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70+ Years of Business

Tacony Corporation has demonstrated unwavering stability and consistent growth since its founding in 1946. This long-term success can be attributed to a strong ethical stance, diversification and smart business practices.

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Reaching 100+ Countries

What began in Nick Tacony's basement has grown internationally. At Tacony Corporation, we're continuously exploring new avenues through which to expand our market reach, grow the bottom line and serve more customers, better.

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Family Owned

Tacony Corporation began as a family business and remains a family business, even as its reach expands worldwide. As a third generation of the Tacony family takes the lead, we remain focused on extending that sense of family to retailers, consumers and associates.

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Reliable Service

Our consumers remain the heart and soul of everything we do. That's why we strive to provide superior communication and support to every customer before, during and after the sale‐whether by phone, web, email or social media.

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Operational Excellence

The cornerstone of our business is providing superior products and services to our retailers and consumers in ways that make it easy to do business with us. At the same time, we move forward with smart, conservative choices that ensure long-term fiscal health.

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Diversified Business

Tacony has diversified into four core divisions: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans and lighting. Each division targets a distinct customer base, but all play to the unique strengths of our business model.

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Outstanding Practices

Tacony Corporation demonstrates strong leadership not only in entrepreneurship, but in philanthropy. Over the years, we've supported a number of charitable efforts that have changed countless lives and improved the communities in which we do business.

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"Share the love and success the Tacony team has for our motto: tradition, teamwork and trust."

In 1946, Nick Tacony invested his entire savings in used machines, motors and parts and began a business selling and servicing sewing machines from the basement of his home. Nick Tacony soon became a leader among sewing machine entrepreneurs. By wholesaling sewing machines, accessories and other merchandise to retailers, he established a nationwide network of Tacony distribution centers. Ken Tacony joined his father in the business in 1970, and with a solid foundation in place, Tacony Corporation began to market and sell diversified products inside and outside the sewing industry. Tacony has become the preferred source for independent retailers by offering access to a wider range of products, parts and services that enable business owners to operate more efficiently and profitably in their markets

Ken Tacony
Ken Tacony
Executive Chairman
Kristi Tacony Humes
Chief Executive Officer
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Sold exclusively through Authorized Independent Retailers, Baby Lock offers machines to enhance the “Love of Sewing” in its customers.

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Koala Studios brings beauty and optimal space to any sewing room. This fine sewing furniture is designed by sewing and craft professionals. Once designed, the studios are made to order by furnishing experts in the United States.

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Tacony is the exclusive North American distributor of Madeira premium home sewing threads. Madeira offers quality threads for all types of sewing including quilting, embroidery and garment sewing.

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The focus of the Tacony Sewing Central sales division is to have a staff of trained “specialists” to handle over 60,000 items. Tacony Sewing Central is the largest wholesaler in the country of designs available on CD or downloadable.

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Powr-Flite has been a leader in the commercial floor care industry for over 35 years, manufacturing and distributing a full line of equipment, parts, chemicals, accessories and supplies...everything for the commercial cleaner all in one convenient location.

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Simplicity is saving good people from bad vacuums with American-made products, patented Tandem Air Technology, and metal parts where they matter most.

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Riccar vacuums represent the highest standards in design, material, and durability. They offer exceptional filtration and cleaning ability, plus unique specialty features.

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Tornado Industries, located in West Chicago, Illinois, has been a leading developer of floor care equipment since 1927. Tornado specializes in tackling the unique cleaning challenges of hospitals, public transportation, educational facilities and more.

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The Truvox International Ltd. Company in Millbrook, Southampton, U.K., offers a vast range of cleaning and maintenance products for hard and soft floors, including rotary floor polishers, scrubbers, dryers, carpet extractors and vacuum cleaners.

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Founded in 1972, Mac Molding takes pride in supplying manufacturers with custom injection molding and related manufacturing services that exceed expectations. Our customer testimonials indicate they are consistently impressed with the efficiency of our molding processes, the skill of our team, and the refinement of each finished product.

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"To profitably grow our leadership position in the industries we serve"
Kristi Tacony Humes
Chief Executive Officer
Kristi has held positions in virtually every business unit and department, learning and growing with the business over 22 years. She's built valuable experience in strategic planning , marketing and management that has helped strengthen the company's position in the marketplace. As CEO, she continues the longstanding commitment to excellence in business and corporate culture.
"Focus on benefiting the employees. The employees will take care of the customers who in turn will bring financial success to the shareholders."
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Tacony Corporation Announces New Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

January, 2021 - New Hires

FENTON, MO. - January 2021 — Tacony Corporation, a privately held manufacturer and distributor that provides the world with better solutions for sewing, cleaning and home, announced today that Ryan Wesselschmidt has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Previously based in Stockholm, Sweden, Wesselschmidt comes to Tacony after 20 years with Husqvarna Group, the world’s largest supplier of outdoor power equipment, where he was global vice president of sales and service. In addition to developing sales territories and managing direct sales channels in the U.S., Wesselschmidt built a first-in-class sales force, expanded markets throughout the emerging markets, and gained extensive market share across Europe.

