visit Kimz Sewing & Patchwork Centre for all your sewing machine needs! We have a team of experienced staff on hand to offer advice and support, so you can be sure you’re choosing the right sewing machine for you. Contact us at (07) 5493 4977 or at

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Janome Continental M17 First Impressions

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here and man is it impressive. We’ve had a little play with the brand-new Janome Continental M17 Sewing and Embroidery machine and we thought we would share with you our first impressions of this very fine piece of machinery from Janome.

Not one but two!

That’s right, there are two touch screens for your convenience. One touch screen at the top of the machine displays common settings that you would adjust for your stitch, such as needle position, stitch width, tension etc. Use the plus or minus, slide using the blue lines or use the adjustment knobs to the left of the screen. The large touch screen to the left of the machine is your main screen. I must say that this screen is fantastic. It is super clear to read and very user friendly and you can use either a stylus or your finger on the touch screen. There is continuity of the icons from previous models of Janome’s which makes it nice and easy for previous owners to transition to. Having said that, there are quick reference charts to refer to also.

That’s bright!

The amount of lighting is something that really surprises you when you turn this machine on. There are four lighted areas on the machine with two of them focused around the needle area. As you can see on the below right image, your sewing is fully illuminated before and after the needle area for the absolute best visibility available. There are two more sets of lights in the upper throat area, so you are more than covered in the lighting department on this machine. You can also turn off selected lights in the set menu if it is too reflective for something you are sewing on and also the ability to dim them.

It’s how big?

When you unpack the boxes, you can’t help but notice this hoop. It’s the largest embroidery hoop currently in the industry which measures 460mm x 280mm (11.3” x 18.2”). This hoop has been made with carbon fiber infused plastic which gives it strength and durability. It has a unique design to assist with locking in the hooped items to ensure there is limited slippage in the embroidery area. Impressive to say the least. A first for Janome is hoop recognition and the slide on system when attaching the hoop to the embroidery module.

Such precision!

When getting things precise in sewing, quilting and embroidery it really helps when technology can help us out. Lasers give pinpoint positions with the ability to angle and make clearer the beam. The thumb wheel located to the top right of the needle is another industry-first that lets you “dial” the needle up or down without having to reach over to the handwheel located to the far right of the machine. It really is the little things that help so much when the need to be accurate is required.

So, these are our first impressions of the Janome Continental M17 machine which is ready in store for demonstrations. Next up we will be testing out the stitching and embroidery which is going to be so much fun. There are many decorative stitches and built-in designs to play with. There are also some great apps available that work in conjunction with the machine so you can set up wifi for the ultimate experience.

If you would like more details on this amazing machine, click here for machine specifications as well as brochures. There are also training videos to watch here to view how to use the machine.

Happy Sewing!

Pauline’s Quilters World Visit

We had the pleasure of hosting Pauline and her daughter Joey from Pauline’s Quilters World this month. They came to demonstrate some of their fabulous tools as well as quilt as you go and free motion quilting techniques. Pauline’s Quilters World is an online store selling patterns, tools & notions for quilters worldwide. They have many and varied youtube videos showing their great products and unique techniques and is definitely worth a look.

Pauline is the inventor of the original Sasher Tool which helps make stunning sashings for Quilt As You Go quilts and so much more such as:

  • very fine bias strips for applique and Celtic designs
  • peepers to highlight sashings
  • sashings with corner stones
  • bias strips for stems
  • double fold binding to bind quilts

You can see more of how to use the Sasher Tools here with Pauline.

We also have these great tools available here as a set of 10. Including sizes: 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/8″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″, 2″ and 2 1/2″ wide.

Pauline is famous for her Quilt As You Go methods and she brought along some of her quilts and talked about her techniques. Patterns are available for some of the quilts shown below (click on the image to go directly to the pattern available).

