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Teen Passes His Quilting Skill On To Younger Kids Through Classes

16 August, 2004

MAHWAH, N.J. - Nathan Roberts is a typical 14-year-old in many ways. He likes sports. He's good at putting things together. He has a part time job after school. But when you find out that the things Nathan is good at putting together are quilts and that his after-school job is at a sewing machine dealership teaching groups of children how to sew, you realize he's far from your typical teen.

Nathan's grandparents, Herb and Shirley Wildeman, own The Sewing Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where he learned how to cut out fabric and put it together on a sewing machine. At the age of 13, Nathan entered a quilted placemat in a kids competition for Janome Canada. The judges were impressed. Now Nathan's latest creation, a sports-themed quilt, is being featured in the current issue of Janome Digest Magazine, the sewing company's official international publication.

After Nathan had become a regular employee at his grandparents' dealership, he volunteered to teach a children's quilting class. None of the students, aged 9-12, had sewn before. But by the end of their six week course they had each made a quilt block.

According to Nathan, operating the sewing machine isn't the hardest part of quilting for beginners. "The toughest thing for kids is cutting out the fabric according to the pattern," he says, "and then figuring out where all the pieces go.

Like many teens Nathan is comfortable with technology, using Janome's advanced Digitizer 10000 software to create his own embroidery designs. And he really enjoys having the pick of any of the Janome machines in the store for whatever project he's working on: the popular 4800QC for quilting, the DÈcor Excel series machines for his students, and the top-of-the-line Memory Craft 10001 for embroidery.

Nathan and his sports quilt appear in Issue No. 24 of Janome Digest Magazine, which came out in July.

Janome America is the largest subsidiary of Janome Sewing Machine Company of Tokyo, which produces more than one 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.