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FreeSpirit Acquisition

FreeSpirit Acquisition

Scott Fortunoff was on vacation with his wife and kids when the news broke that FreeSpirit was closing its doors. The Fortunoff family owns Jaftex, an 88-year-old family-run business in its fourth generation. The company has made a practice of buying struggling companies in the sewing and quilting industry and had been looking to buy

Jaftex Corporation Announces Intent to Purchase FreeSpirit Fabrics

(Charlotte, NC) Today, the Jaftex Corporation, a fourth generation, family-owned textile company, announced its intent to acquire FreeSpirit Fabrics. The acquisition would expand on Jaftex’s portfolio that currently includes Henry Glass Fabrics, Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp., Fabric Editions and A.E. Nathan Co., Inc. The plan under the ownership of Robert, Greg and Scott

Fil‑Tec’s Online Store Rebrands

Fil‑Tec’s Online Store Rebrands To hab+dash by Fil‑Tec A Name Change Showcases Growth for an American Manufacturer Hagerstown, Maryland – Fil‑Tec™, Inc., a filament technologies manufacturer in the U.S.A., has renamed its online sewing store, Bobbin Central, to Hab+Dash™ by Fil‑Tec™. The division started over 15 years ago, after the company invented the magnetic core bobbin. “Since the

USPS, FedEx, and UPS Are Increasing Their Rates

USPS filed a notice to change price rates. First-Class Mail Forever stamps will rise from 49 cents to 50 cents. Product prices should increase approximately 1.9%, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9% price increase. You can find the new prices and more information on the USPS website. View Here Product Current Proposed Letters

Inspiration by Phyllis: Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion by Phillis Meiring There is much talk about finding a way to monetize what you love doing. It’s not a new concept but it is reappearing with new rhetoric. It is one of those phrases that has always caught my attention. In the past I would ponder it, consider how it might

Press Release: McKenna Ryan and Hoffman Fabrics

McKenna Ryan and Hoffman Fabrics are delighted to announce McKenna has “come home” to Hoffman. McKenna was Hoffman’s premier licensed fabric designer for more than 10 years, and she has returned to create more magic with the most innovative manufacturer in the industry. Her gorgeous signature-design Hoffman screenprints and batiks have thrilled quilters around the

Reminder: Google Security for HTTP Websites

Google is buckling down on internet security and pushing to move website owners toward a more secure online presence. With the upcoming release of Chrome version 62, Google will begin labeling websites with a red “Not Secure” warning in the address bar for all HTTP websites without an SSL, or secure sockets layer, beginning Oct.

September is International Sew Your Rows Month!

How many times have you heard a customer talking about their stash of Row by Row kits and patterns? The good news: all of those kits were purchased from an independent quilt shop! The bad news: all of those kits could prevent a person from buying more. Row by Row Experience and FabShop Network are declaring September International

Oh Yes, You Can!

by Phyllis Meiring, in the Patch designs, Troy, Ohio Sometimes I am so inundated with the busyness of my life that there’s no time to share, while time brings still more busyness. Yeah, I’m sure you are familiar with that. Turns out that despite all of this, you can still make things happen if you

A New Place to Find Stitch Publications Books

A New Place to Find Stitch Publications Books

A New Place to Find Stitch Publications Books -Exclusively Distributed by Martingale® Effective August 2017 for all wholesale orders, please contact Martingale via email at Aspiration and inspiration abound when quiltmakers peruse the pages of books by the world-famous quilt designer Yoko Saito of Japan. Seattle-based Stitch Publications turns dreams into reality for thousands

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