Renee Fleming at Baton Rouge Symphony’s Great Performers Concert

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AllBrands owner John Douthat with LSU student Louis Ong and Renee Fleming after the concert. Louis, a baritone from Malaysia stays at the Douthat’s home while he completes his bachelors and masters degrees in vocal performance. John asked Renee if it is true that singing to a baby before it is born will imprint the song for later recognition. Renee said research in Germany shows that it does! John and Annette’s daughter Yvonne Hartinger teaches voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and just had our first grandchild, so we’ll see. Yvonne’s husband Virgil Hartinger is a classical tenor who travels throughout Europe.

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Advocate staff photo by Pam Bordelon, Symphony Great Performers, At the pre-performance gala for the Baton Rouge Symphony’s Pennington Great Performers in Concert are sponsors, from left, John and Annette Douthat, AllBrands’ Scott and Leslie Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; Julio and Debbie Dumas; Jack and Becky Harris, and Rena and Todd Ledet, Price LeBlanc Lexus.

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SewCuba!

Allbrands.com is thrilled to announce this new initiative partnership with The Sewing Machine Project. We will be sending sewing machines and supplies to support sewing classes in Cuba. Please consider making a donation through SewingMachineProject.org a 501(C)3 non profit, to sponsor a sewer!


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As Cuba opens to the world and authorizes self-employment and small businesses after decades of a state-controlled economy, YOU can make a difference in this transformation for Cubans who use sewing as a way to improve their lives.

In partnership with AllBrands.com of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Sewing Machine Project is offering sewing machines and sewing supplies to the people of Cuba. This effort will serve to support and revive sewing, allowing Cubans to fashion clothing out of their homes for personal use and commercial sale. Sewing is one of the occupations permitted by the Cuban government to stimulate self-employment.

AllBrands will generously donate 25 Brother sewing machines for the effort. The Sewing Machine Project will be offering sewing supplies and fabric to round out the donation.

Your financial donation is so important. For as little as $25 you can support an upstart sewer, giving him or her the supplies he/she needs to move forward, sewing for the home or as a cottage industry. Your kindness will manifest in sewing kits, fabrics, supplies for individual sewers and the sewing classroom.

Making a donation is easy! Simply click on this link and you’ll be zipped right over to our donation page! As you go through the steps you’ll be given the option to earmark your donation for Cuba. Thanks!

The Sewing Machine Project is an IRS 501(c)3 organization and your donation will be gratefully received and tax deductible.

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Express Yourself with Machine Embroidery and Say it with Stitches!

Hello to all my Allbrands friends!

Today we’re talking T-shirts! It seems almost everyone, everywhere loves to wear the quintessential Tee, from babies and children to teens, tweens, Grandmas, Grandpas, and just about everyone else on planet earth!!! Are you interested in embroidering on T-shirts? Watch It’s Sew Easy TV, Episode #910 this weekend on your local Louisiana Public Broadcasting station and you’ll see the show where I talk all about T-shirts.

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You’ll find out how to create a custom design with easy to use multi format BES3 Lettering and Customization Software to make your T-shirt really special. You’ll also get tips for stabilizing knits and ideas for making sure every t-shirt embroidery design is just right before pressing the start button on your embroidery machine.

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In show #910 It’s Sew Easy TV continues their trip through the decades of fashion. The theme for this episode was the disco dancing seventies. Kind of a crazy fashion era but certainly one where T-shirts became mainstream and found their way into everyone’s wardrobe. The history of t-shirts is an interesting subject. While T-Shirts were worn well before the 1970’s, in previous decades they were mostly white and still generally regarded as “undershirts.” That changed dramatically by the 1970’s. With the explosion of color and new ink products suitable for printing on garments, T-shirts became commonplace both as a fashion statement, and a form of self-expression.

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Today’s T-shirts range from casual to elegant with styling options that make them one of the most popular outerwear items of all time. Modern embroidery machines along with Lettering and Customization software make it easy and fun to embellish ordinary T’s and personalize them to suit the style and taste of all ages and various interests. Embroidered lettering is attractive and durable. It’s easy to transform a T-Shirt with exciting designs, added expressions, names, and monograms. With embroidery capability you can indeed Say It with Stitches!

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The featured pink Tee on the show has a very personal and special meaning. I embroidered it for my sister who is a survivor and wears the pink ribbon as reminder of the precious gift of life and the success of restored health. Perhaps you might want to embroider the pink ribbon for someone you care about. You’ll find it available as a Free download from the Brother sews website. CLICK HERE for the Brother version of this pink and powerful emblem.

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As always, you can visit the itsseweasytv.com project section and find a link to instructions for this episode and many more. I hope you enjoy the show! It’s scheduled to air Saturday September 26th at 9:30 am. Visit lpb.org for more details. CLICK HERE to search for PBS stations all over the country.

Talk to you again soon. Until then, Happy Sewing from your sewing friend,

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P.S. Will I get the chance to see you in Baton Rouge? I hope so! I’ll be teaching along with Deborah Jones and Louis Carney for the big bash known as Bayou Embroidery University. CLICK HERE for more details. Looking forward to seeing you there so we can talk sewing and embroidery live and in person!

