Third Generation Tent Business Still Going Strong

| July 31, 2008

Unless you’re an active outfitter, tents and tepees aren’t exactly must-haves in a tough economy. So, you’d think a Billings company specializing in those products would be sweating a sales drop.  Instead, revenues are up 5 percent over last year at Reliable Tent & Awning, a business that Maury Nemer purchased in 1945. The business […]

Diversify Your Sewing For Additional Profits

| July 30, 2008

A few posts ago we talked about expanding your sewing business to include sewing for plus size children, a much needed and seldom addressed area of sewing.Today, we’re going to talk about a totally different sewing niche, that of sewing nursing garments for those mothers who want to breastfeed their babies.  When my daughter’s first […]

We Squidoo, Do You?

| July 29, 2008

SKWID-OO, n. v., adj., addiction: 1) thousands of people creating a handbuilt catalog of the best stuff online. 2) a free and fun way to make your own page and get traffic and online word of mouth and Google juice. 3) a place to find what you’re looking for, is a sort of social […]

Eco-Friendly Bags the Potato Sacks of the Rich and Famous

| July 27, 2008

Angus and Tara Beavers sailed through the Caribbean for eight months on a shabby boat named Dirty Diapers.  Everywhere they went throughout the islands they saw locals carrying durable burlap bags that were used to sell fruits, vegetables and feed in the local markets.  The Beavers also found the bags to be quite useful on […]

Teddy Bear Museum Grand Opening

| July 25, 2008

The Toy Museum at The Chelsea Teddy Bear Company will celebrate its grand opening Friday and Saturday July 25-26th in Chelsea, Michigan.  There will be an attempt to build the world’s largest teddy bear mosaic at noon Saturday. Bring your own teddy bears to add to the mosaic.  Free tours of the museum and factory […]

Interview with Amy Adams of Lucykate Crafts

| July 24, 2008

At 19 Amy Adams began work on her design degree and she credits that experience for learning to sew “properly”.  She says her Lucykate Crafts shop where she sells gorgeous three dimensional needlecraft owls, toadstools, pillows and the like is ironic because “I hated needlework at school, and my Mum tried to teach me how […]

BERNINA Unveils New Luxury, High-Performance Sewing and Embroidery System

| July 22, 2008

BERNINA announced today the arrival of the new BERNINA 830, which they are touting as the “World’s only luxury, high-performance sewing and embroidery system.” The BERNINA 830 offers more than 70 exclusive features and 15 patented features. Designed by Switzerland’s leading engineers to outperform any other home sewing machine, the 830 offers the most space, […]

Interview with Stacy Schlyer of Stacy Sews!

| July 20, 2008

Stacy Schlyer of says she’s a self-taught sewer who’s been sewing for 9 or 10 years.  “After spending maternity leave watching Sandra Betzina’s program on HGTV I finally decided to take the plunge and start sewing myself.  I purchased a (relatively) inexpensive machine, a few basic notions, a pattern and material and set to […]

New Business Born Out of Frustration

| July 18, 2008

Sarah Calhoun grew up on a farm in eastern Canada and has worked outdoors for most of her life.  She used to wear her dads old hand-me-downs as work pants but was constantly having to pull them up or adjust them.  Four years ago she was working on a fire-restoration project in California, and had […]

Tailor Romualdo Pelle is Master of a Disappearing Art

| July 17, 2008

Romualdo Pelle is a Master Tailor with a shop in Madeira, Ohio just outside Cincinnati.  The 73 year old Mr. Pelle has some big name customers from the business and entertainment world, including Neil Armstrong and his wife Carol.  Most of his work, from measuring clients and drawing patterns to cutting and sewing fabric, is […]