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About Lynda

In 2004, as I was starting graduate school, I decided to leave my highly stressful management position in higher education and take on a "low-key" job working for Sew What? Inc., a manufacturer of theatrical drapery. Little did I know that I would love the company, my co-workers, and our terrific customers so much that I would choose to stay here even after I was awarded a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. What do I do here at Sew What? Inc? The question should probably be, what don't I do? I have done most of the jobs here, from purchasing to accounting to sales (though not sewing - I'm an OK home sewer, but that is it) at one time or another. Currently, my position is General Manager, and I function as an all-around trouble-shooter, computer guru, supervisor, writer, researcher and much more. One of the hats I wear here is as the resident Flame Retardancy expert. I am self-educated on the subject, having done tons of research and talked to dozens of industry professionals throughout the years to gain a solid understanding of flame retardancy requirements in the United States. I love to educate people and have written several articles on flame retardancy requirements for drapery used in public spaces. On a personal level, I love to cook (I studied to be a chef in my younger days, but decided I didn't want to work that hard for so little money). I am a big fan of classic rock and like to go to concerts. I don't get to as many as I'd like, but three that come to mind are Aerosmith with Lenny Kravitz at the Staples Center, the Van Halen Friends & Family Show at the Forum, and Tom Jones at the House of Blues. Well, enough about me for now. I hope you enjoy my blog, and please feel free to jump in with a comment or question. I'd love to hear from you. Lynda Vaughn
27 03, 2019

Celebrating 10 years of “It’s All Sew Biz”

By |March 27th, 2019|Company, News|3 Comments

It seems like only yesterday that I published the very first post on our company’s brand new blog, but amazingly enough, it was ten years ago, on March 24, 2009. In the beginning, I was not only the blog administrator, but also the primary author of posts, with Megan contributing as well. I was learning as I went along, so the early posts were mainly text with the occasional photo.

As the years went on, this blog evolved. As I became more comfortable with the WordPress platform and other platforms like Flickr and YouTube, we began to include more embedded content – including YouTube videos and Flickr photos of our custom stage drapes and rental stage curtains out on tour.

Over the years, the voice of the blog has become more diverse, as a variety of staff members have contributed posts. Some have contributed just one or two posts, while others have became regular and frequent authors. Today, blog posts are primarily written by Marianne, Megan and me (though my focus these days is more on administering the blog rather than writing posts).

It is just so amazing and gratifying to see how this blog has evolved and improved over the years. Whow would have imagined when we launched this new unfamiliar format ten years ago that the blog would still be going strong in 2019! Thank you to all of our readers and contributors – here’s to another ten years!

14 11, 2018

Old Dominion “Nashville Night in Buchanan” Silver Satin Drapes

By |November 14th, 2018|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

This October, Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey brought a night of country music back to his hometown of Buchanan, Virginia. Along with Ramsey, this year’s “Nashville Night in Buchanan” also included bandmate Trevor Rosen and three of their songwriting partners, Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins, and Shane McAnally. They were able to bring in 5,172 people to raise money for the local food bank, Buchanan Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry. Rent What? Inc. was so happy to be asked to work with Old Dominion again with our Silver Satin rental drapery.

We were honored when we were asked to be a part of another event with Old Dominion to help raise money for charity. We donated our stunning Silver Satin Drapes from our Rental Drapery Collection to create a beautiful backdrop for these performers. These drapes are some of the most reflective and striking materials imaginable and can change colors by splashing light onto them. Since they reflect light beautifully, they were able to create sensational color patterns and intensities for the event. With various drapery options from swags to Austrians to legs (and more), it lends itself to many different stage designs. This gave them the opportunity to create a distinctive look for the “Nashville Night in Buchanan.”

On top of raising money for the Buchanan Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry, Ramsey also announced that he has started a fund called My Hometown Fund, which gives directly back to the community. They have already raised around $50,000 for My Hometown Fund with the “Nashville Night in Buchanan.”

Our drapes from our Silver Satin Rental Drapery Collection looked amazing on stage for this event and they also layer beautifully with drapes from all of our dynamic drapery collections. Our Specialty Drapery Series’ make it easy to create dynamic look for any booth, show or exhibit by packaging an entire complement of matched drapery components in a single fabric theme. Each series contains a varied collection of drape sizes and styles that work together beautifully to create a fully designed scene. Contact our sales team today so we can help you get the perfect rental for your next show or event!

