9 February, 2005
MAHWAH, NJ - The Janome Memory Crafters of Fairfax, VA have shown that you can combine a love of sewing with a love of helping others. The club, made up of nearly 50 women who sew on Janome Memory Craft embroidery machines, meets every other month at Fairfax Sewing Center, a Janome sewing machine dealer. The group is committed to both expanding their own knowledge of sewing and helping those in need through contributions to charities.
The INOVA Fairfax Hospital OB/Gyn Clinic, which serves the poorest in the county who are not eligible for other programs, handles more than 2,500 births annually. Many of the patients are recent immigrants and of these a large percentage suffer from domestic abuse. The Memory Crafters Club was pleased to present INOVA representative Liz Rivera with hand made 63 baby blankets, 132 bibs, 20 hooded towels, and dozens of other baby items for distribution to needy patients.
The Memory Crafters created a stunning Hexagon Quilt, which they raffled off to raise money for two charities. The quilt generated $914 in ticket sales.
The Club gave $700 of the proceeds to the Washington, D.C. based organization So Others Might Eat (SOME). Funded largely through private donations, SOME provides food transitional housing, job training, senior daycare, and emergency shelters. Many of the people they help are families. The Memory Crafters donation is being used for the charity's food program.
The Club was also kind to animals, making a donation to the Animal Welfare Society (AWF) of Jefferson County. The private non-profit shelters unwanted and abandoned animals and has a no-kill policy. They also conduct low-cost rabies clinics, a spay/neuter assistance program, and humane education classes in local schools. Because of the a rising need the organization has been running a deficit. The shelter was given much needed bedding and towels, and a check for $200.
Club president, Jean Smith, reports that about 96% of their members sew on Memory Craft 10001 or Memory Craft 10000 with the Version 3.0 software upgrade. The 10001 is Janome's flagship embroidery machine. It's the only top-of-the-line embroidery machine on the market that does not require a bulky extra attachment to do embroidery, making it much easier to take to Memory Crafter Club meetings. Smith also says that the group has grown by seven members and will continue to make charity work one of its top priorities for 2005.
Janome America, Inc. (formerly The New Home Sewing Machine Company) is an industry leader in innovation, having produced the first programmable computerized sewing machine, the first computerized sewing machine to offer Professional-Style Embroidery, and the groundbreaking new generation of Memory Craft embroidery machines with their accompanying software programs. Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality.