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Sew Much More

Welcome to the Sew Much More Podcast!  The interviews here are with creative business owners, mostly in the Custom Window Treatment, Soft Home Furnishings, and Upholstery industry, but also with others that are sewing related or business related.

Thanks for taking the time to listen.  Stop by The Sew Much More Podcast Facebook page and let me know what you think!


Jan 14, 2018

The Podcast is sponsored by;

The Workroom Channel
Scarlet Thread Consulting


Zona began her business in 1981 after her family moved to the Des Moines metro area from her hometown. Before moving to Des Moines she worked in a furniture store workroom for 9 months, where she learned how to make custom pleated drapes, which was the trend back then. Patterns for swags and Kingstons weren’t available to her back then, so she self-taught herself to draft patterns for top treatments. Zona later added upholstery and slipcovers to her repertoire.

Her business has evolved over the years, starting out to the trade only, then retail, now back to mainly to the trade again. She has had up to 3 employees working with her and also her husband as an installer, but now it’s just her, which she prefers.

Zona’s Drapery House is an award-winning workroom. Zona has taught at many of the conferences available for workrooms. She was an instructor at the Custom Home Academy. She is a member of WCAA and served on the board. You can find her at

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You can see Zona's workroom on The Workroom Channel's Youtube Channel

Polly Pattison
over four years ago

That's right! Zona is willing to share information and I'm so glad this leader in the home furnishings industry shared in making this podcast. Great advise in admonishing us (we do tend to be perfectionists if we're in this business) to move on from mistakes. Fix it, and keep fabricating because we don't have the luxury of wasting time dwelling on imperfections only to lose time in production and making an income. The written job order is crucial to maintaining a professional presence and image. Thank you for a valuable podcast! Polly Pattison