Sew Much to open at Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — Cynthia Zajkowski has found a new spot for her Sew Much shop, which formerly was in Delano.

She’s opening next week at Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

“I’m bringing fabric back to Parklane,” Zajkowski says.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and Prairie Quilts moved from there within the last year.

“I remember coming to Parklane as a kid with my mother,” Zajkowski says. “As long as I can remember, there was a fabric store here.”

She was looking for new space when Dan Beltz of A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center, which also is at Parklane, told Zajkowski how disappointed customers were that there were no fabric shops left there.

“It’s left kind of an empty place where everybody was used to going,” she says.

Sew Much will be in 2,900 square feet a few doors south of where Jo-Ann’s used to be.

Zajkowski will be open by Monday, though there’s a chance she may be able to open Friday or Saturday.

“It may not be the funky, trendy new place to be, but . . . it’s a great place for a fabric store.”

A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center expands at Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — For every story of a business closing lately there seems to be one of a business expanding.

The latest is A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

“We’re going to more than double our size,” owner Dan Beltz says.

He’s had the store since 1992.

“Believe it or not, we only had 800 square feet before,” Beltz says.

He’s adding another 1,100 square feet by knocking out a wall and expanding into the former Prairie Quilts space.

Beltz’s story isn’t typical for his industry.

“Nationwide, we’re losing a lot of sewing machine dealers. They’re just not making it. Even here in town some of them are hurting.”

His business is “doing extremely well,” though.

“We’re taking awfully good care of our customers,” Beltz says.

The service side of his business, which has four employees repairing equipment, is doing especially well.

Beltz says people send sewing machines for repair from as far away as overseas.

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