FitNice, Fun Stories, Pants, Sewing Lessons

How Did FitNice Get It’s Name?

I would like for everyone to meet Katie Bartz.  10 years ago Katie was the featured speaker at one of our local stores.  Before her class, she saw me teaching ladies how to make and  fit pants. She watched the result.  Katie asked me to help her make pants. We did and she was thrilled. We then spent an entire week sewing and bonding.  She kept saying what all you ladies say to me now…

“Everything fits so nice!  You should go on the road and teach others how to do this!!

With her encouragement I started FitNice. She has nurtured my passion for sharing my sewing and fitting skills.  Many 1000s of pants and tops later, I hope you are as grateful for her as I am.

Thanks, Katie—it has been such a wonderful journey and there is much more to come.

Now, here is her story and what she does!  Enjoy!

Katie Bartz has a reputation: she’s an adventurer and an inspiring entrepreneur. Starting with hand-sewing, learned from her grandmother at age 9, Katie started using a sewing machine in 7th grade Home Ec. The first project was the infamous apron. Katie wanted to pass the class, so she asked her teacher for permission to make a 3-piece lined suit for extra credit. Needless to say, she passed the class, -with her 3-piece suit in hand, AND fell in love with taking flat fabric and creating something beautiful from it! Yep, Katie is an over-achiever!

Katie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and went on to start her own computer consulting firm in St. Paul, Minnesota. During her 20 plus years in the computer industry, she dabbled and learned to work with embroidery machines and began to teach others about sewing and computers. Katie has been fortunate to combine her love of computer technology and sewing, and loves sharing it with others in her classes and through her patterns. Katie’s down to earth teaching style focuses on the techniques — and what you end up with is a uniquely engineered project!

Katie offers classes in sewing — beginning to advanced, machine embroidery, computer and digitizing software. She has also taught CorelDraw and Photoshop Elements techniques to sold-out venues and loves sharing photo prep and printing on fabric secrets with the sewing and crafting markets, as well.

Katie has also co-authored the “Pillow Talk” book with the sewing enthusiast in mind, as the smaller pillow projects present the same skills one needs to move up to larger projects.

Katie now resides in Montana where she can take further advantage of her love of nature and sewing.

Email Katie at: or go to her site

Katie is teaching this fabulous online class–don’t miss it!  She has a real knack of showing you how to use your sewing machine to the fullest, and she helps you take your projects from “home-made to pro-made” with all her tips and tricks!