Meet Les Raichert! Les is the man! The horse is called Jimmy. Les lives in Arizona and has a third generation family business selling JUKI sewing machines for industry and home use. We met Les and his wife Rose for the first time at the Houston Quilt Festival where we shared a booth. Les and Rose kept the sewing machines going and Jill, Emily and I demonstrated the frames. We got on really well. Les and Rose were such a pleasure to work with! Les is incredibly knowledgeable about sewing machines. Les and Rose caught the quilting bug at the Houston Show. Now, Les speaks 'Quilter'! He understands what quilters are looking for in a sewing machine and will be able to give you great prices and informed personal service.
The new JUKI 2010 sewing machines from the show are already finding their way into customer's homes and blogs! People love their JUKIs! This blog post links back to an older post which mentions Sharon Schamber. It turns out that ClareAnnettes 'dream machine' purchase was inspired by Sharon Schamber. Sharon is an award winning quilter and a machine quilting guru. We were honoured to meet her when she came round to our booth. Les and Sharon have been friends since they were 19! Here they are beside Sharon's award winning quilt at his year's Houston Quilt Festival. Sharon and her daughter Cristy have an online shop well worth a visit.
If you're looking for a JUKI in America you'll get more with Les! UK quilters can find informed and personal service from the Franklin's Group - the UK JUKI distributors for industrial and domestic sewing machines. Ask for Lawrence or George at the Colchester shop 01206 563955 or Garry at Chelmsford 01245 346300. All these sewing machine guys have test driven JUKI sewing machines on our New English Quilter frames. You can try the sewing machines at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show next week Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th. Look for World of Sewing Hall B stand 155.