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About Us

Larry and Mary Jensen opened Jensen’s Vac & Sew in Morris IL in 1992. Larry, a trained and experienced vacuum and sewing machine repair serviceman, brought a level of expertise to the business that was appreciated by customers from all over. There are still those today who travel across state lines to have Larry work on their machines because they trust his accurate and meticulous repairs.

Mary has been sewing most of her life, gaining skills that have led her to many opportunities including the achievement of becoming a licensed Martha Pullen instructor both in Heirloom Sewing and Basic Beginning Sewing. Although she loves sewing clothing, Mary also has experience with quilts, home décor, and crafts. Having met Tim Gunn personally she loves TV shows like Project Runway.

A few years ago, Larry and Mary expanded their store to include the Joliet, IL location, now known as The Sewing Store. Their niece Connie, an experienced sewist with an interest in fashion and design, had also joined the family business. Both she and Mary are experienced using computer embroidery software on both Mac and PC.  Connie is now a student of Fashion Construction and Design and no longer works for us since she has relocated to Chicago.  We wish her the best, we will miss her creative touch at The Sewing Store.  

Update November 2015:  We are proud to be a family owned small business, and, are very proud to welcome our niece, Malisa into the team.  Malisa has a strong Scrapbooking background and owns the Laura Ashley sewing machine.  She is just delightful and we are sure you will love her.  She is in love with the Scan N Cut and is very proficient with both models.  Come in to meet her.

Update November 2016:  Miss Emma has entered the life of happy new mom, Malisa!

With the birth of my special grand neice, Emma, Malisa is busy being a great mom so Katy has come to join us.  Katy is full of creative ideas.  You may already have met Katy at our "Sew What" group meetings, she is the lady with the great recipes and always bring delicious foods to share.  Katy adds a special creative touch to our store.  She is just full of ideas.  Come in to meet Katy, she is usually here 3-5 days a week!  You will love her.

Visit The Sewing Store today and let us share our love of sewing and the creative process with you.

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