Ready Set Sew

About Us

You never know in the course of a day what events will take place that can change your life forever. I found this out in my second year of college. My Mother bought a new sewing machine and seeing everything it could do inspired me to change my major from Accounting to Clothing and Textiles! I discovered true happiness through inspiration of fabrics, sewing techniques, thread colors and more!

My passion for textiles has taken me all over the country teaching others how to tap into their creative potential. I have been honored with many awards, written for national magazines, speak at trade shows and continue to travel nationally to educate others.

I know the feeling of seeing what a sewing machine can do, which prompted me to open Ready Set Sew! It is so rewarding to be a part of the process that awakens the creativity in others. It is a sense of excitement like no other. What I did not anticipate was that we were creating something much bigger. We are not just a sewing machine store, but a place to forge new friendships and develop a sense of community. Whether you are a newcomer to the area or a native Chattanoogan, we welcome you to your new sewing home. 

When I decided to carry Janome, Babylock, and Elna machines, it was because of my research and 40 years of sewing experience. I wanted to have the best machines to offer with the widest range of pricing for every skill level of quilting, sewing and serging. Let me offer a sincere invitation to stop in and experience Ready Set Sew! I feel we have the most knowledgeable staff to assist you with your questions about our quality fabric selection, machines, notions, classes and events.

Without our customers, we would be just another sewing machine store, a bolt of fabric would just be a bolt of fabric. You are the magic that makes Ready Set Sew come to life! Thank You!


Melanie Coakley
Owner Ready Set Sew