Betty's Bobbin Box is a fitting name for our family-owned business that brims with sewing machines, fabric, patterns, notions, classes and a large supply of sewing and quilting books.
It all started many years ago when Betty Reneau, our owner, would go up and down her block knocking on the doors of her friends telling them it was time to come to her house and sit under the big tree in the front yard for their ""sewing class"". She felt that all little girls should learn to sew as that would make them better wives and mothers. She thought that, in fact, until she passed away at the age of 85 years of age in 2012. Betty worked for another sewing machine company for many years before opening Betty's Bobbin Box in 1991 as an exclusive Janome Sewing Machine dealer. The idea to open the shop came after she purchased a New Home (now Janome) Memory Craft 7000 sewing machine. ""I thought if I liked it that well, then someone else surely would also."" All these years later, Betty's still exclusively carries the Janome line of sewing, embroidery machines, and sergers and is owned by Betty's daughter, Caren.
Our on-going plan has always been to offer service after the sale and we are very fortunate to have Walter Reneau, Betty's son as our service technician. Walter is a retired band director and started training soon after retirement to become the number one service technician in West Texas! He attends every training and knows the machines from the entry level to top-of-the-line.
Our cornerstone is to keep our store unique, primarily through offering ""the cream of the crop"" sewing and quilting classes. We offer a plethora of classes, ranging from beginning sewing to more specialized classes such as quilting, heirloom sewing, wearable art, automatic embroidery, and a multitude of others.
We are extremely fortunate to have a staff of top-notch instructors conducting our classes. We stress classes on all new techniques, as well as instructional classes for those who purchase machines. Students may bring their own sewing machines or they are welcome to use the Janome machines we provide.
We always keep up to date on the latest technology in the sewing industry by attending Janome Institute, quilt markets, craft markets, etc. In fact, we have attended every Janome Institute since the beginning without fail to keep abreast of all the new things pertinent to the sewing industry in general and our shop in particular.
Betty's Bobbin Box hosts celebrity speakers and classes every year. We specialize in cotton sewing fabric, specialty needles, design software, and a large supply of decorative threads. We continue to expand with new inventory to give teachers and students better equipped classrooms.