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The winner of the Brother SE-400 is…

Thank you to each of our participants for entering our first machine give-away. We are so happy to announce the winner of the Brother SE-400.  It was a difficult decision to award this machine because the entries were terrific. We looked at creativity, ingenuity and the genuine desire conveyed in each entry. Our hope was to make a difference in someone’s creative endeavors. The winner, Hannah Greenwood, spelled out her love of drawing and designing her own outfits. Hannah wants to become a clothes designer when she grows up and we think this Brother machine will get her on her way! Congrats, Hannah!

“I would like to win the embroidery machine because I love to draw and design my own outfits in my free time.  If I have an embroidery machine, I can take those designs and I can make my very own designer dolls and clothes.  My grandma Gail once made me some embroidered paper dolls and I loved them.  I hope my grandma will help me because she not only embroiders designer dolls but she also embroiders my jackets.  I hope one day I can do the same because my dream is to become a clothes designer.  But while I am still little, I can use this time to learn a craft while spending quality time with my grandma. She will teach me how to embroider by machine and sew my own designs.  My grandma tells me the stories about how her mom taught her how to embroider by hand and now it is my turn to learn and that is why I would like to win the Brother SE-400.  Thank you for giving me the chance to participate in your contest.
Hannah Greenwood”

Two more entries really moved us. Joan Greenhalgh’s tag – a gift for her dog, Chipper – was perfectly executed. We loved how she built a scene around the tree. Great job, Joan, you’re the proud winner of a $150.00 gift coupon for a Designs Machine Embroidery shopping spree.

“My first thought upon seeing the tree design was creating a gift tag for a special, furry member of our family. We inherited Chipper when his owner passed away. We hope we have given him as much love as his previous owner because he has certainly filled our lives with love and happiness.
I would certainly love to win a Brother SE-400 in order to give it to my daughter. She recently spent a day off from work with me creating on my Brother embroidery/sewing machine. She left with a list a mile long of projects she wanted to create for Christmas gifts! Brother has just acquired another fan.
Thank you.  Joan Greenhalgh”

Diane Kratochvil wrote so beautifully of her husband Jerry’s recent health struggles comparing his strength and reliability to that of a tree. Very moving, Diane, he’s a lucky man to have you at his side. You too are the winner of a $150.00 gift coupon for a Designs Machine Embroidery shopping spree.

I am submitting this photo of my interpretation of your gift tag. I made my tag to attach to a gift for my husband, Jerry. We are retired, and my husband has been very sick for the last six years. Doctors have not been able to pinpoint the cause of his extreme difficulty with breathing and his recurrent severe infections. He gets frustrated and discouraged with his inability to do any of the things that made him happy for so many years. Your tree reminded me of Jerry’s strength and reliability over the many years of our marriage. More importantly I thought that it represents the uncertainties of life, as it never stops growing and changing throughout its life span. But the feeling of peace and comfort that comes from resting quietly under a tree such as this was the most powerful symbol of all and is the gift I most want to give to my husband.
Because of his illness, my husband and I have spent a great deal of time at home during the last several years. When I discovered machine embroidery, I found a way to be creative, to keep me busy and contribute to my family and community, as well as to give me a diversion from the worry of doctors’ appointments, medications, and treatments. Time spent embroidering helps me to center myself and find an oasis of calm in a very hectic life. I have spent many happy hours embellishing clothing for my grandchildren, adding monograms for my children’s work shirts, and creating beautiful freestanding lace items to enhance our holidays. I have also been able to embroider squares which are incorporated into quilts that are then given to children who are hospitalized or in the care of a hospice organization. Winning the Brother machine would make it possible for me to continue these activities and add to them.
I added freestanding lace leaves to my gift tag to embellish it further and emphasize the beauty of fall – my favorite season of the year.  The tag is embroidered on cotton fabric printed with tiny stems and leaves and uses the colors of fall.  I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you so much.  Diane Kratochvil”

We especially want to thank Brother for teaming up with us to give away the Brother SE-400. If you didn’t win the giveaway, Brother is offering a generous rebate offer on this machine! Take advantage of the $30 mail-in rebate now through December 31, 2010. Click here for more information on this offer.

More money in your wallet, plus a machine ideal for the budding fashion designer, seamstress or crafter means a very happy holiday for you and yours!

We wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving.




  • Joan Greenhalgh

    Congrats Hannah!

    Have tons of fun with your new machine and I am sure your Grandmother will be right by your side to teach and share in your enjoyment of a brand new hobby.

