I just can't hold it in any longer! I have no idea what I was waiting for (pinch me it can't be real!), but today is the day I must tell you my most very ecstatic news. I am now a Juki Brand Ambassador! I mean, I've always thought I was something of the sort considering how many times I've recommended the brand. However, it wasn't until a few weeks ago, when I got synced up with Mr. Chow Song Jie from Juki Singapore that this shit got real, y'all.
First, I simply must give a big thank you to the Gresch family at Sewing Machine Warehouse in Penrith for making that connection happen. I met the Gresch family at the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair last year when they saw me demonstrating my Juki TL-98P near the front of the entrance hall. We've had long, deep and meaningful convos since then about how Juki fits into the meaning of life. Oh, it plays an intrinsic part, trust you me!
So when the news broke that Juki representatives were coming to Australia they immediately reached out to see if I would be interested in meeting with them. Um, YES. They brought Chow over to my place for coffee and some of Mr. Sparkles's irresistible coconut and blueberry cake. I'm absolutely sure that was the secret weapon! After getting to know each other for a few hours (including a time-stopping trip into my sewing studio), Chow agreed that I would be perfect as a Juki Brand Ambassador. Maybe those weren't his exact words--he's the strong-silent type--but I could tell from his body language that he was all about it!
So what does this all even mean? Well number one, it means I get to keep on keeping on in preaching the Juki gospel! Except now, I get to wrap myself in royal blue sequins and glitter and show you how good it feels to sew at speeds of 1500 stitches per minute. It also means I'll be attending the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne on April 16-19. You'll find me demonstrating the love of my life, my Juki TL-98P in Stand 104. Besides the TL-98P, there's going to be the Juki Quilt Virtuoso Pro TL-2200 QVP 18" Longarm Machine on demo in the same booth. It's not even coming to Australia until September, but you can check it out with me at the AQC!
What it means most of all though, is that I finally get to meet the Melbourne Glitterati! I think I'll just bring every single work-in-progress I have, and demonstrate on how to finish them. Or gurl, maybe you can help me finish them?! I got piecing, I got FMQ-ing, I got binding, take your pick! Please do come say hello! I want lots of photos, and lots of Juki test driving!