Pauline demonstrated her method of free motion quilting using her templates and sewing with the feed dogs in the up position and regular sewing foot attached instead of a free motion quilting foot, making it a simpler technique for those who struggle with traditional free motion quilting.

It was absolutely lovely having both Pauline and Joey here at Kimz, bringing along their products and demonstrating just how many different ways there are to quilt as you go.

We know our ladies that came along for the demonstration got so much out of the morning. There has been many comments about how fantastic the event was and lots of questions about when Pauline is coming back. As soon as we can lock in a date for a workshop with Pauline we will announce it through our newsletter.

We have an amazing range of their products available including the very popular Quilt As You Go Handbook. There are so many fresh ideas in the book including layered and pinked sashing, sewing machine tension plus plenty of tips to help you along your quilt as you go projects.

Special thanks to Pauline and Joey for their time coming to Kimz and we look forward to seeing them both back again soon.

Happy Sewing!

Optical Illusion Mini Quilt Tutorial

Size 23 ½” x 25 ½”

Optical Illusion quilts have so much visual appeal and using light and dark shades of a colour can really give impact. Use this tutorial to create your very own optical illusion mini quilt.



Using a 1/4″ seam allowance on your sewing machine, sew dark fabric strips together lengthwise in the following order: purple + blue + pink.  Press well.

Now sew light fabric strips together lengthwise in the following order: purple + blue + pink.  Press well.

Take your dark fabric strip set and place lengthways on your cutting mat with the dark purple strip at the very top. Place your rulers 60 degree marked angle line on the lengthwise edge of the strip set and cut 10 strips at 3″ wide.  Set aside for now.

Now place your light fabric strip set lengthways on your cutting mat with the light purple strip at the top. Place your rulers 30 degree marked line on the lengthwise edge of the strip set and again cut 10 strips at 3” wide.

Join two dark strip sets together to create a purple, blue, pink, purple, blue, pink sequence.  Keep joining two dark strips together until you have 5 strip sets.  Repeat this step for the light strip sets.

Lay out your sewn strip sets alternating between dark and light like the image above.  Sew together these strips to create your quilt top.

Place your quilt top over the Parlan and mark the perimeter of the quilt onto the Parlan using the fabric marker.  Remove the quilt top and then cut a ¼” inside the marked line as this will reduce the bulk in your seams.

Iron the trimmed Parlan to the wrong side of your quilt top. There should be an overhang of the quilt top of 1/4″ around the outer edge. 

Place your backing fabric over your quilt top, right sides together, and sew a ¼” seam around the outside leaving a 4″ gap on one long edge.  Trim your backing fabric to reduce bulk.

Turn your mini quilt right side out through the opening and ensure all points are pushed out using That Purple Thang tool.

Hand sew the opening closed and enjoy your Optical Illusion mini quilt.

We Need Your Help

Here is your chance to vote in the Local Quilt Shop Contest for 2022. We would love your support for us in this contest by clicking on the sewing machine image below and selecting Kimz Sewing as your favourite local quilt shop. You can even get bonus points for adding an image on the voting page, so maybe take a photo of something you’ve made from purchases in store or in class, or even just a picture of your sewing machine to get those extra points. It has been extremely encouraging and rewarding to read all of our voters lovely comments when it comes to the service that we provide, so thank you to everyone who has voted so far. We greatly appreciate all of our wonderful customers because without you there is no us.

This great competition runs annually, with voting opening on “International Local Quilt Shop Day” (fourth Saturday in January) until the end of February. The Local Quilt Shop Contest was created to highlight the efforts of local quilt shops and to provide the general public an opportunity to show their appreciation. By supporting local quilt shops like us here at Kimz, we are building community, maintaining centers for inspiration and enriching our local economies.

The Local Quilt Shop Contest is hosted by Annie and sponsored by the following companies; Jaftex Corporation, h+h americas, HQW Distributors, Shannon Fabrics.

