Gazmend 'Gaz' Gjyrezi
Gaz's professional accomplishments also stem from his extreme dedication to customer satisfaction. When a problem arises that "can't" be solved, Gazmend is just a phone call away. His skills and precision are evident with each machine he touches – repairs are done right the first time, every time. Michaela Murphy of The Fabric Garden LLC recalls first meeting Gaz in a serger repair class at the Janome Institute in 1993. "I was the only woman in the class and he treated me with the utmost respect, as he did everyone," says Michaela. "He instilled a confidence in me that I could tackle any repair … Just like the Wizard of Oz behind those green curtains, Gaz is the Wizard behind the scenes working wonders at Janome."
Regardless of time of day or place, Gazmend willingly and affably steps up to help Janome dealers. And by introducing a series of sewing machine repair training videos, he has saved dealers time, money, and unnecessary frustrations. After 32 years in the sewing machine business, today Gaz serves as Janome's Head of Shipping and Service Departments in Mahwah, New Jersey. He has rightly earned a reputation as one of the top repairmen in the sewing industry. Rick and Ann Maas, owners of Super Stitch Inc., sum it all up, saying, "With his gentle nature and quick smile, we are honored to call Gazmend a friend and the VDTA•SDTA would be proud to name him to the Hall of Fame."
2016 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee