It’s a chilly and rainy Saturday here which, I must admit, is a nice change from the unusually warm temperatures we’ve had recently. Even for Texas, things have been a bit too warm for too long. I’ve been in short sleeves for weeks! All of this to say I have a lengthy list of things I’m excited to work on, and this weather will make for a productive, cozy weekend inside.
Days like today are one of my favorite things. Having big blocks of time to spend in my studio where I can be creative is not only stimulating and rewarding, it’s also relaxing and comforting. In college, I spent many a long night in the sewing studio on campus, among my fellow students, sewing and sketching and problem solving and creating and . . . dreaming. To this day, the time I spent learning everything I could about what was quickly becoming my biggest passion alongside people who became lifelong friends is one of my most cherished memories. I remember the satisfaction that came from learning something new or using critical thinking skills to solve a tough patternmaking issue or seeing a concept come to life. The colors, the fabrics, the inspiration. Mostly, though, I see the image of us all sitting at our workstations, the low hum of our machines filling the room, the smell of coffee (there was always coffee) wafting around, the laughter, the shared goal of making it all happen and meeting the deadline.
My parents gave me a Brother sewing machine for Christmas one year when I was 12 or 13, and until I really got into fashion full steam I sewed on that machine on and off for a few years, getting the basics down. In college, our lab was equipped with Husqvarna Viking sewing machines, which wasn’t a brand I was familiar with or had ever used. It didn’t take too long to see how truly wonderful these machines are. After saving up, I bought one for myself and I have used it steadily for years, sewing everything you can imagine on it. That machine has been a constant companion, a reliable tool, an essential part of the design process.
Recently, the folks at Husqvarna announced a contest where one winner will get a brand new Designer Epic sewing machine, which is the most innovative and technologically advanced machine on the market. Naturally, I’ve loved it since it came out. The only thing this machine can’t do is make coffee. It’s magnificent. I submitted my entry yesterday, and now I need your help. The winner is determined by popular vote, so this is a call to rock the vote. And hey, while you’re at it, submit an entry! If videos aren’t your thing but you’re still in the market for a new machine, check out the product lineup. I know you won’t be disappointed if you invest in one of these machines. They’re magical, they really are.
I spent a few days really thinking about what to say on camera, and it was fun to shoot this video, even if it did take a few tries to get it right. Or maybe my perfectionist tendencies kicked in! Either way, it inspired me to jump into more video tutorials. It is quite alarming to hear your voice on camera though, I will say that. It’s wild!
To get right to the voting page, go here. (You’ll have to click on the “vote” tab.)
Thank you all in advance for your support. I appreciate it very much!