Sewing is a dying art form typically reserved for grandmas. At least, that's the impression you would have gotten at the store Compusew in Plano.
Cluttered and outdated, this time last year the store was hanging on by a thread.
“There was no life in the store," said Shary Tafalla, a regular customer. "When you came in, it was like everything was the same.”
“There would be times when I would come in and I would be the only one in here," said Michele Woolsey, another regular customer.
That's when a breath of fresh air came through the door.
28-year-old Jessica Bermudez bought the place last November. She cleaned it out, changed the name and quickly learned that the old store had a lot of life left in it.
“I didn’t realize there are so many people that really wanna sew here, but didn’t really have a place to go,” Bermudez said.
Today, the new store, Sew Dallas, not only sells and repairs sewing machines, Jessica's sewing classes regularly sell out.
“It’s actually breathed so much life not just back into this store, the community, the whole metroplex is really buzzing about Jessica,” Tafalla said.
Because everyone has been so supportive, Jessica wanted to say thank you.
“I kinda don’t want to just take from the community, I want to give back, too," she said.
To that end, Jessica asked her customers for a favor: to help stitch together broken hearts.
She invited everyone to the store to piece together quilts. Quilts that will comfort children in hospitals, abuse shelters and all over North Texas.
“I think sewing helps a lot of people and I think that we can help a lot of people with sewing," Bermudez said. "I want to know that what I’m doing is serving a purpose.”
She may have started with a renovation but she's clearly mending even more.