MILLEDGEVILLE — Karin Smith was born in Holland, raised in Hong Kong and studied in London, but her world adventures eventually brought her to settle down in Milledgeville nearly 50 years ago with the love of her life. While her husband, Nat, was stationed in Germany, Karin found her passion and niche for embroidering.
In 1988, Karin officially kicked off her business, Sew K Designs, out of her home after realizing the need for additional income since her two sons were getting ready to enroll in college.
Using three commercial embroidery machines with 15 needle heads and a large assortment of threads, Karin is able to digitize graphics and embroider in-house for popular items including marketing logos, school uniforms, shoes, totes, aprons, vests, golf bags, blankets and even Christmas stockings.
“I can do hats, jackets, luggage, bags and I do a lot of leather jackets for the motorcycle club. I do church robes, parade banners, table cloths and flags. I also did about 50 Georgia College graduation scarves for all of the different departments this past May. I keep files of everything I do, so I know exactly which threads I used and [how it was designed],” she said. “I can embroider designs based off photographs as long as I can scan it in. If I can get it under my machine, I can do it.”
To have a basic decorative design stitched onto an item at Sew K Designs, the cost starts around $8 and increases depending on stitch count.
As a long-time member of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, Karin has no plans of slowing down her workload for retirement, but hopes her daughter-in-law will one day take over Sew K Designs.
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sew K Designs is located at the Smith home at 144 Old River Bridge Rd.
For more information about the local business and its services, call (478) 453-7852, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.sewkdesigns.com.
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