Plan your Dream Koala Studio Suite, and Enter to Win One!

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Ever wanted to map out your sewing room to see which Koala Studio would fit best in your space? Well Koala Studios has made it easy with a downloadable (or order-able) Dream Studio Planner Kit. Now you can plan out your sewing room with whichever Koala Studio you choose and even match the Studios of Nancy Zieman and Eleanor Burns! Finally, you can enter to win a Studio Suite of your Dreams to try and make it all come true!

Koala Suite Dreams Sweepstakes Coming in September!

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We promised we would have more contests and sweepstakes and we are making good on that promise in September! From September 1st- October 31st, you can enter to win a Koala Studio Suite of your Dreams! Make sure to check back on September 1st to learn more and we’ll tell you exactly how to enter!

In the mean time, you can browse the My Studio Style blog entries and get some great ideas for how to create your dream studio suite!

 

Two Treasure Chests, Two Ways!

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Kathy W. and Deanna B. happened to share their new Koala Treasure Chests around the same time on My Studio Style. We thought this demonstrated how these customizable sewing cabinets can be made to fit all rooms and sewists!

Click here to see their individual submissions, more pictures and to vote for your favorite of course!

 

Kathy W.’s Koala Studio is also known as Nana’s Nook.

She chose Koala’s Treasure Chest to complete her new-addition sewing room and loves that it can be folded down to make plenty of space for guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deanna B., chose the Koala Treasure Chest in White to reflect the decor of her newly remodeled sewing room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is the DualMate your Soulmate?

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For anyone that has or will have more than one sewing machine, it is! It has two lifts for double the working options. You can have your embroidery machine on one, sewing machine on the other and with the optional storage and shelving unit you can house your serger there too! You better get a comfy chair because with the DualMate Plus IV, all you’ll have to do is swivel from one machine to another without having to stand and walk around!

Store Damaged by Tornado, Koala Studios Prove Strength and Quality

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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

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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
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