Saturday, August 20, 2016

 Do you have a sewing machine, but just don't know how to use it?
I can give you a full sewing lesson on your own machine for just $20.

Your basic lesson includes everything you need to know:
Filling bobbins
Stitch Length & Width
Using your attachments
Putting in a zipper
Basic maintenance
Questions Answered

Then, you will make a simple project
(Throw pillow or Tote)
from supplied materials to take home.

Call (920) 238-7862 to schedule your tutoring session

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This is a sample of the customized sewing 
that I can do. This bridesmaid could not find a gown that fit her needs, so together we are designing one for her. I will make the pattern from scratch as well as a "muslin" (or practice)dress to ensure proper fitting adjustments before cutting into the expensive fabric she has chosen. The cost of the project has yet to be determined.

Watch for progress of this project.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The major event I spoke of earlier has occurred.
My beloved, husband Jim
passed away June 5, 2016

Having years of anticipatory grieving, I know 
that I am going to be ok.

"Grief is like the ocean;
it comes on in waves
ebbing and flowing.
Sometimes the water is calm,
and sometimes it is overwhelming. 
All we can do is
learn to swim."
         ---Vicki Harrison

Ann Marie Custom Sewing
is active again.
The best way to reach me to schedule your
free consultation by appointment only is to

Call (920) 238-7862

Saturday, September 13, 2014


My life is somewhat on hold. I stand on a precipice awaiting a tragic event that is inevitable. I do not wish it to happen soon, by any means. In the meantime, I must take care of me, and prepare for the new life that lies ahead of me. I am learning to be comfortable with my own company, and struggle yet to settle in to my new home. (Yes, there are many boxes yet unpacked after nearly a year)

In case you have found me online with an address on Rogersville Road, you may have discovered the house is gone. Sorry about that. The best way to reach remains by phone. (920) 238-7862.

 Our home on Rogersville Road was used for training of the 
town volunteer fire department and completely destroyed in the spring of 2014.

New Location

     Please call for appointment.

 (920) 238-7862

I am a home-based seamstress and cannot accept

   Appointment availability is limited. Consultation is free.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Products

Two Aprons previously available have sold. However, I can customize an apron for you.

Includes "Sock Monkey" fabric

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I'm  still here.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

UPDATE/"de train! de train!"

      ♪ ♫....."And with all of his strength
       he gave a mighty shove.
           Then a miner yelled out
         "There's a light up above!" "
                                                     ---Jimmy Dean--- 


"There's a Light at the end of the tunnel, and it ain't a train!"                    
                --Ann Marie--

(OK, so I couldn't find a picture of a train, but this one fits, too.)

It has been a long year for me. For over a year I have been told my husband is terminally ill. "My" life has been a roller coaster of crises, but how to share with you my perspective without whining? How about some cheese, crackers & chocolate to go with the wine? (As tempting as it is to get very drunk and stay that way, it doesn't help much. I've tried.)

My story is who I am. This blog is for my sewing business, but also about me. I alone am ANN MARIE CUSTOM SEWING. Bear with me.  Perhaps you need inspiration yourself? Perhaps you are only curious?  That's ok.  I need to express myself.  I do realize my problems are not unique.  Nor am I asking for your sympathy. Being pitied is nearly unbearable.  I am so weary of being the drama queen, but I cannot help myself from frequently sharing with anyone kind enough to listen.

I must say here and now, that hospice workers are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. Love and care are the heart of those who provide hospice services. THANK YOU to Agnesian Home Hospice and the Hospice Home of Hope. Words are inadequate to express my appreciation of these beautiful people. 

What is my point? you wonder.

The point is about my conscious choice to have faith. Certainly, I could resign myself to accept the inevitable outcome in a somewhat "what-EV-er!" attitude. But, it goes beyond that. I have naturally experienced the gamut of emotions throughout these many months of drama. Yet I am constantly reminded of the loving presence and care of the Lord. That is the inevitable. I cannot run from Him.

My husband is on several medications to help with his anxious emotional state, but many times he resists the effects of those medications UNTIL we pray, or read something inspirational.

What will happen "tomorrow"? I do not know. I have these blinders that only allow me to see what I need to in the moment. I can do "today". God has my tomorrows. In realistic terms (my awareness of the things I cannot dwell on for now) my future is bleak.

I have to selectively limit my availibility to work, but can still sew for you. Call to inquire. (920-238-7862)

Thanks for listening.

NOTE: I have deleted the post with directions and pictures of the studio, as we have had to move.