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TSP News - Spring Forward

TSP News You Can Use!

Spring has SPRUNG! Well...almost...

We hope everybody well, and the cabin fever hasn't set in too badly!

The first day of spring marks new beginnings and fresh starts. As the ice melts, and everything comes to life it is almost impossible not to feel joy, and there are just 8 days untill March 20, the first day of spring, HOORAY!

We are pleased to share some fresh ideas, surprises and sales with you! Seriously, you want to keep reading!

Curbside Pickup and Tech Shop Update

York Region has moved back into the Red Zone, and are still here to help with your sewing needs. Here is how we are planning to do so.

- We will continue curbside pickup, and accept email, phone, and web orders. However, are not available for instore shopping at this time.

- In-Store classes are still paused, but we have some virtual classes running. We will be adding classes steadily going forward, so you can check out our classes page for more information on what we currently have available.


Tech Shop Update:

- We are now taking in machines, but have a limited capacity. If you are on our waitlist, rest assured we will be contacting you to book an assessment for your machine.

- If you would like to bring in your machine for repair or service, please let us know and we will schedule a time for your machine to be assessed.

- Please Note: Your scheduled time for machine assessment is not an appointment for an expedited turnaround time. Once your machine has been assessed, we will let you know an estimated completion date.

- Turnaround time is subject to change due to each individual machines needs (ex. parts availability, shipping, or unforeseen problems within the machine only found once the machine is open), however we always strive to reunite you with your machine as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Quick Fixes: Due to high volume of machine repair requests, quick fixes are available by appointment only.

For assistance with your machine, please call us at 905-715-7725, or email us at

Fresh Ideas

Though the weather outside is ugly...Ariane has made some bags to herald in spring!


This classy purse is great for a girls night out, or for everyday wear and going to work. The linen is not only beautiful, but feels lovely too! 

Cork is a great way to add a little oomph to your projects, but it is also quite durable so you know they will stand up to real time use.

The pattern used - Sunshine Cross Body Pouch by Bagstock. You can download it HERE
Fabric -  Moody Bloom Botanical
Lining - Moody Bloom Blue Ice
Cork - Browse the Colours


THE PETRICHOR - Lavender & Twine

This backpack is a must have for any kind of travel. It is so comfortable to wear or carry, and has the option to wear it like a backpack, or change the strap for over the shoulder carry.

It is made from Linen, and trimmed with Kraft-Tex. For anyone unsure about using Kraft-Tex, it is a really fun and versatile material to use. Kraft-Tex is a tough paper fabric, that wears like leather, but handles like fabric. It is great for bags, wallets, labels, and more! Perfect for use on bags and wallets.

Pattern - The Petrichor by Lavender & Twine. You can download it HERE
Fabric - Moody Bloom Rainbow Raindrops
Contrasting Fabric - Anthology 344Q-9
Kraftex - Browse the Colours
Hardware - Browse Hardware


CHELSEA VERSATILE TOTE BAG - Michel Design Works for Northcott

Last, but not least - Re-use! We just love recycling, because is saves our planet, can be a great way to extend the life of a garment or make a keepsake, AND makes a beautiful project!

Pattern - Chelsea Versatile Tote Bag by Michel Design Works for Northcott. You can download it HERE
Fabric - Orchids in Bloom Mini Demask Plum
Contrasting Fabric - Orchids in Bloom Butterfly Toile


Save the date, we have two classes with Guest Teacher: Heidi Pridemore!

Heidi Pridemore is an incredibly talented designer, and designs a large number of project sheets featuring fabric lines from companies such as Andover Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, Westminister Fabrics, and Windham Fabrics. She Has completed five books, and leads The Whimsical Workshop with her husband Matthew Pridemore.

These are just a few of Heidi's many accomplishments, and we are so excited to have her share her expertise with us!

First we have the Around the World Quilt, followed by the Monster Tote and Terrible Trio Monsters. Both of these classes are two-part classes scheduled in May and June, and are being held virtually. Stay Tuned for dates, times and registration which will open soon!


Around the World Quilt

You may not be able to travel for real this year, but you can do a little travelling with this quilting class: Around The World.

Do you ever wonder about the process behind creating patterns for fabric companies and magazines? Designer Heidi Pridemore walks you through her design process. Heidi's Unique design will show you a variety of techniques and inspire you with your next project, whether it's your own design or a pattern.


The second class with Heidi Pridemore is the Monster Tote and Terrible Trio Monsters! In this two-part class, you will make this Monster Tote, and one of the Terrible Trio Monsters. While making these adorable little monsters, you will learn techniques to tackle working with Minky and cuddle fabrics, as well as applique techniques!


Lookout for BERNINA'S Best Foot Forward Class with Adrienne Gallagher - National Product Educator for BERNINA Canada, starting in April!!

In this 6 part class, Adrienne will walk you through every corner of your sewing room, each week helping you to skillfully use your presser feet to tackle any project you can think up! Unsure? Dip your toe in, you wont regret taking this fun and information rich class!


TSP Spring Sale!

From March 20, 2021 to March 27, 2021 we have some featured items on sale, which are available through shopping on our website, email order, or phone orders.

Featured Items:


Last but not least is the BERNINA Best Price Event!!

BERNINA has just released some great promotions on the top of the line bernette machines b77 and b79, PLUS buy two BERNINA feet, get one free. They say it best, so keep scrolling to read all about it!

If you have any questions about these promotions, give us a shout!

Ask The Expert!

This time on Ask The Expert, we have a technical question for Jaret, our Technician and Machine Expert!

Lisa Asked: "Do I need specific needles for my serger?" 

Jaret Answered: "Hello Lisa, that is a great question. The answer is, it depends on your machine. The short answer is yes!

Machines, whether it is a sewing, quilting, embroidery, serger, coverstitch machine, etc., are all designed using a needle to achieve the optimum stitch quality. Just like you have different knives in your kitchen for slicing, dicing, chopping, filleting, paring, and so on, needles are specific to the machine. The most common machine needle used in sewing machines today is the needle system 130/705h. Many serger manufacturers are moving away from specialty needles (ie. 15x1SP, HAx1SP, EL705, 2054, 2045, DBx1) and designing their machines to use the standard sewing machine needle system 130/705h. This is convenient because there is less risk of using the wrong needle in your machine resulting in a costly trip to your technician.

The best way to make sure you have the correct needle system for your serger is to look at your machine. It may have the needle system printed on the the machine somewhere. If not on you machine, it will be in your manual. Be sure when buying needles for your serger, NOT to rely on the fact that the package has “serger” or "overlock" needles printed on the package. The needle system that is printed on the package must match the needle system number in your serger instruction manual. Many serger problems can be solved by simply ensuring you have the correct needle system for your machine.

If you need needles or have any questions about needles, feel free to contact us. By the way, if you haven’t installed the free SCHMETZ needle app on your phone or tablet, it is available at the Google play store for Android devices, or the Apple App Store for for Apple devices. It has a wealth of knowledge. I highly recommend it!


Name That Tool?

Point turners are the perfect multi-purpose tool. Creasing, holding seams open, and turning the corners in your projects to keep them crisp!


You can see our Bamboo Unique Point Turners HERE

Until we have an opportunity to see you again! Stay healthy, stay safe!

Sew On and Sew Forth!


Jaret and The Seam Team

That Sewing Place
10-16610 Bayview Avenue
Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3