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April 2019 Newsletter

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April 2019 Newsletter

40 Coutts Street,
Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022 
(04) 387 4505
jo@sewingdirect.co.nz

The Big Move

We did it! We closed the Kilbirnie Plaza shop on 27 March and opened the new one for business at 40 Coutts Street on 4 April. 
Many trucks, boxes, men and women were involved in the move, including some wonderful customer volunteers. A big thankyou to all who made it happen.We’re very happy in our new premises and are enjoying all the compliments about the shop’s cosy feel.

Win a brand new Tailormade sewing cabinet!!

To mark our shift, we have a promotion on Broadway yarns, Rowan yarns, Knitpro, or Gutermann products. 
Buy $30 or more of any of these products before the end of June and go in the draw to win a Quilter’s Vision sewing cabinet - RRP $1649.

 

Carparks.

Directly behind the shop is an area that fits 4 cars. We also have a single carpark by the door of the white prefab (classroom) that is behind the shop. Both areas are signposted.
Customers can park in any of these parks while you are in the shop. Enter off Onepu Road, between the back of Westpac bank and the funeral home and turn right into the parking bay behind our shop or go straight ahead to the single park by the classroom door. If a maroon 4WD or a little blue car is parked behind the shop, just park directly behind them.They are staff cars and we won’t be going anywhere in a hurry!

To get into the shop from the carpark, we’d prefer you to walk around to the front door please. The back door is kept locked and we’re often busy in the shop so don’t want to be dashing out the back to answer the doorbell too often. 
However, if you aren’t very mobile or are carrying a heavy machine or if it’s pouring with rain, ring the doorbell by the shop’s back door and we‘ll be happy to let you in.

New “ladies’ hours”!

The shop is now open on weekdays from 9.30am to 5pm. (One customer referred to these as “‘ladies’ hours”.) Saturdays are the same as ever - 10am to 4pm.  And we’re closed on Sundays and all public holidays. We’re enjoying the new hours, which give us more time to keep the shop - and ourselves - organised. 

Try-a-Babylock day!

If you’ve ever wanted to test-drive a Babylock overlocker or coverseam machine, here’s your chance!  
On Saturday May 11 (the day before Mothers’ day) Babylock expert Carol Maera will be here running 2 workshops using demo Babylock overlockers and coverseam machines.  For a modest fee (no more than $40 - less if possible) we’ll provide each enrolee with a kit of fabric and other things needed to make a camisole, using the machines we’ll have here for you to play with under Carol’s guidance.  
Workshop times will be:

  • 10.30am to 12.30pm  and 
  • 2pm  to 4pm. 

To enrol, phone or text Jo on 0274 264 870 or email jo@sewingdirect.co.nz 

 

Demo Machine Sales!! 

We can’t fit all our demo machine in the new shop so several need to go to good homes!   We have 3 bigger machines on sale and several smaller ones that come with warranties.   They are these: 

  • Handiquilter Sweet 16, sit down quilting machine - with table, bobbin winder and Trustitch regulator.  Our demo machine is the model before the very latest version of the Sweet 16.  The RRP of the latest version, with table, bobbin winder and trustitch regulator, is $12,380 - plus delivery costs. Our demo machine’s price, with all those accessories, is $10,000 including delivery!  
  • Babylock Sashiko. Our demo Sashiko machine is the model before the latest version of this amazing machine.  The price for the current model is $2799. Our demo model can be yours for $2099. 
  • Janome MC9900  (superseded model) $2499 ono!! 
  • Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875, This excellent sewing/quilting machine is also a superseded model.   Our price $2199 ono! 
  • And there are these smaller machines for sale too. These are all current models with full warranties! 

    • Janome MW3018LE (mechanical sewing machine). Current retail price $599, our demo model price $499 
    • Elna Experience 540 (computerised sewing machine. Current retail price $799 - 1 demo model (+ 1 brand new in its box) - our price $645 each  
    • Elna Lotus computerised sewing machine). Current retail price $999 - 1 demo model - our price $799 each 
    • Janome Mylock 644D overlocker current retail price $699, 1 demo model -  our price $649 

    And then we have 2 beginner level machines that have been used in some of our classes and which don’t have warranties. They are perfectly good machines but they’re not “as new” because they’ve been used for maybe 40 hours each. They are: 

    • Janome Sewist 509 (now surperseded)  RRP was $399 our price $200
    • Elna Sewfun (now surperseded) RRP was $199, our price $100 

CLASSES!!

We’re in the process of clearing the classroom of excess stock and other things that have come with us from the old shop (ladders, trolleys, tools, xmas decorations, window decorations ….) that we can’t fit anywhere else!  We’ve had a shed assembled behind the shop, so that will solve most of the problem - and then we will start having classes again!!  

Our aim is to have even more classes in future so keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and instore for updates. With a separate classroom, the world’s our oyster!  If you have ideas for classes you’d like to attend - or teach - let Jo know!  And if you want to hire the classroom for some crafty or other (sober!) purpose, talk to Jo.  

We’re sorry we couldn’t hold any classes for kids these holidays. The classroom just isn’t ready. But from now on we ‘ll be offering kids’ classes every school holidays.

Staff news -

We farewelled Shirley Mooney from our staff on 31 March  - but are confident she’ll be back tutoring in her “spare time”! 
On 1 April we welcomed Maria French (our popular machine sewing tutor) to our part-time staff.  Maria will be working Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays at least until the end of May  - when Prue will leave to have her baby.

Part-time position coming up.

From the end of May we’ll need another part-time staff person (15 to 20 hours a week, 4 to 5 hours a day, Wednesday to Saturday).  The right person will 

  • have excellent customer skills,
  • be a team player, 
  • be an avid crafter,
  • be expert (or keen to become expert) in the use of the various machines that we sell (sewing, quilting, embroidery, overlocking and coverseam), and 
  • be able to stand and walk about for several hours at a time and lift and carry quite heavy boxes/machines. 

It will be a bonus if the person has strong networks with craft groups.  
If this is you, or if you know this person, please get in touch with Jo!!

If you haven’t seen the new shop yet, come in soon. It’s really nice!

Best wishes from Jo, Gemma, Prue, Maria and Trish 


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