6 11, 2018

Old Dominion “An Evening With Friends” Benefit Concert

By |November 6th, 2018|Clients, Projects|2 Comments

Last month, Sew What? Inc. had the opportunity to be a part of a huge fundraising event with Old Dominion. Old Dominion set out to raise money for the Opry Trust Fund and Ryan Seacrest Foundation with their “Evening with Friends” concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. We were able to donate these beautiful drapes from our silver satin rental collection for the concert.

The Opry Trust Fund’s mission is to help those in the country music industry by offering financial aid during their time of need. The Opry Trust fund has been able to donate more than $2 million to those that need it the most. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is a non-profit organization that strives to inspire today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s  first mission is to build broadcast media centers within pediatric hospitals to give patients the opportunity to explore the creative outlets of radio, television and new media.

“An Evening with Friends” even featured surprise guest performances from Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini, and Michael Ray. Our silver satin rental drapes looked beautiful behind the talented performers, and we are so honored to have been a part of this event. Old Dominion was able to raise $40,000 for these amazing charities, making this a truly unforgettable night.

3 10, 2018

Sew What? and Rent What? Sales Reps Go From Office to Sewing Room

By |October 3rd, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|2 Comments

Recently, the office staff had the opportunity to work with our talented staff in the sewing room. We each spent 5 hours in the sewing room on the cutting table, the pinning table or at QC. This gave the sales staff the opportunity to not only learn the product better, but also have a clear understanding of how the sales process connects with the sewing process and gain insight into the skills and time needed to complete these projects.

I started at the cutting table with Jorge, who has been with the company for over 21 years. We began by analyzing the cut list that was given to us by the sales person and checking to make sure that the fabric was completely clean and intact. After that, we measured out the correct amount of fabric. Once it was measured, we smoothed out the fabric, cut it into pieces and folded up each piece to give to the pinning table. Jorge is incredible at his job and patiently waited for me to slowly catch up to him. He made sure that every cut was measured correctly and that each piece was folded meticulously.

Next, I worked at the pinning table with Sara, Gloria, and Maria. Again, we started by checking the cut list that was passed down from the cutting table. We were working with a 22oz Encore, which is much harder to push a pin through than you would think, and we began by folding and pinning around the edges. The fabric was so thick that I bent most of my pins and poked myself almost every single time trying to push them through. Sara, Gloria and Maria made the pinning look completely effortless and I could barely put two pins in before they finished the entire piece of fabric.

Lastly, I worked in QC. Miguel showed me how they add ties onto the sewn drapes and push a tie through the top hem. We took a long, skinny pole with string attached to push through the top of the drape. This was not an easy task; I was using all the muscle in my arms to get that pole to the end. Not only did we have to push the string through, but we had to tie tight knots through every grommet along the top of the drape. After finishing all the ties, we checked that the measurements were correct and attached it to the truss to be lifted and checked one last time. Once it was brought back down, we folded the finished product and placed it into a Sew What? bag. Miguel was incredibly careful that the drape was the correct size and that it was all input correctly for the customer.

This experience has taught me a lot about how much effort and detail is put into every single drape that we make. Everyone in the sewing room is amazing at their job and has such incredible skill that is unmatchable. I feel so lucky that I get to be apart of such a hard-working team that truly cares about the quality of their product.

28 11, 2017

Interesting Blog Post Explaining Knit and Woven Fabrics

By |November 28th, 2017|Education, Fabrics, links|1 Comment

Here at Sew What?, our focus is on the manufacturing of custom stage drapes and other soft goods. Along the way, we love to educate our blog readers about stage drapery – from the different material options to fullness to finishes.

Recently, Megan read a post from Dutch Label Shop that does a great job at explaining the differences in knit fabrics and woven fabrics, and so I thought I’d pass the information on to our readers. Click below to read this interesting post:

The Difference Between Knit and Woven Fabric

While Dutch Label Shop is focused on sewing apparel (they sell custom clothing labels), this post applies to fabric used in a variety of applications – including stage drapery and soft goods. For example, for digitally printed backdrops, we have both knit (such as Heavy Knit) and woven (such as Cotton Canvas) fabrics available.

We utilize many fabrics, both knit and woven, when making custom stage drapes, mixed media backdrops, LED Stardrops, and other stage soft goods. Of course, different fabrics work better for different needs, so we always offer the most appropriate fabric for the project – whether that be a knit fabric or a woven fabric.