The machine give-away is in full swing and the excitement is building as we wait for your entries. I know there’s some effort involved in this machine-giveaway contest but won’t it be fun to open a brand new machine? We know that over 200 of you downloaded the design so we’re anxious to see your entries. A few weeks ago, many of you said you would give the machine to some one else. Well here’s the perfect opportunity for you to team up with that special person you think is so deserving of a new machine.
I remember the first machine I gave to someone. Years ago, I gave a Janome 8000 to my younger sister, Marie. She was an at-home mom with an infant son and searching for a creative outlet. I had just purchased my second Janome 9000 and really didn’t have room for the 8000 any longer. So I gave her my much-loved Janome 8000. That ‘infant son’ is now a junior in high school and my Stitching Sister, Marie, is the proud owner of two six needles machines, one 10-needle machine and a commercial embroidery business that enables her to work at home while she raises her son and daughter. You just never know what doors you can open for someone if you introduce them to a new hobby.
So if your motivation to win this machine is to gift it to someone else, then by all means, team up with that person and get creative. If you’re in need a new machine such as a dependable, user-friendly Brother model, then get stitching! We’ll select the winner the day before Thanksgiving to kick-off the holiday season! And don’t forget, every entry gets a $5.00 coupon for Designs product.
Speaking of holidays, many of you are probably in the throes of creating gifts for family and friends. I’ve often wondered who benefits the most from gifts that are made from the heart. Whenever I make someone a gift, I thoroughly enjoy the time spent focusing on the recipient. It’s almost like I get to spend personal time with them – even though they aren’t with me in person. One year, I made personalized nightlights (embroidered and embellished lampshades) for all of my five sisters and some close friends, for a total of 10 lampshades. Each one was so different, so unique. Some were monogrammed; but all were piecework, with lots of couching, decorative stitching and trims. As I made each one, I thought of our history – the funny stories, the sad moments, the days of joy and the spirit of each of the women. When my gift-making was done, I felt so blessed, I was filled with gratitude for each of the women.
Last week many of you told me you embroider because you like to make gifts. Share your most memorable gift-making story with us and you’ll be entered to win a one year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidy Magazine! Your story might be heart-warming or maybe it was a disaster in the making. Or possibly the recipient wasn’t appreciative (been there, seen that!). Post your story here on the blog as a comment.
Last week we asked why you embroider. The winner of Machine-Embroidered Monograms for the Home and a 15 Minute Embroiderable Nightlight is Vee Race!
Vee said… I embroider because I love it. I love the creativity of choosing design ,colors, the process & the results.