Barbara Greer's Profile

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I've loved sewing for as long as I can remember. My first machine was a Sears Kenmore which was purchased in the late 60's, about 5 yrs later I upgraded to a Kenmore model with some wonderful decorative stitching cams. I remember the thrill of trying each design to stitch a row of ducks, fish, stars etc, it opened my world of sewing with all of it's possibilities. When my daughter was born I made her pretty dresses, and when she grew up and had babies I made baby blankets and learned to applique which was even more fun than using the cams. I didn't have an embroidery machine at that time, but I learned to satin stitch the baby's name and birthdate on appliqued building blocks, still using my old Kenmore. It was fun and I was doing what I loved. My sewing room was filled with bolts of adorable baby print flannels and it felt good to spend my time there. I started taking orders from friends who needed a baby gift and put a small…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 16
  • Joined May 18, 2011

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Flannel, cotton, fleece, yarn, rick rack, denim, embroidery thread, embroidery floss, embroidery designs

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About

I've loved sewing for as long as I can remember. My first machine was a Sears Kenmore which was purchased in the late 60's, about 5 yrs later I upgraded to a Kenmore model with some wonderful decorative stitching cams. I remember the thrill of trying each design to stitch a row of ducks, fish, stars etc, it opened my world of sewing with all of it's possibilities. When my daughter was born I made her pretty dresses, and when she grew up and had babies I made baby blankets and learned to applique which was even more fun than using the cams. I didn't have an embroidery machine at that time, but I learned to satin stitch the baby's name and birthdate on appliqued building blocks, still using my old Kenmore. It was fun and I was doing what I loved. My sewing room was filled with bolts of adorable baby print flannels and it felt good to spend my time there. I started taking orders from friends who needed a baby gift and put a small add in a magazine which kept me busy sewing blankets for several years. Eventually I purchased a Brother PE 150 Embroidery machine which offered another world of possibilities. I programmed my building blocks into the machine and used the pre-programmed letters to make my original design. When I added a satin bound edge to the blankets I found I needed an extension table to hold the fabric layers together because the binding was slippery and challenging to sew on straight. I tried everything I could think of to hold it level... books, my ironing board, holding it out straight until my arms were tired... nothing was working. I found an ad for an extension table but it seemed too expensive, so I asked my design engineer husband to make one for me. His response was, you have 5 machines, it needs to fit all of them! By then I had purchased a used Viking 415, (more decorative stitches ;), a Bernina 930 and a Brother serger. I thought he could make a cheaper table than the others, but once he put all of the adjustments into it we didn't save any money, but we had a great table that would fit all of my machines! As the story goes... 2 weeks later I sold that table on Ebay, by 2 months I had sold 40 of them so I stopped making baby blankets and put up a website. It's been 8 years now and we've been selling our tables ever since under the name of Sewingmates.com. The original tables didn't have as many features as our current tables do. Thanks to our wonderful customers who encouraged and inspired us and gave us the information we needed to fit every machine, we can now say with confidence that our tables do fit every machine we know of. Sometimes I miss the old days of sewing baby blankets, I still have several around to remind me, but our sewing table business has been an exciting opportunity for us to meet new people and turn my favorite hobby into a full time business! The internet has made it possible to sell our tables all over the world from our home in the country where we raise a few beef cows and an assortment of dogs and cats. My husband builds and hand finishes each table, I package, ship and handle customer service. We both take orders when the phone rings. I seldom have time to sew these days, but I spend my time talking to people who sew and I've learned the name of nearly every sewing machine on the market! It keeps me connected to the hobby I love. When the next generation of babies come along I'll be ready to start making baby blankets again, in the meantime... I'd be happy to take your order ;)

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