It has been 21 years since Nola Pearce and her husband Bob, first set up shop in Lloydminster. At the time, they were just a small operation, offering sewing machines, sergers, and service with a smile. Now, over two decades later, their original dream has expanded “beyond anything (they) had ever planned.”
Sew In Tune, as it is now, is not what the Pearce’s originally set out to build. A retiring music business owner approached them and asked if they would be interested in acquiring her business and merge it with theirs. Despite the learning required, they decided to give it a go.
So, with this unusual combination, what exactly do they offer? When customers visit this spacious store, on one side they can explore all things music: a wide range of guitars, ukuleles, drums, pianos and keyboards, music books and accessories, and band instruments-for sale, rent or repair.
On the sewing side, there is a wide variety of Bernina, Brother, Juki and Janome sewing machines and sergers, as well as Go! fabric cutters: something for the menders, sewers, embroiderers and quilters. Regardless of skill level or price point, Sew In Tune has a machine to fit everyone’s needs (and more importantly wants!). Need a sewing cabinet? a machine carrying case? Needles? Thread? they have it all. Beyond the products, they also offer a variety of services: machine repair, sewing classes for kids, as well as educational classes on every machine they sell. Wanting every customer to enjoy their machines as much as possible, Sew In Tune offers a guide class to all buyers regardless of whether it is a $200 or $15,000 machine purchase.
During their fifth year in Lloydminster, Bob and Nola saw a need for more music teachers and a space to provide that instruction. That year they launched a music school which has continued to grow, offering private lessons in piano, guitar, drums, violin and ukulele.
What’s the secret to surviving in business for over 34 years? In the words of Bob and Nola “Always try to over deliver. If you give more than you promise, 99 percent of the time people are happy”. Because of this philosophy, a lot of their business throughout the years has been earned through referrals. The quality of service that Sew In Tune staff offers to their customers is known to be outstanding. This could be attributed to Nola’s reputation for being able to resolve sewing troubles and Bob’s reputation for meticulous repair work.
The Sew In Tune staff invites you to come in and see what we can do for you. Continuing to serve our customers, enhancing their sewing and music experience is our goal now and for the future.