Our June Business Member of the month is SewPo! While normally PMQG members receive 10% off of our purchases at SewPo, today through Saturday, July 21st we can receive 20% off instead! Sweet!
This is what Kate had to say about SewPo:
SewPo is a family-owned business, run by Kate Matlock and her mom, Janett Elliott. We have been sewing together for years and about 3 years ago we finally got to open up our own little fabric shop!
What are your hours and location?
We are open seven days a week; 11am-4pm on Sundays and Mondays. 11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday. We are located at 830 N. Failing Street, in the lovely Mississippi neighborhood. We can be reached by phone at 503.282.1372, or visit our website, SewPo.com
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What’s the best thing about owning your business?
As much as I love to sew, my main motivation for actually making anything is so I can buy new fabric. Having my own fabric shop lets me fulfill my need for acquiring fabric (without filling up my bedroom!) and I get to try out designs and colors I wouldn’t normally be drawn to.
How long have you been in business?
My mom and I opened SewPo in March 2010. We launched our Etsy shop in October 2013.
What’s been your favorite order/customer/memorable moment as a business owner?
Working in a fabric shop is simply delightful. The customers are almost always in good moods and I get to hear about all types of fantastical projects. I have been honored to be the first sewing teacher for dozens of little seamstresses and I have helped parents finish quilts for long-awaited babies.
My most memorable moment though, was selling a quilt to the propmaster of Grimm; the night my quilt was on television, about a dozen people sent me “OMG”-type messages!
What other jobs/businesses have you worked/owned?
I used to be a cloth diaper and baby-wearing expert over at a local baby boutique. Before that I managed a babyGap, Gap Kids and Gap Maternity combined store. And, of course, I have 3 sons ranging in age from 5 to 11 y/o, which is definitely work!
What made you want to go into this field of work?
I really just love, love, love fabric. All of the colors, the designs, the possibilities inherent in one little yard of material, it is magical!
|Lost in Paris Quilt|
Do you still have time to do your own quilting and sewing while owning your business?
We take on a fair amount of special projects—wedding napkins, nursing covers for the NICU, binding quilts, etc. I usually tell myself if I get a certain amount of “work sewing” done, then I can do some “fun sewing” until my bobbin runs out!
Does your store have classes, get-togethers, or special events you’d like to mention?
We occasionally host classes, although we tend to focus on the beginning sewist. Every Saturday we host an open sew from 12-2pm. People can come in and use our tools and sewing machine, or if they need help getting a project started (or finished) that is the perfect time to do so. We charge $10 per visit.
Thank you so much, Kate, for sharing with us about your store! PMQG members, if you haven't visited SewPo yet, there probably won't be a better time since we can receive 20% off our purchases at SewPo through July 21st!
--Mary Ann, V.P.