970-672-2147
info@the-sewingcircle.com  
2948 Council Tree Ave, Suite 107, Fort Collins, CO 80525,
inside Front Range Village, NE Corner of SuperTarget Building

HOURS:
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 9:30am-5pm
Tues & Thur  9:30 am - 6pm

Staff





Melissa Mangan, Owner
Email:  melissa@the-sewingcircle.com


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 software and no more traveling....just have fun, play with friends... and SEW! 

Pat Mangan, Store Owner
Email:  patjm@the-sewingcircle.com


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. Eventually, he will run our repair department, keeping all of our machines in top shape.
    
Althea Richling, Manager
Email:  althea@the-sewingcircle.com


Althea has lived in Fort Collins for 12 years. transferring with her husband via Hewlett Packard. Althea's daughter and Melissa's daughter sat next to each other in school their first day to find out they had the same birthday and were both from Oregon, hence, a long friendship between the Mangan's and the Richlings. Althea has an Associate degree from Front Range Community College and has worked for the Viking company store in Loveland for the past 2 1/2 years shortly after buying her first Viking. Althea loves to craft, quilt and create fun projects. She brings with her a passion to serve and help customers feel happy about their purchases and projects. Althea will serve as the Manager of the store, utilizing all her acquired skills to keep us organized and on track. She will greet you with a smile and welcome you to "The Sewing Circle"!

Linda Lilly, Staff
Email:  linda@the-sewingcircle.com


Linda taught school for 30 years but never lost the love for teaching and working hard. Linda has sewn for 60 years, but enjoys embroidery and heirloom the most. Linda manages 3 Viking stores and has tried to retire many time, but friends and sewing keep bringing her back to her passion. She brings with her a love of people and makes everyone feel welcome and cared for. Linda will serve as the Assistant Manager in the store, helping Melissa, Pat and Althea keep it together!

Katie Mangan, Manager
Email:  Katie@the-sewingcircle.com


Katrina (Katie) recently graduated from Colorado State with a Bachelor in Criminal Justice/Sociology. She is the "young" sewing representative in our store. She loves to stay busy with just about anything, including her hobby, sewing or her puppy. As manager of the store,  she will help with just about anything. She has just recently started free-motion quilting and shows signs of great talent!  She will be the "bubble" that greets you with a smile!
 
Lena Sikorski, Manager
Email@the-sewingcircle.com


Lena Sikorski 
 grew up in a crafty family in Kiev, Ukraine. Her grandmother was a professional seamstress. After World War II her  grandmother was making women look beautiful  by designing and stitching dresses from parachute silk. Later when Lena’s grandmother retired she was sewing Lena’s outfits exclusively. Lena’s  mother is cross-stitch artist. Lena loves to display her mother’s art around the house for inspiration. Lena’s sewing “career” began when she was about 10 year old. Working along her grandmother Lena designed and hand stitched clothing for her dolls. Shortly after, with grandmother’s supervision, she made clothes for herself.  She bought her own sewing machine when she moved to the United States as a graduate student at the Toledo University in Ohio. At that time her passion for quilting was born.  Her favorite part in the process is choosing fabric for the project.
 
Michelle Weatherly, Staff
Email:  michelle@the-sewingcircle.com

I learned sewing from my Grandmother, who sewed all my lingerie and undergarments and lots of beautiful dresses growing up. When she stopped sewing those for me, I had to figure out how to purchase them! My mother also sewed. My Mom’s “sewing room” was in an unfinished closet underneath the stair case. I took sewing in 7th grade and learned how to read patterns. My husband, Tom purchased my first sewing machine when we were first married and he still supports my sewing obsession. Everything I sew since then has been self taught or watching others sew and a lot of “un-sewing” with my seam ripper. I sewed clothing for myself when our 2 sons were growing up and made many Halloween costumes for them. After more than 20 years of sewing on the kitchen table and cutting fabric on the floor, I have a designated space for my sewing which is wonderful! I like to sew garments, diapers, purses, home decoration, and lately quilts and dolls. I like to sew baby outfits for co-workers and friends. I am enjoying sewing for our new grandson. I am willing to sew just about anything, and love learning new techniques and especially enjoy the social aspect of sewing for others and with others.

 
Candy Brachle, Manager
Email: candy@the-sewingcircle.com


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.

Al Workman, Facilities Manager

Al is one of the most talent members of out team that you will meet! He has driven a truck, been a mechanic, and most recently retired from Lighting for the big picture studios. He loves to work with wood, but has been encouraged to try his hand at quilting. His skill with wood transfers to very precise and accurate quilting techniques. He is designing and building fixtures for the store but will impress everyone with his quilting! Let Al cut your fabric and you will know it is PERFECT
 
Roselyn Cutler, Manager
Email: roselyn@the-sewingcircle.com


Roselyn began sewing in the then-mandatory junior high home economics class for girls (which was a wonderful experience in contrast to the disaster in cooking class when she set the kitchen on fire).  Her parents gave her a sewing machine and tailoring lessons for Hanukah, and she was on her way.  Roselyn sewed on that same machine through high school, college, graduate school and her children's early years.  When it passed away (at the age of 28 years, may it rest in peace) is when she discovered the world of computerized sewing machines, quilting, machine embroidery and design.  Now The Sewing Circle is her second home.
 
Jan Weber, Staff
Email: Jan@the-sewingcircle.com


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.
 
Debs Digiorgio, Staff
Email:  Debs@the-sewingcircle.com

Debs learned to sew as a youth from her mother who made the families clothing and her grandmother who specialized in Amish quilts. Debs is skilled at many crafts, and is most proficient with scrap-booking & sewing and likes to take on challenges so that each project is a learning experience. Debs loves classic literature and lived in Europe, often she finds a way of bringing these two passions into her creations.


   
Melissa Knowles, Staff
Email: MissyK@the-sewingcircle.com