Share your Story
It’s National Get to Know your Customer Day, and I like to think of it more like getting to know my sewing family day. I have prepared a few questions for you and would love it if you would take time to share with others, and forward this along to your sewing friends too. I will also share my answers below for you to enjoy.
- 1. How long have you been sewing?
- 2. How did you get started Sewing?
- 3. What was your first sewing project?
- 4. What has been your favorite sewing project?
- 5. What was your biggest sewing project fail?
Joi's Answers to the questions
I have been sewing for over 35 years which seems hard to believe, and have been sewing professionally for pay for 25. I started sewing when I was very young when I would go to my grandmothers and make up patterns and sew from her fabric stash. I just recently inherited all her tools and notions which is pretty special. My first project was making Barbie clothes from patterned socks. They made great dresses, but I also remember making a doll and not knowing how to stuff the neck and join the body to the head so I sewed them both shut and then sewed them together. The doll had a very floppy neck. I think my mom still has that doll in a box somewhere so I should look for it. I love a lot of my designs so I don’tr really have a favorite that I can think of. That is a hard question. There are a lot of memories tied to many of my designs and they are all different. I think I have more favorite memories of sewing at my grandparents farm and tailoring apprentice in high school. Lastly, my biggest fail I think was a dress I designed in high school for 4-H . I tended to try to come up with unique and unusual and the judges liked cotton printed dresses with hand sewn hems- which was quite boring to me. So I actually got a white ribbon on a project which is like wearing the letter A to a 4-Her and it was all because she did not like my style. Now that I get to judge 4-H I never take my personal preference to the table in order to judge on true merit LOL!
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