The Janome Sewing Family - 15 And Counting
They own a total of 31 Janome machines!
For 11 years, a group of women have been getting together for one weekend in April to do sewing, quilting, fabric shopping, enjoy great food, and do lots of catching up.
Unlike most sewing groups, these women have one major thing in common: they're all related.
Hailing from Minnesota, Texas, and Iowa, they are five sisters, their daughters, granddaughters, cousins, daughter-in-laws, and nieces.
And they all use just one brand of sewing machine--Janome/New Home!
Deb Wilking, one of the sisters, says, "As long as I can remember, our family has sewn - starting with my Grandma, Laura Lund. Grandma passed away in 1999, but every year at our retreat, we remember her with a little something - this year a couple of people brought teddy bears dressed in clothes that were made from Grandma's wardrobe!!"
Eleven of the fifteen women own their own machines, all Janome or New Home, for a total of 31 machines! This includes sewing machines, sergers, embroidery machines, and even a vintage New Home treadle machine.
Almost all of these machines have been purchased at A Best Sewing Center in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
Deb says, "Vern (who owns A Best) has done a terrific job keeping the machines in running order and is a great guy to work with when it comes to purchasing new machines."
And just in case you see someone you know, here's a list of all the ladies at this year’s Quilt Weekend: Pat Draayer, Hollandale, Minnesota; Karen Nelson, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Loretta Schewe, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Sue Westrum, Glenville, Minnesota; Deb Wilking, Dassel, Minnesota; Lorie and Anna Paulson, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; Kristen Wilking, Minnetonka, Minnesota; Diane Marlin, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Jodi Westrum (and her 2 month old daughter Nora), Albert Lea, Minnesota; Kim and Sydney Nelson, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Anne and Jenna Nelson, Glencoe, Minnesota; and Kathy Nelson, Avoca, Iowa.