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Meet the Heirloom Creations Team + Funny Things You Might Not Know About Them

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Heirloom Creations has some incredibly talented people working these days. If you don’t know who everyone is, we have written some new profiles for each of them so you can get to know us a little bit more. We are privileged to have 6 full-time people and 2 part-time people.

As of 2016, their combined years of expertise total 109!

 

Cleo Snuggerud
Started: 1989

cleo snuggerud

Cleo Snuggerud opened Heirloom Creations in 1989 when quilting was not yet popular. Cotton fabrics had not totally become the rage and were still hard to come by. Cleo is married to Gary Snuggerud.

HC: One thing in this world you are most proud of?
Cleo: My children

HC: What’s the most incredible view you have ever seen?
Cleo: Double rainbow

HC: Who would you chose to be a sewing mentor?
Cleo: I have taken classes with Ruth McDowell. I would love to have more time with her.

HC: What do you enjoy doing outside of sewing?
Cleo: Reading

HC: What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to candy or dessert?
Cleo: Chocolate

HC: What is the best part of working at Heirloom Creations?
Cleo: The people both working here and the friends we have met and all the joys and sorrows we have been blessed to share.

Gary Snuggerud
Started: 2003

Heirloom Creations' Service Technicians

Gary Snuggerud has been Heirloom Creations senior sewing machine technician officially leaving his full time job at Avera. He had been servicing sewing machines in the evening hours for many years prior to this full time move to Heirloom Creations. You will find him working meticulously on the more complex top of the line sewing machines, commercial sewing machines and other not so common machines we get asked to raise from the dead.

HC: What is one thing in this world you are most proud of?
Gary: What Cleo and I have accomplished in our life

HC: Do you volunteer?
Gary: I drive for Project Car.

HC:What’s the most incredible view you have ever seen?
Gary: A full rainbow out our dinning room window about 2 years ago.

HC: If you could visit any muesem in the world, which one would you chose?
Gary: Any antique tractor museum.

HC: What is your favorite game?
Gary: Sudoku

HC: Why was the longest trip you ever took?
Gary: Drove to Florida for a cousins reunion.

HC: What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to candy or dessert?
Gary: Mixed nuts

HC: What is the best part of working at Heirloom Creations?
Gary: The problem solving

Steve Snuggerud
Started: 2001

Steve Snuggerud 2015

Cleo and Gary’s oldest son is Steve Snuggerud. Steve was 16 years old when Cleo opened Heirloom Creations. What 16 year old boy would be caught dead in his mother’s quilt store? He immediately found another job vowing to never marry anyone in the sewing machine industry. Steve sells sewing machines, helps merchandise the store and keeps his ears and eyes on the ever-changing pulse of the sewing industry. He is married to Sara Snuggerud.

HC: What is one thing in this world you are most proud of?
Steve: My wife, Sara.

HC: What was your favorite video game?
Steve: YES!

HC: What is a favorite thing to do not work related?
Steve: Attend the Sioux Falls Stampede games and hang out with the friends.

HC: What was the longest trip you ever took?
Steve: Switzerland

HC: What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to candy or dessert?
Steve: Whiskey

 

Sara Snuggerud
Started: 2001

Sara Snuggerud's Craftsy Class - Serger Solutions Troubleshooting Techniques 18

Meet Sara Snuggerud, Steve’s wife. She was practically raised sitting in front of a sewing machine. She worked for Bernina of America and has since joined the family business with Steve in 2001. You will find her helping customers pick out the perfect sewing machine as well as teaching 20 – 25 classes a month including the popular Sewtopia Sewing Club. You will also find Sara on Heirloom Creations world-renowned YouTube channel and SewingMastery.com.

HC: Name one thing you are most proud of?
Sara: Being a mom and a Craftsy instructor.

HC: Do you volunteer anywhere?
Sara: I started my own charity sewing Charity Gift Bags for local organizations such as Children’s Inn. They are sewing zippered bags that are filled with travel size soaps, shampoo and toothbrushes.

HC: What’s the most incredible view you have ever seen?
Sara: When I lived in Santa Barbara, I would often sit at the top of the Santa Barbara City College track stadium. It sat right next to the ocean and it felt like I was on top of the world.

HC: What’s your favorite flavor of jelly bean?
Sara: Buttered popcorn

HC: What was the longest trip you ever took?
Sara: Going to Australia for the Bernina convention for the Australian Bernina dealers.

HC: What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to candy or dessert?
Sara: Dark chocolate, the darker the better.

HC: What one superhuman power would you wish for?
Sara: Not to need to sleep.

HC: What is the best part of working at HC?
Sara: Meeting so many people from so many walks of life and corners of the world.

Ryan Snuggerud
Started: 2006

Ryan Snuggerud, Cleo and Gary’s second son, is Heirloom Creations second full-time service technician and resident scissor, rotary cutter blade and knife sharpener. Ryan and Gary run a pretty tight ship keeping up with all the sewing machines coming in for service.

Ryan Snuggerud 2015

HC: Do you volunteer work?
Ryan: Runs the video at church

HC: What was your all time favorite Halloween costume?
Ryan: The Crayon (he was half a crayon and Steve was the whole crayon)

HC: What’s your favorite flavor of jelly bean?
Ryan: Coffee

HC: What was your favorite video game?
Ryan: Zelda

HC: Why was the longest trip you ever took?
Ryan: Tokyo and 72 miles in 11 hours in a kayak challenge (Yankton, SD to Sioux City, IA)

Ryan Snuggerud 2015 2

HC: What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to candy or dessert?
Ryan: M&Ms

HC: What one superhuman power would you wish for?
Ryan: The power of flight.

HC: What is the best part of working at Heirloom Creations?
Ryan: I really enjoy what I do!

 

Judeen Brehmer
Started: 2003

judeen 2015

Judeen Brehmer answers sewing questions, sells sewing machine and sews and embroiders many store samples. She is a Bernina software expert and also teaches sewing and software classes.

 

 

Jill Roberts
Started: 2003

jill roberts

Jill Roberts keeps Heirloom Creations humming. She is in charge of everything arriving through the back door from sewing machines, cabinets to all sewing supplies and thread. With her expert addition to details, Jill is the perfect person to keep track of all special orders and odd requests.

 

Edna Kole
Started: 2005

Edna Kole 2015

Edna Kole is Heirloom Creations resident seamstress. You will often find her in the classroom assembling the latest samples for display. Though in her 80’s, Edna still works two days a week.

HC: What is one thing you are most proud of?
Edna: I started college when our youngest daughter was in first grade and I finished in eight semesters.

HC: Do you do any volunteering?
Edna: I don’t volunteer for any organization but I do a lot of sewing for charities.

HC: Who would you chose to be a sewing mentor?
Edna: I would choose Nancy Zieman for a sewing mentor.  I’ve learned many things from her over the years just by watching her television show.

HC: What is your favorite flavor of jelly been?
Edna: Coconut

HC: What is your guilty pleasure?
Edna: Truffles!

HC: What would be one superhuman power you would like to have?
Edna: To be able to like/love everyone I meet.

HC: What is the best part of working at Heirloom Creations?
Edna: The best part of working at Heirloom Creations is the people. When you work with great people, everything else about the job is secondary.

 

3 Comments
  1. Cara says:

    This was fun! It was nice to meet the team and learn more about you guys.

  2. Susan says:

    How fun to catch up on all the team. What a great staff you have. So happy to have you all looking out for my machines and me. 😉

  3. Jean says:

    Thanks for sharing — you are all so creative and wonderful! Always appreciate your knowledge and helpful attitude!!

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