Zooming with Judy

FitNice Blog by Marilyn Morgan If Covid-19 has taught us nothing else, it’s taught us how to improvise and adapt. Who thought at the start of the pandemic it would ever turn out to be the life changing event of the decade? While more and more information is learned about the virus, we still are…

The Non-Profit Entrepreneur

By Marilyn Morgan How are you getting by during the Covid-19 Stay at Home Order? If you are like most sewers, you’ve been making face masks! And more masks, and more masks, and more masks.  Here’s my experience. Can you relate? In the beginning, I drug my feet and didn’t jump on the face mask…

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...