I recently had the opportunity to speak on a panel at the 2016 Common Threads event that is hosted by Baby Lock. Common Threads is a private event held at the Tacony/ Baby Lock headquarters near St. Louis, MO.
This was my first time attending and I had no idea what to expect. Let me tell you I was blown away! This company is 3rd generation family-owned and it showed! The way they treat their employees and partners was top notch. In attendance were dozens of bloggers, designers, sewlebrities, and representatives for different industry leaders. All areas of the sewing were represented from garment sewing, to machine embroidery to quilting. What a fabulous group of talented men and women I got to meet!
Every day we enjoyed delicious lunches and dinners that allowed us to socialize and get to know everyone better. Everyone was so nice and friendly! I made some great contacts and learned a ton about Baby Lock, their machines and some areas of my business that I’d like to expand. It was a great networking event that was both fun-filled and inspiring for creative business professionals.
At the event we heard from the company CEO who mentioned a few of the ways Baby Lock is giving back. Learning about the charity projects Baby Lock is involved with was eye opening. I was amazed to see how invested they are in the sewing community and the younger generation of sewists. Giving back to 4H programs, shelters, school fashion programs, etc. This company is truly a role model in the industry. During the Common Threads event we were able to give back as well! While playing on the top of the line Baby Lock Destiny sewing & embroidery machine we made pillowcase dresses for Little Dresses for Africa . We also made two other projects for different charity programs including two different type of zippered bags.
We also took a tour of the Baby Lock warehouse. Hello, sewing heaven! Tons of machines and notions!
I don’t own a Baby Lock sewing machine (yet!) but I have had the opportunity to use a few different machines in the past. At this event I was intrigued and impressed by the quality of their machines and products. I can appreciate how much care and detail goes into the functionality and ease of use of the machines for their consumers. They are definitely some of the most user-friendly machines I have ever used!
I know you weren’t able to attend but there is an opportunity for you to get in on a little fun by participating in the Common Threads After Party! It starts June 24th and you will be able to enter to win all kinds of cool stuff including the jam-packed swag bags of crafty goodies we all received. For more details on how to enter starting June 24th, enter your info here to win!
P.S.- If you’re into machine embroidery go ahead an add yourself to my embroidery email list. I’m working on some new tutorials, designs and projects and you won’t want to miss it!