Kari has been an avid quilter and has been sewing for more than 30 years. Taught by her mother to sew, she learned early how much fun it is to play with fabric and color. In high school and college Kari was an artist and was using her design skills for her paintings and drawings. Life got busy and time for sewing was limited once she married. But with the birth of her first child, she began sewing again and made her first patchwork quilt. In 2007, she began her business as a quilt pattern designer and fell in love with the art of quilting even more. As a quilt pattern designer, Kari has had designs published in several quilt magazines and books, has designed fabric lines for Henry Glass fabrics, and has written and self-published a quilt book. In recent years, her pattern design has taken a backseat to a full-time job and motherhood. But she inherited a Singer Featherweight sewing machine from her grandmother and began learning to maintain and repair her machine. This motivated her to learn how to restore and repair Singer Featherweight sewing machines and has fully restored dozens of sewing machines. She loves to share her knowledge and love of sewing through teaching classes.