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Ruthies Notions in Baker FL has awesome classes planned all the way thru the end of the year into the New Year! View this page often to see what all we have going on for you and yours! It’s never a dull moment around Ruthies with all the new hands on classes! So many classes are out of this world wonderful! Just ask all the people who come!!

We keep adding more classes, so be sure to check our website often so you do not miss out!

New Classes!! To sign up for any of the following classes just simply click on the “Register” link under each one.

Full List of Upcoming Classes

50th Anniversary Baby Lock Celebration

Baby Lock Imagine SergerThe most awesome event ever!!

Ruthie’s 50th Anniversary Class with Pamela Mashie and Mike Johns. This coming Friday Sept 22nd or Saturday 23rd – Pick a day!! Same class both days!!

***We will be giving away an Imagine Serger, the #1 seller 4-thread Baby Lock Serger, to someone who attends the event!***

Don’t miss out!!  

Seating is vey limited! You snooze you loose, SIGN UP NOW!!!

Enjoy the very best country home style dinner with all the fixins’ and red velvet cake and homemade cookies! Super charged – Praise the Lord!!

This is the most awesome event ever held at Ruthies! Pam Mashie – Baby Lock’s National Spokesperson – will be here to dazzle you beyond words as well as Mike Johns who everyone loves!!

We will be giving away a Baby Lock Imagine Serger on September 23rd at 4:00 to someone who attended either day. You do not have to be present to win! Plus – we will be giving away door prizes both days!!


Debbie Homer 2-Day Event

Ruthie just put up a 2-Day event only $148.

Hands on Debbie Homer class with your Baby Lock Destiny or Brother Dream Machine. This is an exclusive class Debbie has designed just for you!!

You will LOVE IT! Don’t miss an opportunity like this to really learn how to use your embroidery / sewing machines to the max at Ruthies Notions in Baker, FL.

So excited Debbie Homer-Hofhines is coming back to Ruthie’s!!  The first 2 days Debbie will do a 2 day hands on class making a beautiful Table Runner for your fall décor using Scan n Cut and features on your machine you didn’t know where even available.  You will be piecing all the blocks in the hoop including all the quilting and then joining together with Debbie’s method of joining. Learn how to miter corners the easy way, and binding using features on your machine.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun and learn new techniques.  Space is very limited for the hands on class; there is only room for 25 people, so you will want to sign up fast.  Kits will be provided in the class fee of $148.00, you bring your own machine.

Quilt Project


Multi Needle Training Class

Multi-Needle Training Class

September 26th, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Have you recently purchased a Multi-Needle Embroidery Machine and need help learning your new machine?  Well this is the class for you!  Mike will walk you through everything you need to know from setting up your machine to daily maintenance to understanding all the wonderful built-in features of the machine.  We will cover both Baby Lock and Brother six and ten needle machines as well as the Baby Lock Alliance and Brother Persona, so not matter what machine you have, or even if you are just thinking about buying one of these machines, you are sure to get something out of this class!

This is a free class and a wonderfully, fully catered meal will be provided.
Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today!


Baby Lock Live Stream Event

Ruthies Baby Lock Triumph Behind the Seams Live Stream Event

Benefiting Little Dresses for Africa

September 30th
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

We will be live streaming the Baby Lock Triumph Behind the Seams Event from Ruthies Notions in Baker, FL.

Learn how serging is going to change forever with the Baby Lock Triumph. Watch with us as Baby Lock introduces the Triumph on Facebook Live with Mimi G of Mimi G Style and Lindsay Wilkes of the Cottage Mama. They will showcase the Triumph’s features and give you an exclusive look at what makes it so special. Plus, Rachael O’Neil of Little Dresses for Africa will share how the little dresses you can sew and donate make such an impact on girls all over the world.

Bring your machines and help us sew!! Let’s make these girls some dresses!!!

We will also be having a pizza party during the event.

Little Dresses for Africa

Don’t miss this opportunity!!


Debbie Homer Class

Learn Machine Techniques and Features

Plus Debbie Homer will do an all day class lecture demo October 6th and on October 7th will teach with Mike Johns too!!

This is our gift to you these 2 days are FREE!!!!

Debbie will be teaching with Michael Johns doing techniques, features on machines to use in your everyday sewing and embroidery.  We learn from each other, come and join the fun and of course always good food that Ruthie provides.  Hope to see you all!!


(register for Oct. 7th below)

Mike Johns Cutter and Software Class

Ultimate Cutter and Software Class

Come and join Mike as he teaches you all the wonderful things you can do with the Cameo Silhouette, Brother Scan N’ Cut, Designers Gallery (DG) Embroidery Works Everyday and Advance, DG Creator and BES 4 Dream Edition.

With the addition of software and a fabric cutter, there is noting you can’t make! Personalize your projects with beautiful monograms and lettering with just a few simple steps!  Simplify the process of creating and sewing appliqué!   Come up with unique gifts by designing your own embroidery projects!  During the class Mike will walk you through several embroidery projects that will combine the amazing capabilities of the Baby Lock and Brother machines with your fabric cutters and software.  This is sure to be a fun and exciting class.  A wonderful catered lunch will be provided.

