This month we shine the spotlight on Betty of Just B in Stitches of Vernon, BC, Canada. Vernon is in the beautiful Okanagan area of BC (lakes & wineries and fruit trees!). Betty & I have chatted a few times at Janome events at Findlay’s Superstore in Vernon as well as at Quilt Canada in Penticton a few months back. Betty owns a Janome sewing machine, a serger and an embroidery machine. She has started a business making lovely items made on her Janome machines. I will let her tell you more below:
“Just B in Stitches is about creating fun, inspirational and environmentally friendly products that utilize fabric to replace single or limited use items. The three areas of concentration right now include reversible gift bags, mini-aprons and folding totes.
I am not a quilter nor am I particularly tech-savy, so many of the newer and fancier machines out there have more bells and whistles than I need. My current sewing machine is fine, and I have had a Janome serger for many years, so I was interested in the Janome 350E, an embroidery only machine. It has a touch screen, making it really quite simple to navigate and learn. Although it comes with 100 built-in designs, my focus is the fonts and what can created with them. The feature that really sold me on the JANOME 350E has to be the USB port. There are fantastic online embroidery libraries and the only limit is your imagination. I am looking forward to getting more font styles in order to offer several styles to my customers.
My online store/website should be up and running soon, so stop by and have a look at all the possibilities when fabric and words come together to create something ‘as unique as you!’ www.justbinstitches.ca.
And this REALLY impressed me: Betty is so serious about reusable items that she made a super cute shipping pouch to send the bag & wine apron to me – see pic below. She used flock backed vinyl (the kind we use for plastic table cloths); inserted a zipper on one side and then closed 3 sides with a row of decorative stitches. She pasted the shipping labels on the other side from the zipper and had a piece of ribbon looped through the zipper pull & sewn into the side seam for security. She used not even 1 inch of tape or bubble wrap!!! Very impressive.
NO prizes for guessing what this little bag is going to be used for……..you got it: the blog challenge as it is just the PERFECT size for toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc for our charity sewing project. See many other posts on this topic + more about how to make this super quick baggie.