Several years ago Lincoln Sew and Vac was purchased by Ken and Helena Roberts. They moved the store into the Factory Mattress Outlet showroom and have continued to expand inventory for both veteran enthusiasts and those looking to begin exploring the craft of sewing.
Sewing classes now offered in the store are taught by Debbie Zahradnicek. Helena says that, “we are very lucky to have Debbie Zahradnicek, a senior tech writer for Newport’s Garmin, teach our classes and pass on her extensive knowledge.”
Zahradnicek designs and lays out water craft electronic systems by day, but continues to sew, craft and teach in her spare time. In fact, Zahradnicek has a deep history in the art. She’s been sewing for 45 years and teaching for 25 years. Prior to working for Garmin in Newport she owned and operated a upholstery shop specializing in auto, boat and furniture. She has just about seen it all and has incredible technique and knowledge in all areas of the discipline.
Class size is kept small so that various skill levels can seek the assistance from Debbie in the areas that they need most. Students can bring their own machines or they can use the Janome brand machines available in the workspace. Attendees learn to create quick gift ideas, projects for every day decoration and more. Prices for each class range from $25 to $50 depending on the type of project executed.
In the video below students created fabric rope baskets. It provides a quick looking class into what it ‘s like when you take your next class with “Debz Desgins.”
The Home Sewing Association says that studies have shown that engaging in an activity like sewing reduces your overall heart and blood rates and promotes relaxation. Their belief is that sewing involves the muscles and the mind, promoting healthier body synergy, and that because sewing has been so successful at promoting relaxation among women who sew that it may be better than therapy…!
“Project Sewing by Debz Designs,” takes place on the second Saturday of every month between 10am to 4pm at Lincoln Sew and Vac. The next class is January 14th, 2012 @ 10 am $25 plus kit – Fabric Boxes: Great Ideas for Using Up Stiff Interfacing Scraps. Play with patterns and make a size and shape that is unique for you. Sign Up Now! Machines Provided! Register with Helena at Lincoln Sew and Vac. 256 East Olive Street. Call 541.265-2636
Additional note. Where do you look for good used sewing machines and vacuum cleaners with customer after care? And, where can you get your machine repaired? Right here at home. When Lincoln Sew and Vac sells new equipment, they frequently take in used machines in trade. They get every brand: Janome, Elna, Pfaff, Viking, Singer, Bernina, Kenmore, Newhome, Necchi and some of the minor brands based on the “dressmaker” line. They service and repair these machines and put them up for resale. Sew and Vac will repair the used machines we sell for a period of 30 days but charge extra for parts – these are used machines, after al