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Member Feature - Janet Zekulich

3 Dec 2019 9:46 AM | Louise Sparrow (Administrator)

Last month we featured Janet Zekulich (ASG member in WA) in one of our Facebook posts. Janet made this gorgeous dress using the FREE pattern from Violette Fields Threads.

Janet tells us about her sewing journey.

"Mum was a Stanley School for Sewing graduate and was a passionate and gifted sewist. The sewing machine was in constant use in our very organised household. Those were the days, you probably all remember. Mum would wash Monday, clean Tuesday, iron Wednesday and sew Thursday.

At eight I was designing and creating doll clothes. I would sit on the floor when mum was sewing, collect the scraps and make dresses for my dolls.

My first machine was a Bernina. This was a whole new world - suits, dresses, shorts - I was hooked.

My other great passion, classical dance, meant I could sew costumes. I made ballet cardigans and leotards which were so popular, I was asked to make them for a shop. My domestic Bernina did an amazing job but I invested in a Juki Industrial Overlocker. This meant I could do mass production on a grand scale.

My expertise came to the attention of the local Bernina shop in Midland where I have now worked for the last 8 years.

In August 2015, I was introduced to ASG Foothills Sew and Sews where I passionately enjoyed ‘sharing and furthering the art of sewing’. Opportunities always arise for me to help ladies who do not know how to use certain feet on their machines or need patient help with threading overlockers.  Another thing about the ASG is a camaraderie and friendship which is the ‘fabric’ to keep us interested."


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