Meet Pam Chapman, she is the store manager at our Abottsford Location. She has been with the company for almost 11 years. She comes with lots of experience and loves to sew, quilt and embroidery. She has been sewing since she was 6 years old. She is one of our busy instructors and teaches a variety of classes including embroidery, embroidery software, machine quilting, sewing and serger. Pam would consider herself an expert in Machine Embroidery and Embroidery Software and is ready to answer any question you may have about those or any other kinds of sewing related concerns. With so many notions to choose from her two all-time favourite would be “Wonder Clips” because they hold things in place and she loves the “Oliso” Iron because you do not have to stand it up, making her shoulders and wrist very happy. Pam has met some amazing people in her job and each of them has enriched her life. When not at work Pam enjoys hiking, kayaking and the great outdoors.
Laura has been with the company for about 15 years!! She likes to sew just about anything. Laura claims to have begun sewing by hand and making doll clothes when she was 8 years old and moved onto a sewing machine at age 12 making a top with decorative stitching and buttonholes. Laura teaches Beginner Sewing, Serger Start-up and sometimes she teaches a clothing class. Laura is not one to shy away from a difficult and/or an unusual sewing question. She would have to say her favourite notion would be the Clover Premium Seam Ripper because it has such a fine tip and is so very sharp. (She has tested quite a few over the years). We are happy to have Laura as part of our staff.
Lorraine began working at our Abottsford location in January of 2007, almost 10 full years of making new friends, learning new things and trying to be of service to both the customers and the manager, Pam. Lorraine loves quilting and has taught many happy beginner quilters over the years, but she would have to say that her first love is embroidery, both doing it and teaching it. Not only does she loves selling machines to happy customers, but she loves to teach them how to use them. She loves to see the look in their eyes when they have that “ah ha” moment and they finally get what their machine is all about. Lorraine would like to thank everyone for making the past 10 years such a joy!! Can you tell how much she loves her job.
Sonya has been at “A Great Notion” for 8 and a half years now and claims she just started sewing when she was 48 years old. She likes to do things that are quick and easy. She does teach classes and stated that she would teach just about any class as long as it is not a garment!! She would consider herself a specialist in “Frogging”. She says she is always rip, rip, ripping out something!! Her favourite notion is the Seam Ripper because she specializes in Frogging and uses one a lot. “A Great Notion is a great store to work at and I think we have a great team in Abbotsford” quote from Sonya! Keep up the good work frogging and helping customers, Sonya!!
Becky has been with the company for 5 years now. She has been sewing since she was 6 years old and loves to make garments. She also teaches clothing classes as well as quilting classes. Becky would consider herself a specialist in lingerie sewing as well as costume making. Her all-time favourite notion is the “Thimble It”, because she does a lot of hand sewing and she can’t wear a regular thimble because of her long nails.
Heather joined the A Great Notion family in October of 2015, so she has been here for almost one year. She has tried a lot of different types of sewing, but what she gravitates to and has done the most of is quilting. Quilts of all sizes, from mini, all the way up to king size quilts. Heather took her first sewing class in grade 8 and didn’t really think too much of it. She then started sewing and quilting on her own in her 30’s, when her kids were little and she was at home with them a lot. Heather does not teach any classes at this time. As far as quilting, she is still learning and is slowly getting better at machine quilting itself, but would consider herself to be a specialist in careful piecing. She likes to make sure that everything is a close to perfect as possible, which includes pressing and seam allowances. Her favourite notion is “Best Press” and she uses it in almost every project. It gives just enough crispness to the fabric which helps in piecing and also helps to control fraying of the cut edges. She loves all the different scents. We are happy to have Heather with us!!
Sandy is one of the newcomers to the store, starting in March of this year. She enjoys helping customers and although she has been sewing for a number of years, she still continues to learn something new about the industry almost every day. Sandy has been sewing since the age of 14 and now sews mostly clothing, but she also enjoys creating handbags and other non-garment types of items. Sandy loves the wonderful selection of fabrics our store has and the fabric inspires her to delve more into quilting. She has gathered so many different notions over the years, that it is difficult to choose a favourite, she does, however, love her Rotary Cutter and her cutting mats (yes she has several of each) and cannot imagine beginning a sewing project without them. At this time Sandy is not teaching any classes.
Rosemary has only been with the company a short 4-5 months. She loves to sew both garments and quilts. She began sewing at the age of 8 and began quilting at the age of 18. She does teach classes in quilting, sewing and also knitting, crocheting and cake decorating. Sounds like she is one busy lady. Rosemary would consider herself a specialist in quilting, patchwork piecing mainly. As for a favourite notion, she has so many favourites and they change from day to day and project to project. Today’s favourite would be the Olfa Rotary Cutter with the deluxe ergonomic handle for ease of use and comfort. Tomorrow, perhaps the Clover Awl for guiding fabrics and seam allowances while sewing. Rosemary feels more like a “Jack of all trades, master of none”!!!