In Stitches

Every year, new and improved sewing machines, fabrics and techniques catch the eye of quilters, and fortunately, Elkins Sewing Center not only keeps up with the latest trends, but makes those available to those who love quilting.

“We now offer the Ruby Deluxe sewing and embroidery machine,” said Elkins Sewing Center owner Sue Pifer. “It offers the newest high-tech embroidery and quilting stitches in a sewing machine.”

Pifer said the Ruby Deluxe is helpful because it effortlessly portions the optimum amount of thread for every stitch, even on challenging novelty threads and fabric. The fully automatic, built-in system helps quilters achieve professional stitch results with fewer adjustments and less effort.

The Elkins Sewing Center, located at 300 Davis Ave., also offers new embroidery enhancements, including those for Apple computers. And it also has new patterns and ideas, which it pairs with new spring and summer classes.

“We try to mix it up with our classes, offering classes to make useful items or garments,” Pifer said. “This time we may have information on making a quilt. We have summer camp for kids and offer many fun classes to help instill the love of learning to sew and quilt.”

Pifer said there has been a resurgence to get back to the basics.

“We have been receiving lots of calls asking us to offer basic sewing classes to learn beginning techniques,” Pifer said. “I attribute this to quilters on television. Folks see how fun quilting is and want to learn to do it themselves.”

Colors, patterns and styles also are changing, and Pifer said the Elkins Sewing Center stocks lots of the newest items. One of the newest must-have items is recycled batting made from soda pop bottles.

“Everyone seems to love the bright purple, coral and turquoise colors,” Pifer said. “We have plenty of these colors in stock. We also have lots of batik patterns and the big, bright contemporary prints. The batting made from recycled soda pop bottles is a big seller, and it’s hard to keep it in stock.”

Pifer said that gray is the new neutral color; owls are all the rage and handmade purses are also very big.

Everyone at Elkins Sewing Center is gearing up for the West Virginia Mountain Quilt Quest Shop Hop in June. The theme for this year is to celebrate; highlighting the 10th anniversary of the Shop Hop and West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial, 150 years of statehoood.

The four-day event is filled with fabric, fun and prizes, and each of the 11 quilt shops features a different pattern and fabric quilt. Prizes for the event include a $100 shopping spree, Gingher scissors, an Oliso iron, 100 fat quarters and a Horn Deluxe sewing chair. The event is slated for June 5 to 8, and passports are available at the Elkins Sewing Center.

More information about the shop hop is available online at Additional information about the Elkins Sewing Center is available by calling 304-636-9480 or visiting at