Space is limited to sign up today!


Anita Good Design Class Oct

Ruthies Notions Anita Good Design Event Ruthies way!

Featuring Kim Novak and Mike johns

Anita’s University is pick a day and this event is FREE! You will recieve a gift worth over $500.00 value. Plus a homestyle country dinner each day. Where can you get this class free anywhere else??

Nobody likes to be behind in class. Lets get way ahead & come to Ruthies Anita’s University Ruthies Way and get schooled on everything the machines can do! You will be amazed at all you can do with Embroidery, Sewing, Serging, and Quilting. Come to class and don’t be late!

Pick a day now before we are all filled up seating is limited.
Same class each day!

Hope to see you all here at our Anitas University!

Click here to view the Anita’s University Syllabus

OCTOBER 13th, 2017- This day is FULL.
Please choose from the other two below.


Mike Johns 2 Day Serger Event

October 17-18, 2017: Two Days Hands-On Serger Event with Mike Johns

Come and join Mike for this wonderful two-day hands-on serger event that is perfect for everyone from the novice to the more advance user.  During class we will make a fun and exciting project from beginning to end all while taking advantage of the incredible features of our wonderful sergers.  Prior to the class, each attendee will be provided with a list of any additional items, including specific feet/attachments that participants will be asked to bring.  The cost of the class it $88.00 and includes your kit which contains all of the fabric required to complete the project.  This will definitely be a fun and exciting class that you don’t want to miss!  A wonderful country style meal will be provided each day!  Space if extremely limited to sign up today.


Mike Johns IQ and My Design Center Class

November 14, 2017: IQ Designer and My Design Center

With the release of the Baby Lock Destiny and Brother Dream Machine we were introduced to IQ Designer and My Design Center.  These already incredible programs were updated with the release of the Destiny 2 and Dream Machine 2, and now are included as part of the Baby Lock Valiant and Brother Entrepreneur Pro X.  Come and learn all the wonderful things you can do with IQ Designer/My Design Center, including simple auto-digitizing, adding unique and beautiful fill stitches for simplified quilting, converting graphic files to stitch files, and much more!  This one day class will inspire you to take advantage of all that your machines are capable of and help you create beautiful, unique, hand-made projects to share with those you love!!  This is a free class and a catered lunch will be provided.  Space is limited to sign up today.


Cathy Brown 2 Day event

Full”fill” Your Embroidery Potential

Join Cathy Brown, Baby Lock Certified Ambassador of Education for a two day Destiny hands on class to create two beautiful accessories for you to treasure or to give as gifts. The wallet and journal/notebook cover are created all in the embroidery hoop and you will create the design! Along the way you will learn how to bring out intricate designs built right into the design creation feature of your machine! The design options are endless and surprisingly easy to personalize once you know the secrets.  As always, the kits will be high quality materials with options to make your project look exactly how you like it and the class will include complete step by step instructions. This class is suitable for beginners and experienced embroidery enthusiasts alike.


Cathy Brown Lecture Nov 18

Bring it All Together

You will have a great time. You will laugh out loud. You will learn lots of sewing and embroidery and serger and quilting tips and tricks. Join Cathy Brown, Baby Lock Certified Ambassador of Education as she lifts our spirits with inspiring samples, gift ideas and interesting techniques. This isn’t just a seminar with a wide range of topics that will inspire you no matter what your level of experience is. This is a party. This is the most fun you can have with your sewing friends. (So bring a friend or make new friends.) Treat yourself before the Holidays get into full swing and we guarantee you will be glad you came.


Joyce Hughes Thread Painting Class

December 7-8, 2017:  Thread Painting with Joyce Hughes

You don’t want to miss this amazing hands-on class with Joyce Hughes!  Joyce is an amazing award winning fiber artists that uses her embroidery machine to create breathtaking fabric panels and quilts using raw-edge appliqué, thread painting and other various embellishment techniques.  During this two-day class she will walk you through the process of creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art using your embroidery machine!  You will be provided with the printed fabric panel and fabric/supply kit to use in class.  You will bring your machine and accessories (a full list of items you are required to bring will be provided).  The cost of the class is $248.00. Early Bird Registration for this event will be $148.00, but only for a limited time.   Space is extremely limited for this class, so make sure you sign up today so you don’t miss out!  As always, a delicious catered lunch will be provided each day.

Want to learn Dimensional Thread Painting but you think it is too hard. I often hear, “I am not creative and Can my Machine do this? etc., etc., Yes, You are Creative and Yes, you can do this on your Domestic Sewing Machine!!!

