I started sewing at the age of nine under the tutelage of my maternal grandmother. We made doll clothes for a 3-foot doll I was given as a birthday gift. My grandmother showed me how to make patterns from the doll's clothes. I started sewing for myself 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, I worked in industry as a Quality Assurance professional for 36 years. This gave me experience in the processes of supplier qualification, process control, shipping, contract review and compliance, and customer satisfaction.
I continued making my own clothes, but as the business culture shifted from career to business casual, the pleasure of making clothes waned. I became interested in quilting and took my first class from Marianne Beeson, the previous owner of Sew Biz, in 1994. I had found my home away from home! For the past 10 years, I have worked part-time for Marianne as a sales associate and the last year and a half, as a sewing machine repair technician. When Marianne decided to retire after 37 years, I jumped on the opportunity to keep her legacy going by purchasing the business.
The Sew Biz team is passionate about keeping our customers happy and presenting new fabrics and techniques. We offer a variety of classes in quilting and sewing, knitting and wool felting. We look forward to growing the business and moving into our new store in February 2019.
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