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Founded in 2019

About Our Company

Stitch 6to6 was a business created by and for the military. As the business grew, more products and uses sprouted into the custom embroidery business it is today. Owner, Tina Smith has a passion for taking care of sailors and also being able to share her creativity and skill in providing custom products for her customers. Stitch 6 to 6 often works on specialty patches for jackets and uniforms, embroidered hats, and also various types of apparel such as T-shirts, bags, and masks. 

Tina is certified as a trainer for the Melco embroidery machines, as well as an official crafter of the US Navy, license number: HOB-NTLPO-SSTS01 .

If you visit her shop, you can expect to be welcomed by the shop dog, Wrigley, who is represented on the Stitch 6 to 6 logo. 

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Tina grew up outside of Chicago in Downers Grove with seamstresses and mechanics. She joined the Navy at the age of 20 and off I went to see the word. As a Hull Technician for the first nine years, she then crossrated to Cryptologic Technician Technical. She was stationed in San Diego, Guam, Naperville, IL, Rota, Spain then Whidbey Island, WA, Japan then back to Whidbey Island where she retired in 2010. She was on the USS Cape Cod, USS Mckee, USS Holland, USS Frank Cable and USS Kitty Hawk. 
 
After retiring Tina worked a short time with the Oak Harbor School district and Home Depot before going back to the base to work as an Admin clerk at VAQ-129 writing Skeds for Prowlers and Growlers. She moved on to Natops before she was hired to work as a GS-9 in the COMSEC Vault. In 2017 Tina left the vault to go back to Illinois to take care of her mom who was in hospice. Seeing her mom in hospice made her realize that working on the base while taking care of sailors was something I loved, the job was not. 
 
After her mom passed away, Tina returned to Whidbey Island and started working for VQ-1 as a contractor doing 500+ security clearances. One day, her husband Brian sent her a Melco embroidery machine he found on Craigslist and their business started. 
 
Tina worked at VQ-1 for two years till the business took off. She was working 8.5 hours for VQ-1 then 9+ hours for herself at night. She finally made the jump in March of 2019 to working Stitch 6 to 6 full time. 
 
Tina and Brian have 8 grown kiddos, 7 dogs including Wrigley (famously known as the shop dog and logo), chickens, turkeys, goats, pigs, geese, a huge garden and many VWs along with other fun things on the property.