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Keeping You In Stitches


I remember someone telling me that if I worked at something I loved, then I would never work a day in my life.  I was lucky enough to do just that.

Back in 1964, women choose to be teachers, secretaries, nurses, or a wife.  I went to school to become a nurse – not because I had some dying urge to be one, but it was one out of four choices.  The Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Florida, Dean Smith, called me into her office one day.  (I might add I was scared to death).  I went in and sat down across from her at her very large desk and she proceeded to ask me a question.

“Have you ever thought about sewing for a living, vs. nursing?“  She knew I sewed for people in the dorm for extra money. I was at first a little insulted but I could tell she was being very serious. When I left Gainesville, I moved to St. Augustine, a city I had always loved.  I thought about what Dean Smith had said and “the rest is history.”  My catch phrase became, “Keeping You in Stitches.”  I had business cards made and started handing them out.  I truly never looked back.  I loved every day I was sewing.  Sewing became a column for our newspaper, it then became syndicated, it then became 6 books, a PBS TV show and many professional speaking engagements.  I have no complaints.  Oh if only I could thank Dean Smith for what she saw in me.

So that brings me to writing for http://www.staypluggedinto online.  I will expand in different directions such as columns about sewing, or fashion, or trends, always with a touch of humor.

And please feel free to make suggestions.

About Sally Cowan (50 Articles)
After Keeping You in Stitches for over 45 years, Sally enjoys her memories of events that happened on her way to retirement. Author of 6 books, lectures, teaching, and TV host on PBS and now has time for her many cats and Snuggles, the dog. She also loves playing trumpet in the Anastasia Baptist Church orchestra.

10 Comments on Keeping You In Stitches

  1. Check this out. Enjoy.

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  2. Betty Foster // February 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm // Reply

    Hi Sally, what kind of machine would you recommend for beginners, around age 10?
    Thank you, and best of luck on this venture.


    • Depending on how much you want to spend, there is the Brother sewing machine that does 10 different stitches for approx. $80.00. (Walmart)
      But the one that comes to mind is the Singer 4423 that does 23 different stitches and is very easy to use and reliable. (Amazon). Approx $130.00. I think there is free shipping right now.
      Hope this helps.


    • Depending on how much money you want to spend, there is the Brother machine at Walmart that does 10 different stitches for Approx $80.00. But even better is the Singer 4423 at Amazon for $130.00(free shipping). It does 23 stitches and is very easy to use and reliable. Hope this helps.


  3. Love your article, Sally!! Looking forward to reading them each month…..Donna


  4. Love your article, Sally…..Looking forward to reading your column each month!!! Donna


  5. Linda Skinner // February 3, 2017 at 5:47 pm // Reply

    I enjoyed your article. My friend and I were talking about your newspaper column a few days ago and we are quite pleased to see you continuing it in a digital format. Keep up the good work!


  6. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to your next article.


  7. Glad to see you are writing again.


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