1 November 2017, the Bedford Sewing Center (Formerly located off the courthouse square in Downtown Bedford, Indiana) was purchased and we moved to a new location on State Road 37 in the old Bundy furniture building, just north of the stop light at the US 50 SR 37 split south of Bedford. In JULY 2018, we were forced to move again! We are now located just a bit further South on S.R. 37 in the Old Day Photography Building, NEXT to the PRIMITIVE PORCH.
In addition to the new location we got a new name! We are now the the Indiana Quilt Depot & Machine service, LLC. We are South Central Indiana’s leading Husqvarna/ Viking Dealer. We pride ourselves on the fact our shop is an inviting and supportive atmosphere, with friendly, educated staff members on hand to help you find the products that best suit your embroidery, sewing, quilting or other fabric arts needs. Whether you’re making garments, crafting quilts, or embellishing a new jacket with the latest embroidery design, we are here to assist you on your creative journey!
The primary focus of the Indiana Quilt Depot & Machine Service is the service and sales of the Husqvarna/Viking line sewing & embroidery machines. With certified instructors we stand ready with knowledgeable product advice, personalized customer assistance, thorough machine training, and in-house financing, we are prepared to help you select the right machine that will maximize your creative potential.
But, our commitment to YOU does not end with simply selling you a machine and sending you on your way. The purchase of a machine from us includes classes to familiarize you with your new machine. We are committed to insuring you are comfortable with your new machine, knowing it’s proper use and maintenance and ready to create wonderful projects.
Our commitment to helping you reach your full creative potential with fabrics doesn’t end with machine familiarization either! With an ever expanding line of educational classes covering the full spectrum of fiber techniques from embroidery, to quilting, to purse and bag construction, to wall hangings and table runners, and beyond; you set your pace for learning. If we don’t have a class on a subject your interested in, let us know! We are always looking for new ideas not only to expand our curriculum but to meet our client’s needs and wants.
No mater your skill level, we have a class or sewing group you will fit right in with and meet your needs. If a group setting is not for you, we do offer private classes on request. And if you find yourself miles away and having a sewing issue, we are a phone call away. We ALWAYS stand ready to help our clients be successful.
In addition to machine sales and training, We have a certified, in house technician who will work on any brand of domestic or industrial machines. The vast majority of our services and repairs are done in our store. You don’t have to worry about your machine being damaged or lost in shipping to remote site. Our technician is available and willing to talk to you about your machine and any issue or concerns you may have. He will give you advice on how to keep your machine in top running order so you can concentrate on projects, not machine issues. With an ever increasing stock of repair parts and network of resources, the time your machine is with us is ever decreasing. And lastly, to increase your sewing productivity and enjoyment, we carry a large selection of designer fabrics, sewing notions, and quilting supplies project patterns, books and accessories. We put a lot of effort into bringing you quality supplies, designs, patterns, and fabrics. We attempt to bring new products every month. The last few months, we have brought in over 15 new bolts of fabric each month of diverse styles, patterns, and themes. If we don’t have it, ask. There is a chance we might be able to order what you want.
OUR HISTORY & ORIGINS
The Indiana Quilt Depot & Machine Service is not exactly a NEW business but an evolution of a long standing business. Our shop originally started as the Bloomington Sewing Center located within the Bloomington JoAnn’s Store. This location was a satellite location to the Columbus Sewing Center and was little more than a kiosk location selling Husqvarna Viking sewing and embroidery machines. As an authorized dealer and service provider for Husqvarna Viking machines, this location was the first exposure most in South Central Indiana had to these high quality domestic machines. While successful, this location was limited not only in physical size but scope of services that could be provided.
In 2007, the Bloomington Sewing Center ceased to exist and re-opened as the Bedford Sewing Center with a storefront located at 1410 J street in Bedford. This move not only allowed the store to expand the scope of services and products, BUT also to better serve the entire South Central Indiana sewing market with a more central location to serve the population south of Bloomington.
Change came again to the Bedford Sewing Center in 2011, in the form of a new owner. Sue Martin, who had been an employee at JoAnn’s. Armed with a passion for sewing and a life-long dream of owning her own fabric shop, Sue purchased the store. The Sewing Center expanded physically twice under Sue’s ownership, eventually occupying the entire building.
Expansion was not just physical space but in staff and services. In the fall of 2015, Gordon Bell joined the staff as On-Site Repair Technician. Prior to Gordon formally joining the staff, there was a visiting tech on a semi-weekly schedule who often had to take machines off-site for repairs.
Having fulfilled her goal of having owned a fabric shop, 2017 saw Sue looking forward to a full retirement in new year. 2017 also saw the city of Bedford improving the downtown area in the form of the Stonegate Arts & Education Center on the site of the old JC Penny building. Construction activities took over the parking lot and was often closing the street making access to the store extremely difficult. Given the declining sales it was obvious that drastic measures were in order. Gordon found a new location which was agreed would be a more conducive location for continued operation and expansion. So, the purchased of the business was moved up to November and the physical move began.
The new location is south of town, just north of the stop light where US 50 splits to the west from SR 37 it what is locally known as the “Old Bundy Furniture Building”. This location provides numerous advantages over the downtown location not the least of which is over twice the space for expansion, along with better access, parking, and visibility.
It is our mission to become the Premier Destination for anyone in the South Central Indiana or Midwest who is interested in purchasing a top quality Sewing/Embroidery Machine, Accessories, Fabrics, Notions or Instruction in the fabric arts.
It is our Primary Goal to encourage people to discover the fun of all fabric arts (sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, etc.). We will accomplish this by the following:
- Provide the best quality sewing/embroidery machines and accessories on market to the sewing public of South Central Indiana.
- Provide the best quality materials, fabrics, and notions to support the sewing public.
- Providing the best Instruction and Assistance to any and all stitching enthusiasts, no matter their level of experience who wish to learn the time honored skills of thread and fabric.
- Provide the finest machine repair and maintenance service in the region.
- Be an Inspiration and Assistance to ALL interested in the fabric arts to reach their full creative potential.