My Story of Sewing and Helping Others

AshtonWelcome to Ruthies Notions blog, my name is Ashton for any of you who do not know me. I have been working for Ruthie for four years now. When I started working for Ruth I was completely new to embroidery. I had no idea what stabilizer was, needles, bobbins, or which thread to use to even get started to create a simple project. The only type of crafting I had done prior was painting or helping my granny sew together blankets or doll clothes (she did most of the work but I helped).

Many have asked how it all started? Well, Ruthie called me one day and asked me if I would be interested in a Babylock Elegante sewing and embroidery machine. Of course, I wanted it I have always been intrigued by the beauty of being creative with these machines. From there I had some training in which I was grasping great or so I thought.  Until I got home and realized I really enjoyed the comfort of Andi being there with me. I had no idea where to even get started, it was like I almost just completely forgot everything she had taught me because I was so nervous I would hurt the machine.


Building My Sewing Toolkit: What is a Serger and How Do I Use It?

Baby Lock Triumph SergerAre you new to sewing or still a beginner? It’s time to start building your sewing toolkit now! As your skills become more advanced, your sewing kit should too.

What is a serger? If you’re asking this question, this article is a fantastic place to start. We’ll teach you all about sergers and why they will help you with your sewing!

Pattern Perfect: Using the Brother Scan N Cut Machines for Fabric

scan n cut dxLearning how to sew is hard enough, but there’s an entirely new learning curve for mastering sewing technology. There is always new technology coming out for working with fabrics.

While learning new technology can be frustrating, it’s meant to help make your work easier. Once you master the learning curve, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration.

One of the best sewing technologies out there are the Brother Scan N Cut machines. These amazing inventions are made to work with both fabric and paper.

To find out more about how to use Brother Scan N Cut machines, check out the guide below.

Wondering What to Do With Your Embroidery Machine? Start Here

What You can do with an Ebroidery machineAmerican needlework has a rich history stemming all the way back to the 1700s.

Young girls learned to embroider as early as age five, and they actually used these crafts to learn their numbers and letters by sewing them onto their creations!

Embroidery is still a widely popular hobby, and there have been a lot of advancements made. There are a lot of new technologies that can be used for it. Embroidery machines are an amazing technology that can make creating easier and more efficient.

If you are a newbie to using one of these machines, you’re probably wondering what to do with your embroidery machine.

Well, fear not! We’re here to help.

5 Tips for Buying An Embroidery Machine: Everything You Need to Know

Baby Lock Valiant Embroidery MachineBuying an embroidery machine can open up a world of creative possibilities for any person, no matter the skill level.

The great thing about this hobby is that there are many different projects that can be completed using embroidery, so the limit is your imagination!

How can you find a Baby Lock or Brother embroidery machine that fits all of your needs?

Keep reading to get 5 tips that will help you purchase the embroidery machine that will be a perfect match.

Your Ultimate Guide to Free Motion Quilting at Home

Guide to Free Motion Quilting at HomeWould it surprise you to learn that quilting is a very expensive hobby? If you make your living as a quilter, you already know this!

The typical serious quilter owns $13000 in quilting tools and supplies, like thread, needles, quilter gloves, etc. and $6000 in fabric.

Are you a quilter? Do you own reams of fabric and an expensive quilting machine? Do you make or watch machine quilting tutorials? Did you know that you can use a standard machine for free motion quilting?

If you are new to free motion quilting (fmq quilting), you’ll be eager to learn. A quilter at any skill level can learn free motion quilting. To help, you could always find classes near you for quilting and other techniques. Here’s everything you need to know as a beginner.

How to Applique Like a Total Pro

How to Applique Like a Total ProSewing and other handicrafts are seeing a huge boom recently. Part of the trend is due to the therapeutic benefits of the hobby.

When you sew, you not only create beautiful things you can be proud of, but you can improve your health. You can relieve stress and anxiety, improve your fine motor skills, promote brain cell production, release more dopamine, and help prevent dementia.

Knowing this, it’s a great idea to learn how to applique. Practicing more difficult sewing techniques can likely increase the positive effects of this hobby. Look for classes near you where you can learn techniques.

To find out more about how to applique like a pro, continue reading the guide below.

Come to Ruthies!!

Why Come to Ruthie’s? Why not?!

Why would you want to purchase your Brother or Baby Lock machines from Ruthie’s Notions?

You may think Amazon has it all. You may get it the same day or even the next day. But who is going to train you on your new Brother or Baby Lock machines? We offer some of the most awesome training and classes in the sewing industry today.


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