Over the years, Quilters’ Choice, now know as The Inspired Sewist, has seen lots of changes. We’ve moved from one location to another, terrific staff members have come and gone, we were bought and sold, and we even changed our name. One thing that has stayed with us throughout all those changes is our wonderful store manager, Nan.
Nan started with Quilters’ Choice in 1992. Nan says “that was such an exciting time! I was there when we first became a Bernina dealer. The top of the line Bernina then was a model 1530. We were so amazed by all that machine could do, and by the way a quality sewing machine could make the sewing experience for our customers so much more rewarding.” Nan quickly became an expert on the first machines, and, as Bernina made tremendous technological strides, Nan continued to master the newest machines, technology and software.
You might think that the challenge of keeping up with all the new Berninas would be the most rewarding part of Nan’s position as store manager. Not so. “My favorite part of my job is our customers! I love working with them to be sure they have the training, tools and support they need to become confident quilters. Watching my customers grow is such a great experience. I’m always amazed by what they accomplish, and I feel so fortunate to have been with them on their journeys as quilters.”
Nan wants all our customers to feel warmly welcomed. “I want anyone who walks in our door to feel like they’ve found a happy sewing home! I love being here, and I want everyone in the store to love being here too!”
What does Nan do when she’s not working? “A perfect day, away from the store, would include a little sewing, a little gardening, and a long walk on the beach with my boxer, Hailey. If it’s spring training time, my perfect day would include taking in a baseball game with Bud. Go Marlins!”
We at the Inspired Sewist know that, without Nan’s expertise, friendship and guidance, our store wouldn’t be the terrific sewing center we are today. Be sure to tell her thanks the next time you come in!