|Melissa Mangan, Store Owner
Melissa has a bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics Education, a Masters degree in Computer Science Education which led Melissa to teach Mathematics and Computer Science for 15 years in Oregon at many levels. Melissa is married to a wonderful man, Pat and has two children, Katrina and Nicholas. Melissa's husband transferred with Hewlett Packard to Colorado and after a 2 year "retirement" to settle the family in Colorado, Melissa looked around for something to do. Linda Lilly hired Melissa to demonstrate and sell sewing machines for Viking. About one year later, Melissa and Linda switched roles and Melissa became the manager of Viking Gallery.
Approximately one year later, Melissa was hired to work for the corporate office of SVP (formerly VSM) as a Business and Sales trainer for Viking, Pfaff and Singer dealers across the nation. Melissa's specialty was creating a fun and active store, with special skills in Software, Embroidery and Sergers. Melissa helped the company in a number of projects including Web trainings for dealers internationally in 4D, 5D, 6D and Premier software and no more traveling....just have fun, play with friends... and SEW!
Melissa recovered from a near-death experience in 2016 and has since vowed to sew more, play more and enjoy the store and all of you MORE!
|Pat Mangan, Store Owner
Pat has most of his adult life worked in the computer and manufacturing industry. He has a Bachelors degree in Commercial Industrial Fitness. His passion is to make Melissa happy, hence the store. Pat will be the tall, quiet guy you might see in the office, balancing books, working on the webpage, keeping the electronics and network at the store functioning perfectly.
|Candy Brachle, Long-Arm Specialist/Instructor/Sales
Candy Brachle began her sewing experiences as a teenager, learning first from her mother. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Home Economics, Consumer Science. She and her husband owned a Custom Window Covering Business for 30 years on the Western Slope, primarily working in Aspen and Vail. In Albuquerque, Candy managed the window covering department in a large retail store. She comes to us with extensive experience in home furnishing sewing, hand embroidery and quilting. One of her objectives is to introduce the satisfaction and joy of sewing to those who are just getting started.
|Jan Weber, Long-Arm Specialist, Instructor, sales
Jan has been living in the Fort Collins area since 1998. She moved here with her husband of 53 years. She was an International Trainer with Raychem Corp. and then a Project Manager at IBM before her retirement. They have two grown daughters and one granddaughter.
Jan started sewing at a very young age. She lost her mother at age 10, and found it necessary to make her own clothes from that time on. Sewing for her daughters as they grew up was a must as well. She started quilting about 15 years ago and has taken many classes to aid in the discovery and techniques for better quilts.
Quilting definitely gets in the blood. Making something beautiful but simple and easy is a must when you have a busy schedule. Thus the concepts of triangle squares.
|Melody Busch, Inventory Specialist/Sales
Melody is a Colorado native, born and raised in and near Fort Collins. She went to elementary and high school in Loveland Colorado and attended Colorado State University. She graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics Education and then taught Home EC for 6 years, owned her own fabric shop for 4 years, and then was a Moda sales rep. for the last 32 years. Melody has been sewing for 50+ years. She has been married to Jim for 45 years.
Melody "retired" last November and has been at the Sewing Circle since December 2018 working even harder! She is a wealth of knowledge about sewing and products. Do not hesitate to stop in and ask her questions!
|Bianca French, Long-Arm Specialist/Sales
Bianca was born in Wenatchee, Washington but moved to Fort Collins, Colorado when she was 3 months old. She taught herself how to hand sew when she was about 10. Her love of sewing grew after taking a home economics class, and she received her first sewing machine a year later for Christmas. Bianca loved making projects such as plushies and pillows. As her sewing skills grew, she moved on to big projects like blankets and pajama pants. Then she discovered quilt making and she made her first quilt back in 2017. Ever since, quilts have been Bianca’s project of choice and even though she is still a beginner, she is excited to learn!
|Hadrian Harrison, Sales
Hadrian (pronounced "Adrian" with an H) just recently moved to Fort Collins from Savannah Georgia. She is currently attending CSU for apparel and merchandising. Hadrian has had an interest in sewing and clothing since she was a child, and even took fashion and sewing classes in high-school. Even though she hasn't made a quilt (YET!) she plans to start her first one for her little brother's high-school graduation. Hadrian still has a lot to learn, but she's excited to be in Colorado and to be working here at the sewing circle! She is a wonderfully proper lady from the south and will always greet you with a proper southern hello. Hadrian is talented at "upcycling" and fashion design. She recently made a wonderful summer dress that is SEW cute!
|Mary Ulrich, Sales
Mary recently moved to Colorado from California. She is a native Californian and has a Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandise degree. She also is an Artist, painter, worked in Costume and Industrial Design in Hollywood, California, and owned her own dressmaking/design business. She has been sewing forever. Loves to design clothes, hand embroidery, write, draw and paint trees/mountains/flowers. Mary is a creative free-thinking soul who can help you pick fabrics for any project, especially garments.
|Kazia Goncher, Long-arm Specialist/Sales
Kazia (pronounced Asia with a "k") recently moved to Colorado and is enjoying her new life here, especially her new-found hobby: Sewing! She recently made a dress from scratch (no pattern!), a Mondo-bag and is talented both on the embroidery machines and our longarm "Bella". Kazia has a talent for creative, out-of-the box sewing!