As a military spouse I've lived/travel around the world. In March 2011, midway through our three year assignment in Japan, the 9.0 earthquake shook the northeastern coast and the subsequent tsunami devastated the area. My children and I evacuated to my hometown of St. Louis where I purchased my first embroidery machine after receiving the following fortune cookie, "Now is a good time for a new collection or hobby". Before I even knew how to use my single needle embroidery machine, I had pending orders and Sew Hip Designs began! I quickly outgrew my starter machine and 6 months later purchased Stella, a 6-needle Baby Lock embroidery machine. We currently call Ogden, Utah home where we reside with our two children and have since aquired Stanley, a 10-needle Baby Lock embroidery machine.