Jessie’s mother was an accomplished seamstress and instilled a love of sewing in her at a very young age. Jessie began to sew at age 11, making clothes for her dolls. She and her mother made all of her clothes all through school and Jessie loved having clothes that were different from everyone else. She would get up early on Saturday mornings and sew a new outfit to wear on a date with her then boyfriend, now husband, that evening. She used to embellish her jeans with hand embroidery for a look that no one else had.
Jessie made lots of clothes for her husband and her children (1 girl and 1 boy). On picture day at school her daughter always had a special dress to wear. It seemed that the teacher always put her in the front row, in the class picture, to show off her dress. This could be Jessie’s imagination and her daughter was in the front row just because she was so short, but Jessie’s prefers to think it was because she had the prettiest dress.
When she discovered machine embroidery, many years later, she was excited to be able to combine sewing and embroidery. When she got her first embroidery machine, she also got some computer software that opened up a whole new world of embroidery. Today, Jessie uses the 5D Suite to manipulate designs and create new ones to embroider on clothing, pillows, quilts and anything else she can think of. She also makes things for her grandson.
Jessie has taught basic computer skills and various computer software programs for a number of years and is excited about teaching others how to use some of the many features of the 5D Suite.
She still attends seminars and classes in sewing and embroidery. Her philosophy is that you must keep up with the new ideas and techniques that are being developed every day and the more you know about the craft that you love the more enjoyment it will bring you.