New technology for quilting/embroidery

Jill Blizzard and Dawn Debreoux work with the Stellaire XJ1 Brother's newest, state of the art sewing/embroidery machine on the market. the computerized touch pad machine utilizes an iPad or iPhone to capture an image that transfers it to embroidery. 

PRINCETON — “My drive is to bring a new twist to quilting in the area so when people say ‘this is a dying art’ they realize that it’s not,” The Sewing Gallery owner, Sue Hardin, said.

From sewing supplies, innovative quilting methods, professionally taught classes, and more, The Sewing Gallery welcomes anyone with an interest in sewing. From rookies to veterans Hardin and her staff will walk guests through the world of sewing.

“I knew there was a need for this in the area. It’s something new to the area that’s not actually new, it just has a modern twist to it,” Hardin said.

Having been open for nearly nine years the business offers alterations, quilting, sewing machines, machine embroidery, digitized monogramming, classes, retail sewing materials, and more.

For sewing innovations, the business offers thread painting. This transforms photographs into embroidery, with the photo being made entirely of thread.

“With owning a local business your edge is taking it to the next level and reinventing yourself every year,” Hardin said.

With stitches and sewing techniques continually changing the method of hemming and altering must change as well. To stay up to date the employees continually advance their technology and education.

“I believe we give quality service for everything from hemming pants to wedding dresses,” Dawn DeBroux, an employee of the Sewing Gallery, said, “We get things out pretty quickly. When people realize the quality we put out and the time frame, they spread the word.”

With the staff’s extensive knowledge in the sewing field, they welcome guests to learn during their class sessions. These classes include quilt making and more.

To show the business’s accreditation, The Sewing Gallery is the first business in West Virginia to be nationally board-certified in machine servicing for sewing and embroidery machines, according to Hardin.

“I’ve tried to put West Virginia on the map in a good way as far as certifications,” Hardin said.

Being locally owned and operated the business offers personable service. Employee Lorie Howell first entered the business nine years ago as an interested customer and has since dove headfirst into the world of sewing creativity.

“My daughter and I took a quilting class and it hooked me on quilting from then on. I’ve grown over the years,” Howell said, “I think keeping quilting alive in our area is important. As the younger generation comes along I think it’s important for them to learn it and how to do it.”

DeBroux, Hardin, and Howell also offer the service of memory creations. These include memory quilts and teddy bears, made of either the clothes of a passed loved one, old baby clothes, or even old T-shirts from college years.

Regarding shopping local, the three explained that doing so also builds local relationships. DeBroux recounted that what started as customers asking for sewing advice evolved into their current friendship.

The Sewing Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 6, Saturday from 10 to 5, and closed on Monday and Sunday.

For more information on The Sewing Gallery, visit them online at or at 304-487-6700.

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