About Our Staff

  
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Steve and Mel Hicks

Steve and Mel have been married for 37 years and started BSC over 20 years ago in 1997! They met when serving in the United States Navy during a tour in Adak, Alaska. Steve was then, a Radioman and Mel, an Ocean Systems Technician. Steve later went on to become a recruiter and Mel a mom of two boys. Steve retired in 1999 but came to repair machines from the beginning on weekends. Together they are dedicated to creating a fun and inspiring place for sewing enthusiasts to enjoy the art of creating in the sewing and quilting world.

Steve loves to play golf and Mel loves to sew, sew, sew!

They love to travel when they can and love their dog and store mascot, Louie!


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Cheryl Walker

BERNINA Sewing Centre welcomed Cheryl to the team in 2001.

At a young age, her grandmother and mother inspired her to sew. She won awards as a youth creating her own clothing.

Making purses, embroidery, embroidery software, Silhouette, and most anything to do with sewing makes her happy! She loves the challenge of creating something new and she is ready to pass it on. Her style of teaching is calm and easy going, and students taking her classes are always pleased they have taken them. She especially enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of BERNINA machines with new machine owners!


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Hannah Brooks

Hannah has been with BSC for almost 7 years! She has known Steve and Mel since she was 8 years old. She spent many a sick day laying under the quilting machine while her mom worked at the shop in Orange City.

For those who don’t already know, Hannah’s mom is Cheryl. Hannah learned to sew from her mom and also enjoys working on cars with her husband. Stop by and have her help you select fabric for your next project, she’s really great with color!


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Gemi Wilson

Gemi retired from the United States Navy and joined the BSC Team over 15 years ago! She is a certified BERNINA Technician and is the reason we are able to sew stress-free. She spends all her time in the tech department making our sewing machines hum! 

She also loves making clothing, specifically wearable art and collects vintage treadle machines. She is now beginning to teach some classes in the shop, so she can share her love of sewing with others!


 


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Terry Kubik

Terry is originally from Maryland but has been living in Florida for over 40 years. Terry started at Disney as a tour guide and later met and married her husband, started a family and homeschooled her children for 22 years. They hosted 8 Japanese students over the years and enjoys keeping in touch with all of them.

Terry has been a BERNINA loyalist for more than 25 years and now enjoys sharing her love of sewing with others at BSC! Her other hobbies include crocheting, walking, gardening, reading and watching mysteries. She loves the drums and would love to take lessons someday!

 


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Alice Middleton

Alice is a true Floridian…Born and raised in Central Florida. She graduated from FSU with a bachelor in elementary education and later received her Masters at UCF.

After 36 years of teaching, Alice retired and now spends two days a week at BSC playing with fabric and everything sewing! She and her husband have two grown children and currently live with 5 felines!

 


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Jane Allingham

Jane is a quilter who loves to help fellow quilters plan and execute their projects. Moving to Lake Mary in 2014, she quickly found a home at BER-NINA Sewing Centre. Her prior work in a quilt shop in Great Falls, Virginia was a great springboard into the more contemporary quilts she enjoys making today. Jane also enjoys needlework and quilting by hand for a change of pace. She and her husband are native Kansans (with a long stint in Oklahoma) and have two adult sons, whom neither of share Janes lefthandedness.


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Gretchen Krasoski

Born in the “good old days,” I grew up with wonderful parents and two great sisters. I graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with my Bachelor’s Degree and the University of Pittsburgh with my Master’s in Education. Following were marriage, the adoption of two awesome children, and 45 years of teaching in PA, NY, RI, MD, and FL. 

I began sewing early in life with my mother and actually made many of my own clothes after I graduated from college. I met Mel and Steve in 2000 shortly after moving to Florida, and Mel has been my inspiration ever since. Now that I am retired, I have a wonderful life- I sew all morning, play with my grandson all afternoon, and work at Bernina Sewing Centre on Sundays. You can check out some of my projects at KrasoskisKrafts on Etsy, Facebook, or Pinterest.


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Louie

Louie has been with the BSC family since September 2016. He loves being our official greeter! He is especially good at being energetic, eating treats and chasing balls. He isn’t however, good at giving the ball back to you! 

When coming to BSC, be sure to give Louie a belly rub, those are his favorite!