Johnny is retired from law enforcement and Debbie is retired from a county job. Debbie is a graduate of UF School of Architecture, an avid quilter, and quilting teacher. Johnny started repairing sewing machines due to Debbie’s interest in sewing and a very sick featherweight sewing machine that no one seemed able to fix. It has been fixed. Johnny started acquiring sewing machines and taking them apart and putting them back together to learn how they worked.
Before you know it Johnny had about 50 sewing machines of varying ages he was tearing apart.
When retirement time came in 2008 his wife stated “you need a hobby” and since he was into sewing machines she suggested he open up a business to repair and service them. Johnny learned that computerized machines were out because he didn’t have access to the computer repair software, so he began to specialize in the older machines and made the Singer Featherweight his mainstay due to their popularity. He found suppliers of parts for the featherweights as well as many other machines, and of course when you work on the sewing machines you start collecting them. Johnny has several in his private collection now, many of which are from the 1800’s, and is a member of ISMACS (International Sewing Machine Collector Society).
Please make an appointment for customer drop off and or pick up between 9am and 4:30pm We are open by appointment only. We appreciate phone calls limited to those hours of operation. Sorry for any inconvenience, but Johhny is working 7 days a week now because there are no scheduled work days without customers coming to the shop so we had to schedule appointments. We are closed on Sundays.
We have now added,PICKLE DISH QUILTING to our business enterprise with the addition of Debbie's newest quilting machine, an APQS long arm. It is not a computerized model, just manual, but it has the new glide table, which makes quilting almost a 1 finger deal. It has a super easy, movement. She has already gotten new customers and is doing quilts almost every day.
Our doors have been open almost 12 years now and have many, many happy, return customers. email, or call us for an appointmnet and come by and see our little operation. Our phone number is: 352-867-8035 office, and 352-427-7803 cell.. Our address is: 13225 NE 39th Ter. Anthony, Fl. 32617. We are conveniently located about 7 miles off I-75 and 4 miles off Hwy441 in Marion county Fl. between Ocala, and Gainesville. We are now going out of business after several years of service to the public. It has been a wild ride, but time to retire again.