Challenge Yourself

Guest Post from Janome Education Manager, Regena Carlevaro!

 

Janome America recently hosted an Education Summit, attended by our online project contributors, bloggers, educators and business partners. This was a talented group of sewists with entirely different skill sets that had one thing in common - the love of sewing on their Janome sewing machine(s).

Why am I telling you about an education event that was not open to the public? Why would you want to continue reading about an amazing experience in which were not able to participate? Because the excitement and wonder that I witnessed during three days of sewing and learning together can be yours too.

 {Designer Jen Tryon and Educator Luann Hartley hard at work}

With only two and half days of classes slated, it was a challenge to demonstrate a variety of techniques to a group of very skilled people. Fortunately, we are in an extremely creative industry that hosts a diverse group of sewing instructors. As a result, there was no course selection by the attendees - everyone had to take the same classes at the same time. What did this accomplish? At some point during the Summit, each attendee was forced to sew something that was out of their comfort zone.

 

We are habitual creatures and tend to stay in our lane when we find something that makes us feel comfortable. Straight line quilting with your AcuFeed foot may be less challenging than free-motion quilting if you don’t feel like you have control over your sewing. If you’re a garment sewist, chances are you would not sign up for a class to learn how to do ruler work on a quilt block. But, that is exactly what Tamara Kate and Meredith Daniel did during the Summit. They both learned how to do Ruler work and found that they had the aptitude and ability. An untapped talent waiting to be explored! We can thank our excellent instructor, Amy Johnson, for making everyone feel comfortable and relaxed with her easy manner of teaching.

 {Kimberly of Sweet Red Poppy working on her Flying Geese}

The attendees were further blown away while learning how to design their own fabric with My Fabric Designs - a new software program created by the inventors at DIME. Eileen Roche showed them how to create fun baby blankets, quilts and more. The ideas began flying around the room and the excitement was truly infectious. “We can make our own branded fabric to line our bags!” “How about our logo on jacket lining?” If you get the chance, check it out at My Fabric Designs. The possibilities are truly inspiring.

 

By the end of the Education Summit, fashion sewists were taught how to make truly perfect Flying Geese points with our new Spokesperson, Kimberly Einmo and her Easy Flying Geese Ruler. Heather Peterson from Girl Charlee Fabrics had seasoned quilters sewing on sergers for the first time, and they couldn’t wait to model the knit pencil skirts that they whipped up in only 30 minutes.

 {Trish and Meredith working on their pencil skirts with knits from Girl Charlee.}

By this point, I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, “Gee, Regena, thanks for sharing how great this event was, but what use is this information to me?”

 

Here’s the point. Get out of your comfort zone. If you’re a quilter, go to your local authorized Janome dealership and take a class that challenges you to learn a new technique, whether it’s quilting related or not. If you are a garment sewist, go to your local quilt guild and find out where you can take a basic quilting class. Whatever kind of sewing you’re in to, challenge yourself to do something different. It will be worth the risk, I promise. Look at the smiling faces in the attached photos and you’ll see a group of super gifted individuals who stepped up to the summit and realized how truly multi-faceted they are.

You are too.

Thanks Regena! What an amazing and inspiring event you coordinated! Be sure to check in tomorrow for a list of blog posts from the attendees with their thoughts about the event.

We also want to extend a HUGE THANKS to our sponsors that worked with Janome to make this a truly amazing event!
Daylight
Sew Steady & Westalee
Bluefig
Synchrony Financing
Girl Charlee Knits
Shannon Fabrics
A & E Threads
DIME

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