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Quilt club show Saturday in Florence

An 1899 Singer 27 with Persian decals is among many antique and vintage sewing machines that will be on display at Singers and Seams, a quilt and vintage sewing machine show hosted by the PieceMakers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Florence, Wis.

FLORENCE, Wis. — The PieceMakers Quilt Club will host its first quilt show, Singers and Seams, also featuring vintage sewing machines, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Florence.

Visitors can view a wide variety of members’ favorite quilts, from traditional to modern, as well as art quilts that encompass many different block patterns and techniques, paper piecing and other methods.

Several antique and vintage Singer sewing machines will be on display, covering nearly a century’s work of machines — an early 1890s VS Sphynx model treadle to the 1960s aluminum Singer 503 Rocketeer zig zag.

Guests also will be able to try their hand with different models, from treadle to handcrank to electric. They can find out why these cast iron machines are prized by sewers and quilters for precise straight stitching, easy to use, reliability, and maintenance.

Singers have been synonymous with quality since first built in 1850. By 1860, Singer was the largest manufacturer of sewing machines and furniture in the world.

Select Singer sewing machines will be for sale. In addition, quilt patterns, notions and longarm quilting supplies will be available for purchase.

Admission to the show is free, but a donation at the door to help defray costs would be appreciated.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is at the junction of U.S. 2 and Highway 101 on the west side of Florence.

PieceMakers members meet monthly to share tips and techniques about quilting, showcase “just finished” pieces, share and laugh together.

Previous charitable endeavors include pillowcases for children in need and crumb block quilts for nursing home residents.

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