Over the past 3 1/2 years, my role here at The Confident Stitch has morphed and evolved as Kate and I try to figure out this mysterious, exciting, sometimes frustrating world of Small Business. When Kate hired me, I had just finished grad school in a field I was no longer interested in, and she gave me the opportunity to go in a completely different direction. (This despite the fact that my knowledge of sewing was scant, most of it gleaned from Project Runway!) I’ll always be grateful for that opportunity, and what was initially a somewhat scary decision turned into several years of rewarding, interesting work with creative, passionate people. After this week I will be leaving my job here at the shop to pursue other endeavors—and in my place The Confident Stitch will have a new manager, full of fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm!
While it’s been tricky to learn the ins and outs of running a successful business, sewing has been a different story. I became utterly obsessed after starting my work here, and along the way Kate and Bonnie have been excellent teachers, full of patience and experience. I’ve learned so much more about the slow fashion movement, the joys of having a hobby that’s fun AND useful, and that quilts can be modern. I’ve been inspired by customers who have been sewing for 5 days or 50 years, and found a sewing community here in Missoula as well as online, through blogs, Instagram, and good old fashioned YouTube tutorials. Sewing makes me feel like I have magic powers, and The Confident Stitch gives that gift to all its customers. I’m grateful and proud to have been a part of that.
So what’s next? I plan to travel with my husband, spend more time with my family, and take my career in a new direction. But you can bet that I’ll still be sewing up a storm, poring over DIY blogs, and looking forward to the latest news and offerings from The Confident Stitch! And let’s be honest, I’ll probably still be in here every day buying fabric…
Thank you, wonderful customers and sewing community! And thank you, Kate! Now carry on designers…make it work!