Local seamstress carries on a family tradition

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Posted: August 16, 2014

The Winchester Star

Linda Lillis-Reel works on a Singer sewing machine that belonged to her grandmother, Virginia Lillis, at The Final Yard. Lillis-Reel is a fourth-generation re-upholstery specialist.
Linda Lillis-Reel checks on some fabric at The Final Yard, where she is the workroom manager. Lillis Reel is a fourth generation textile/re-upholstery specialist and started working in the business in 1966. Examples of window treatments, above, were made by Lillis-Reel and her staff.
The Final Yard's workroom staff, from right, workroom manager Linda Lillis-Reel, and employees Ashlyn Thacker and Debora Alverson. Lillis-Reel is a fourth generation re-upholstery specialist.

WINCHESTER — Linda Lillis-Reel first took up what would become her lifelong calling in her senior year of high school when she went to work for her mother’s sewing business in 1968.

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