Shields Sewing Center

Shields Sewing CenterShields Sewing Center is a family owned business. We are an authorized dealer for Brother, Babylock, Floriani, Anita Goodesign, Arrow and Kangaroo cabinets, Unique Sewing Furniture, and Koala Cabinets.   We are determined to provide the highest quality sewing, embroidery, and serging machines and accessories in the industry.   Here we feel that the most important aspect of purchasing any sewing product is the service and education that is provided after the sale. Our staff is here to make sure that you are comfortable in using our products, as well as educate you on some of the advanced techniques in the wonderful world of sewing.

We also offer service on most makes and models of sewing and embroidery machines. Our service department has over 30 years combined knowledge of sewing and embroidery machine repair. 

Here at Shields Sewing Center we are doing the little things and "MAKING SEWING FUN AGAIN"!

Contact Us

Iowa City Location

230 Scott Ct

Iowa City, IA 52245

Phone: 319-358-0101


Store Hours

Monday 10 am-6 pm

Tuesday 10 am-6 pm

Wednesday 10 am-6 pm

Thursday 10 am-8 pm

Friday 10 am-6 pm

Saturday 10 am-5pm

Sunday 10 am-3pm


Mushrooms - A GREAT Carb-Check Diet Food!

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

I love mushrooms, all edible varieties, White Button, Chanterelle, Crimini, Shiitake, Portabello, Oyster and my favorite....  The coveted Morel.

Mushrooms are an excellent add to the Carb-Check Diet because they are so versatile and the carb count is almost negligible.  One cup of mushrooms (pieces/sliced) has anywhere from 2-5 grams of protein and just 2-5 grams in carbs, depending on the variety. 

You can grill them, saute them, stir-fry them, bake them, deep-fry them or eat them raw.  Include them in any number of dishes, soups, salads, casseroles, create some great appetizers or make them the main dish.

The flavors range from bland, to nutty, to beefy.  White Button mushrooms for example are considered somewhat bland in flavor, but that's actually a good thing, because they can take on just about any flavor you decide to add to them.  They're great in salads for that very reason, they provide a nice texture contrast to lettuce and really absorb and enhance the flavors in the salad dressing.   Paired with a steak, button mushrooms embrace the steak's juices and steak sauce.  And speaking of steak, Shiitake and Portabello mushrooms deliver an almost beefy flavor and can be main dishes.

Here's a go-to recipe for me, especially during grilling season:

Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello Mushrooms (yes, the big ones) are indeed the 'steak' of veggies, one of the few veggies that can be made into a meal of its own and one of the few veggies that can handle being in a marinade for hours to take on added flavor without turning to mush.


  • 4 mushroom caps, cleaned, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon steak sauce
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried, minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


Place the mushrooms in a large Ziplock bag, set aside.  Mix the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl, pour over the mushrooms and marinade in the fridge for at least two hours.  When the coals are hot, place mushrooms over direct heat, gill side down, reserve the marinade for basting.  Grill for about 10 minutes, turning every two minutes and basting.  Despite the marinade, mushrooms can dry out, hence, the basting.  Serve immediately.  These are excellent served as a side, sliced up and enjoyed.  They're also fantastic served on a bun with lettuce and tomato like a burger.  They're also quite nice over a bed of pasta with some Parmesan.

For more information about the Carb-Check Diet, to include tips and recipe ideas, go to:


Planting Calendar for Iowa


• The first week or so of the month, plant directly in the ground easy, fast-growing annuals that like cool weather, including bachelor's buttons, larkspur, and California poppy.
• Plant bareroot trees, shrubs, and roses.
• Plant container-grown trees, shrubs, and roses.
• Plant seedlings of cool-season flowers, such as pansies and snapdragons.
• Plant seedlings of cool-season vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
• Plant seeds of cool-season vegetables, such as lettuces, spinach, greens, radishes, and more.
• Plant those herbs that like cool weather, including parsley and cilantro. You can also plant seedlings of perennial herbs, such as oregano, sage, and thyme, outdoors now.
• Plant peas from seed when lilac leaves are as big as a mouse's ear, according to folk wisdom.
• Plant potatoes on Good Friday, also according to folk wisdom.
• Plant grass seed and lay sod.
• Plant seedlings of perennial flowers.
• Plant starts of perennial edibles, such as strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, and asparagus.
• Divide perennials flowers that bloom in late spring, summer, or fall.
• The last week or so of the month, start seeds indoors of fast-growing annual flowers, if you want to give them a head start. (Otherwise, start them outdoors later directly in the ground.) These include sunflowers, cosmos, nasturtiums, zinnias, and hollyhocks.


ICPL to Host Community Seed Share

Interested in starting a vegetable or flower garden this spring, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Do you have extra seeds that you'd like to share with other gardeners? Come to the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, for a Community Seed Share!

Sponsored by the Library and the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners of Johnson County, this event is a great opportunity to share seeds you've saved or get some free seeds to try growing something new.

