You heard it here first!

It’s almost fall! And with the changing of the season comes an entirely new wardrobe. But we know that the best clothes are those made right at home, with lots of love put into the – just like a good batch of brownies! 

Ready to inject your fall wardrobe with a lot of style and a healthy dose of love? Read on for sewing tips from the experts! 

1.) Whatever you do, DON’T watch the needle! 

I know, I know, it’s so tempting! But watching the needle can be a massive distraction when you’re attempting to sew in a straight line. So, to help make sure your stitching doesn’t come out looking like a drunk trying to walk a tightrope, watch the marks that are on your throat plate guide! 

2.) Keep your presser foot UP when threading with your sewing machine. 

When your presser foot is down, you’re creating tension in the machine, which makes it a million times harder to thread. This seems like it should be simple, but so often we forget and naturally press our foot down! Make an effort to keep it up or off the presser to have an easier time threading. 

3.) The thread goes forward – never, EVER pull it backwards! 

It’s tempting to want to de-thread your machine in whatever way seems the easiest at the moment. Backwards forwards, up, down, sideways (okay, maybe not those last three). But when pulling thread backwards out of your machine, you’ll cause lint to rub off and get absolutely everywhere, creating buildup. 

Ready to take your learning even further? You’re in luck, because our Fall class calendar is now available! From beginner to expert level, there are classes for every sewer in the world! 

Janome Continental M17

Meet the Janome Continental M17 – the next big thing in sewing machine technology! This amazing machine is coming soon to our stores and we want you to be one of the first to check it out!

Join us for one of our Consumer Seminars, hosted by fabulous Janome Educator Katy Mitchell! You’ll learn all about this fantastic machine and even get to try it out for yourself! Ask the expert your questions and get ready to fall in love with the Janome Continental M17!

Limited Seating is Available for each session! Reserve your spot for $5! (You will receive a $5 DFW or HCS gift card plus a free gift at the seminar!) Call for more information or to register!

DFW 27th Anniversary Celebration!

Our 27th Anniversary Celebration is going on now! There are some fantastic sales and specials to help us celebrate! Come in to take advantage of these deals until July 02!

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Please keep in mind that you need to be a VIC member to qualify for any of these amazing specials! But don’t worry, it’s free! You can find out more information on our VIC program here and then come into any of our stores to sign up.

Didn’t get the Mailer in Your Mailbox?

If you’re a current VIC member and haven’t told us that you didn’t want the physical mailers anymore, you should have received the ad in your mailbox! However, if you recently moved and didn’t update your address, it may not have arrived.

Need to change your address? Want to be taken off our physical mailing list? Maybe you didn’t get the mailer by Friday, June 17, 2022? You can update your address or request to be removed by filling out our Mailer Update Request Form. If you did not receive the mailer by Friday, feel free to complete the form and we will make sure that your address is on our list. Please make sure that all information is completed if you are updating your address. We need to have your previous address that is in the system so that we can ensure that we are updating the correct person’s address. Any incomplete forms will not be processed. Note: you will not receive the current mailer in your mailbox when you update. All updates and changes will take effect with our next mailer.

Embroidery THIS!

The holiday season is upon us! And what better gift to give your loved ones than the gift of a unique, hand-embroidered piece straight from the horse’s mouth! Or, well, hands! 

Always dreamed of personalizing your holiday gifts and lending them a unique flavor? Look no further! Follow the tips below to embroider beautiful pieces that will have your loved ones cooing in aw! 

Tip #1: The magic is in the fabric! 

Okay, we’re not telling you to go and buy some magic fabric (but if you find some, snatch it up!) Embroidery is all about the fabric you choose. High-quality, non-stretchy, and opaque cotton is going to be your best friend, especially if you’re just getting started on your embroidery journey. 

Tip #2: One stitch to rule them all! 

As long as you use different threads! When your floss count changes, even if your stitch stays the same, you can still create a myriad of different looks and textures. Try switching out your high floss count thread for a lower one and see what difference it makes! 

Tip #3: Have FUN!

As cliche as it might seem at first, it’s the truth! The more fun you have with it, the more your embroidery will improve. Try out different designs, colors, and fabrics to get a feel for what you really love. You’re going to mess up (more than once) but that’s part of what makes learning embroidery so fun! 

Which tip are you going to try out first? We can’t wait to see what beautiful creations you stitch up! And make sure to check out our class calendar for some really fun and exciting embroidery classes this month! 

Tata for now, 

Discount Fabric Warehouse

Hilo Teen Summer Sewing Classes

Does your teen want to learn how to sew this summer? Space is limited for our Teen Summer Sewing so sign up today!
6 Classes per session

Time: 9AM – 12PM

Cost: $150 +tax per session

Session 01:

Monday/Wednesday: June 13 | June 15 | June 20 | June 22 | June 27 | June 29
Tuesday/Thursday: June 14 | June 16 | June 21 | June 23 | June 28 | June 30

Session 02:

Monday/Wednesday: July 04 | July 06 | July 11 | July 13 | July 18 | July 20
Tuesday/Thursday: July 05 | July 07 | July 12 | July 14 | July 18 | July 21

To register or for more information, please call (808) 935-1234 or come in!

Don’t Let Your Thimble Slip – Save Your Thumb With These Sewing Tips!

We know sewing is life. That’s why we run a business centered on sewing, after all! 

So, in the interest of giving new and old avid sewers like you some hot tips to keep your thimbles on your thumbs, we’ve compiled 3 quickies for you to dive into. 

Number 1: Join a community! 

Now, we may be biased, but we think we’ve got the best community around here at NorCal Sewing and Vacuum! Joining a community means you get to share patterns and gossip with people who have the same sew-eet interest as you. 

Number 2: Pre-wash everything

And we do mean everything. You wouldn’t slip on a pair of undies fresh from the store, right? Or at least… I hope you wouldn’t. But aside from the hygienics of it all, pre-washing your fabrics helps you avoid shrinkage and warped seams. You don’t want a nasty surprise after your first wear, do you? 

Number 3: Practice makes perfect… or something close! 

Here at Norcal, we know there’s no such thing as “perfect.” But we like to think we know what it’s like to get pretty darn close! Enough boasting, though. Let’s be serious. If you want to become a master seamstress or seamster, you need to practice your stitches until you know them up, down, around, and sideways. Don’t worry, though! We have classes for that! 

Join one of our upcoming sewing classes to become a true master at the art of needlework, and watch your skills soar. With classes for seam makers of all levels, we know you’ll find something perfect. 

We can’t wait to see you there. 

Tata for now, 
Discount Fabric Warehouse

National Embroidery Month 2022

National Embroidery Month is celebrated every February! This month we’re sharing with you videos, projects, tips & tricks on all things embroidery! And if you’re an embroidery newbie, we can help you find that perfect new machine to get you started on your journey. Check back on this page throughout the month of February 2022 to see what we’ve added!

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This ad says Hilo and Kona but the specials are good at all of the stores.

Holiday Projects 2021

Quick and easy holiday sewing project ideas so you can create your own homemade holiday gifts! All of the projects on here were featured in our 2021 Holiday Mailer! Click on the images below to be taken to the projects!

Reusable Snack Bags
Boxy Bag

Furoshiki Knot Wrap

Holiday Project 2021: Boxy Bags

Perfect for small gifts, travel, and more! This bag is great for on the go!

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This project comes from The Seasoned Homemaker and is their Zippered Box Pouch. It’s perfect for a project that you can work with your teen on as a gift for their friends. Fill it with little trinkets and goodies and you’re good to go! You can make them in any size you want! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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