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If you like the idea of recycling, you’ll appreciate one of Moline’s newest businesses. If you love to sew, you may end up a loyal customer.

Pound and Inch Fabric and Sewing Store opened in late 2014 — at 2901 16th St., Moline — with a simple idea: buy fabric by the pound, and sell it by the inch.

The store’s sole owner, Valerie Kate Baker, an Army Reservist, originally wanted a store so she could have access to the PFAFF-brand sewing machine lines. But she and her mother, Carol Triebel, decided to buy and sell fabric, too, after Baker visited similar stores in Denver and Kansas City while on a tour of active duty with the Army.

“We buy 100-percent quilting cottons per pound from customers and resell the fabric priced by the inch,” says Triebel, who has worked with her daughter since its opening. “It’s really a bargain.”

“Mom likes the fabrics and I like the PFAFF-machine lines,” says Baker, who attended entrepreneurial training through V-WISE, a three-phase program that targets women veterans and military spouses. It provides instruction on all of the necessary skills for starting a business, as well as a strong network of mentors and supporters for women veterans to help other women veterans.

Since 2011, 1,500 women have completed the program.

Triebel says Baker will talk to anyone who wants to sell 100-percent cotton quilting fabric and supplies, and people come from as far away as Chicago. “Sometimes, the family doesn’t know what to do with mom’s cotton quilting, so we’re a good market for that.”

The fabric must be at least 9 inches, full width or fat quarters; clean and odor-free. Books, patterns and sewing notions also are purchased for resale at bargain rates.

Triebel says that when it comes to recirculating quilting fabric, a lot of quilters in the

area are cognizant of recycling, so this idea is relatable. 

Cottons are the most common type of quilting fabric, and 100-percent quilting cotton typically is

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accepted as the best fabric for quilting. One of the reasons cotton is so popular is because the texture and properties suit most people, and very few people have skin sensitivity to cotton. In addition, higher-quality cotton fabrics also are less likely to bleed, and quilting cotton is strong and easy to work with. 

On the store’s doors, you will see in pink letters PFAFF. In the Quad-Cities, Pound and Inch is the only PFAFF sewing machine dealership certified for sales, service and limited repair.

PFAFF was founded in Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 1862 by instrument maker Georg Michael Pfaff. With a long history of both strong design and engineering, PFAFF sewing machines are known to be the world’s premier precision machines that sewers aspire to own.  

Last month, PFAFF unveiled its latest: the Creative Icon, claiming it to be the most precise, 

and most top-of- the-line sewing machine that the PFAFF brand has ever introduced.

Pound and Inch will begin carrying the Icon in October.

The store rotates inventory frequently, and provides names of people who do quilting projects

if you are not a quilter. 

Triebel says the store also can accept batik fabrics, but they aren’t as marketable as the 100-percent quilting cottons.

“We do try to buy something from everyone."

Find Pound and Inch Fabric and Sewing Store at 2901 16th St., Moline. For more information, call 309-428-8189, or visit facebook.com/PoundandInchFabricandSewing.

Ann Ring is a frequent Radish contributor.

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