Joanne Banko is a freelance sewing educator and a self-proclaimed sewing cheerleader. You can see Joanne’s online teaching segments broadcast on the popular PBS TV show, It’s Sew Easy, and online at www.itsseweasytv.com. She is a frequent contributor to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine and author of the book Wrapped in Embroidery. The book is available at AllBrands.com. Visit Joanne at her Sewing and Embroidery website, www.letsgosew.com.

 

It’s Sew Easy TV 900 series ( Joanne Banko)

Hello to all my Allbrands.com friends! Joanne Banko here with some news about the It’s Sew Easy TV 900 series, beginning this weekend on your local PBS Station. Can you believe this show is in it’s ninth  season?!?

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Once again Brother International Sewing Machine Company is sponsoring the show. That means the products and creative sewing tools you see each week can be found at Allbrands.com or your favorite allbrands.com retail stores.

Get ready to put the  “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of your sewing space. The latest series, Timeless Techniques for Today’s Fashions will make you want to run to your sewing machines! After each and every show you are going to gain inspiring tips for creating custom clothing, accessories, and home décor. You can CLICK HERE to read more about the show on my personal blog. I’ll stay in touch with you during the next several weeks with updates and additional tips.

I’ve included a press release directly from the studio where the show is produced. Talk to you again soon . . . in the meantime, enjoy the show!

 

 

 

It’s Sew Easy, Series 900:  Timeless Techniques for Today’s Fashions • Traditional sewing meets today’s technology

This season, It’s Sew Easy continues to trace fashion and sewing through the historical events, cultural influences and trends of the 20th century. New attitudes, new lifestyles and new technology changed what women were doing and wearing.

Our sewing experts show how fashion fit, necklines, hemlines, accessories and embellishments all changed through times of war and economic ups and downs.

Each week, sewing and design experts, featuring Angela Wolf, show how to use time-honored techniques together with the latest sewing tools and technology to create today’s hottest fashions.

Enhance your sewing skills. Whatever our sewing skill level, enjoy sewing along with our experts as they show you why, It’s Sew Easy!

 It’s Sew Easy, Series 900 is sponsored in part by:

Brother International Corp., Havel’s Sewing, Coats and Clark,

Prym Consumer USA, The Warm Company, Kaleidoscope Collections LLC,

Horn of America, Inc. and Stitch Magazine

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Joanne Banko is a freelance sewing educator and a self-proclaimed sewing cheerleader. You can see Joanne’s online teaching segments broadcast on the popular PBS TV show, It’s Sew Easy, and online at www.itsseweasytv.com. She is a frequent contributor to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine and author of the book Wrapped in Embroidery. The book is available at AllBrands.com. CLICK HERE for a preview. You can visit Joanne at www.letsgosew.com.

 

Events You Don’t Want To Miss

Mark your calendars for these great sewing and embroidery events!  Join us for some very unique tips and tricks to help you create your one of a kind master piece. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience in sewing, quilting, embroidery and more. Leave inspired with new unique techniques, projects, memories, and most of all, make new friends. You’ll learn the secrets and tips to stitch like a pro.  You will be inspired with new techniques and projects that are easy, exciting, fabulous, and fun. You will be part of a very special event like none that you’ve ever experienced.

Coming Up:

Upcoming Events 

VIEW MORE OR REGISTER ONLINE HERE

SEASONAL SEWING CONTESTS

INTRODUCING SEASONAL SEWING FACEBOOK CONTESTS! Show off your beautiful seasonal creations. Get your friends to vote for your photo for a chance to win great prizes! Facebook fans can now enter theme related photos of their creations for a chance to win great prizes from Allbrands.com! Entries must be hand or machine sewn. Enter up to 5 times to increase your chances. The Photo With The Most Facebook “Likes” Wins!

Contest Schedule:

  • (May 1 – July 31, 2015) “Spring/Summer Themed Creations”
  • (August 1 – October 31, 2015) “Fall/Halloween Themed Creations”
  • (September 1 – December 31, 2015) “Holiday Themed Creations”
  • (January 1 – March 31, 2016) “Winter Themed Creations”

Win Great Prizes!:

  1. Janome MC9500 Embroidery Machine
  2. Electrolux Steam Iron
  3. $25 Allbrands Gift Card!

Enter Now or Learn More at http://www.allbrands.com/contest

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Allbrands 2Go Mobile App

Introducing Allbrands2GO Mobile App for Apple & Android devices.

Everything you love about Allbrands.com right in the palm of your hand.

  • Instant Coupon Codes
  • New Products
  • Social Feeds
  • Sew Forum
  • Events & Classes
  • Schedule Maintenance
  • Customer Support

Download Free http://goo.gl/CeNE6D

 

The proof is in the pudding!

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Fae Stene 5 starAllbrands is a great place to shop. I bought a gravity feed iron and a converter box, for my embroidery machine. Both had excellent prices, great service and came really fast.  Thank you Allbrands. I will continue to shop here. Fae Stene.

