Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Center

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Located in Northern California, Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Center has grown their company over the past 70+ years to be the biggest sewing machine company in the area. Each of the three store locations offers classes, clubs and special events to educate and inspire sewing enthusiasts of all levels. Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Center prides itself on offering a huge selection of sewing, serging and embroidery machines, as well as a wide variety of notions, books, accessories, software, and, of course, sewing furniture.

Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Center also proudly provides a low-price guarantee, free classes and factory-trained technicians. Learn more about the store and what they have to offer here.

As we continue to introduce you to some of our featured retailers, don’t forget about our National Floor Model Sale going on at a retailer near you!

 

B Sew Inn

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As part of our National Floor Model Sale, we are featuring some of the awesome stores and shops that sell Koala cabinets. Today, we want to tell you about B-Sew Inn.

B-Sew Inn began in 1981 as “The Vacuum Shop” with 250 square feet of retail space and about $5,000 in inventory. In 1986, the store added sewing machines to their inventory, expanded retail space, and changed the name of the store to “Godby’s Sew-N-Vac Shoppe.” As the store began to thrive and expand, Mary Hess, the current owner of B-Sew Inn, joined the team and worked closely with management to create a long-term plan for the store. Putting her plan into place, Mary Hess grew the company even more and eventually took over ownership in 1995 and officially changed the name of the store to B-Sew Inn.

Currently, B-Sew Inn has five locations in three states and is the largest Baby Lock retailer in the country. The store prides itself on bringing its customers the latest and greatest in the sewing industry and places an emphasis on education, offering special classes, discounts, and much more for both public and private schools.

Click here to read more about B-Sew Inn!

Sewing Machines Plus.com

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Sewing Machines Plus.com is a family owned and operated business that has been in the sewing and vacuum industry for over 40 years. Thanks in large part to their customers, Sewing Machines Plus.com is able to run a successful brick and mortar store in San Marcos, Ca., as well as an e-commerce site. The store prides itself in providing top-notch customer service and a wide product selection to suit every customer’s needs. Though they only sell our SewComfort chairs on their website, customers can purchase their very own Koala Studio by visiting the Sewing Machines Plus.com store.

Don’t forget that our national floor model sale is still going on. If you live in the San Marcos, Ca. area, you can visit the folks at Sewing Machines Plus.com. If you live outside of that area, you find your nearest Koala Studios retailer here.

Moore’s Sewing & Vacuum

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It’s time yet again for another Koala Studios retailer spotlight, and this week we bring you Moore’s Sewing and Vacuum. Moore’s is a third-generation family owned business that opened its doors over 60 years ago. Moore’s prides itself on bringing you a small-town type of atmosphere, as well as the best technology the industry has to offer at each of its five locations in Southern California. Whether you like to craft, quilt or design clothes, Moore’s offers a wide range of machines, classes and resources to fit their customers’ needs.

Stop in Moore’s to see for yourself how great they are, and while you’re at it, check out our National Floor Model Sale going on now through September. Don’t live in Southern California? Find your local Koala retailer here.

 

Quality Sewing and Vacuum

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In honor of the National Floor Model Sale, we are going to shine the spotlight on our top Koala Studios retailers over the next few weeks. We have retailers all over the United States, so no matter where you are, you know your Koala Studio will feel right at home. First in the line up is Quality Sewing and Vacuum.

With over 10 locations across Washington state, Quality Sewing and Vacuum offers a wide range of Koala cabinets and accessories, as well as multiple brands of vacuums, sewing machines and notions, and sewing classes for all interests and skill levels. Quality Sewing and Vacuum opened their doors in 1985 with one retail location. In the last 27 years, the family-owned business has grown to 13 retail locations and brought their business online with an e-commerce site, QualitySewing.com.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States, visit Quality Sewing and Vacuum, a proud Koala retailer!

Share Your Studio June Round-Up

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June was filled with Share Your Studio love, seeing five new Koala sewing studios. From Jean’s DualMate Plus IV to Debra’s TreasureChest Plus IV, we saw five functional, diverse work spaces. Click on the photos below to see more of each studio.

Kathy K. from Pensacola, FL

Perky F. from Nipomo, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debra J. from Groton, MA

Leann M. from La Grange, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean L. from Niceville, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Quilt Festival- Long Beach

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Title: International Quilt Festival

Location: Long Beach, CA
Link out: Click Here

Description: Throughout the festival, a variety of classes will be offered, including Beautiful Binding, Creative Cloth Doll Making and Colorful and Creative Log Cabin Diamonds. Along with multiple class offerings, there will also be special exhibits and lectures open to attendees.

The International Quilt Festival- Long Beach will take place July 27-29, 2012 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. There will be a special preview night in the evening of July 26.

Start Date: July 27, 2012
End Date: July 29, 2012

Dream Studio Planner

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Are you dreaming of a Koala Studio, but not sure how or where to make it fit? The Dream Studio Planner Kit is your solution!

 

The Dream Studio Planner is the ideal way to plan and organize your sewing studio. There are two ways you can utilize the program:

1. You can download the kit for free to your computer.

OR

2. You can order the Dream Studio Planner Kit for $3.95, including shipping.

Start with a grid page, then crop the sheet to your specific room dimensions. For the next step, take a look at the various Koala models. The Dream Studio Planner page is divided into categories by width and even includes the companion models.

The great thing about the Dream Studio Planner is that you have the ability to “try out” each Koala model to see which one would best compliment your space.

Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at the Koala Studios that have been uploaded in the “Share Your Studio” section of this site.

 

Studio Suites are a Dream Come True

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Deciding between all of the great studio options Koala offers can be tricky, but we’ve made it a little easier with our Studio Suites collection. Choose from one of the five following options:

 

The RollAbout Plus IV and Left/Right Cub Plus IV Studio Suite includes:

 

The QuiltMate Plus IV and RollAbout Plus IV Studio Suite includes:

 

 

The SewMate Plus IV and RollAbout Plus IV Studio Suite includes:

 

 

The TreasureChest Plus IV and StorageCenter Plus IV Studio Suite includes:

 

 

The SewMate Plus IV and Cub Plus IV Studio Suite includes:

  • One OutBack Leaf Extension
  • One Storage and Shelving Kit
  • Left and Right Door Shelves
  • Empty Matching Madeira Thread Treasure Chest
  • Madeira Aerofil Thread Set
  • One Matching Wood Machine Insert
  • One SewComfort XL Chair

Storage Bins Round Up

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Storage bins are the perfect compliment to your Koala Studio, keeping your supplies organized and your space beautiful. We have found some of the best places to find a variety of storage bins to fit your organization and style needs.

Etsy

Fabric Basket Organizer from The Spotted Barn

 

There are over 2,000 items that fall into the “storage bin” category on Etsy with styles ranging from vintage industrial bins to fabric basket organizers.

 

 

 

 

 

Container Store

Rugby Stripe Bin from The Container Store

 

From rubber buckets to water hyacinth bins, the Container Store has bins that fit many price points, decor styles and functional needs.

 

 

 

 

 

Storables

Medium Black Tote from Storables

 

Storables has three categories of storage baskets:

1. Plastic Baskets and Bins for inexpensive, yet functional storage solutions

2. Woven Storage Baskets for a natural look to seamless organization

3. Wire & Metal Baskets for modern and sturdy storage

 

 

There are a ton more options for finding storage bins, like Target, Garden Ridge, and, of course, our Pinterest “Storage Bins” board.

 

Where do you get your storage bins and baskets?

 

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