Years ago, Debbie Stohlman remembers a girlfriend's seamstress mom who had so much fabric that it was stacked floor to ceiling at their house. At the time, she thought that was really weird!
Considering our current stashes, we had a good laugh over that one!
Newly retired from her CEO position with the Culpeper County Chamber of Commerce, Debbie's revved up her sewing big-time. Her seamstress mom and high school home ec classes got her sewing in her youth, but raising her daughter, pursuing her career, and living in various locations (New Orleans, Ohio, Hampton Roads, and D.C.) due to her husband's Coast Guard work limited her stitching time. Now, machine embroidery, sewing for others (especially grandkids Emma, 6, and Andrew, 10) and her newly discovered quilting passion are providing the creative satisfaction that is enriching her retirement life.
While struggling with a less than satisfactory sewing machine, Debbie discovered a YouTube series called Made Everyday in which the hostess Dana was using Baby Lock machines, a brand Debbie had never heard of. A dealer search led her to Ragtime Fabrics where Debbie found our friendly staff who welcomed her and answered her questions. Debbie is happy now with her Baby Lock Accord sewing/embroidery machine and her Imagine serger. She takes regular quilting classes with Shellie who has helped her ignite her quilting mojo!
Debbie and her husband decided to turn their mountain weekend-getaway on thirty-one Greene County acres (near Stanardsville) into their full-time retirement home. They love their peaceful cabin in the woods.
But Debbie also loves coming into Harrisonburg to visit her sewing family at Ragtime!
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