Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Danny Wicker Joins the Team!

We have had so many requests to service other brand machines that we are now forturnate to be able to offer service on ALL Brands to you.  Danny will be starting at the Quilters Loft on Feb 2, 2010 and will work Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We are now accepting appointments for Danny's Schedule.  When you schedule an appointment for an Annual Maintenance, (yes all machines need this service), you'll be able to drop off your machine at your appointment time, and in most circumstances you will be able to wait for it.  Please call the shop, 704-662-8660, and schedule your appointment today.  When you schedule your appointment now thru February 28, 2010, you will save 30% on your cleaning service. (Parts and Repairs excluded)

Danny graduated from Needle Trades Technology Greensboro, NC in 1977. His first job was with Wrangler Jeans as a sewing machine technician at various plants in eastern NC. In 1983 he moved to Regency Bedspreads Co. in Conover, NC and was employed as a sewing machine technician. There he gained experience repairing industrial long arm quilting machines and computerized single head quilting machines. In 1989 he moved to Peaches and Cream Inc. and was employed as head sewing machine technician, responsible for 2 manufacturing facilities in Whitakers and Sharpsburg NC. In 1994 he became owner of Statesville Singer Center, an existing Singer and Pfaff dealership established in 1951. He later moved the business and changed the name to Wicker Sewing Machine Co. and specialized in the repair and service of all brands and models of sewing machines. Danny's interests include gardening and music, and he is an award winning guitarist. He is the father of 3 children; Amber, Luke, and Kate; and one granddaughter, Niya. He is an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Statesville and lives with his wife Cathy and 2 teenagers on a 14 acre hobby farm in West Iredell lovingly called "The Miracle Farm." Danny says "I am excited about setting up shop at the Quilters Loft and I hope my 30+ years experience will prove to be an asset there. I am looking forward to serving both new and existing customers, with their sewing machine service and repair needs."

Candid Shots of the Dreaded Inventory Count

We had a wonderful time taking inventory.  This year we had lots of help and got everything done in record time, that we just had to re-organize the shop!   Actually I had been planning it for months, just kept it quiet!  Judy and Reba spent two days cleaning, wonder if they hire out!  What a great job they did!  We wanted to give you more room to walk around, showcase the Batiks, since they are so gorgeous anyway, and oh, did you know the Aborgines have arrived?  Well, what I really mean is, we now have a beautiful collection of fabrics from Australia and they sure go well with the Batiks. 

Of course we ate well, since we seldom get to take lunch, never mind that we got to "do lunch" together, although two days in a row or was that three of Panera's Bread started to get a little overdone!  Still pizza wasn't bad either!  Love that BBQ chicken!  But I did sneek up on some of our staff, in their most "candid" moments, kind of like "candid camera".  Enjoy!  Our customers who helped sure stayed out of camera range, cause I couldn't find any pictures of them!  Wait til next year.....I'll get them for sure......

Courtney - Where did she find that Hat!

Whose bottom is it anyway!

Judy Cleaning - doesn't she look great!  Guess who's holding the vacuum?

Reba's bib!  She needed it to drool over the Batiks!

She doesn't see us, does she? (Pat and Sarah)

Did you know I took a ladder safety class?

I'm counting -Did you need something?

Nancy and Laura - how many buttons was that!

Did you know this room had a Crib?  Who left the baby?

OK!  Where does this stuff go?

Are we making progress!

Was all that under the table?

Organizing, organizing, organizing!! Don't the Batik's look great! 

You'll just have to stop in and see what's new and where we put everything.  You'll be surprised and yes, we have lots of new stuff!!  And we are still under construction, putting back quilts, and rearranging!  You'll love what we have done to the place!  Soon we will have a new notions wall....stay tuned!