Hi, I’m Mandy!
Hi, I’m Mandy, a self-confessed machine embroidery addict and the person to talk to about everything machine embroidery!
I’m the face behind Veronica and Me Embroidery and Designs, the creator of the NZ Machine Embroidery Addicts Community and the NZ Manager for Echidna Sewing Supplies.
My passion for embroidery is something I’ve nurtured over the last few years but my love for inspiring and encouraging others is something I’ve been doing my whole life.
Having worked in both the corporate and public sectors, I started my embroidery digitizing business – Veronica and Me Designs – named after the birth of my first daughter Veronica. (Yes, she is named after Veronica Mars – my ultimate TV obsession!)
It began as a fun venture with flexible hours to work from home while spending time with my children, but it also introduced to me to the incredible world of bringing designs to life with machine embroidery, being a small business owner and all the really interesting and creative people I’ve met along the way.
I truly believe every person and situation in life teaches you something and we are all on a lifelong journey of learning. My mission is for everyone to love embroidery – whether they are purchasing a completed item or enjoying the art of embroidery themselves.
I believe we need to partake in a wide range of experiences in life to find the ones that really light the fire inside of us and these things could change over time as we evolve with life.
Passion is a major driver in my life and when I look at all the places life has lead me to over the years, the themes of helping, motivating and bringing everyone together has really emerged.
I’m on a mission to get embroidery machines out of boxes – if this is you please, please, please get in touch! Embroidery can be daunting when you first start out, but you definitely don’t need to do it alone!
I love connecting with others, if you’ve found your way to this page on my website, please get in touch and say hi, I have a feeling we might have a lot in common and we could have some creative fun together!
Connect With Me
If you’ve a member of my NZ Machine Embroidery Addicts Community, you’ll know how passionate I am about getting “machines out of boxes” and getting everyone to fall in love with machine embroidery – whether it’s for the first time or the 50th time after a few hiccups. I especially love inspiring you to inspire others – creativity and inspiration make the world go round!
I want to grow the collective embroidery knowledge base in an innovative, logical way and encourage those with knowledge to be more open and sharing. There is so much knowledge out there and we live in such an age of information overload it’s easy to become overwhelmed, so together let’s declutter our minds and get on with having fun and being creative!
My journey started out by wanting to gain more quality, affordable resources for NZ machine embroiderers and now we are a community of embroiderers in New Zealand looking to have fun with our embroidery machines! My goal is to bring NZ machine embroiderers together and create a fun, creative collaborative that encourages new ideas, working together and helping each other.
I started the NZ Machine Embroidery Addicts Facebook Group in July 2017, after searching for places in New Zealand for Machine Embroiderers to connect and make friends. I couldn’t find any communities in NZ dedicated to bringing NZ Machine Embroiderers together – so I decided to create one!
And NZ Machine Embroidery Addicts was born!
Over time, the community has grown from being completely online to occasionally offline and it’s taken on a life of it’s own!
Now, it’s the fun place for everything embroidery!
I love to share the knowledge and experience I have, and use it to inspire others to get their embroidery machines out of their boxes, use their machines in a way that brings them joy and connect with others in a way that brings them happiness.
At the end of 2018 I became the NZ Manager for Echidna Sewing Supplies. My quest to make friends with other embroiderers and get us access to better embroidery resources in NZ lead me to this unique role that was created specifically for me.
Echidna Sewing Supplies, a sewing and embroidery supply retailer based in Australia and now ALSO IN NEW ZEALAND is one of the largest suppliers of Brother Sewing and Embroidery machines in Australia and now also a supplier of Brother NZ Sewing and Embroidery machines.
I offer support to Echidna’s NZ customers base as well as sell Brother New Zealand sewing and embroidery machines around NZ.
With my specialised knowledge of people and embroidery, my focus is on providing the best quality sewing and embroidery products, support and customer service to my customers.
Veronica and Me Embroidery is the business that drives my creative side where I’m all about converting your pictures into embroidery stitches!
Through this business I offer embroidery services locally, create embroidery designs to sell and I offer embroidery digitizing services to other embroiderers around the world.
I offer a wide range of embroidery related services focusing on one of a kind, unique items that you can’t get anywhere else. Whether you’re looking for items that help represent you or your brand I want you to feel amazing and confident while wearing them!
With my knowledge of people and embroidery, my focus is on providing the best quality and customer service to my customers to help them bring their designs to life with embroidery thread!