  • Carol Seavitt

    Congrats to Hannah, Joan and Diane. Your stories are so inspirational … and Joan — your design tickled me to no end (HA)… have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you to Eileen and Brother for this great contest. It was very fun.

    • Joan Greenhalgh

      Thank you Carol for your kind words. Yeah, our family never forgets the furry ones during the holildays!!!

  • Raewyn

    Hi, Eileen,
    I would like to send a message to Diane and Jerry.
    My sister-in-law (Anne) has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertention (PH) or Blue Lips.
    She also was always short of breath and thought it was because she was unfit. Unfortunately that was not the case. The more she tried to get fit or do something stenuous she would have to sit down to rest. Since the diagnosis (there is no cure) she is on a series of pills and is slowly making progress, even though she will have to take things slower and easier than before. Ask your doctors to check for this as its only the last couple of years that it has been treatable.
    Good Luck. Cheers Raewyn.

    • eileen

      What a thoughtful and sharing message – thank you for reaching out to Diane and Jerry.

  • eileen

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    It’s our national day to stop and count our blessings, share our bounty with others and look ahead to the coming new year. It’s also the favorite holiday of many of my sisters and friends. They treasure the time set aside to reflect and enjoy one other without pressure on decorations and gifts. After making this meal for years now, truly the pressure is off most of us on the menu. The guests expect the tried and true and heavens knows we can deliver it! Oh it takes some kitchen wizardry to get it all on the table at the same time, but really, the guests don’t want you to experiment with the recipes. Just deliver what you’ve been placing on the Thanksgiving table for years. Love that!

    I’m sure there are some funny Thanksgiving stories in your family. Here are two of my favorites. One year, my Aunt Mary (the mother of four of my favorite people on earth), was carrying the perfectly roasted turkey into the dining room (full of guests) when the bird slipped right off of the platter onto the floor. Without missing a beat, Aunt Mary said, “Oh not a problem, I’ll just go get the other one.” Which of course didn’t exist. Only my mom and Aunt Mary knew the real story. They dusted it off as best they could and served it. The start of the 5 second rule, I think.

    My second favorite Thanksgiving story happened in my own home about 15 years ago. I was hosting my in-laws and there would be about 12 of us (kind of a small gathering for our huge Irish families). The table was set and the bird was in the oven and it was about 2 hours until the guests would arrive. I’m was peeling potatoes, many, many potatoes. And shoving the peels down the garbage disposal. It clogged. I couldn’t unclog it. Franticly called the plumber who coudn’t arrive til late in the day. After calling my mother-in-law (who thought she was finally going to be a guest after decades of hosting) and sheepishly asking if we could bring everything to her house, we packed every morseful, piece of china and silver and made the across town trip. The meal was perfect (I think…funny how memory serves you so well). To this day, I have never put anjother potate peel down my sink.

    Enjoy your day, count your blessings and share your stories – its what’s makes your family unique!

  • Gail Beam

    I am so excited that my granddaughter Hannah won the brother machine!! We are going to have so much fun together!! She is going to love learning to sew and make things using this great machine! I am going to have to gather up some of my embroidery thread and stabilizers to send to her so she can get started on using her new machine when it arrives.
    Thank you Eileen and Brother for sponsoring this great contest!!
    Congratulations to Joan and Diane for their inspirational stories and tags for some great prizes too.

    This is such a fun blog and I always love reading all of the input about machine embroidery and other related stories that everyone shares with all of.
    Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving

  • Diane G.

    Great selection of prize winners! Congratulations to all! Thanks for sharing the Thanksgiving stories!

  • Linda Kwolek

    Wow, I like the all the gift tags. Thet give me ideas for Christmas Cards. Pretty, Pretty…

  • Arie G

    I like what I can do with embroidery machine you can that what won’t . it make nice gifts you make quilts plate mates . I like the gift tag it very nice .

  • Karen Trott

    Congratulations to 3 very creative folks. Very well done. It is always inspiring to see others ideas.

    I would love to see some of Hannah’s projects as she and her grandmother create memories.

    • eileen

      I agree! How about Hannah? We want to know what your first project will be.

  • Sue Beam

    Eileen, I have been asked to make 2 ring bearer pillows for my granddaughter’s wedding in May. I’m open for suggestions for something unique. The wedding will be outside in the church courtyard and will be formal (?). At least her gown is formal.

    I would like to incorporate machine embroidery on each pillow and include the initials of the bride on one and the groom on the other.

    Any ideas?


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