Ready Set Sew! Opens In East Ridge

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Melanie and Steve Coakley, longtime area embroiderers, have opened Ready Set Sew! a new retail sewing machine sales, service, and learning center in East Ridge. The store will offer products and classes for those interested in sewing, embroidery, quilting and serging.
Melanie and Steve Coakley, longtime area embroiderers, have opened Ready Set Sew! a new retail sewing machine sales, service, and learning center in East Ridge. The store will offer products and classes for those interested in sewing, embroidery, quilting and serging.
- photo by Kaylor/Creative
Melanie and Steve Coakley of EmbroideryFX have opened Ready Set Sew!, a new retail sewing machine sales, service, and classroom center in East Ridge. The new center is now open and is the exclusive area dealer for high quality Baby Lock®, Elna®, and Janome® brand machines. Classes will be offered in sewing, quilting, serging and embroidery. A full line of parts and accessories are available. The new center will be servicing all brands of sewing machines. 

 Ready Set Sew! also offers a full line of Madeira® sewing, embroidery, and quilting threads in addition to high quality Floriani® embroidery threads. A large selection of Dakota Collectibles® stock embroidery designs are also available as well as Moda® fabrics. 

Additionally, owner Melanie Coakley will share her nationally recognized expertise in a variety of training courses in sewing, embroidery, and quilting at the center’s new classroom. Classes will be conducted every month and will be announced through the store’s email newsletter and website as well as at the store’s Facebook page. 

“We’re very pleased to have this great new location and incredible classroom space available for our customers. We hope everyone interested in sewing, quilting, serging and embroidery will visit our new location and check out all that we have to offer. Our focus is on each and every customer having a wonderful experience in our store while getting the expert knowledge they want,” said Mrs. Coakley. 

Ready Set Sew! is located off I-24 at the East Ridge exit 181A and through the tunnel, 2 blocks on the right at 3444 Ringgold Road (at the former Wolf Camera store location). Store hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

General Manager Steve Coakley said that, “while the store is currently open for business, a grand opening celebration is being planned for the fall, that will include a drawing for a machine giveaway and a lot of fun.” 

Melanie and Steve Coakley have been in the embroidery business in Chattanooga for more than 24 years, formerly known as Signature Designs and now as EmbroideryFX. With a degree in clothing and textiles and a lifetime of experience in sewing, quilting and embroidery, Melanie enjoys celebrity status in the embroidery industry and is a frequent speaker, consultant, and instructor at many stores, events, and trade shows across the country. She is a featured writer in numerous industry publications and has recently been honored in “The Top 20 Women of Distinction in the Commercial Embroidery Industry” by Stitches magazine. 

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