Reflections Of A Shop Owner’s Kid

By Heather Huston-Stapleton—comments by Marilyn Morgan Today we helped our parents pack up and move things from their store, Linda’s Sew ‘N So. They are officially retired and now get to enjoy themselves and each other! I didn’t fully realize how it would make me feel until tonight at dinner. My sister Jennifer and I…

The Newbie and the Veteran . . . A Chat with Dondi and Linda

FitNice Blog – by Marilyn Morgan I recently had the opportunity to speak with two sewing machine/fabric store owners: Dondi Squires – who recently celebrated her shop’s 1st year in business, and Linda Huston – who is retiring after 37 years in business. Dondi operates “Beyond the Stitches” in Crystal River, Florida, with exquisite sewing...

Judy Clubs . . . 6 Months Later

by Marilyn Morgan – for FitNice A few months ago I wrote about starting a Judy Club after having Judy come to our Fort Wayne, Indiana American Sewing Guild to present her 3 day workshop. Since then, I’ve corresponded with other leaders of Judy Clubs across the country, asking them to talk about their journeys....

Team Kessinger

In the 40 years that Judy has been in business, she has had input from all three of her children and her husband.  When she started FitNice 12 years ago her team rallied round! Her husband Bob, ( Judy calls him a perfect example of a Southern Gentleman) tags himself as her CEI, CEO—carry everything...

Why Do You Sew?

What a silly question. . . . we sew because we love it. But did you ever ask yourself why you love it? I have a couple thoughts on the subject. Let me know yours. I believe those of us of a certain age have sewn for most of our lives. Yes, we may have…

Sony Pictures Studio Tour

A group of us recently traveled to Culver City, California to take the Sony Studio Tour. This was my first studio tour. I was surprised to see that the studio is sandwiched in between other businesses in Culver City. The entrance gate, however, is as I had seen pictured. It was the original MGM studio...

Sewing With Tennis Balls

No, that wasn’t a typo . . . If you haven’t tried it, maybe you should. Have you ever been given a day to sew without all those pesky interruptions. When we’re lucky enough to have one of those days, how long can you bend over your sewing machine without incurring back pain? I try...

Meet Rhonda Pierce – The Newest FitNice Instructor

By Marilyn Morgan Judy recently introduced Rhonda Pierce as the latest instructor to join the FitNice System team. You may know Rhonda from her position as spokeswoman for SCHMETZ Needles or from her online blog: Sew More Stitches: www.sewmorestitches.com I could not wait to talk with her. When asked, she told me she and Judy...

In the beginning was the Dondi Neckline

By Marilyn Morgan Well . . . not quite.  As most of are aware by now, the Dondi has won over the country when it comes to the favorite neckline to create. It’s a no-brainer . . . it flatters all figure types and it’s easy to wear. In the beginning though, it wasn’t easy. ...