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.
Laura Goins is our niece and a Navy veteran who saw active combat duty in Iraq. 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 made many of her own clothes when she was in high school and college. Dalene began 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.
After 30 years as a librarian, Dalene became an Inspiration Consultant for dime (Designs in Machine Embroidery) and conducted embroidery events around the country before transitioning to work full time at the stores.
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 in the Ark City store.
Sydney Kendrick started sewing when she was 20. She likes to make purses, quilt top, scrunchies, or whatever else strikes her. If she sees a picture she likes, she can usually figure out how to make it. Sydney has been a member of Prayers and Squares at First Baptist Church in Ark City since 2017. She started working in the Ark City store in June of 2020. She has an awesome giggle and keeps us all laughing.
She is a member of the Walnut Valley Quilt Guild, the Pioneer Area Quilt Guild, the Newkirk Crazy Quilters, the Wheat Capital Quilt Society, and the American Sewing Guild - Wichita Chapter.
Diana Scanlan has been sewing since she was 13 years old, and she has loved every minute of it! She started off with clothing in school, then when she worked in an office, she made all her clothes for work. She also made her children's clothes (for the short time that they actually wanted her to). Then on to home dec: curtains and roman shades, slipcovers for furniture and the usual kitchen projects. Not to mention mending everything her husband brought to her to fix! She resisted quilting for quite awhile after her first project turned out badly. This was before rotary cutters and cutting mats, but when she tried those she was hooked. So, here she is in the Wichita store, working in a job that is perfect for her!