Especially in my house! Think rural. Think cats. Think Sarah. But you don’t want dust inside your sewing machine! I was so happy when editor Kit Robinson asked me to do an article on the care and feeding of your domestic sewing machine. That article has just come out in the March/April issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited:
I was even more elated when just a few days after copies arrived in mailboxes across the US, Publisher Vicki Anderson forwarded this email to me:
My wife just received her March/April 2014 issue and I want to compliment you on the Sarah Ann Smith article titled Dust Happens.
I am a Bernina Certified tech that repairs anything that walks in the door and all brands of Long Arms. I also give presentations to the local guilds on Care and Feeding of your Domestic Machines. Her article is the most comprehensive that I have read to date. I feel as if she had a copy of my Power Point in front of her (right down to the needle photos!).
Outstanding! I agree with 100% of what she said and applaud her for the article.
Please use this and pass this along in any way that you see fit.
WOW! Talk about a HAPPY RUSH! You all know I’m a Janome girl, but we also all know how GOOD Bernina is in terms of service and support, how good it’s repair folks are. To have a Bernina Tech say that about my article just gives me goosebumps! Thank you Mr. Sellers!
Here’s a peek at my article–to read it you’ll need to get a copy, which you can do online at mqumag.com or in places like Barnes and Noble or Books-a-Million.
And HUGE thanks to Marie Z. Johansen (BFF!) and Silvia Dell’Aere (a.k.a. Orkaloca) for photographs used in the article. I needed a specific view of a Bernina bobbin case and, astonishingly, despite having hundreds of photos available for press use, Bernina didn’t have the view I needed, so I called Marie–who is a fabulous photographer–and asked if she could save my bacon and photograph her Bernina’s bobbin case (right before deadline no less), and she did! THANK YOU! And Silvia has allowed me to use a photo of hers of the tips of new vs. slightly used needles in my class presentations for years. I asked for a print-resolution photo, but she had to take a new one–Thank you! So please, visit their blogs and say thanks! Here’s the page with their photos:
Have another article in the next issue of MQU..it’s been a good year for writing (which I love as much as quilting). Thanks, Vicki and Kit, for the opportunity to write for MQU. I’m so happy to have been able to bring good articles to you. Thanks also again to Mr. Sellers for taking the time to write such a nice comment!