Lots of folks still sew and make decorations and quilts like the generations before them.
Area sewing store owners say they strive to keep up on the "cutting edge" of new updates for these sewing and quilting enthusiasts, and they offer classes, books, tools and information on new techniques and services.
The Elkins Sewing Center, located at 300 Davis Ave., stocks fabrics and associated products, sells Husqvarna Viking sewing machines and offers quilting and sewing classes. Machines offered include sergers and embroidery sewing machines. The newest sewing machine offered is the Designer Diamond Deluxe.
Elkins Sewing Center, located at 300 Davis Ave., stocks fabrics and associated products, sells Husqvarna Viking sewing machines and offers quilting and sewing classes for people of all skills.
Owner Sue Pifer said the classes are geared toward anyone who quilts or sews, or those wishing to learn.
"Our classes offer knowledge on a wide variety of quilting, sewing and craft techniques," Pifer said. "Classes are offered for children age 8 and up, and Elkins Sewing Center also sponsors outside speakers and events."
Some upcoming classes offered at Elkins Sewing Center will include kids summer camp and classes, a "quick trip around the world" and projects with two-piece tulip appliques.
Now celebrating 30 years of service, Elkins Sewing Center sells notions, patterns, books, DMC embroidery floss, quilt panels, projects and summer-weight fabrics.
"Elkins Sewing Center is a tourist destination," Pifer said. "Many folks riding the tourist train come to town early to shop here. Also groups of quilters come for miniretreats."
Pifer said the center is part of a group of West Virginia quilters who hold an aannual event to encourage quilters to travel the state. This event brings approximately 300 visitors to Elkins over a four-day period in June.
Elkins Sewing Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and it is open until 7 p.m. on Friday. The store's website is www.elkinssewingcenter.com.
In Jane Lew, Quick Quilt Cuts opened shop on Court Steet over Labor Day weekend. Owner Bev Ramsburg said the shop offers everything a quilter needs.
"We offer classes for quilters of all levels, and are working to get a kids camp together for the summer," Ramsburg said. "We currently are offering classes for strip quilts, trip around the world, table runners and quilt as you go."
Ramsburg said Quick Quilt Cuts offers a demonstration day the first Saturday of the month, where a new technique is showcased. Ramsburg said the shop also offers sit and sew, where folks wanting to complete a project can bring it in, along with their sewing machine.
"Sit and sew offers customers the opportunity to get out of the house and away from their phones so they can finish their projects," Ramsburg said. "It has been very helpful and is a good way to network and just get away."
The Alto Quick Cut 2 is Quick Quilt Cuts' newest technology tool. Using this tool allows quilters to make straight cuts through 10 layers at a time.
"This tool is the best thing since the rotary cutter," Ramsburg said.
Quick Quilt Cuts is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Its website is www.quickquiltcuts.com.
Meanwhile, Sew Chic is located a quarter of a mile off exit 139 on Interstate 79 in Fairmont.
Owner Sue Henderson said the shop offers notions, books, patterns, Bernina Sewing Machines and more than 3,500 bolts of fabric.
"Classes we are offering include making purses, pajama pants, A-line skirts, cathedral charm raggy-edge table topper and covers for a nook or kindle," Henderson said. "Sewing is a great stress reliever, and our classes are geared for beginners to advanced quilters."
Sew Chic offers a Go Cutter, a big help for quilters. It also ships projects all over the United States, and recently sent a package project to Spain and three to Australia.
Sew Chic's website is www.sewchic.com. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.