The world’s largest HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machine retailer began humbly, with a small store called Bob McDougal Sewing Machine Co. in the Houston Heights area. Bob believed that hard work, honesty and building long-term relationships with his customers would lead to success, and it turned out he was right. Bob passed his beliefs, his work ethic, on to generations of his family.
Bob’s youngest grandson, Dan Welch, along with his wife Karen, now owns and operates McDougal Sewing Center’s 4,000 sq. ft. main store in Katy, plus their five stores located within Jo-Ann Stores. Dan and Karen have worked hard to honor Bob McDougal’s legacy, while always striving to introduce the newest in sewing and embroidery innovation to their customers.
Dan and Karen have a simple business philosophy: to provide their customers with the very finest products, expertise and instruction available, always at an affordable price. They do not sell sewing machines in boxes; they leave that to the big box stores. Dan and Karen, like Bob McDougal before them, believe that forging relationships with their customers, and sharing the joy of sewing success, is what sets them apart from their competitors. It’s a difference you can see, and feel, the moment you step in the door.