Claudia Foxworth 5 starHad a wonderful time learning from all of the professionals at the All Brands Event in Houston, TX this past weekend. Every teacher was VERY INFORMATIVE & helpful. I especially learned so much about the Quattro 3 that I have in that class.
The few things that I felt needed a little improvement are:
a) printed handouts in all the classes
b) chairs spaced with a little more elbow run (during the full class segments-everyone all together.
Thanks so much for a wonderful couple of days. Rae from Baton Rouge was especially helpful! Claudia

Bridget Robertson 5 starI love the deals that I find on Allbrands! I’ve shopped the site for many years and will continue to do so!

Debra Joy Hart 5 star“Sew” excited to get my extension table for my sewing machine. Gonna be cranking out those quilts.

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GIVE YOUR REVIEW

John M. Douthat 2015 ‪#‎VDTA‬/SDTA sewing and vacuum Hall of Fame Inductee

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John M. Douthat, Allbrands owner is 2015 ‪#‎VDTA‬/SDTA sewing and vacuum Hall of Fame Inductee.( David Oreck of “Oreck Vacuums” is the only other Louisianian in to receive this honor.)

John M. Douthat was born in Buckhannon, WVA in 1943. His father was a high school band director and mother a pianist and English teacher. John was in middle school in the late 50’s when he got a gilt from the FFA Future Farmers of America chapter pig chain to raise in his backyard in Webster FL. One of the grown up sow’s piglets cut open it’s stomach on a piece of glass in the pigpen. John got his mother’s needle and thread to sew up the pig who grew out and went to market. He thought his calling was to be a vet student at UF but graduated in economics and journalism. It was not until after he met and married sweet potato yam and sugar cane queen Annette Repp, an LSU Home Economics graduate, that they realized it was their mutual calling to eventually be in the sewing business. John worked for Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis who sent him to Washington University for an MBA in accounting. John and Annette spent a year each in Thailand and Korea with Purina building and starting animal feed plants. John then worked for AO Smith and Annette for Stretch & Sew Fabrics in Ft. Wayne IN. They opened a franchise in Baton Rouge LA in 1976 which became AllBrands.com in 1996 with 6 retail stores in Louisiana and now Texas. Twins John F Douthat. is IT director and daughter Barbara Chatelain is in charge of product management. Both work for AllBrands. Son In Law technician Seth Chatelain does all LA service. Daughter Dr. Yvonne Hartinger teaches voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Son Robert is an actor and videographer in NYC. Thank God for the many family businesses in the sewing industry who can take care of their customers, employees and vendors for the long haul. AllBrands with 49 wonderful employees is a buying agent for all of our customers, not just a selling agent for the manufacturers. John Douthat, Owner Tech,AllBrands.com Sewing Machines and Vacuum Cleaners.

A Message From Joanne Banko!

Hello Sewing Friends! Joanne Banko here to tell you about an inspiring and informational sewing show you can watch for FREE this week. I know that many Allbrands subscribers watch It’s Sew Easy TV on local PBS television stations, but did you know you can view some of these educational episodes online too?
I would like to invite all of my Allbrands friends to view episode 702 titled START SMALL. Tune in by simply visiting the website at It’s Sew Easy. Watch this FREE program and you’ll learn how to piece and quilt a colorful Pinwheel Patchwork Tote. Get some great tips on using machine accessories for piecing and patchwork on most any machine. You’ll learn about fabric selection, needles, threads, and more when you watch this show. Brother Sewing machine fans will be especially interested in seeing me demonstrate the featured Brother digital dual feed foot, also know as the Muvit™ foot.

This show begins airing on the site at noon on October 3rd and continues until noon on October 10. Want step-by-step instructions for making your own tote? Join the website and access the entire archive of free project downloads from It’s Sew Easy TV.
On this show will also see Paula Reid, quilter extraordinaire, demonstrate easy techniques for managing all that “fluff” when you are machine quilting. And, last but not least learn how It’s Sew Easy TV’s awesome sewing and embroidery expert, Angel Wolf, quilts faux leather and pairs it with fashionable fleece. Angela has a tremendous knack for making ordinary fabrics look sensational!

Speaking of my friend Angela, I hope you are making plans to come to our Big Bash in Baton Rouge November 14th and 15th, 2014. Angela and I are teaming up to teach sewing enthusiasts a multitude of our favorite sewing and embroidery tips and techniques. Spend two delightful days stitching something you can keep for yourself or proudly give as a custom crafted gift. Please join us at the Baton Rouge River Center this fall. CLICK HERE for more information.
I hope to see you there! Happy sewing from your sewing friend,

 

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About the author: Joanne Banko is a freelance sewing educator and a self proclaimed sewing cheerleader. You can see Joanne’s online teaching segments broadcast on the popular PBS TV show, It’s Sew Easy, and online at www.itsseweasytv.com. She is a frequent contributor to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine and author of the book Wrapped in Embroidery. The book is available at AllBrands.com. CLICK HERE for a preview. Visit Joanne at http://www.letsgosew.com/.