Lunch Box Quilt

During the Whole Month of May will will be hosting a Trunk Show. You can come in at your leisure and check out all the beautiful samples and stock up on the patterns at a discounted prices!

Sewing Machine Center & Fabric

 Class Schedule


April - May Schedule

9900 CE April 9 @ 10 am L

Wreath Class April 12 @ 10am C

Kids Shorts April 15 @10 am R

11000 CE April 16 @10am L

Kids Short April 17 @10 am R

Lady’s Lunch Purse April 18 @10am J

Boy Romper April 22 @ 10am C

12000CE April 23 @ 10 am D

Cathedral Window April 24 @ 10 am J

Ruffle Leggings April 25 10 am R

Hex & More Ruler Class April 29 10am J

TBA 10am call 484-5351 April 30

Hex & More Ruler Class May 1 @ 10am J

Knit Dress Friday May 2 10am R

Beginning Quilting with Lisa May 5 10am L

Ella Dress May 6 @ 10am C

Ella Dress May 8 @ 10am C

Hello Kitty Applique
Shorts & Shirt May 12 Mon @10am R

Cheer Top May 13 @10am R

CE9900 May 14 Wed 10am L

Peasant Dress May 15 @10am C

Flip Flop Table Runner May 16 @10am J

Disappearing 9 Patch Monday May 19 10am L

Cheer Bottom May 20 @ 10am R

CE12000 10am May 21 D

   Ladies Blouse May 22 @ 10am J

May 28 Wed 10am Floriani Quilting Sftwr L

Also special dates during the month of may we will be hosting a trunk show “Lunch Box Quilts” come in and see the beautiful samples!
classes taught by jan are subject to a class fee of $30 per class (kit not included)

Taught by

C-Cerena R –Raelyn L-Lisa D – Dee J- Jan


I can not say enough great things about Jeannie and Patrick. I have bought two machines from them. They always help me with any questions. Best service and great machines. Thank you guys so much. Happy happy happy!!!! Casey C.

Carol V
If you love to sew and embroider, you need to be a customer of Sewing Machine Center. I have a Janome and love it. They have the best customer service of any place of business I have been to in a long time. Always polite and will go out of their way to help you. Thankyou for always taking care of me and in a timely fashion. Alot of nice and caring people.

Great customer service! They make you feel like family. I love taking classes here!!

Great customer service, and great quality products and machines!

I really like the people there and the help they give you.

Very good fast service!

Very nice people in a wonderful store full of Great Items, especially with all the material in stock now.

Why Shop With Us?

From a fresh selection of fabric to a huge assortment of thread, embroidery supplies and notions, The Sewing Machine Center is the best source for all things sewing in the Fort Smith, Arkansas, area. Our store features a full line of Janome and Elna sewing machines, along with parts and accessories, and on-site maintenance and repair services. We also offer a wide range of classes, taught in a casual, no-pressure atmosphere, for sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels. We specialize in exceptional customer service, with a friendly, well-trained staff that’s always on hand to offer attentive, personalized assistance!

Frequently Asked Questions


technique of the month

What Is Stippling


Stippling is a free motion quilting technique used for creating a flattened background effect.

The denser the stippling, the more the background will recede. This is usually used to surround a larger design, like a flower, to make the design seem to stand out.

To Stipple:

  1. Drop the feed dogs.
  2. Place regular thread in the bobbin and either regular or monofilament thread in the needle.
  3. Attach the P2 darning foot.
  4. Place the quilt under the foot and press the "needle down" button twice to bring the bobbin thread to the surface.
  5. Drop the presser foot and, guiding the quilt gently, start sewing in a meandering motion trying not to stitch over previously sewn quilting lines.

Smocking the Janome Way

Smocking The Janome Way


Supplies Required:

  • Janome Sewing Machine with built-in decorative cross-stitch
  • #11/75 Blue Tip Needle
  • "A" Foot
  • "F" Foot
  • Janome Embroidery Thread color of choice
  • All purpose sewing thread to match Batiste
  • Batiste fabric 10" x 45"
  • Woven fusible interfacing approximately 5"x15"


  1. Snap on the "A" foot. Place all purpose thread in needle and bobbin, and select stitch # 1 (straight stitch). Length 5.0
  2. Fold fabric in half lengthwise and press fold down center.
  3. Place the fabric under the foot from the edge. Press the Lock-a-Matic button or begin the row with a locking stitch. Holding the fabric taut, (but allowing the machine to feed the fabric) so it will not gather, sew a row of basting stitches down the center fold. Sew two more rows on each side of the center row, each 1/2" apart.
  4. Gather stitches by gently pulling the bobbin thread. Try to pull all five of the threads at the same time to give a uniform look. (we are going to achieve a "pleater" look ). Gather down to inches. Trim threads to about long.
  5. Press interfacing on to wrong side of gathers to stabilize the "pleats".
  6. Snap on the "F" foot. Thread the needle with Janome embroidery thread and the bobbin with Janome bobbin thread.
  7. Select the built-in decorative cross-stitch. This will be sewn at 10 size.
  8. Sew along, and on top of each basting row.

Experiment with other beautiful built-in embroidery stitches on your Janome sewing machine for a "hand smocked" look.