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Into the fabric of Main Street

June 6, 2011
By Elaine Zarzana ( , Marshall Independent

It's easy to see that Marty Bass is enthusiastic about Southwest Sewing and Quilting Center's recent move to its new Main St. location.

"I love the lighting in this building," said Bass, the manager at SSWC. "And just the opportunity to showcase our machines."

While SSQC can service all makes and models of sewing machines, the brand it sells is Baby Lock.

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Marty Bass cuts some material recently at the newly-opened Southwest Sewing and Quilting Center in Marshall.

"We're a full-line Baby Lock dealer," she said.

"We were definitely out of space before," Bass said. "We have a lot more notions now."

Notions are items used in sewing -everything from buttons to thread to seam rippers.

"We have more fabrics coming in all the time," said Bass.

The shop features a separate classroom area which allows them to offer more classes. Bass plans to teach a quilting class starting in September.

"It's fun to share my passion for sewing. I've always enjoyed sewing," she said.

Southwest Sewing and Quilting center opened two years ago when Fabrics Plus owner, Elaine Nyquist, sold this portion of her business to Johnothan Lee. Lee continued to own and operate SSQC at the Fabrics Plus location until May 2, when he opened the doors at 227 W. Main St.

"I've been in the industry for 25 years, doing sales and service of all makes and models of sewing machines," said Lee.

The grand opening for Southwest Sewing and Quilting Center was from May 31-June 4. Lee said.

"I do not carry products I don't like, so I always try them out," Bass said.

She demonstrated some of the features of a special sewing machine, the Baby Lock Ellisimo. This sewing and embroidery machine has a computer screen and uses a web-cam to give a close-up view of the stitches.

It allows users to create their own embroidery designs digitally, among other features.

At the front of the shop, the long-arm quilt machine commands attention.

This machine is large enough to handle full-size quilts, performing the precise stitching to put the layers of the quilt together.

"There is a demand for long-arm quilting," says Bass. "There is usually a two-month wait for people to get their quilts finished."

Individuals as well as businesses might be interested in purchasing this kind of machine, Bass said.

Hours at the new location are 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

"I really feel blessed that we've had this opportunity to expand our business," said Bass.



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