In this class you will start with a Beautiful Panel to Create a piece of Art! You will learn the proper steps of Dimensional Thread Painting and find it to be a fun and creative technique. Explore the various thread selection, setting up your machine for stitching techniques with free motion quilting of zig zag and straight stitching, bobbin work and embellishing with netting and crystals. See the fabric come to life as you sew and layer the threads on top of your design. You will use Thread as Paint –sew with different types of threads and color combinations.  Learn how to create interesting texture and dimension to your quilting project. You will leave with a full knowledge of Dimensional Thread Painting and create a One of Kind piece of Art!

Techniques Taught: Free Motion Quilting, Dimensional Thread Painting, Overlay Application, Chrystal Embellishment and Bobbin Work and More!


Joyce Hughes –“Starry Night” Thread Painting Wall Hanging


Machine in Good working order, cleaned and oiled. Please bring your manual to class to help diagnose any machine related problems.

Free Motion foot/ Darning foot (Machine and foot must be able to do a zig zag)

Extra bobbins, minimal 4
“Practice” quilt sandwich  12” x 12”
FMQ supplies; such as gloves, slider , table, etc, are helpful , but not necessary

#90 Topstitch
#80 Topstitch

Joyce is an Award Winning self-taught quilter and fiber artist. Her first quilt was a tee-shirt quilt, which she enjoyed making, but felt limited in the ability to express her artistic capabilities. Within several months, she began to design pictorial landscape quilts using raw edge applique, thread painting, and a variety of embellishments. Never knowing the “rules” she broke a lot of them, but with exciting results!

Amazingly, her first art quilt, “Mother’s Day”, was entered into a National Show and won a Blue Ribbon. This has led to numerous awards, recognitions and opportunities in the quilting world. One Proud accomplishments of Joyce’s, in October, 2012, she was selected as “McCall’s Quilt Designer 2012 – Professional Category” for McCall’s Quilting Magazine.

Joyce loves to Free Motion Quilt and Thread Paint.  Currently, Joyce has been working with Fabric Panels to create dimension and texture with threads and embellishments- Creating a style of her own!  Joyce loves to teach and share her tips. One of her Greatest accomplishments is when a student creates their own Art work following Joyce’s techinque.of Dimensional Thread Painting!


Joyce Hughes Lecture Demo

December 9, 2017: Lecture/Demo Day with Joyce Hughes

Come and join Joyce Hughes, an award wining fiber artist and quilter, as she shares with you her creative process for making beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of art!  Joyce uses a wide variety of fabric modification processes, such as raw-edge appliqué and thread painting, to create amazing textured quilts and fabric panels.  You will be amazed by her work and will love learning about her unique methods.  This is a free class that will include a free country style catered lunch with all the fixins, including desert!  Space is limited to sign up today.


Mike Johns Serger Class

December 12, 2017: One-Day Hands-On Serger Class with Mike Johns

Do you own a serger but rarely use it because you aren’t comfortable with it, or you’re intimidated by it?  Maybe you are thinking of buying a serger buy still have questions of what all they can do or how to use them.  If so, come and join Mike for this Hands-On project based serger class.  Regardless if you are a novice or a pro, this class will be fun for everyone!  During class each student will complete a project on their serger from beginning to end, taking advantage of all of the various features of these amazing machines.  You will be provided with a kit containing all the fabric required for the project.  Prior to class, all attendees with be provided with a list of threads and accessories that he/she will need to bring to class along with their machine.  The cost of the class is $44.00 and includes a catered lunch.  Space is extremely limited for this class, so sign up fast!


Christmas at Ruthies

December 16, 2017:  Christmas at Ruthie’s!

Don’t miss this very special, fun-filled Christmas Celebration at Ruthie’s!  Come and join us for this amazing day that will be filled with cheer, laughter and celebration, all while surrounded by friends and family.  Mike Johns will be showing you how to create beautiful, Christmas inspired projects using all of the wonderful tools that we have available today – from the single-needle Destiny and Dream Machines, to multi-needle machines and fabric cutters.  Can you think of a better way to spend a day than surrounded by friends celebrating all we have to be thankful for while being creative?  This is a free class and includes an unbelievable, fully catered Christmas meal!  We look forward to seeing you all there!


Mike Johns Software Crash Course

December 26, 2017: The Day After Christmas Software Crash Course!

Come and join make for this one-day crash course on all things software!! During the class Mike Johns will teach you the basics of Designers Gallery Embroidery Works and Creator and BES 4 Dream Edition software.  Learn how to use software to create your own unique designs with ease, edit existing designs, use artwork/graphic files to personalize your creations, and much, much more.  This is a free class and includes a free catered lunch.  Space is limited, so sign up today!


Mike Johns New Year Class

December 30, 2017: Ring in the New Year at Ruthie’s with Mike Johns!

It’s going to be a party at Ruthie’s as we welcome in a brand new year at Ruthie’s!  Come and join Mike as he shows you how to create fun and exciting party themed projects in preparation for welcoming 2018!  This is sure to be a blast as we create a fun party atmosphere at Ruthie’s.  There’s no better way to start a new year than surrounded by creative people learning new and exciting things!  Let’s all make 2018 the best year ever!  This is a free class and includes a fully catered New Year’s lunch! Let’s get this party started!