Machine Knitters, Southeastern, PA

This blog is now under the domain of Streets Smarts Fiber Arts. The transition from Spring City Knitters Club to Sophisticated Stitches Club and now Streets Smarts Fiber Arts has been quite a journey. Though this blog will undergo many new and exciting changes machine knitting will still be one of the fiber arts featured Look for information on sewing, machine embroidery, hand knitting, and many other fiber arts related subjects.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Tammy Noble (far left), Mary Hummber (middle) and Deborah Rogers (right) discuss linking garments at SCK June meeting.

On Saturday July 28th, 2007 from from 10 to noon the Spring City Knitters will have their monthly meeting. This month we will feature a demonstration on how to install zippers into knits. All are welcomed. Be sure to keep in mind out special demonstation with Theresa Batsford-Beiner on August 4th from 10 to 3 PM. The cost is $10 and RSVP is required. October 27th, 2007 will mark the 5th anniversay of the Spring City Knitters. We will be celebrating by having a special demonstrator and a party. Consider helping us celebrate. RSVP is required. November 9 through 11, 2007 we will have Arnetta Kenney's Custom Fit and Knit workshop. This three day workshop is designed to help resolve "fit" issues that can happen unexpectedly while machine knitting a garment. Anyone who needs help in this area should seriously consider attending. This hands on workshop will require using a 4.5mm gauge Japanese machine and all attendees must have made at least one complete sweater. For more information contact Tammy Noble at Knit and Sew below. June 6 and 7, 2008 Knit and Sew will host it's first machine knitting seminar. Look forward to more details about this event. Finally check out our Frappr and Blog. Knit and Sew 44 N. Main Street Spring City, PA 19475 610-792-1202


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Custom Fit and Knit Workshop, Nov 9 - 11, 2007

Ms. Arnetta Kenney at Knit and Sew with members of the Spring City Knitters club in March 2007.


Custom Fit and Knit Workshop, Nov 9 - 11, 2007

Custom Fit and Knit Workshop Gauge alone does not determine a good fit in the world of custom knits. Learn how to take proper body measurement, to achieve a custom fit (traditional and Easy wear), then translate those measurements and design ideas into a knit fabric that is compatible with your figure type and the style of the knit garment. This Custom Fit and Knit Workshop sponsored by Knit and Sew, Spring City, PA, will also cover the many variables of knit fabrication, shaping techniques, and professional finishing techniques as they apply to machine knitting. The hands on segments include, knitting ½ of a cardigan knit jacket (for fitting purposes- can be completed in or out of class after fit is observed), knit samples of trims, buttonholes, darts, etc. knit samples of necklines (life-size for fit), and knit swatches for various types of finishing techniques (these can be knit in advance and brought to class). Ms. Kenney, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, will be the instructor. She has been teaching upper division and seminar classes in knit design, hand and machine knitting and crochet since 1988. She is a long time machine knitter specializing in the Japanese knitting machines. The workshop dates are November 9, 10, and 11, 2007. The workshop is $150 plus material fees. The class limit is 18 attendees. For information on attending the workshop please contact, Donna Streets, email: or call Tammy Noble of Knit and Sew at 610-792-1202. Join our Yahoo list: Give a shout on our Frappr (map) site: Donna

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Lodging for June 6 & 7, 2008 Seminar

Suggest accommodations for the upcoming Spring City Knitters Seminar scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, 2008 are listed below. Homewood Suites by Hilton 681 Shannondell Blvd. Audubon, PA 19403 telephone: 610-539-7300 Hampton Inn 100 Cresson Blvd. Phoenixville, PA 19460 telephone: 610-676-0900 Remember the seminar will be held at the First United Church of Christ 145 Chestnut St. Spring City, PA 19475 Spring City, PA is accessible by SEPTA's 99 Bus. It stops at New and Main Sts. in Spring City. You can board the bus in front of JC Penney at the King of Prussia Mall. The bus runs hourly. Also there is a Holiday Inn at the King of Prussia Mall. To get to Spring City by public transportation from downtown Philadelphia, PA board the 125 or 124 Buses at 13th & Market Sts. The get off at King of Prussia Mall in front of JC Penney and wait for the 99 Bus. OR Take the communter rail, SEPTA's R6 and get off at Norristown and wait for the 99 Bus there.


Knit and Sew - policy announcement

To all, Just wanted to let everyone know that there are benefits to being a member of the Spring City Knitters Club. Most notably is we discount or make available free events sponsored by Knit and Sew to the Spring City Knitters. But I must point out that if a non-member joins the Spring City Knitters club prior to an event, such as the upcoming Custom Fit and Knit workshop or the Double Bed Demosntration, the discounted rate will NOT apply to these events. It will apply to any future events. (i.e. The attendee will have to pay the non-membership fee to attend these events.) Hope everyone understands this policy. Donna


Double bed demonstration with Theresa Batsford-Beiner

Knit and Sew invites all to a machine knitting demonstration with newcomer Theresa Batsford-Beiner on August 4, 2007 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Knit and Sew, Admission is $10. After receiving her degree in costume design, Ms. Batsford-Beiner realized that it was actually the fabric itself that fascinated her. The sculpture and artistry of knitting compelled her enough that when she made the decision to pursue her master’s degree, knit design was the only choice. Ms. Batsford will be demonstrating how to create textured double bed knitted fabric on the Passap Duomatic knitting machine. Since the texture is created through hand manipulation, the techniques can be transferred to any double bed machine. Samples of her creations can be seen on her website If you would like to attend this demonstration, please contact Knit and Sew.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Spring City Knitters Seminar

To all, The Spring City Knitters will be sponsoring their first machine knitting seminar on Friday and Satury, June 6 and 7, 2008! We hope to have two Passap, two Brother and two Silver Reed instructors along with a Deign-A-Knit instructor. The "theme" of the seminar will be "The Garment". The seminar will be in Spring City at the First United Church, 145 Chestnut St. Spring City is accessible by public transportation. The SEPTA 99 bus stops at New and Main Streets in Spring City, which is a few short blocks away from the church. Hope everyone in the Philadelphia, PA area who machine knits will attend our seminar. Look for more details as they develop. Regards, Donna

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