Last month we announced a very exciting initiative to bring our love of sewing to Indigenous schools in remote communities in Canada. Janome Canada is donating a number of new Janome 2030 QDC machines as part of the I Love First Peoples Sew and Sew Program. We also put out a call to you, our loyal Janome fans, for help in collecting donations of much-needed sewing supplies, and also enlisted the help of a few of our Janome Dealers who are acting as donation drop-off locations.
For more about the donation drive, click HERE.
Cheryl Dobo, our Janome Dealer from Alliston Sewing Machine Services, in Alliston, ON (about an hour north of Toronto) was the first to raise her hand to volunteer, and is one of 3 participating dealers collecting donations until May 31st. Donations will later be sorted and shipped to the schools with the new machines.
Not only has Cheryl donated some items from her store, and her own sewing room (this cause is the perfect excuse to clean and purge your sewing room! lol!) she spread the word to share the love with her quilt guild, Quilting Corners Guild, and boy, did they deliver! lol! My car was full!
Cheryl has been a Janome Dealer for about 5 years and runs her very busy business from her home. I was thrilled to see this sticker on the front door, so customers know they’re definitely in the right place when dropping off donations.
Cheryl is also a Janome Certified Service Technician, so she can sell you a fabulous new machine, and help maintain and repair it as needed. (she also repairs and services other makes and models of machines, not just Janome, lol!)
Though Alliston Sewing Machine Services is not a big shop, there’s lots of goodies to be had, no matter what machine you have. You can never have too many presser feet for your machine!
And just look at that yummy Madeira thread! It’s just like candy to me! Check out some previous Janome Life posts on Madeira thread, and, if you’re a follower of Janome HQ and our Instagram Live and You Tube presentations, you’ll regularly see the various Madeira threads in action. Janome Canada is a distributor, so be sure to check with your Janome dealer to get some. Just like presser feet, you have never have enough thread! lol!
Donations may also be dropped-off at Triangle Sewing Centre in Guelph, ON, at The Sewing Cafe in Georgetown, ON (more about these dealers in upcoming posts) and dropped-off at, or mailed to The Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON.
For those who’d like to donate, but don’t live near the drop-off locations and would rather not mail, or ship items, consider making a financial contribution to the Sew and Sew program directly on the I Love First Peoples website.
Thank you to all who’ve donated to the cause and for helping to share the love of sewing! We’re accepting donations of new and gently used sewing supplies until May 31st, so there’s still time to give – and clean your sewing room, lol!