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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, February 24th 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”.
It’s another episode of Stitching with Stitches
Hello, fellow stitchers!  I was strolling across my human’s laptop the other day when I found a site that listed the top sewing apps.  Apps? For sewing?  Who knew?  I guess there really is an app for everything. It was entitled “10 Sewing Apps to Keep You in Stitches” -- and no, they don’t mean me. From general sewing apps, to more specific ones such as for embroidery, cross stitch or quilting, these are touted as some of the best and most unique apps out there for sewers.  Many of them are free, and others have a small cost.  They come for Android, or Apple, or both. One of my favorite freebies is the Stash Star Fabric app.  It’s a fabric organization app that lets you keep track of your stash.  You can log in your fabrics by names, images and more, so you’ll always know what you have and what you need -- and you’ll know for certain when you’re standing at the cutting counter that this isn’t the same fabric you bought a couple of years ago.  (Don’t tell my human, but I think she’ll need more memory to log all her stash!  Meow, I wish I had that much cat food!) There’s another free Android app called Sewing Pattern Buddy that lets you log your patterns by garment type, fabric needed, pattern company and more.  Then when you find that perfect fabric on sale you can pull up a pattern to make sure it’s right. That’s my favorite two -- If you want to see all 10 apps, go to www.allfreesewing.com.  Appy Sewing, Everyone!
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.
Shop for Sew Crazy
Stitches, the Sew Crazy Cat
Amazon shoppers can now get their favorite deals and benefit Sew Crazy. Start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com and choose Sew Crazy of NE TN as your charity.  A percentage of your total will be donated to Sew Crazy.  You know you are going to shop Amazon, so help out Sew Crazy while you’re at it!
This Project Is For The Dogs
Not all the furbabies at the Carter County Animal Shelter have a nice warm home and doting humans -- yet.  To help in that transition, Sew Crazy will be making dog coats for those pets-in- waiting as their March project. They’ll be plenty of fabrics and patterns available.  The coat pattern is simple and quick to sew, and sewers are welcome to get creative with trims to make them as adorable as possible. This will be a one month project with turn in at the March 24th meeting, so it’s all paws on deck to help out!