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Donna shares her secrets on the elusive “travelling sewing kit.”  This applies to the tools that might be used most often at a meeting when the Sew Crazies are sewing. A kit should have:  fabric scissors, thread scissors, assortment of hand sewing needles, basic threads (black, white, tan, red), seam ripper, tape measure, sewing gauge, assortment of needles for your machine, 2-3 bobbins, tweezers, small screwdrivers (flat and phillips) and bandaids.  A few misc. buttons, chalk, a dime and nickle (for buttonhole placement) are also handy.  
Mystery Solved:  Travelling Sewing Kit Revealed
Our Next Meeting Saturday, January 20th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 201 E. Watauga Ave.,  Johnson City, TN
Girl Scouts:  Let’s Get Sewing with Sew Crazy
   Girl Scouts!  Are you or your troop looking for a worthwhile community service project that you can do, all the while learning a creative and fun skill?    Sew Crazy is looking for you!    Sew Crazy has helped Girl Scouts turn old t- shirts into tote bags, an upcycling project that resulted in sacks for their cookie sales.  Other beginning sewing projects may also be available for your troop to try, depending on the age of participants and purpose of the project.    Let Sew Crazy help you get started.  Contact Donna Horowitz, director and sewing instructor, for more information.  Phone (423) 434-0424 or e-mail info@sew-crazy.org.
Scraps and Squares
Don’t forget Sew Crazy’s ongoing projects -- the 6x6 squares for Nicaraqua and fabric scraps for the dog beds.
Sew Crazy
Where Sewists of All Ages, Interests and Skill Levels are Welcome!
Atlanta Sewing Expo
Glamour on Board
Fashions from the blockbuster movie “Titanic” will be on display at the Biltmore House from Feb. 9th to May 13th.  More than 45 costumes will grace the grand rooms of Biltmore. The exhibit will be part of the regular admission price. To learn more, go to www.biltmore.com and click on “events”.
Join Donna and Scott for a fun day making a quick Regency bonnet and a hat box.  The workshop will be held at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park on Saturday, Jan. 27th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Reservations must be made in advance by calling the park at (423) 543-5808.
It’s another episode of Stitching with Stitches
Hi everyone!  It’s me, Stitches.  Since this cold weather has me cooped up inside -- my idea of course -- I thought I’d share some more of my sewing insights with you humans. In case you didn’t know it, I’m a gadget girl.  The more they roll or bounce on the floor the better I like it.  I know you humans don’t find that feature to be important, so I’ll move on. My human has a sewing machine gadget called a flower stitch foot.  It’s a generic add on that you can use to make all kinds of circular designs, like decorative circles, eyelets and flowers. You do have to buy the correct one for your machine shank type.  Based on the muttering done by my human, it takes some practice to attach to your machine. Beyond that, you’re only limited by the stitches your machine will do, although you really only need a zig zag stitch to use it. The biggest design will be just over an inch in diameter.  You get different looks by varying the stitch size and type, and using decorative threads.  One item I’ve seen it used for are covered buttons -- adds a pretty touch - - and they roll good too.  You can also dress up a shirt cuff or collar point, or even run a row of flowers down the front placket.  Check out the how to video on nancysnotions.com.  There’s also a bunch of videos on youtube. While my human has fun with this flower stitch foot, I don’t see it catching on with cats.  The thing just doesn’t roll or bounce.  Oh well, until next time -- Stitches, the Sew Crazy Cat!
Backpacks to benefit disaster relief
It’s another big project for Sew Crazy -- with all the hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters this past year we’re taking on a project for disaster relief.  The group began making drawstring backpacks at the November meeting, and will continue to the February meeting.  The backpacks will be filled with toiletry items and then donated to UMCOR, to be distributed when the next need arises. Donations of toiletry items to fill the backpacks are being sought.  If you would like to know how to help, please send an email to info@sew- crazy.org or call Donna at (423) 434-0424.
The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo will be coming to Atlanta on March 8-10th, 2018.  If you need a break from winter, this is it.  There’s classes, workshops, demos, stage shows and more, plus SHOPPING!  To check it out, go to www.sewingexpo.com.
Bonnets and Boxes
Stitches, the Sew Crazy Cat