Thursday, November 11, 2010

2010 SCHMETZ Portfolio Designer - Janet Pray

Janet's Favorite Needle:  Jeans 90/14
"When constructing my Double Green Shopping Bags made from recycled blue jeans this needle works wonderfully sewing through crossed or flat felled seams like a dream.  I have used SCHMETZ needles exclusively for over 25 years!"
Janet Pray
Janet is a fiber artist, fiber arts teacher, sewing instructor and business woman.  She began her sewing industry career by creating a unique line of artistic women's clothing.  Her specialties were coats and scarves sold at fine art fairs and boutiques.  Her career has greatly expanded by developing the largest independent sewing expo - The American Sewing Expo held annually in Novi, Michigan.
The American Sewing Expo
The Largest Independent Sewing Expo in the World!
Janet teaches industrial sewing techniques developed by her aunt, Margaret Islander.  Janet now owns Islander Sewing Systems Company which publishes Janet's clothing patterns.  Her pattern directions are easy to follow and I love the time saving industrial sewing shortcuts.
Irish Coat
This is My Favorite Islander Sewing Systems Pattern
Between writing books and developing DVDs, Janet has found time to share her love of sewing with even more people by creating the National Sewing Council, a non-profit organization focused on encouraging more people to experience the joy of sewing.  Janet serves at the Executive Director.

The Sew Creative Lounge hosted by the National Sewing Council
in Chicago at the CHA Craft Super Show, July 2010
Brenda Rogerson shares her love of sewing with a free Make & Take project
 Janet's work never ends.  Find out more about her shows, patterns and publications at these websites:


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