Nancy Burg started her sewing career taking Stretch & Sew classes in Janesville, WI, in 1977. With knit fabric and a small shop she opened, Knits N' Bolts. Shortly after in 1978 she became an Elna dealer. She sold her shop in 1984 and moved to Green Bay, reorganizing her life as a single mom of four wonderful children.
In the fall of 1985 she went to the Milwaukee distributor of New Home Sewing machines and started Sewing Concepts in Green Bay with five sewing machines as the New Home dealer. As a new dealer she marketed machines by setting up personal in-home appointments for demonstrations and renting space in the hall of a strip mall between Thanksgiving and Christmas. During the spring and summer months she took her machines to county fairs and farm progress days, setting up machines on a banquet table alongside farm equipment to show women the latest in home sewing machines, while the men were looking at tractors.
Soon after she started working for the New Home Sewing Machine Company of New Jersey. When Janome opened an office in Chicago, she was recommended as an educator, all the while still continuing her dealership in Green Bay until September of 2002. At that time she took on more work in the Chicago office working with Hancock Fabrics and Sears and became a full-time Janome national educator.
In Nancy's own words, "I feel I have been very fortunate to have had such a wonderful opportunity in a career that I love, sharing my love of sewing with so many and being a part of all the advancements Janome has made. It has given me the experience of a lifetime with consumers, the dealers and their staff, all who have become my friends, and have in the past and continue to be to this day, a wonderful part of my life."
2015 Hall of Fame Inductee