If you haven’t been in to see us in store this year you will be in for a big surprise. We have had a freshen up of the front area of the shop as you can see above. Most of our visitors comments have been on how much more roomy it feels. So if you happen to be nearby, why not pop in to the shop and see all of our fresh new changes.

Happy Sewing!

Show and Tell 2021

Our annual Christmas Party was so much fun with a lovely group of our beloved customers. We announced our upcoming classes for next year including 3 block of the month programs including Spice Market, Twilight Time and Stitchers Garden. We had some great laughs, caught up with friends and enjoyed some drinks and nibblies.

As always the Show and Tell portion of the party was inspiring with lots of By Annie bags, quilts and machine embroidered projects. The image gallery below shows what our clever ladies have been up to throughout 2021. We think you’ll be just as impressed as we were by these fabulous makes!

Wendy, the winner of our lucky door prize pictured with Maddie

We would like to thank everyone who came along for a fun filled morning. Our annual Christmas Party is on the second Wednesday of December so mark your calendars for 2022.

Kim, Christine, Maddie and Melissa would like to wish all of our wonderful customers and friends a wonderful Christmas and safe and happy New Year. We hope to see you all for another awesome year of fun, friendship and of course…. SEWING!!!

Happy Sewing

Which Needle Do I Use?

One of the most common questions that customers ask us here in store is….. Which needle do I use? With so many needles on the market, it can be hard for people to understand which needle is the right one for their project. For the best possible answer we ask 3 further questions to determine which needle is the right one for your project.

Are you using a Domestic Sewing Machine?

Luckily 99% of domestic sewing machines take the same type of needle, as there are over 7,000 different kinds used across the world. The domestic sewing machine needles are most commonly known as system130/705H which is generally displayed on the front of the needle packaging like the packets below. These 130/705H needles have a flat shank and a scarf (indentation on the back of the needle).

Needle Packet Examples

If you need needles for an overlocker, coverstitch, semi industrial or industrial machine, there is a good chance that the needle system the machine needs is different than that of a domestic needle system. Overlockers and Coverstitch machines will most often have a sticker located on the front of the machine that indicates the needle system the machine uses.

Always check your manual for the correct needle system required for your machine for the best experience possible.

What Type of Fabric are you Sewing?

One of the most important questions is what type of fabric you are sewing. If the incorrect needle is used for the fabric, you may find you have skipped stitches, fabric puckers, ticking or popping sounds or perhaps some other issues. Each type of needle has its very own feature which aids its interaction with the fabric.

Some of the more commonly sewn fabrics are listed below with the suggested needle type:

  • Stretch fabrics such as elastic materials and highly elastic knitwear require Stretch needles which have a medium ball point. Most commonly, skipped stitches are a result when using an incorrect needle with stretch fabrics.
  • Knit fabrics need Jersey or also called Ball Point (SUK) needles. The ball point is designed to separate and slide between the knitted fibers rather than cutting into them keeping the integrity of the fabric.
  • Denim and tightly woven fabrics require Denim/Jeans needles. These needles feature a modified medium ball point with reinforced blade for tougher fabrics.
  • Polyester fabrics, micro fibers, batiks and silks need a needle with a very slim acute point like the Microtex also known as Sharp needles.
  • Leather and artificial leathers need needles that have a cutting point, the Leather needle is especially designed for this purpose.
  • Universal needles are one of the most commonly requested needle. They are an all-purpose type needle with a slight ball point, so can be used with some knits, but is still sharp enough to tackle many different fabrics and fabric layers. Ideal for someone who just needs needles for odd jobs on different types of fabrics.

For a more comprehensive guide, I would highly recommend the Schmetz Needle App. You can search for the fabric you are using and it will instantly show you the right needle to use. I love this feature and there are lots of other tips and information in there that is definitely worth having a look at.

What Thread are you Using?

