As the days get colder and colder this holiday season, you may find yourself spending more time in your craft room. Whether you enjoy knitting, sewing, or quilting there are many wonderful charitable organizations that would appreciate receiving handmade items from your time and talents for those in need.
Here are several organizations that you can use your skills and expertise toward sewing for those in need in your community:
RicRACK, a sewing and textile recycling nonprofit in New Orleans, LA, is passionate about keeping textiles out of the landfill and teaching the people of New Orleans how to sew. Recently, Brother USA donated fifteen sewing machines to the cause, allowing even more people in the community the chance to learn to sew.
The Brother machines have already been put to good use at the rickRACK studio! We are so happy to have partnered with Brother, The Sewing Machine Project, and rickRACK for all their wonderful work around the communities of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Registrants were grouped into “sororities” that were scheduled for a rotation of six classes during the two day event. Classes were taught by Becky Thompson, Barb Mikolajczyk, Jennifer Gleich, Courtney Douthat (Allbrands After Hours) , Barbara Douthat (Allbrands Live), and Tammi Carson. They worked on projects ranging from vinyl using the Brother Scan N Cut to quilting with the Edge-to-Edge technique.
Here is what some of the attendees are saying about the 2023 Lone Star University:
Lee Miller and his apprentice Charlotte are known for creating one-of-a-kind boots in their workshop located behind his home. They have molds for the feet of various artists, including Lyle Lovett, Hall and Oates, Willie Nelson, and many more. Their custom creations are highly sought after, with a five-year waiting list and prices starting at $5,000.
Barbara Douthat, from AllBrands, had the opportunity to visit Lee Miller’s workshop in Texas between attending Brother Experience and Lonestar University in August 2023. Accompanied by Lee Miller’s wife, they were given a tour of the workshop and had the chance to see all of his equipment and techniques.
Lee Miller uses a Juki DDL-5550N for stitching, which he customized with a leather belt to allow for a special technique that slows down the machine as needed. In addition, he has a few older machines from the 1930s that are used for saddlework and boots and can do stitching without a bobbin.
The DDL-5550N Series lockstitch machine offers several improvements for a better sewing experience. The enhancements made to the thread take-up mechanism, feed mechanism, thread paths, and hook result in a more responsive machine that can provide consistent stitch quality even when working with different materials. Ultimately, the Juki DDL-5550N increases efficiency and productivity in your sewing projects.
Bernina University (BU) is an event held annually when Bernina unveils their new products for the upcoming year. This year BU was held in Dallas, TX from June 27-30, 2023. It’s always a thrilling event to see the latest innovations in sewing and embroidery machines. Let’s take a closer look at some of the standout machines from this year’s lineup:
Bernina B790 PRO: This sewing embroidery quilting machine comes with the Embroidery Module L (SDT) included. One of its impressive new features is laser pinpoint placement, which allows you to mark your start and travel points as you sew and embroider. With its 4-point placement function, you can easily and precisely position your designs on your fabric. It’s a machine designed to bring precision and ease to your sewing and embroidery projects.
Bernette B79 Yaya Han Edition: As the top-of-the-line Bernette model, this special edition machine is the first Special Edition from the brand. With a 5″ color screen and a 6×10″ embroidery area, it offers plenty of space to bring your creative ideas to life. It also comes with 3 hoops, 18 different feet, and features like Dual Feed and On-screen Stitch Designer. The machine even includes Software 9 Creator, which is valued at $1500. With its unique and striking design, Yaya Han hopes that the B79 Yaya Han edition “Sewing and embroidery can become your life long passion.”
Bernina Internet Models: The B540, B740, and B485 are the three internet models introduced at BU this year. The B540 comes in both sewing and sewing/embroidery variants, offering an 8.5″ arm, a 9mm stitch width, and 6mm stitch length. The B740 model boasts features such as Auto Threader & Trim, Foot Lift, Pivot, Speed Control, and an Extension Table. The B485 sewing machine comes with a Jumbo Bobbin, 5.5mm Stitch Width, Auto Thread Trimmer, and a Color Touch Screen. These models provide a range of options for different sewing and embroidery needs.
It’s truly amazing to see the variety and capabilities of these machines from Bernina. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next year at BU!
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“Hi everyone! I wanted to personally invite you to our FIRST ever Club Ed Embroidery Sit & Sew Tour with Deborah Jones. It you’ve never attended one of Deborah Jones’ classes, here’s your chance! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a leading embroidery expert. Discover Deborah’s secrets to getting great embroidery results while you have a blast embroidering on the most exciting projects at any event.
You can read all about it below at the link above. I hope you will join us for one of these exciting events. Deborah has put together some great projects for you to embroidery. You won’t want to miss this Sit-N-Sew Event.”
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!
(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”
AllBrands.com is excited to announce our second Bayou Embroidery University. Come join us at the Baton Rouge River Center for two days of hands on embroidery in our Interactive Workshop. We have assembled two of the Best educators in the business to instruct you. Come meet Embroidery Expert, Angela Wolf, host of the television show It’s Sew Easy, and also Embroidery Expert, Joanne Banko. We will also have in attendance National Educators Coleen Swettman, Barb Mikolajczyk, Jude Spanski, and Brenda Anderson. 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 spend two days of embroidery, education, and fun. Gain valuable knowledge and experience. 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. Learn how to use embroidery to transform everyday items into money making projects with your hobby. You will be inspired with embroidery 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. Click Here To Learn More