Hi I’m Sue. I’m a BERNINA Ambassador, Aurifil thread designer, Craftsy instructor, YouTube teacher, DIME Columnist, Blogger, published author, Notion junkie, sewing and In the Hoop pattern designer and artist. I’m mamma to my sweet Heidi in Sunny Florida, we love to create together and she is my muse and inspiration. I get some of my best ideas from her. Sewing has been apart of my lift since I was 6 years old and I found out my grandmother, Natalie, was a designer in New York City in the 40s.
I began my professional career as a costume designer at Busch Gardens, Tampa, Fl. After years of working as a costume designer, I became a sales manager for a sewing machine dealer. While enjoying the home sewing industry, I wanted to get back into the fashion industry. I worked for a leather manufacturer and spent most of my time in China on the factory floor as their Creative Director. Once the business changed direction I was once again searching for a place to share my talent. I landed a Technical Designer position for VF Imagewear working with Harley Davidson and Team sports apparel and worked there until my daughter was born.
After Heidi was born in 2009, I wanted nothing more than be a full time mom. I continued to teach sewing locally and before long I officially created my brand and have been living the dream ever since.
Devoting all my time to being a mother and small business owner my brand grew from designs, to In The Hoop projects, sewing patterns, and in 2012, I introduced a new and clever line of Serge~Broidery® products merging the serger and embroidery machine to become “Best Friends” in creating beautiful works of art that cannot be completed without both machines!
Today I’m most passionate about video. Each week I produce 1-2 new instructional videos on sewing and machine embroidery and notions. My weekly notion review is a huge hit titled, “Does this Notion REALLY Work?”. It has become such a sensation you can also follow my column in the DIME magazine (Designs in Machine Embroidery) where I narrow my love of notions to one per issue.
I’m proud to say I work with many amazing companies and enjoy my continuing journey in this sewing life:
- I’m a BERNINA Ambassador (stitching on the BERNINA 790 Plus)
- Aurifil thread designer (The Sewing Gnome)
- 2018 Designer of the Month for Aurifil Block of the month (November)
- Craftsy instructor (In the Hoop Gifts)
- YouTube teacher (www.SueOVeryTV.com)
- Pattern designer (sewing, serger and In the Hoop projects)
- Published author (The Year of the Crafter coloring book and designs)
- Columnist in Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine (DIME)
- Featured designer for Creative Machine Embroidery magazine (CME)
My goal is to daily push the envelope of creativity and bring fast, fun and adorable projects to my audience. What I love even more is being with sewing students and machine embroidery enthusiasts. If you ever get the opportunity to meet me, you will find I’m full of life, sewing knowledge, and a few jokes too!