The type and weight of the thread you are using determines the size of the needle. The diameter of the thread you want to use should be a maximum of 40% of the needles thickness. Thicker threads like Wonderfil Spagetti 12 weight thread, need a larger sized needle so it fits through the eye and fills the hole made in the fabric by the needle. The overall goal is for the needle to easily slide through your fabric without damaging any of the fabrics fibers or creating too large a hole, and to carry the thread smoothly without damaging it when sewing.

Wonderfil Spagetti Thread (12 weight) vs Rasant (40 weight)

The below table provides information on fabric type, thread type/weight and needle size. This table is located in all Janome sewing machine instruction manuals.

Needle Table from Janome Instruction Manual

The combination of system type, fabric to be sewn and thread selection leads us to the best possible answer of which needle should you use…. so your sewing experience is the most rewarding it can be.

Happy Sewing!

Tula Pink Fabric Collection Patchwork Projects

Inspiration with Curiouser and Curiouser

I don’t think there is anyone in the sewing community that has not heard of the name Tula Pink. Not only is Tula an illustrator, fabric designer, quilter, author, and maker, she is also a Bernina Ambassador who has transformed the sewing world with her quirkiness and love of design. Tula’s unique artistic flair has been featured on fabrics, sewing machines, ribbons, hardware and so much more. To say we are big fans of Tula’s work is truly an understatement.

Tula’s latest range of fabric aptly named Curiouser and Curiouser, features elements from the English fairy tale by Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly Alice in Wonderland). We are obsessed with this range of fabric and have made some projects using these fabrics to inspire and delight.

Firstly we have Patch the Pussycat in our inspiration gallery . This lovely fellow is designed by Pauline of Funky Friends Factory fame. Pattern includes easy step by step instructions and templates but is not recommended for beginner sewers.

As you can see from our sample above, the Cheshire cat fabric in Daydream by Tula was the purrrfect choice, as well as her co-ordinating fabrics for that patchwork look.

Next up we have the fun Zip It Up designed by Annie Unrein of ByAnnie patterns. This handy zippered organiser features pockets made from both mesh and vinyl for easy visibility of your contents.

Again we’ve chosen the Cheshire cat fabric this time in the Wonder colour with Tula’s co-ordinating fabrics. The bright pink zip we paired matched beautifully with the the rich colours of the fabrics.

Lastly in our inspiration gallery, we have one of our wonderful customers quilt block. Deb has made this in the very popular “Oh My Block” class we have each month. This particular block is called Columbian Star and is available to download here from the Art Gallery Fabrics.

Fat quarter bundles are available including Daydream and Wonder colour ways. These bundles really make it easy to co-ordinate your fabrics for projects.

Renaissance Ribbons in the Curiouser and Curiouser range have become a best seller and add a touch of luxury to any project. Use these ribbons to embellish your bag projects, pet collars, lanyards and more for that perfect finishing touch.

If you’re lucky enough to snag one of the Mad Hatter Quilt kits than you are in for a real treat! This gorgeous quilt features fabric ranges Curiouser and Curiouser, True Colors and Cotton Solids by Tula Pink. We love the whimsical tea pots, cups, hats and animals along with the vibrant coloured fabrics.

Tula Pink Quilted Blanket
FreeSpirit Mad Hatters Tea Party Quilt featuring Curiouser and Curiouser by Tula Pink

Pair your quilt with the perfect backing using Tula Pinks Big Buds sateen fabric from the Curiouser range. This is a stunning, large scale print wide back featuring Tula’s big rosebuds along with tossed playing card suit symbols.  Perfectly seamless for the BackSide of your Tula Pink Curiouser & Curiouser quilts and other projects!

I hope this inspires you to create something truly wondrous from the Curiouser and Curiouser range of fabrics and if you do, please send us a pick…. we would loooove to see it. Tula Pinks next fabric range DAYDREAMER will be in store before the end of the year and we’re very excited! Need a preview of the new range? Click here to see them in all their glory from FreeSpirit Fabrics and we’ll keep you posted on when they will be arriving.

Happy Sewing!