Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Happy New Year! & Free Sewing Machine Contest Revisited

Dear Friends,

On behalf of myself, my family and everyone at the Jaftex Companies, we wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year!  We hope that all your goals are achieved and that all your dreams come true.  To 2018!  Cheers!

Each first blog in January contains a New Year’s message and a revisited blog post from the year.  Considering the impact of Scott’s Free Sewing Machine Giveaway Adventure in 2017, I feel that it is appropriate to revisit the blog that started the ball rolling.  Before I go though, I wanted to remind everyone that I will begin to call people again starting in January to see if they are free-sewing-machine-worthy.  If you would like to submit a sewing machine request due to unfortunate circumstances or a tragedy that you are facing, please post your request as a comment in any of my existing blogs. 


Good morning!   How are you today? I hope you are withstanding all the crazy storm madness which has thankfully slowed down a bit it seems. This too shall pass, so hang in tight and don’t forget to breathe.  Can you hear me alright?  Okay then, let’s get this contest going.

People keep asking me what I am doing about helping those in Texas, Florida and surrounding areas who have been adversely affected by the storms. That is a great question that I too keep asking myself and I think I have finally found the answer. Yeah, I could make donations as I have already done. I could send blankets and food which I have already done too. But most anyone could do those sort of things. But you know me, I like to beat to my own drum and do my own thing. With that, I am going to go out on a limb and try something, well…..unique. Call me crazy, but here goes.

As I mentioned in a very recent blog post, I was going to give away the sewing machines that my good friend Joanne Hubbard donated. By the way, Joanne is my BlogFF (BFF). I digress. So yeah, the sewing machines. Aside from offering the machines from Joanne, Brewer is generously donating a machine for the giveaway from their Eversewn brand. But that just isn’t enough for me.  You know what I am saying? That would be around 5 machines and I want to do more….way more. Why the heck not? People are suffering and I want to do what I can to ease the pain, even if it is just a little bit and helps to put a smile on someone’s face. I am sure you are wondering what am I going to do. So let me tell you already and stop blabbing away.

I called my new friend Philipp Ueltschi, the Brand Manager of Sewing Machines at Brewer (his brand is EverSewn), and he kindly agreed to sell me machines at a special discounted price for my self proclaimed great cause. These are machines that retail for $200-$400. After I give away the 5 or so machines that I already have, I am going to start giving away BRAND NEW machines on a weekly basis for an indefinite time period. Yes, you are hearing me correctly. Now hear this one more time! I am going to buy machines, a lot of machines, and give them away for F—R—-E—-EEEEEE to people that lost their machine in the storms, never could afford to buy their own machine in the first place or a young person that wants to learn how to sew. I am open to other reasons as to why someone should earn a new machine. One more time, let’s say it together because it sounds soooo freaking good. Free. I can’t hear you. You can do better than that. One more time. FREEEEEEEEEE. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  Now you got it!

For starters, I am seeking requests from people in Texas, Florida and surrounding areas who have been adversely affected by the storms. I would like the pleas to be short and to the point. Maybe 200-250 words maximum as to why I should gift you a machine. I unfortunately don’t have time to read a novel so keep it tight. Or, you can even send me a photo with a caption that you think demonstrates why you OR SOMEONE ELSE should earn a free machine. Please enter all pleas into the comments section of this blog post. If you could figure out how to attach a picture to the blog, please do so. If not, email me the photo in some form with the caption. The top pleas will be selected by me and I will reach out to that person to confirm all the details and make sure all pleas are legit….no offense of course, but the scams are endless these days. By the way, this is not a scam, joke or trick. Make sure to include your city, state and email address so I can contact you for other info.  This contest is for people in the US only.  Make sure to be careful to enter all the info into the computer correctly because if your email address is wrong by even a single letter….NO SOUP FOR YOU! (Seinfeld Reference)

In addition to the free machines, I will be sure to include some other goodies…..maybe some fabric, maybe some notions, maybe some batting, it will be a surprise, but it will be “beast” as my son likes to call it and that is a good thing no doubt.

With that, let the requests start flowing in. And yes, please have fun when submitting your requests. Send any and all questions to scott@jaftex.com, but please don’t drive me crazy because I do have a regular full time job and it isn’t President Of Giving Free Sewing Machines Away if you know what I mean. No phone calls. You will be sure to know through our social media venues and my blog who the winners are as I announce them. Please know that this is my contest and I make the rules and all the final decisions. That’s just how it needs to be.  I am also giving myself permission to post details of all requests and pleas so if something is very private or you don’t want your name used, please make sure to let me know.

