25 June, 2004
MAHWAH, N.J. ñ Anita Bates has found a way to combine her love for the children of El Salvador with her love for sewing. Her church, Evangel Temple in Gahanna, OH, raised $10,000 to build a sewing center on the grounds of "Castille del Rey" (the King's Castle), a ministry compound 60 miles outside the capital city of San Salvador.
Bates organized groups of American women to travel to El Salvador and sew for a week as well as raised funds to purchase several Janome sewing machines and sergers.
The sewing center was equipped with a few industrial machines, but needed experienced seamstresses to run them. So Bates organized "Threads Of Love," a group of women from her church who meet regularly to sew for The King's Castle and will soon make their third trip to El Salvador.
"We chose Janome machines because they're so reliable," said Bates. "They can run for a long time without needing service. And they're easy to use for people who aren't experienced at sewing." Most of the group sews on Janome machines. Bates's 82-year-old mother accompanied her on her latest trip to do maintenance on the machines. With no sewing machine stores nearby, they’ve had to bring all parts with them.
During their last trip to El Salvador, Threads of Love managed to sew more than 600 costumes to be used by drama teams as well as 150 pairs of shorts to be distributed to local children.
Bates' local Janome sewing dealer, Susan Hart who owns Sew-N-Save in Westerville, OH, gave the group special deals on the machines and sergers they've taken to El Salvador.
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.