The constant hum of the sewing machines from a workroom at the rear of her shop, Moms 2 Bee, provides a gentle reminder to Cheryl Evans of how far she has come.
The pile of orders ready to be shipped doesn’t faze her. Neither does the ringing of the telephone. Clerk Emily Brown and Evans double-check completed monogramming orders before sending them on their way. Evans fields a phone call in between customers to discuss sewing. “I find that appliquÃ©s work better on solid versus print,” she said, flipping through designs in her large flash book.
What began as a hobby picked up during a home economics class at Woodlawn High and has evolved into a business with both a Web site and a retail location. “I’ve always sewed ever since then,” Evans said.
Evans, who was a stay-at-home mom to her two children, said, “When I had a daughter, I made her outfits and hair bows.” Evans began making items for friends and as their families grew, for the kids as well. “I’ve always been crafty and was always making baby blankets and gifts for people,” she said, “and one weekend decided to do a craft show.”
Evans grew from occupying one booth to two, “but it takes its toll, being away from your family.” She had a small home office from which she built her client base working on a small used machine from Shreveport Sewing Center, where Evans said she can find all of her supplies. It lasted about six months before Evans said she outgrew it and upgraded. “I couldn’t keep up because I was making all of my stuff back then,” Evans said. From dresses to bags to blankets, you name it, she made it. And now, if it can be personalized, she can do that too.
“I had been looking for a place. It was time,” she said of her rapidly expanding business.
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