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Meet the Select Sewing Service Employees

Jim and Karen Bennett

Jim Bennett is president and owner of Select Sewing Service.

The company was founded in 1953 by his father. Jim began helping out around the store as a young boy, which has given him over 30 years of experience in the sewing-machine industry.

Karen hosted the PBS show, "America Quilts Creatively," and worked as National Education Manager for PFAFF Sewing Machines USA. The industry has brought them together – their knowledge and passion for sewing make them a powerful team.


RaggaMuffin is Select Sewing Service's mascot.

Betty Daniels

Sewing has always been a big part of Betty’s life. Her grandmother was a quilter and mother an avid seamstress. She began sewing at 10 years old, self-taught. By age 12, she was making all of her own clothes. She has sewn for her entire family all of her life. In 2000, she started working in sewing machine sales. Since she is an active member of Indy ASG, she has given many presentations and classes for members. Her special interest in sergers started in 1973. Betty now enjoys providing new owners lessons and sharing her knowledge with others.

Chris Helmick

Chris is the manager. He is responsible for sales, service and supervision of employees. He has been with Select Sewing Service since 1984.

Ray Renfro

Ray has been a service technician for Select Sewing Service for over 10 years.

Keith Jenkins

Keith has been working at Select Sewing Service as a service technician since 1998. He has been responsible for outside service for schools in the Indy area.

Ralph Pennington

Ralph began working as a service technician with Select Sewing Service in 1998. His strong mechanical background has been an asset for repairing older sewing machines.

Marge Kohnke

Sewing has always been a big part of Marge’s life. Her grandmother and mother were excellent seamstresses, and Marge has been striving to follow in their footsteps.

She began sewing even before she could use the machine by sewing doll dresses with a needle and thread. When she started on the machine, apparel clothing was what she wanted to do. Marge has sewn for her mom, children, friends and herself. She took every sewing class offered from the local technical school. Even though Marge had sewn for years, she started with the basic classes and continued on until tailoring and sewing for men.

Her husband's blazer took six months of classes to complete. She has also taken specialty classes, such as lingerie, home décor and quilting. When she moved to Indiana, she worked for five years at a local bridal store doing alterations as well as creating gowns.

Marge continues to learn at the ASG meetings and seminars, special programs around the country and even online. She feels you can always learn something new, and now enjoys not only sewing, but working with embroidery software.

Marge has taught at Select Sewing Service for about 12 years. She is PFAFF certified in both 4D, 5D & 6D software. She teaches new owners lessons, software lessons and specialty sewing classes. She loves to teach, and it is a great joy for her to share her knowledge and learn even more from all her students.

Krista Southern

Krista'a mother was an accomplished seamstress and a taught her children to sew at a very early age. It has been a lifelong avocation, now becoming a vocation.

For the past several years, Krista has taught new owners lessons for several brands of sewing machines at Select Sewing Service. She has a special interest in machine embroidery and embellishments. Krista completed 5D & 6D software certification.

Krista is very active in the American Sewing Guild.

Contact Us:

Phone: 317-255-6332
Address: 2415 E 65th St.
                Indianapolis, IN 46220
Hours:  Monday through Friday
10am - 6pm

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