Patrick McDonald, owner and head technician, started repairing sewing machines and vacuums in 1977. His knowledge and experience has led to McDonald's Sewing & Vacuum being the only Dyson and Rug Doctor Service and Repair station in the region. His engineering background provides the technical know-how to handle electronic parts and pieces. If it can be fixed, Patrick can fix it!
Neil Kirkpatrick has more than 20 years of experience in maintenance. He has trained with Patrick and now performs service and repairs on vacuums and sewing machines. He is always ready to carry your machine in from the car, down to the basement for classes, or back to your car. He includes a smile and often a joke along with the outstanding service he provides.
Cindy Canny also started sewing at a young age and is always willing to share helpful tips. She teaches classes, demonstrates machines and other products, and helps Patrick manage the sales floor.
Laura Goins is our niece and a Navy veteran who saw active combat duty in Iraq, supporting Navy Seals. She sewed with her mom when she was growing up and sewed on all of the uniform patches for her unit in the Navy. Of course, they had to be perfect. Laura has been able to apply that perfection to her quilting. She is also enjoying the opportunity to explore her creative gifts.
Laura brings her experience as a plumber on the USS Ronald Reagan to bear servicing sewing machines and vacuums. She enjoys working on the website too! Her wide range of skills serve her well as manager of the Wichita store.
Dalene McDonald learned to hand embroider before she could write. She used her grandma's treadle Singer to make her first scrap quilt at about the same time. She made many of her own clothes when she was in high school and college. Dalene returned to quilting in 2003 and purchased her first Viking sewing machine in 2006. She loves all kinds of sewing, quilting, machine and hand embroidery, and also offers longarm quilting services.
She is a member of the Walnut Valley Quilt Guild, the Pioneer Area Quilt Guild, the Newkirk Crazy Quilters, the Wheat Capital Quilt Society, Prairie Quilt Guild, and the American Sewing Guild - Wichita Chapter.
Dalene contributed articles to Designs In Machine Embroidery Magazine.