Nancy has Koala Studio Style on Sewing with Nancy!

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Nancy Zieman recently took her fans on a behind-the-scenes tour of her show, Sewing with Nancy. Her blog post, aptly entitled Behind the Scenes of Sewing with Nancy, has a variety of pictures narrated by the witty Nancy herself. She talks of hidden places for cough drops, many electrical cords that she is happy aren’t in her home studio and all the people that help make it happen. There is one picture in which she describes herself and Pam Mashie with “Dueling Sergers” as the serger segment they were filming and the Koala Studio they were using allowed for such!

To read Nancy’s behind the scenes blog post, click here.

Does your Koala Studio allow for dueling machines? If so, upload it to My Studio Style and share your studio with us!

Koala Quest Grand Prize Winner!

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We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Koala Quest. It certainly was a lot of fun listening to your stories of how you came across the icon and feel that over all people really enjoyed the hunt!  We plan do do similar giveaways in the future so stay tuned!

Congratulations to Patricia F. from Balimore, MD- the Koala Quest Grand Prize Winner! We hope you enjoy your new Koala Studio!

If you are still dreaming about a Koala Studio of your very own, dont forget about the National Floor Model Sale that is happening at participating retailers now! Click here for more information.

Koala Studios National Floor Model Sale

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Have you been eyeing that Koala Studio each time you visit your local Koala retailer? Well now is the time to take it home with you!
Save up to 30% off MSRP on Koala display models at participating retailers,  July 1 – September 30, 2011.
Click here for a list of participating retailers.


July Koala Events

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July is almost here and there are three events you can attend and meet Koala’s lead designer, Eddy Moore, as well as have a first-hand experience with the smoothest, highest quality sewing cabinet out there. Of course, if these events are not convenient for you, you can always visit Koala at your local Koala Studio retailer. Click here to find the one nearest you!


AQS Quilt Show and Contest- Knoxville  July 13-16, 2011






Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion-Huntsville  July 17-24th

International Quilt Festival- Long Beach  July 29-31, 2011








Click event logos for more information.



Sewing Room Design Tips


All Koala Studios are designed to work together, both side-by-side or back-to-back. These tips will help you plan out your space and allow you to consider things that you may not think about when designing a room.

"Work Triangle"

  • Try creating a corner unit centered on a RollAbout with Corner Top, or an island with a Treasure Chest and StorageCenter.  
  • Create work stations for sewing, cutting and pressing.  Consider using the “work triangle” layout popular in kitchen design.  Or, borrow another idea from the kitchen and create an island.  By placing your studio in the center of the room, you can work at all sides. 
  • First, select the Studio that will be your primary sewing area.  Decide if you need a 35 ¼”, 53” or 70” wide base model.  Position your sewing area to take advantage of the best light and view in the room.
  • Then, plan areas for cutting and pressing.  This can be accomplished by adding companion pieces like Storage Centers or RollAbouts.  Or, use Koala’s Outback Leaf Extension and Fabric palette  accomplish all three tasks on one Studio.  Keep in mind, you can use your Electric Glide lift to quickly and easily store your machine when you need to utilize your entire Studio surface. 
  • The correct height of your Studios is a personal choice.  Consider whether you like to create sitting or standing (or both), and select the height that is comfortable for you.  Koala Studios are available in 29 ¼”, 32 ¼”, 35 ¼” and 38 ¼” heights.  Adjustable SewComfort chairs and foot control platforms make the taller heights comfortable for sewing enthusiasts of all sizes.
  • Don’t forget storage!  Add door shelves, Outback shelves, thread and notions boxes, and drawer bins to keep your supplies organized.
  • Select a comfortable chair with adjustable height and back support.  Koala SewComfort Chairs have 6-way adjustments, work with all Studio heights, and allow you to swivel and roll easily.
  • Designate a space in your home for your passion.  Half of a guest room, a seldom-used dining room, a corner of a laundry room, or even a remodeled attic or sunroom can become your creative retreat.
  • Incorporate both overhead and task lighting to reduce eye strain and aid in detail work.  Try a variety of spectrums including “daylight” (lamps or the real thing) to aid in matching colors.
  • Selecting flooring?  While carpeting is good for muffling sounds, many sewers agree that hard floors are easier for rolling chairs and cleaning (plus finding those dropped pins and needles.)
  • Choose soft wall colors in a matte or eggshell finish.  Avoid dark colors, which absorb light, and glossy finishes, which can cast a glare.
  • Plan where you’ll plug in your sewing machine(s) and iron or press.  Grounded outlets and serge protectors are recommended. 
  • Garment sewing? Mirror, dressform, screen for changing area

How to Make a Design Wall like Eleanor’s

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Eleanor Burns' Design Wall

Many of you have asked us how to make a quilt design wall as seen in Eleanor’s Koala Studio Makeover video. Well, we went straight to the source and found these instructions just for you!

How to make a Quilt in a Day Design Wall Items Required:

(2) Spray contact cement

(4) “L” brackets

9′ x 5′ Headliner from an upholstery shop

3/4″ screws

4′ x 8′ Sound board chop saw keyhole hooks, knife or scissors

(4) Wall anchors with screws

(2) “T” brackets

(4) 1″ X 4″ X 8′ pine boards

Making the sound board

1. Measure headliner to appropriate length. Allow an extra 4 inches to hang over on each side.

2. Apply the glue thoroughly to soundboard and back of the headliner. Allow 15-20 minutes for the glue to get tacky. It’s easier to do halves.

