In every game, field event, or business, the torch must be passed on to the next person or generation in order to keep the legacy moving forward.  As a Bernina Brand Ambassador, I am always on the look out for others that could or may do what I do.  I have often wondered, what if I tell someone about this position, and they do better than me?  What if, I tell my Bernina Rep about someone, and then I get the boot?  These things we all ponder, especially in such a competitive field, as it has become in the sewing community.  We look at another person and think: 

“Wow, I want what she has….She doesn’t seem to be doing any better than me!.. I have more followers, more hearts, more likes, prettier pictures, I spent a lot $$$ on my blog!!  So, maybe, I’ll just bite off of her so I can be seen by the the “BIG” boys, do what she does, so I can be chosen to take her place.”  That’s what I’ll do!!””

So we set out to make it happen, quietly and meticulously, scheming and planning for that opportunity to pounce on the one hope that we will be recognized and chosen to become that prized “IT Girl.”  The cream of the crop of sewing machine ambassadors.  

“WAIT!!”  You don’t need to go there!!! Just ask me.  I’ll help you.  I want to pass the baton, this job is temporary for all of us.  So, please ask me, because I want another great person do a great thing in the sewing community.  I want to know that that person whom I’m passing the baton to is worthy and hungry to lead the pack after I’m gone.  Please ask y’all….BERNINA USA is looking for more folks like us to take the charge for the next few years.  Checkout the Kollabora site and read more about the BERNINA USA collaboration.  You could be the next “IT Girl” of sewing machines.
Some things, to keep in mind…
  • The fun part…You will receive a new machine on loan if you are selected as an Ambassador
  • The work….You will need to “write” tutorials which will be considered for review and maybe added to their website and published on the WeAllSew Blog.

  • Take lots and lots of step-by-step process pictures of every step in your sewing process.  
  • Learn your machine!!!  Study it, take the classes at the dealer which are required.  They are from 16-24 hours total depending on your machine.
  • Sell, sell, sell the machine to everyone you know.  Well, not exactly like a salesperson, but more like a true “Loyal” BERNINA owner would. If you don’t “really” love the machine, no matter the company, this part will be hard for you.  
  • BE LOYAL!!!  For me, I would buy a BERNINA even if I wasn’t getting one to use for free.  (Think about it…you know the cost.)
The glamour is in the brand, the work is in the process of sharing the brand.  You become “their” Brand representative in addition to your own brand.  Have fun, join in the fun.  
  • Write some process tutorials or tips for the Kollabora blog so you can be considered.  
  • Show lots and lots of pictures to show the steps you want to present.  Don’t just show the final product…they want the entire process.
  • Show how you stitch the project on the machine…it is okay if its not a BERNINA right now. Just show all the steps.
  • Pictures, pictures and more pictures.  
I welcome your questions and comments.  I want to see some great people join the ambassador program.  

GOOD LUCK!!!! 

Everyday, I try something new on my sewing machines. It is important to know what my machine is capable of and recognize the need and usefulness of the accessories and attachments available.  There are many to techniques to choose from on any given day, while working with the varied projects.  For the last 8 months or so I have had the use of the Bernina 780.  (read more here)  to share the spotlight with my other machines, the Bernina 640 (purchased by me in 2010), and my 30 year old Bernina serger.

I wrote a detailed post to help you understand more about how to take full advantage of your machine  when sewing stretchy and slippery fabrics.   Check out article on the WeAllSew Blog.

Thanks for following along and as always, email me if you have any questions.

Thanks.

Did I say season?  Oh, yes, this is Houston, Texas.  We have the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, better known as RodeoHouston, the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition. (wikipedia.com) RodeoHouston is only second to the International Quilt Festival.  So, it is only right that I celebrate both in my Gringos and Cowboy Cowgirl hat, like baseball and apple pie, they go together during this time of year.

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The weather during Rodeo season is just as unpredictable as bronco busting, you never know which way the cowboy will be thrown, so we have to be ready for anything here.  I decided to wear a simple dress I made to go with my boots or my house shoes, slippers to some of you. The day started with a bank of fog all over and a slight chill, and ended up by mid-morning at nearly 70 degrees.  This is why we call it Rodeo season.
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It’s quite fun dressing in Houston, because you can actually have the best of both worlds…excluding the summers.  I get to sew summer clothes during the “Winter”.  I made this dress from McCalls 6346, which is now out-of-print, but my lovely boots are new to my wardrobe.  These Old Gringo boots, as they are branded, are the most comfortable I have ever worn.  The website says: “Our distinctive style makes us a life style brand with a vast following unlike the average “cowboy boot” company.  They have a “following,” now that is interesting.  
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We all migrate at some point in our lives to a particular brand or style whether it be in fashion, cars, or sewing machines.  We all have a preference.  Why that is the case only we personally know ourselves, and explaining it is useless.  I like sewing with Bernina sewing machines, and wearing Old Gringos, simple as that, no explanation needed. 
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Out of curiosity, have any of you ever been to RodeoHouston or just plain enjoy wearing cowboy boots and hats during any season?