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Fran's Staff

Fran Kertesz has been involved in sewing as a business since 1977. Before that she was a Home Economics teacher and earned a Master’s degree in Child development. Sewing has always been her passion and she has a diverse background including: alterations, piece work, custom sewing and she has been involved in sewing machine repair and sales since 1990. Fran and her family moved to Wilmington in 1996 when she opened Sewing Circle. The store has since grown and Fran continues to strive to offer the best product and service to her customers.

Andrea Anderson has been living in Wilmington since 1993 with her husband. Andrea has enjoyed the art of quilting for many years, has been sewing since she was in high school, and has been a staff member of Fran’s since 2003. Andrea likes to create challenging pieced quilts, play with color, and come up with her own original quilt designs, and in her spare time
she prefers to bake, bike, swim, and sew. Andrea teaches many of the quilting classes that we offer at the Sewing Circle and she also teaches other projects that she thinks others would enjoy. She likes to spend time with her black lab, Sadie, and traveling to Finland and other far off places to visit her family.

Mary Ann Contri has been living in Carolina Beach for 10 years. She loves quilting and sewing for her granddaughters. She has been quilting for 20 years and sewing since she was in high school. She enjoys teaching others to quilt. In her spare time, Mary Ann loves to cook, walk on the beach, be with her granddaughters, and experiment with her long-arm machine.

Debbie White has lived in North Carolina her whole life. She has been sewing for more than 40 years. Her favorite fabric line is Tula Pink, she loves to create  handbags, and travel to new places in her camper. She is extremely knowledgeable about machine embroidery- she loves exploring new tips and tricks! She is also our Scan N' Cut
guru. Debbie teaches our monthly Hoop It Up!  and Scan N' Cut classes. You can always find her teaching someone a new trick!

Lydia King was born in Wilmington, and has been sewing for 13 years. She started teaching our
kid’s camps in 2013 and loves to help children find their passion for sewing! She likes to make bags, hand embroidery projects, and apply her sewing knowledge to her art. Lydia is currently earning her associate's degree at CFCC. In her spare time, she loves to pet cats, drink tea, and spend time in her sewing room.

Summer Nicholson has lived in Wilmington all her life and been sewing since a young age. She enjoys designing and altering apparel patterns and creating new embroidery patterns. She has a good eye for color and loves to help find matching fabrics.  When Summer is not working or going to school at UNCW, she enjoys working on computers and working in her ceramics studio.


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