23 June, 2006
"Sewing Machine" foundation pieced design.
"Kaleidoscope" design, made using foundation piecing.
MAHWAH , N.J. - Jane Gessaman could be the poster girl for quilting-on-the-go. Her quilt pattern business called "Kitted 4 U" regularly takes her from her Kentucky home, across four eastern states where you can find her at quilt shows demonstrating her techniques on a Janome Jem Platinum 760.
Weighing just 12 lbs., the Jem 760 is a 3/4 size machine with features you'd expect to find on a larger, heavier and much more expensive model. It's computerized sewing that's easy to take along, and it's the ideal machine for what Jane does.
"I love it for out on the road," she says. "Even though it's small, you can do big machine things on it."
Jane offers more than 2,000 patterns in a variety of techniques: foundation pieced, appliquéd and pieced. She has designed and sells two kaleidoscope patterns with stencils for foundation piecing and, she also offers fat quarters and kits for which she's chosen the fabric.
Jane's constantly demonstrating her products on her Jem 760, which she calls "my workhorse."
"I tell everybody they need a Jem," she says. "I think I've helped sell at least four so far." She's continually impressed by the quality and reliability of the little machine. Computerization and electronic speed control give her excellent stitch quality. In addition, the Jem Platinum 760 has 60 utility and decorative stitches to choose from, including an automatic buttonhole.
Jane caught the quilting bug about fifteen years ago. She developed her skills and began teaching foundation piecing (her passion); she also has a talent for choosing fabrics and coordinating colors as well as teaching dyeing.
For more information on the Jem, including all optional accessories, go to the Janome Jem Platinum 760 page.
Janome America is the largest subsidiary of Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan, which produces nearly two million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. It is a category leader in innovation, and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality.