We shine the spotlight on Janome Canada Artisan: Ron Collins

Ron surrounded by his sewing fans and workshop particpants at The Saskatchewan Stitches Conference 2017. Here was was explaining some fine point of garment construction.

Ron Collins is a sewing star in Canada and beyond. He is a Saskatchewan guy who is known across Canada for his casual yet expert tuition offered in workshops to people wanting to learn more about pattern fitting and garment construction. You will find Ron on the stage or in a classroom at all the major sewing shows in Canada (Victoria, Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and more) plus he is kept super busy throughout the year conducting Sewing/Garment construction workshops in Dealer stores across Canada. Many of our Janome dealers host these “Ron Collins Sewing Retreats” at least once a year  – if not more often – so feel free to contact a Janome dealer in your area to find out if Ron will be visiting your area (Dealer locator is found in the top right corner of our website: http://www.janome.ca). Most of these retreats are sold out months ahead of time – Ron is one very popular guy!

Ron is at it again – there is always something new to learn from Ron as he has a treasure trove of tried and tested techniques and tips for sewing  and garment enthusiasts to learn how to create garments as exquisitely sewn as Ron’s garments.

Ron is also very well known for his starring role together with sewing icon Sandra Betzina on their series Power Sewing  on PBS TV programs as well as on DVD purchasable from Power Sewing. Watch this video where Ron explains how he got started and how his career has evolved.

Ron modelling his shirt made with Liberty lawn print and matching blue jeans. Every sewing detail is perfectly executed

Ron has recently become the very first male pattern designer to be invited by Vogue patterns to design patterns for their line of men’s fashions. There is one pattern available so far (see below) but more are in the pipeline. Ron explained humorously to us that this is about the equivalent in the sewing world of being asked to play for the NHL!

Ron’s first Vogue designer jacket pattern in the menswear line of patterns

We are very proud of Ron and his perfectly exquisite sewing expertise and achievements over many years of sewing in Canada. We are also very proud to say that Ron has been a long time Janome Artisan who exclusively uses Janome products for his sewing. Ron sews on the Janome Skyline S7;  the Pro4DX 4 thread serger; Janome 1200D – 5 thread serger and the CPX2000 coverhem machine.

Ron is all set up in his room at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference – a retreat within a retreat….this is how Ron spends his evenings when workshops are over…….more sewing fun!!

Hard at work on the Janome 1600P with the Janome serger at the ready next to him.

Have you taken a workshop with Ron? I have and I learned a lot! You might want to register for one of his retreats this Fall or next Spring?

Have you attended one of Ron’s lectures at our sewing shows across Canada? Once again:  very entertaining +  a source of good sewing information. Edmonton & Calgary shows are coming up in September and the Creativ Festival in Toronto in October  – all great opportunities to learn from Ron.

Have you watched the Power Sewing video series (Ron + Sandra Betzina) ? If not, you are in for a treat of great sewing information.

And last but not least……we are SEW glad Ron is a Janome guy!

 

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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One Response to We shine the spotlight on Janome Canada Artisan: Ron Collins

  1. I’ve taken 2 workshops with Ron – one at the Creative Fair in Victoria the second was a whole day workshop on fit at Sawyers Sewing Centre. Both were fabulous workshops. It’s a treat to see the garments Ron has made for himself. Such a precise and professional sewist – patient and diplomatically humous he’s a joy to study with as well. Congratulations to Ron for being invited to design for Vogue! His first, a jacket is so typical of him – top stitching for highlight, lots of opportunities to achieve a great fit in combination with some unique details like the tapered and slightly rounded hemline.

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