When we heard about The American Patchwork & Quilting® One Million Pillowcase Challenge we knew we had to become involved in some way. In its second year, the One Million Pillowcase Challenge encourages quilting and sewing enthusiasts to continue to help reach the goal of making and donating one million pillowcases to benefit local charities. Almost 250,000 pillowcases were created and donated in 2010.
It’s easy to turn a love of quilting and sewing into messages of comfort, hope and love – for a foster child, a cancer patient, victims of domestic violence, and others. Every pillowcase can make a difference in the local community.
Hearing the stories about how something as simple as a pillowcase to call ‘one’s own’ could so positively impact a person was very moving. That something so ordinary could make a person feel extraordinary was a real ‘eye-opener’. We also like the fact that to sew a pillowcase is relatively easy. Meaning, even the most beginner sewer or someone who has never sewn before can participate. To embellish one with some ribbon, applique art, or embroidery is a lot of fun too. What a great project for a high school home economics class, youth or community group…
We chose to become a corporate sponsor but more than that we want to help spread the word about this initiative. We encourage you to get a small group together to make some pillowcases for a local shelter, retirement home, church group or foster child program (the list of organizations that would gladly accept some handmade pillowcases is endless).
We sent the Reliable Velocity V50 Iron for some Hollywood fun in the California sun! Our little star was embraced by many well known actors at the recent Primetime Emmy Awards Celebrity Gift Suite (hosted by the Borgnine Group). Our Juicy celebrity ‘pressed’ elbows with Estelle Harris! Estelle is best-known for her supporting role as Estelle Costanza, George’s (Jason Alexander) mother and Frank’s (Jerry Stiller) wife on Seinfeld, her role as voice for Mrs. Potato Head in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, and her role as Muriel on the Suite Life of Zack & Cody. More Velocity Hollywood adventure pics coming soon!
I had the pleasure earlier this week visiting a friend at her companies showroom. Some of you may know Knoll, the world famous maker of chairs and office systems. Their products are absolutely gorgeous, and if you are lucky enough to be using a Knoll chair, or working in an office that uses their products, you know very well the importance good design.
I count myself one of the lucky ones, as I sit in a Knoll Life chairs all day. My back has never been happier. While a top level, designer chair may not be attainable for everyone, I do believe that everyone is entitled to sit in a chair that incorporates some basic ergonomic attributes.
A few weeks back we launched the new SewErgo task chair that offers some great features, at a remarkably affordable price. At $99, I think a major price barrier has been removed. There really is no reason to be sitting in a poorly made, badly designed chair all day. The SewErgo is within everyone’s reach.
If you run a drapery workroom, you know how much of a challenge sewing tacks can be. With thicknesses ranging up to 3/4″ thick, most machines are simply not designed for this type of task.
This is why we are so pleased to introduce the new MSK-373N/DTACK drapery tacker. Our engineers have reconfigured our standard MSK-373N chainstitch machine to sew the real life, everyday types of thicknesses that workrooms use.
We marry the new MSK-373N/DTACK with our Sewquiet 4000 DC servomotor. After all, when you’ve got the best drapery tacker in the industry, you want to have the best DC servomotor driving it as well.