This event is part of the JCMG Growing Together efforts to reduce food insecurity in Johnson County. With donations from Burpee, Baker Seeds and Seed Savers, nearly 30 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds will be available.

The event is free and open to all - you do not have to bring seeds to participate. Seeds will be available on a first come, first served basis, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library at 319-356-5200.


Community Garden Plot registration opens April 3

Sign up for your community garden plot on Monday, April 3 and enjoy homegrown produce.

The Iowa City Council identified community gardens as a top priority, and ICPR is excited to announce the addition of two new locations for this growing season at Reno and Kiwanis Parks. This year, there is a new benefit for returning garden plot renters. Patrons who rented a garden plot in 2016 will have the opportunity to reserve the same plot in advance of the open registration. Forms were sent out to previous renters in February with a return deadline of March 20 to save their spot.

The 2017 Iowa City Community Garden Plot program open registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 3 at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, located at 220 South Gilbert Street. Plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and interested gardeners are encouraged to arrive early on the first day of registration. The Recreation Center building will open at 6 a.m. Numbers will be available on the lower level of the building near the customer service desk. Staff will call those numbers in order beginning at 7:30 a.m. These numbers are to hold your place in line only; they do not represent your garden plot number assignment. Registrants will be required to sign a lease agreement to maintain their plot through Oct. 1.

Garden locations, plot info and fees:

Chadek Green Park, 1920 Friendship Street

  • Fifty six (56) 10' x 20' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-residents

 Kiwanis Park, 1519 Teg Drive

  • Twenty (20) 10' x 20' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-residents

 Reno Street Park, 516 Reno Street

  • Sixteen (16) 10' x 20' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-resident

Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive

  • Thirty seven (37) 10' x 50' plots
  • $25.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $30.75 rental fee for non-residents

  • Sixty eight (68) 10' x 23' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-residents

For more information, visit


Dispose of household hazardous waste at collection event

The City of Iowa City will collect household hazardous waste Friday at the East Side Recycling Center. 

This event, for households only, is Friday, March 24, 2017, from 8  to 11 a.m. at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City. There is no cost to participate.

Residents of Iowa City and other communities in rural Johnson County, Kalona and Riverside, can dispose of one box of household hazardous waste per household. Latex paint will not be accepted. For a complete list of items that can be dropped off for disposal, visit the hazardous waste section of our website at

People with more than one box of household hazardous waste and all businesses, or those with materials not accepted at the mobile event can call 319-356-5185 to make an appointment for disposal at the Iowa City Landfill’s household hazardous waste collection facility.  

For more information, contact the Iowa City Recycling Coordinator at 319-887-6160 or email

The U of I/Iowa City Makes List of Best College Towns To Live In After Graduation

The University of Iowa ranks #3 on the list of the best college cities to stay in after graduation.  Ranking criteria included unemployment rates for people in Iowa City between 25-29, the median salary with a bachelor's degree, and the percentage of 25-34-year-olds living in Iowa City with a bachelor's degree.

3. University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

Unemployment Rate for 25-29: 1.8%
Median Salary With A Bachelor’s Degree: $35,693
% of 25-34 With A Bachelor’s: 10.36%

The University of Iowa marks the first of two Big Ten schools on this list as Iowa City is a pretty great place for Hawkeyes to settle down in.

Iowa City is the fifth largest city in the Hawkeye state with a population of just a bit shy of 68,000. The area has been ranked in many of the best places to live including Forbes calling it one of the best places to start a business. Throughout the summer residents can enjoy farmers markets, brewery tours and even stops at local wineries like Cedar Ridge Vineyards. Top employers in the area include the Hy-Vee, ACT inc, Pearson Education, and Systems Unlimited.



Corridor Business Journal invites Fastest Growing Companies nominations

NORTH LIBERTY – The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) is accepting nominations for its 10th annual Fastest Growing Companies awards. Honorees will be recognized at a June 7 awards banquet and featured in the June 12 edition of the weekly Corridor Business Journal. 
To be eligible, companies must have revenue of at least $350,000 in each of the fiscal years ending 2014, 2015 and 2016. They must also demonstrate revenue growth in 2016, as compared to 2014. Companies must be for-profit entities and headquartered in Benton, Black Hawk, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn or Washington counties. 
To download the nomination form, visit Companies must also submit a compiled, reviewed or audited financial statement or tax return. All financial information will be evaluated by Honkamp Krueger and will be kept confidential. Actual revenue amounts will not be published. 
Nominations are due April 17. For more information, contact Kyle Kunz of Honkamp Krueger at (319) 378-3370 or
The rankings of the top 25 Fastest Growing Companies will be revealed at the 10th Anniversary Fastest Growing Companies event, to be held from 5:30-8 p.m. June 7 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The evening will feature videos on each company, culminating in the announcement of the No. 1 Fastest Growing Company. Tickets are $50, and dinner will be provided. For more information or to register, visit or call Ashley Levitt at (319) 665-6397, ext. 311