Meet our team

We just love to hear our wind chimes jingle when you come to visit! Whether you are looking for local sewing studio, a BERNINA expert, a fabric store, or just a creative place to get inspiration... We welcome you.

We have the oldest dealership on the front range, with over 40 years with BERNINA. 
Our combined experience makes us a valuable resource for you to
Sew your dreams into reality...

Susan Igou, Master Tailor, Founder

Vanessa Empire, Owner
With the passing of Susan Igou, daughter Vanessa Empire continues her legacy.  With a background in design and a lifetime of experience growing up around garment construction, BERNINA sewing machines and more, she loves to pass on her nostolgic love and passion for creating beautiful clothing, both as a creative outlet and also as a passion.  Her specialties include fabric knowledge, pattern creation/editing and gorgeous finishes, and sewing for the home.  She loves sharing that passion with kids, and multi-generational sewists!  If you need design help for your home or your next project, she is your go to!

Liz Marr, Teacher & Art Quilter

A quilter for over 25 years, Liz views her quilting as an intergenerational creative and meditative endeavor. She looks to nature for much of her inspiration in quilting. Liz fell in love with textile arts at an early age when her mother taught her to sew and her grandmother taught her to knit and crochet. She’s been under the spell of needles, fabric and fiber ever since. Liz inherited her enthusiasm for Bernina sewing machines from her mother, who is a retired Bernina tailoring instructor. 

After a successful career in food and nutrition communications including extensive experience with adult learners, Liz now devotes much of her energy to quilting, knitting and music. She holds a bachelor of science in clothing and textiles from University of Missouri, where she graduated cum laude, and a master of science in food science and nutrition from Colorado State University. In addition to quilting and knitting, Liz is an amateur pianist and is active in the local music community.

The Mentor...
Master Tailor, Giacomo Trabalza Mentor of Susan Igou
Master Tailor, Giacomo Trabalza

  • Monday 10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday - Thurs 10am - 6pm
  • Fri & Sat 10am - 5pm
  • *Closed Sunday
  • Address:
    2850 Arapahoe Rd., Ste 100
    Lafayette, CO
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