Drop-in Janome Shop Stop #7

Welcome to SuperStitch!

I was thrilled to not only visit one of the top Janome dealers in the country, but to be part of a three-day special event including a lecture and trunk show of my quilts and two, all-day workshops! This exceptional store, located in North East, PA (near Erie, PA), has everything: an outstanding, talented staff, tremendous customer service, caring and dedicated owners, plus a huge selection of Janome and Elna machines, accessories, tons of fabric….and even vacuums! 

Kent (fondly known as Mr. Kim), Sean Seki, President of Janome America, myself, and John Ryan, Director of Janome Operations.

The evening I arrived, over 40 people were in attendance in the gorgeous, state-of-the-art, SuperStitch meeting room. I had such fun presenting over 40 of my quilts: sharing stories and anecdotes about them and how these quilts “came to be.” There was lots of laughter and great snacks and wine were graciously provided by the Ann, Rick, and their amazing staff who lovingly prepared much of the food themselves! We all had such fun that no one remembered to take any photos. I was extremely honored that John Ryan and Sean Seki were in attendance. They even provided a brand-new Janome sewing machine as one of the many door prizes for the evening!

The next two days were filled with lots of new techniques and learning as I taught two, all-day workshops: Lone Starburst and Variable Pinwheel Star and Flying Geese. The classroom was filled with Janome 15000 or 9450 machines. Students could bring their own machines from home or use one of the shop’s machines in class. 

I asked the students to use their HP (High Performance) foot and plate system, as many had never tried it before. There were so many “Oprah ah-ha! moments” as they learned what a true, scant 1/4″ seam should really be and how to achieve this on their machines.

The only thing better than a room full of fabulous machines and happy students each day was the fact a hot lunch was provided on site. The staff prepared delicious, home-cooked meals both days and had lunch set-up in the classroom.

There was another great benefit to the classes because students were able to try the new Elna Press; which makes EVERY block more perfect because of precise pressing with absolute ease! Superstitch has a sale on these fabulous presses and there are four models from which to choose; one to fit ANY budget! If you have questions or would like more information, be sure to contact them by Clicking Here. 

Two lovely gals who had previously taken classes with me in Lancaster PA, brought “show and tell” of their finished quilts to share with me and students in the class. It was such a treat to see Kathleen and Linda again — and of course, to see their beautiful quilts!

Kathleen Cioccio

Linda Gidos

A huge thanks to both Kathleen and Linda for traveling so far to attend this workshop AND for bringing their beautiful quilts to share with everyone! It was much appreciated.

We had a great time in BOTH classes and it was such fun getting to know all these ladies. I enjoyed my time with them more than I could possibly say. These precious and talented quilters were such a blessing to me! 

Step inside the shop….

You couldn’t ask for a anything more in a quilt shop and machine dealer. Ann and Rick Maas have everything you want or need, and then some! 

From the moment you walk in the front door, you are greeted by a light, bright space filled with so many things to tempt your creativity!

Everything is cleverly displayed for easy access and inspiration.

The shelves along the wall are filled with tantalizing fabric bolts in every style and color!

They carry a wide range of sewing machines, sergers, and many accessories.

If you’re looking for sewing cabinets and studio furniture, they have a great selection of those, too.

Meet the SuperStitch amazing staff

Joyce Johnson, Ann Maas (owner), Debbie Lincoln, and Kay Eisaman.

Rick and Ann Maas are two of the nicest, most wonderful people you will EVER meet. Their care, concern and dedication to their customers, is second to none!

And the weather…..

….turned out to be perfect! After a rainy start to the event, the sun came out and it was absolutely beautiful! Rick and Ann took us to Lake Erie where we enjoyed a fabulous farm-to-table dinner, gorgeous lake views, and a beautiful sunset all while laughing and getting to know them better. 

Four fast friends.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love my job? I get to meet the most amazing people, visit lovely places, and spend time sharing my passion for quilting. I am blessed beyond all measure!

Thank you, Ann, Rick, Joyce, Debbie and Kay. I also wish to thank John and Sean for coming to the event as well; it was truly my honor! And thank you to ALL the ladies who spent time in my workshop(s) and/or lecture! I will never forget my time with you and hope to be able to visit again sometime. In the meantime, if you are traveling in the northern Ohio, Pennsylvania or New York area, you must make a stop to visit SuperStitch. You won’t regret it!

10429 West Main Road
North East, PA 16428

Mon – Fri: 9am – 5:30
Sat: 9am – 4
Sun: Closed

  1. Oh, I love that Lone Starburst pattern! Where can I get the pattern?

  2. Hi Kimberly. Enjoyed reading your article. I have taken classes with you before and enjoyed them very much.. used the Janome 9450. In the last one. I took. I liked it especially the light over the needle and on the spur of the moment at Vermont quilt festival this year i bought the9450 from Betty from bittersweet quilt shop. Really enjoying playing with my new toy… maureen

  3. Hi Kimberly, just wante to let you know i just bought janome 9450 from Betty at bittersweet quilt shop at the Vermont quilt festival..i have taken and enjoyed your classes at VQF and sewed on the 9450. I loved the light over the needle and at Vermont this year just decided i had to have it. I am enjoying playing with my new toy and hope to achieve the elusive quarter inch with. Thanx for your great blog on the quarter inch. Maureen

    • Maureen – BRAVO and congratulations!!! I’m THRILLED to hear about your recent acquisition!!! You will simply ADORE this machine and I know you’ll have many, MANY years of happy stitching on it!

  4. I watched a video of yours on Bluprint. It was called Easy Charm Cathedral Window in which you shared some open toe presser feet. One has a “toe” in it. You used this foot for applique, the toe served as a guide for the raw edges. I have looked for this foot and cannot find one. Would you mind sharing where you got it and what is it called? Thank you in advance for your help.

    • That foot is called the “Sewing Stars” foot and was made by Pfaff. But stay tuned, especially if you have a low shank or Janome machine. An updated version — even better — that I have worked with the engineers at Janome to create may be on its way very, VERY soon! 😉

  5. It was wonderful meeting you and your husband at this event. I had sew much fun and learned alot. Thank you and hope you will come again. Karein

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