3. When the soundboard is tacky, apply headliner to the soundboard. The headliner will stick immediately on contact. Use a friend to help make sure you have it aligned properly to cover the board with equal edges on all sides. Once the headliner has touched the surface, it may be impossible to re-align.

4. Turn project over and apply contact cement the edges where the headliner may touch. Allow 15-20 minutes to insure tact.

5. Fold over the headliner and attach it to the sound wall. Allow the corners to be even.

6. Trim off headliner ears. When laying down the headliner, try to avoid overlapping the edges.

Making the Frame:

1. Cut (2) 1″ X 4″s into three 40″ boards.

2. Attach the 1″ X 4″ to make a 4′ X 8′ frame with your “T” brackets and “L” brackets.

3. Apply adhesive caulking to one side of the frame.

4. Press frame to the back of the soundboard. Put weights on the frame to help press it down. Let dry.

5. Screw key hooks to the back frame and to wall where desired.

Memorial Day Financing is here!

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No Interest if Paid in Full in 18 Months – Only at Your Koala Dealer*

On Koala Studios Purchases of $1000 or more (pre-tax) with your Home Design card made between 5/27/11 and 5/30/11, at Participating Koala Dealers.

Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance, including optional charges, is not paid in full within 18 months or if you make a late payment. Minimum Monthly Payments Required.* Please note, because Koala Studios are custom built to order, consumers may have payment(s) due before their Koala furniture is delivered.

*Valid only for Koala Studios, minimum purchase $1000 between 5/27/11 and 5/30/11 on your Home Design account, purchased at a participating Koala Dealer. On promo purchase balance, monthly payments required, but no Finance Charges will be assessed if (1) promo purchase balance paid in full in 18 months, and (2) all minimum monthly payments on account paid when due. Otherwise, promo may be terminated and treated as a non-promo balance. Finance Charges accrued at the Purchase APR will be assessed from purchase date. Regular rates apply to non-promo balances, including optional charges. Promo purchases on existing accounts may not receive full benefit of promo terms, including reduced APR if applicable, if account is subject to Penalty APR. Payments over the minimum will be applied as required by applicable law. As of 1/12011, APR: 29.99% & on all accounts in default, Penalty APR: 29.99%. Minimum Finance Charge $2.00. Subject to approval by GE Money Bank.

Click here to find a Koala Showcase Dealer in your area.

No Room is too Small for a Koala Studio

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On Share your Studio, Noreen C. and Auturo G. show how a small space is no match for a Koala Studio. “It is compact, but my Koala sewing cabinet can be adjusted to meet my needs and space. I can easily use both sewing machines and serger. When I use both machines I just roll in the serger cabinet and sew away,” says Arturo. If you have a studio and would like to share it, please submit a picture or two, here.

The Koala Studio Advantage

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Do you know the difference between a sewing cabinet and  Koala Studio?

A cabinet, by definition, is an upright cupboard-like repository with shelves, drawers or compartments, for storing or displaying objects.

A studio, by definition, is an artist’s place of work.

Learn more about the Koala Studio Advantage in this video from Nancy Zieman:

The Koala Studio Advantage with Nancy Zieman

Visit the Koala Team in Paducah, KY this Weekend

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Koala has two booths at Paducah.  One is in the big tent, the other is in Eleanor Burns’ barn in Carson Park at 28th and Madison in Paducah. Click here for a map of these locations.

The producers of the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah have posted a special announcement on their website regarding the relocation of some events due to flooding. Read below for a description of where things will be moved.

April 25, 2011, Paducah, Ky., – Due to high water along the lower Ohio River at Paducah, the floodgates that protect the city are being installed. To protect the safety of visitors to the American Quilter’s Society annual Quilt Show & Contest, events usually held at the Paducah-McCracken County Expo and Julian C. Carroll Convention Center have been moved.

Best of Show, category winners, and bed quilts will be on display at the Pavilion at the corner of 4th Street and Executive Boulevard. Vendors that were in the Expo Center will be there, too.

At Kentucky Oaks Mall, 3470 James Sanders Boulevard, The Alliance for American Quilts display will be at Circuit City. The Pilgrim/Roy 2012 Challenge display and AQS Lancaster 2011 winners will be at Office Max, also at the mall. Vendors that were in the convention center will be located at Circuit City. Vendors that were in the Pavilion will be at Office Max.

All classes and lectures and All Star Review will be held at First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, where the Wall Quilt contest and winners will be displayed.

The Food Tent will relocate just two blocks to the Farmers Market located behind the museum at the T-intersection of 2nd Street and Monroe. As always, there will be Vendors on Kentucky at 200 Kentucky Avenue, also known as the Finkel Building, and the Hurt Book Sale.

Events planned for Carson Four Rivers Center and The National Quilt Museum will continue in place. The Yo Yo ladies, Live Auction, and Silent Auction will be at The National Quilt Museum. Shuttles will run between all venues so visiting quilters may travel safely. A little water can’t stop the 2011 AQS Quilt Show in Paducah. Come see us!

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