Donna Worrell, the current owner of Sew Biz, started sewing at the age of nine under the tutelage of her maternal grandmother. She made doll clothes for a 3-foot doll she was given as a birthday gift. Her grandmother showed her how to make patterns from the doll's clothes. She started sewing for herself by the 8th grade and was making bridesmaid dresses, formals, and home decor by high school.
With a degree in chemistry and graduate work in industrial systems and engineering, Donna worked in industry as a Quality Assurance professional for 36 years. This gave her experience in the processes of supplier qualification, process control, shipping, contract review and compliance, and customer satisfaction.
During her QA years, she continued making her own clothes, but as the business culture shifted from career to business casual, the pleasure of making clothes waned. Donna became interested in quilting and took her first class from Marianne Beeson, the previous owner of Sew Biz, in 1994. She had found her new passion!
Donna worked part-time for Marianne as a sales associate for about 10 years, and later switched to work as a sewing machine repair technician. When Marianne decided to retire after 37 years, Donna jumped on the opportunity to keep her legacy going by purchasing the business.
The Sew Biz team is passionate about keeping our customers happy by presenting new fabrics, yarns, notions, and techniques. We offer a variety of classes and supplies in quilting, knitting, and cross stitch. We look forward to growing the business in our new location at 7327 Peppers Ferry Blvd. in Fairlawn, VA, where we moved our store in February of 2019.
Stop by, bring your "show and tell", and let us show you around!