Don and his wonderful wife Debbie became fast friends of mine during that enjoyable weekend of classes and sewing camaraderie.
I thought you’d like to hear how this aviation mechanic started stitching and soon found himself helping others make the most of their machines.
Did you have any family members or friends that had sewing or embroidery machines? Please tell us the whole story as to how you got started.
As far as family goes, I can remember my talented and wonderful mom used to sew by hand.
Gift making and gift giving plays a big part in many of the special items you make. Would you care to share a few examples?
Wall hangings and shirts are yet another big interest for me. I've made large embroidered wall hangings using the 8-inch hoop on my machine. And here is a photo of a panel style wallhanging I've been working on.
Debbie has her own favorite machine but I've been known to sneak in some sewing time on that machine too ;-)
I remember the learning curve myself and I also know that you have to be comfortable pushing the buttons in order to master the machine and make full use out of it.
I tell everyone to just relax and enjoy the machine. I make a point to tell them the machine is "color blind" and you can do whatever you want with thread colors! I also teach them how to hoop the right way so they won't have "hoop pop". Thank you Joanne for that phrase :-) As you know it happens when the fabric isn't snug and all the way down in the hoop where it should be. One little thread tug in the wrong place and POP goes the hoop!!!
On the free arm style machines I like showing them how easy it is to hoop a hat with the cap frame. Caps are really a popular item for embroidery and they're easy to do. I've embroidered lots and lots of hats!