Barb Mikolajczyk

My 1st competition entry was an A-line skirt in Jr. High. From that point on, I was hooked.

Years Sewing: 50+
Favorite place to sew: My basement studio
Favorite brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Barbara Jones

I always made my clothes in high school...would come home, cut out a shirt waist dress, sew it, and wear it to school the next day.

Years Sewing: 64
Favorite place to sew: My "cave" in the basement
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2 and PR1055X

Cathy Gandy

When I saw my first sewing pattern, I was so excited knowing I could start making my own clothes.

Years Sewing: 49
Favorite place to sew: My sewing room
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Cindy Hogan

I got hooked on embroidery and wanted to make my own designs. Along came PE-DESIGN 1, and I haven't looked back since.

Years Sewing: 30+
Favorite place to sew: My studio
Favorite Brother machine: PR1055X

Coleen Swettman

My brother bought me my first sewing machine from a door-to-door salesman...with the understanding that I would hem his shirt sleeves!

Years Sewing: 50+
Favorite place to sew: My well-equipped sewing room
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2 and PR1055X

Donna Wondoloski

I started sewing at age 10 when my grandmother, a seamstress, taught me on her treadle machine.

Years Sewing: 60
Favorite place to sew: My sewing room
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Heather Banks

When I went to college, I took my sewing machine with me an sewed in my dorm room.

Years Sewing: 35
Favorite place to sew: My home sewing studio
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Jane Olsen

When I was 4, I cut a hole in the dress my sister had just finished sewing. I was lucky to see age 5!

Years Sewing: 40+
Favorite place to sew: On a quilt retreat with long-time friends
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Jennifer Gleich

I learned how to sew making Barbie clothes!

Years Sewing: 35
Favorite place to sew: Quilt retreat with girlfriends on the Oregon coast.
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Jerry Granata

I've been quilting since 1976, but didn't attend my first quilt show until 2010!

Years Sewing: 52
Favorite place to sew: My studio at home
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Jewell Hulitt

I was 8 years old when I made my first dress...on a treadle machine!

Years Sewing: Many...since I was 8!
Favorite place to sew: My sewing room
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Jude Szczepanski

I never want to jump out of an airplane.

Years Sewing: If you must know...since I was 7!
Favorite place to sew:My little corner of the world...or my best friend's basement
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Kathy Stipe

I started sewing for others as a teen because I would rather sew than babysit to make spending money.

Years Sewing: 45+
Favorite place to sew: My sewing room
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2 and PR1055X

Kim Montagnese

As a child, I risked punishment for using my mom's forbidden sewing machine.

Years Sewing: 50
Favorite place to sew: My "bunny hutch" of a basement sewing area
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2 and PR1055X

Toni Weresch

I love making baby items and little girl dresses. Nothing like seeing my grandchildren's faces when they see an item I made for them!

Years Sewing: 60+
Favorite place to sew: My small, but cozy, sewing room
Favorite Brother machine: Any 10-needle PR

Sara Vetser

I had my sewing/embroidery machine for years before I learned how to embroider...once I did, I was hooked!

Years Sewing: 10
Favorite place to sew: My studio
Favorite Brother machine: Pacesetter, passed on to me from my grandpa

Tina Bartelmay

I love personalizing everything with my embroidery machine and the ScanNCut!

Years Sewing: 25
Favorite place to sew: My "sewing palace" crafting studio
Favorite Brother machine: Luminaire XP2

Louis Carney

In loving memory, the King of Bling
-Louis Carney