On June 4, we introduced some of the Ragtime staff. Here are the rest of us!
Lisa lives on a small farm with her husband, two kids, and lots of animals. She raises American Quarter horses when she isn't riding the trail, attending horse shows, or sewing and machine embroidering Western Pleasure show clothes and chaps. She swore she couldn't quilt, but Shellie's proving her wrong. Lisa recently finished her first quilt! Her grandma would be so proud of her!
Dave is our sewing machine mechanic extraordinaire! Dave's background is in industrial maintenance and the trade skills that go along with that work such as welding, electricity and mechanics. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dave's been here in the Shenandoah Valley since 1996. Dave's got 3 adult children and two grandboys, one a teen of 16 and the other just one year old. Dave's full-time job is at Rocking R Ace Hardware, but he comes into Ragtime once a week to work on whatever sewing machines need attention, whether it's just a check-up (adjusting, cleaning, lubricating) or repairs. He's had technical training with both Viking and Baby Lock.
Nancy's our newest addition, but she isn't new to sewing! Nancy got her sewing start in 4-H as a child. Her bachelors degree in home economics led her to a career in teaching and writing curriculum for grades 5-12 followed by a second career as the 4-H agent for Virginia Cooperative Extension. Nancy's interests cover a wide variety including clothing construction and tailoring, fashion design, machine embroidery, quilting, and upholstery. Having just moved here from New Jersey, Nancy is now closer to her two daughters and her two granddaughters.
Thelma and her husband, both Rockingham County natives, have been poultry farmers for 32 years and presently live in the Singers Glen area. With 4 grown daughters, 6 grandchildren and a very green thumb, Thelma keeps extremely busy at home. She has been creatively sewing quilts and clothes for many years. Besides bringing all that sewing knowledge to Ragtime, Thelma has expertise in computers as well so she is especially helpful with our laptops and computerized sewing machines!
Kathy has sewn all kinds of clothing from doll's clothes to wedding dresses. She's tackled slipcovers and draperies as well as quilting. She used to collect vintage Singers, but recently they've been replaced by antique sock knitting machines. Kathy has 2 grown kids and several grandchildren. A retired 4th grade teacher, she drove an ambulance for a few years and is now earning money for stash-enhancement here at Ragtime. Kathy manages Ragtime's website and marketing emails along with waiting on customers and teaching sewing classes.
Our Ragtime Staff