SEW HAPPY TO BE HERE: Alisellou Designs and 95 Needles owner Sylvia Berkett (centre) with Bernina representative Joy Harvey and staff member Shirley Ikin at the store grand opening on March 20.
SEW HAPPY TO BE HERE: Alisellou Designs and 95 Needles owner Sylvia Berkett (centre) with Bernina representative Joy Harvey and staff member Shirley Ikin at the store grand opening on March 20. Jessica McGrath

Sewing haven reopens in more convenient place

NANANGO welcomed back a much loved business this week as the sewing shop opened a bigger store.

Alisellou Designs and 95 Needles had their grand opening on Tuesday as the store opened in the Nanango main street and customers are loving the new big open shop.

Owner Sylvia Berkett said the previous store was too far out of the main town, but devoted customers were relieved to hear the business was only relocating.

"We're bringing a bit of life back into Nanango and offering something different,” she said.

The sewing business, which has become a one-stop shop for local sewers and other craft projects has come a long way from the small room in the back of a shed it originated from, Ms Berkett said.

After studying embroidery and design, Ms Berkett decided to start her online business, which then grew and moved to a small shop.

The business now collaborates with colleagues and other businesses, such as Kingaroy quilting service Darrandalee Designs, to share ideas and run different workshops.

"It's really exciting to have other people to work together... to share different ideas works really well,” she said.

Alisellou Designs and 95 Needles aims to provide the whole service from buying the fabric and needle and thread to servicing sewing machines and providing in-store workshops to foster sewing skills, she said.

"It's not just a shop where you buy things, we want to give them the service to use it properly,” Ms Berkett said.

She hopes providing the whole service and support for customers, local sewers will not have to travel to Brisbane for certain products.

Ms Berkett is proud to have exclusive access in the region to certain fabrics, patterns and sewing machines such as their new range of Bernina machines.

As for the store's future she has big aspirations.

"I think we can make it bigger, I think that's the goal,” Ms Berkett said.

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