Good luck! Please make sure to share this with anyone you know who might be eligible to win especially in Texas, Florida and surrounding areas.  The last thing I want to say is that I can’t wait to see the faces of the winners when they find out that they are getting a new machine from me. That to me is priceless. Therefore, if you happen to be a winner, make sure to post a picture of your smiley face and your new sewing machine on any or all of my company’s (Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. or Henry Glass Fabrics) Facebook, Instagram or other social media arenas.

Sewing Machine Scott

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Author: Scott Fortunoff

Author of Tales of 4th Generation Textile Executive Blog. President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. and A.E. Nathan Co., Inc. Co-President of FreeSpirit Fabrics. V-P of Henry Glass Fabrics. President of Scott’s Free Sewing Machines. Creator of the #sewrevolution.

16 thoughts on “Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Happy New Year! & Free Sewing Machine Contest Revisited”

  1. Happy New Year Scott.. have a great one and you are such a great person to keep giving… bless you

  2. I wanted to learn more about you, Fourth Generation Textile Executive, so I Googled JAFTEX.
    Little did I know that I have been using a couple of your fabric lines purchased through Fabric.com, Must Love Dogs for one. I am not a shop owner just a consumer who lives in a rural area so online shopping works best for me. Keep up the good work Scott and if I hear of anyone in need of
    your giveaways, I will certainly let you know. Thank you.

  3. Here’s to a year full of charity and encouragement brought to you by Scott! All the best to you and yours, Scott, and my you be blessed for your kindness! Shalom!

  4. Happy New Year! Scott! Thank you again for my wonderful sewing machine and the samples!

    Made small stockings for kids in shelters and put candy in them! They loved it!

    Thank you so very much again!


  5. I would really love to be entered into the free sewing machine contest. I am a single unemployed mother to a 3 year old and i would love to be able to bond with my grandma over learning to sew clothes for my son! I would love to invest my time into making clothes for my son and the less fortunate.
    Thank you again and have a wonderful new year.

  6. Scott~

    Good morning!! I recently received a message from a lady whom i do not know telling me of your endeavors of giving away sewing machines to those in Florida and Texas. I have lived in Florida for going on 12 years now. A very long story short; I broke both sides of my left ankle as well as completely tore my ATFL 2 years ago.. much therapy, surgery with pins and nerve damage later i am disabled so i figured this time would allow me to give something back. I was taught to quilt from my mother, sadly she passed away 4 years ago and my desire to quilt seemed to vanish as we always quilted together..:( so what little fabric i do have does have a few stains of tears here and there… memories in the making i call them little spots. She would be proud knowing i have again picked up her needles and a new spool of thread and continued on despite tears getting in the way…. so if there is a chance of being grateful… it is 100% mine as she taught me the gift of giving is much better than anything else; especially when one is in need. I would be very grateful to be put on your list for extra scraps of material, patterns or a sewing machine to quilt on to be able to pass on her legacy of making things for those in need. Thank you so very much!!!

  7. I am not a seamstress but i love to sew and my family gifts it would be fun to have this machine I am trying to work on my goal of more service this year this beautiful sewing machine would help with that, thank you for reading my request

  8. I’d like to suggest Beth Glass for a free sewing machine. She’s a former neighbor who is a very talented quilter, dressmaker, interior designer and artist. A couple of years ago, she downsized from her home here, bought an RV and headed back to her home state of Oklahoma where she’s been living and working from her RV. But last week, she lost it due to an electrical fire. Luckily she heard the smoke detector and got out moments before the whole thing went up in flames. She escaped with only the clothes on her back.

    She could only watch helplessly while she lost her home and all of her belongings….clothing, IDs, credit cards, car keys, computer, all her design work in progress, treasured quilts and all 3 of her sewing machines. I’m sure her first priority is finding a new home and replacing basic necessities before she thinks about replacing sewing machines. But she’s so passionate about sewing that I know it would be comforting if she could get back to sewing as soon as possible. She’s a kind and giving person who is always eager to share her knowledge and teach others. I’ve learned a lot and been inspired by her. I know she would say others must be more deserving and would never send in her own story for a free machine. So I didn’t tell her about the contest or that I was submitting her name. If she is selected to receive a machine, you would need to explain .

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