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Row by Row Kickoff 2016

Home Sweet Home. That's the theme for the 2016 Row by Row Experience, and here's Pine Ridge's contribution with an extra special thanks to our soon to be famous quilt designer Ilse Vink. Congratulations Ilse, the row looks great! That's a seriously sweet looking home!

Stop by Pine Ridge before September 6th for your FREE pattern, and be sure to buy the kit to support future experiences.



For a full list of participating shops and FAQ's, visit


That was EPIC!

Just wanted to send a big shout out to Sewing Specialist Emily Baker who was here yesterday to help us with an EPIC introduction.

I really have to hand it to the engineering team at Husqvarna Viking. The Designer EPIC represents a meshing of human and machine that we've only just begun to realize. The hardware is effortless behind an intuitive touch screen interface.

The Robotics Enthusiast in me says "Well Done". Here's a machine that carries out complex instructions with minimal fuss.

The Store Owner in me says "Well Done". Here's a product the customers already LOVE that will continue to improve for years to come. That's the kind of product we want to support.

The Husband in me says "Well Done". My wife giggles every time she sits down in front of it.


Before and After

Well it certainly sounds like they had a riot. And what a wonderful bonding experience! Laura says you can't help getting really close to these people after having spent a week together in your underwear. But just look at these smiles!


And after a few days of underpants giggling together...


Not to mention those PANTS!

And here's a few kind words from Janet Dapson Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor:

Hello, Ladies!

After wrapping up loose ends from last weekend’s workshop, I am now able to take time to say thank you. All of us here at the shop enjoyed working with such a fantastic group! Dick and I were delighted to join you for dinner, sharing stories and laughs. And we sincerely appreciate your business.

I am pleased that everyone enjoyed the class. It is heart-warming to be able to help with fitting garments and to share the excitement at the end of some very intensive days. Remember that these workshops are the beginning of a process that one continues to refine. Refer to class notes and the Pant Fit book when needed; and feel free to contact me if a particularly difficult question arises.


We couldn't be happier at Pine Ridge Knit & Sew to be a part of such an enthusiastic and professional group. Janet also said "Hopefully, it will not be too long until we can get together again" and we couldn't agree more!

Watch for more Palmer Pletsch classes and products coming soon to Pine Ridge.

Pants in Michigan

Laura's off to Fabrications in Kalamazoo Michigan this week for the second leg (pun intended) of the Palmer Pletsch certification training. It's Pants all week. The first photos are starting to trickle in, and what was the first thing we saw in Michigan - well what else - Cars!

There's a Thunderbird convention going on at the hotel. Have you ever seen so many T-birds in one parking lot?


But the coolest car ever has to be the Domino's DXP.

On that note, did you hear the Wooler Store is now making Pizza? It's pretty good too. Now if we can only talk them into one of these DXP's so we can get delivery. But for that, I think we may have to buy more pizza.


New York Fashion District

There are designers everywhere, here on Fashion avenue in NYC... You just have to look down! It's the fashion walk of fame! Cool, eh?

I'll try to take more, but this crazy Canuck might get trampled, these sidewalks are busy!



We're at B&J fabrics, our first shopping destination. It's Pamela's favourite and it's easy to see why! The fabrics are sew well organized, more on that later, and sew beautiful. This one is $200 a yard! It inspires me to think of my embroidery machine a little differently...


Seriously Organized Fabric!!

See how they're all protected with brown paper, to keep them safe? And each one has a swatch attached to keep us from handling them too much.


Recognize the rayons? We have them at Pine Ridge!


Pine Ridge @ Palmer Pletsch

This morning I kissed my wife, and sent her off to Palmer Pletsch in Philadelphia where they've been teaching sewing for real people since 1973. They call it a "Sewing Vacation" but anyone that knows Laura, knows that 'vacation' might not be the right word.

Laura works hard. And she is good at what she does.

One of our regular customers made a comment to me the other day. She couldn't emphasize enough how good Laura really is with sewing. I have to admit, I've probably taken her skills for granted. She's the only real sewer I've ever known. She sews everything - her own clothes, clothes for me, curtains, bedding, quilts, handbags, jackets. Anything that can be sewn, she sews. She did her wedding dress, her sister's wedding dress, ties for the groomsmen, she does embroidery, doll clothes, upholstery, countless alterations and repairs, all of her stuff is high fashion, and all of her stuff is exceptional quality.

The workshop that she's off to today starts with 4 days of "Fit" where they "teach the most practical, logical, and useful fit methods on the planet!". Then she'll take the teacher training so she can bring all these new skills home and share them with you - the community of Pine Ridge.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the trip is the day they all head into New York's Fashion District for shopping in the Big Apple's finest boutiques including Mood which we visit regularily in Laura's favourite TV show Project Runway.

I couldn't be more proud of her. But the best part is, she's getting prettier. Confidence is attractive, and this trip is only going to boost her confidence that much more.

In the first couple of years since we purchased Pine Ridge Knit & Sew, life has been pretty demanding. We've worked very hard to maintain the old status quo, while slowly transforming into a business that we can call our own. This trip marks the beginning of the new Pine Ridge.

Godspeed Laura.

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