Nolting Company (Hiawatha, IA) has recently bought out the Cedarburg, WI, based company (Hinterberg) where we got our mid-arm machines. So when my friend was experiencing some tension problems with her “Indigo 19“, we decided to take a “Road Trip” to get some instruction and possible repair. I have the “Voyager 17” and could always use more information as well.
The “Indigo” was actually made by the Nolting Company for Hinterberg. My “Voyager” is a stretched Singer industrial machine.
After only 3-1/2 hours on the road, we found it in Hiwatha, just north of Cedar Rapids. What a wonderful company! They took the time to show us the ins and outs of our machines, and were able to locate the problem with her machine immediately. It was well worth the time to go there in person, and I was very impressed with the care and time they took to be sure their customers are pleased with their machines. Although they no longer make the Indigo, they do make several “mid-arm” models, as well as the long-arm ones. Good to know!
Of course we had to find a few quilt stores in the area! We only had time to hit two of them near Cedar Rapids (unfortunately we missed Connie’s Quilt Shop):
The Cottage Rose (1048 7th Av, Marion, IA) is open 7 days a week and features beautiful fabrics in their small store. They were so helpful, and we fell in love with the Winters Lane fabric line by Moda. They feature Janome machines, kits, and fabric, and their own original patterns , as well as a quilt retreat center called Rosie’s Bungalow.
Pine Needles Sewing Center (1000 Marion Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA) was a complete surprise! We almost didn’t stop, thinking they would be a small sewing machine shop with very little fabric…were we wrong! They were HUGE. I’m so glad we stopped. They not only featured Bernina machines, but the shop was filled to the brim (and it’s huge!) with gorgeous fabrics, some created by a local designer. Very friendly and attentive staff, who helped me find borders & backing for everything I had brought with me.
After staying overnight at the Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham in Cedar Rapids (a very nice hotel I might add), we headed back home.
On the way home, we couldn’t neglect stopping to see Carol at our favorite quilt store in the Platteville area: Hidden Quilts (915B E Mineral St, Platteville, WI). Don’t you love it when you walk into the store and the owner knows you by name! Although small, we always find something great there…it’s a hidden gem! ..and very inspiring. Carol just got in some of the new “Downton Abbey” line of fabrics by Andover, as well as an amazing collection of Kona cotton solids.
Although it’s always nice to be back home, we found Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a wonderful destination for a quilters road trip!