MacKenzie helps make everything in Sew And Sews Place beautiful and it keeps ticking like it should. Without her the walls would fall in and there wouldn't be fabric on the shelves. If you can't find something she knows exactly where to look and where the replacements are when things run out. She is full of great ideas and energy on my hardest days, and has smiles and hugs, and cookies, when I forget to smile.
I'm not sure I deserve her in my life sometimes but I am eternally grateful God sent her my way. She was just in time. m
My mom taught me sew, and as I had my family I sewed for them. Over the years I also enjoyed creating the garments I wore when I showed my horses and rode the trails. Now my horses are retired, the oldest is 31 and still going strong. I am an experienced seamstress having spent many years working on Prom, wedding and bridesmaids dresses and their alterations. Seeing all of their trophies was a great joy.
These days I spend much of my time working on my embroidery machine, sewing quilts and making crafts.
Mark Sailor is blessed to be a natural mechanic with a knack for troubleshooting and fixing tough mechanical and electrical problems. After careers as an electrical engineer, yacht electrician, and FAA licensed aircraft mechanic, Mark turned his talents to sewing machine service and repair work. Mark is a Janome-certified mechanic who spent an intensive week at the company’s headquarters, learning to service and repair Janome’s high-quality equipment. He also works on most other brands of sewing machines. Mark always provides top-notch service to his customers. Putting it another way, he treats every customer’s machine like it’s his own. He carefully cleans and services each one, and returns the machine to factory specs. Finally, Mark completes a test sew before giving the machine his seal of approval. When he’s not keeping customers’ sewing machines and embroidery machines running smoothly, Mark makes time to complete his own sewing projects. He also has one foot in the quilting world, as his mother is a longtime quilter who has been recognized for her gorgeous work. And, his wife Barbara loves her Bahamas-themed quilt that Mark made for her.
Instructor Linda Frost is an experienced seamstress, having sewn on many types of projects, since beginning in childhood with needle, thread and newspaper patterns. Her endeavors include all types of clothing, from dressy to casual and wearable art. Linda owned a wedding dress shop, which also included making mother-of-the-bride dresses and flower girl confections. Over the years she has taught many types of swing classes in the American Sewing Guild and at a busy sewing machine dealership.
Linda moved into quilting about 20 years ago, and has enjoyed exercising her love of color and creativity with all the beautiful fabrics.
Nancy Palmer, is currently living in Dayton, TN, after moving from here from Mesa, AZ in December 2020 with her husband Ron. Nancy and Ron have four children and 6 grandchildren.
Nancy graduated high school in Moravia, Iowa, and studied to be a legal secretary in Ankeny, Iowa. Later she began to take ongoing classes to create porcelain dolls and when she moved to Mesa, Nancy owned and operated Dolldreams by Nancy, a porcelain shop. While there she joined the local ASG (American Sewing Guild) and learned the art of smocking and attended various conventions and classes.
Nancy has been taking classes in the creative operation of her Brother Quattro embroidery Machine then traded it for a Brother Dream Machine II, and really loves it.
Also while in Mesa, Nancy took classes in the Hot Blend Basic Crayon Technique. In May of 2016 she travelled to Crowley, TX to take classes to become certified to teach this technique through “Designs by Tana”. Since then she has been creating her own designs and combining them with quilting and embroidery, and teaching these classes at AQG, her local quilt club.
Nancy has also completed classes on edge-to-edge quilting in the hoop.
Jane Tavernier and her husband Bob relocated to Tennessee in 2006 from Commerce Twp. Michigan; after Bob retired from Ford Motor Company. They now reside in Fairfield Glade. They have one son, John (still in MI) and a rescued cat, Miss Kitty.
Jane is a Window Fashion Certified Professional “WFCP” and an independent Professional Interior Decorator. She specializes in Custom Window Fashions, Custom Bedding, Custom Quilts and Fiber Art Accessories for the Home.
Jane is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Affairs, with emphasis on Interior Design and Marketing.
Jane grew up in an entrepreneur family where her dad owned a gas station/hardware business. Jane worked there for many years.
One of her aunt’s owned an antique business where she worked for a short time and another aunt owned a chicken farm where she also worked when in high school. Jane has over 40 years of experience in the decorating business; and is still very active in sewing and decorating today.
Several years ago Jane was encouraged to enter an art challenge. The work she does today is a result of that challenge. She continues to take classes and is always striving to learn more and improve on her technique and incorporates what she learns in each of her projects.
Jane has also entered her art in several art and quilting shows and has received awards for her endeavors.
I have been knitting and crocheting for more than 10 years and shamelessly added in spinning and weaving about 3 years ago. I am from the East Tennessee area, currently in the Lenoir area.
I took over the Knoxville Knit and Crochet Group in 2015, which did have weekly meetings until 2020. The FB community is still going strong and in-person get togethers may pick back up this year.
I have done individual lessons through the years but starting last year I have begun teaching classes, mostly at Yarn Patch in Crossville, TN. I am happy to be invited to share the joy of fiber with new and veteran crafters. Hope to see you soon! J