People often ask me, what do I love best about my job? The answer – the people. You can’t believe the wonderful people I meet. Just last week, I hit the road to drive from Dallas to San Antonio for a Stitching Sisters event. I stopped to see my good friends, Barb and Ron Goldkorn, owners of Sew Much More in Austin. They were getting ready for a big event – an Anita Goodesign Embroidery party. They have a delightful store – a treasure trove of products and inspirational samples overseen by a warm and talented staff. Who could ask for more in a dealer? Barbara even displays her personal collection of dress forms.
If that’s not enough, how about this really cool – and really Texan – t-shirt Ron gifted to me? Love that! I think you can order one, just give them a call at 512-452-3166.
Then off to San Antonio to work with Terry and Vince Soll, owners of Creative Sewing Center.
Set up was a breeze because they had everything we needed, the venue was perfect and everyone willing pitched in to get the job done. Good thing, because we had 100 embroiderers arriving early the next morning. Of course, my Stitching Sister Marie and I couldn’t resist stopping at their store on the way to the hotel. Wow – it’s gorgeous! Terry has spent hours, okay well, years, creating a colorful inviting store that’s a must-see on any visit to San Antonio.
Stop in, drool over the gorgeous fabrics and take a peek at Brother’s latest inventions. Visit their website at http://www.creativesewingonline.com/.
The weekend flew by – made many new friends over the two-day event. If you’ve ever been to one of my presentations, you’ll know I openly claim, “If you want to be disappointed look inside my garments and at the back of my quilts!” I’m the first to admit it’s more important for me to finish the fronts flawlessly than the inside or back because most of my work is done for photography. The audience laughs along with me and understands. But one kind soul, Cindy McCord, just couldn’t bear to let me show an unbound quilt (honest, there was only one!). She took it home on Friday, purchased the perfect fabric, bound and returned it to me at the start of class on Saturday morning.
Wouldn’t you love your job if met wonderful people like I do?
Even my machines depend on people because I’ve learned I often need someone’s help to keep my machines purring. Here at Designs we are often bailed out of jams (thread jams, that is), from our friends Antonio Orozco and Walter Castro at Mr. Sewing Machine on Harry Hines in Dallas.
We are also blessed with technical assistance from the talented crew over at Arlington Sewing Center. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for these great people who are so willing to assist.
Tell me who makes the difference in your hobby? Is there someone you turn to for help, for inspiration or even mechanical assistance? Tell me your story by leaving a comment and you just might win…Machine Embroidery with Confidence by Nancy Zieman!
And the winner of the Little Black Tee from last week is…Pamela Wilson!
My favorite techneque to pass on is the keep your fingers from getting sore. Many of us have embroidery machines with the hoops that have turn screws. My fingers used to get sore turning the screw, so I cut one of the foam colored pencil grippers in half lenghtways and worked it over the screw. Now my fingers aren’t sore and by using different colors of foam, it is easy to tell by color which hoop is what size.