The summer of my freshman year in High School I was working as an assistant to a tailor, and I saved all my money to buy a serger. I knew I wanted to put a professional finish on the inside of my garments. After looking, I selected a Baby Lock BLSE200 Special Edition because it was one of the top of the line sergers of the time. This was my first Baby Lock machine (foreshadowing for the future). Baby Lock sergers still cannot be beat! I think I paid around $600-700 at the time which was a LOT for a 9th grader. I of course, had my priorities right!
Fast forward through studying Fashion Design, starting my own Business, and come to 2009; all my clients are encouraging me to apply for Project Runway. This of course would be fun, but I couldn't drop everything to enter and I am not huge fan of what goes on behind the scenes of reality TV. I was encouraged to enter the American Sewing Expo Passion For Fashion Design Competition. This is similar to a single episode of PR. Baby Lock was a sponsor. I won. Late,r Baby Lock was looking for a designer to host an event at the 2010 Craft Super Show in Anaheim, CA, and wanted to appeal to the younger sewing demographic. They sponsored me to teach and I had the opportunity to present some of my ideas of where fashion sewing is going to the President of Baby Lock, Steve Jeffery. The Love of Fashion Program was born, and I now teach sponsored by Baby Lock. Baby Lock is open to new ideas, and I love that about them because I am a bit of an idea person and when I know something will work I like to make it happen.
Since the development of Love of Fashion, I have had the opportunity to teach Baby Lock dealers at Baby Lock Tech in St. Louis, represent Baby Lock at Sewing Expos, CHA shows, Conventions, fabric stores and sewing machine Dealerships. I sew on my top of the line Baby Lock Ellisimo almost everyday, use the Baby Lock A-Line Audrey machines in my kids sewing camps, and have a top of the line Baby Lock Evolution serger as well. By the way, almost 20 years later I still have that BLSE200 Special Edition that I bought in high school. It still works and puts the best narrow rolled edging on all of my thousands of yards of netting that I sew through each year.