“Ryan’s leadership principles – personal accountability, collaboration, and customers first always – align closely with Tacony’s core values,” said Kristi Tacony Humes, CEO, Tacony Corp. “As we approach 75 years in business, we are building a team to help us fulfill our mission to exceed our customers’ needs; Ryan’s addition to our team is a giant step in that direction.”

Wesselschmidt was born and raised in the Midwest and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He calls Missouri home and has relocated to St. Louis to join the Tacony Family beginning in January 2021.




About Tacony Corporation


Founded in 1946, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company that provides your world with better solutions for sewing, cleaning and home. With more than 350 associates in eight offices around the world under the leadership of CEO Kristi Tacony Humes, Tacony prides itself on building long-lasting business relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit

Tacony Corporation Showcases New Products at First Ever Virtual Baby Lock Tech

August, 2020 - Sponsorships/events

August 2020, St. Louis, MO - Tacony Corporation hosted its annual Baby Lock Tech virtually this year, live from their studio in Fenton, MO.

This year’s event hosted nearly 600 independent retail store attendees from across the nation and introduced the new product line up from the Tacony Sewing Division.

The new product line-up showcases the revolutionary and cutting edge technology that sewing enthusiasts have come to expect from Baby Lock sewing products.

Key new products include:

  • The top-of-the-line Solaris 2 embroidery and sewing machine achieves project perfection:
    • Displays stitches and embroidery designs directly on the fabric with the IQ Visionary™ Projector. Resize, move or make other adjustments with the touch of a wireless stylus – all while seeing it happen in real time before you sew it out.
    • The 10-5/8" x 16" hoop is Baby Lock’s largest hoop yet. It makes it possible to stitch out your biggest embroidery designs with fewer rehoopings. There is also a 10-5/8” x 10-5/8” hoop size perfect for quilt blocks.
    • IQ Intuition™ Monitoring App keeps track of your project’s progress with this convenient feature that alerts your phone when the bobbin needs to be changed, if a thread breaks, if a thread needs to be changed and when stitching is done.
    • Create your own designs and quilt motifs with ease using the IQ™ Designer and IQ Intuition™ Positioning App. Draw directly on the screen, scan in your favorite artwork, upload an existing file to the Solaris 2 using a USB drive, or wirelessly send designs to your machine from your smart phone using the IQ Intuition Positioning App. Your art will be instantly converted into an embroidery pattern.
    • With End Point Setting for Sewing, achieve perfect stitches using the built-in camera and end point sewing stickers. Simply place the sticker where you want your stitch to the end, activate the endpoint sewing feature and sew with confidence!
  • An upgrade is also available for customers who currently own the original Solaris embroidery and sewing machine.
  • The top-of-the-line Venture multi-needle embroidery machine allows sewist to embroider free from limitations:
    • With 10 needles available, enjoy continuous embroidery. No need to stop and change your thread for each color change. Simply set and walk-away.
    • The Baby Lock Venture comes with four hoop sizes, including an impressive 7-7/8" x 14" embroidery hoop for large designs.
    • IQ Intuition™ Monitoring - Keep track of your project’s progress with this convenient feature that alerts your phone when the bobbin needs to be changed, if a thread breaks, if a thread needs to be changed and when stitching is done.
    • Use IQ™ Designer to create your own designs with ease. Draw directly on the screen, scan in your favorite line art or upload an existing file. Your art will be automatically converted into an embroidery design!
    • The NeedleCam™ Digital Camera lets you see from the needle’s point of view, so you know exactly where the needle will drop. Also, you can use the Perfect Positioning stickers included with your Venture to place every design with extreme precision.
  • The Euphoria Cover Stitch serger machine allows sewist to achieve a professional edge:
    • With just a gust of air, ExtraordinAir™ instantly takes thread through the looper. Threading has never been this fast, easy or extraordinary!
    • Use the needle threader for quick and easy threading of each needle with just the touch of a lever.
    • Easily stitch on large projects and use optional attachments with room to spare.
    • Increase or decrease the tension for the chain/cover stitch looper thread with one conveniently located dial.

Additionally, retailers learned about several new Baby Lock accessories, including easy-to-use magnetic “sash frame” embroidery hoops, new cap frames for flat billed caps, handy magnifying lenses and more. These new accessories will be available exclusively at Baby Lock retailers.

“We’re excited about all the new sewing products we have available to both our retailers and consumers. These new products will take their creative journey to a whole new level. And, with an increased interest in sewing, we know we have just the right products for everyone,” Susanne Voss, Director of Brand Marketing, Tacony Sewing Division.

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About Tacony Corporation
Founded in 1946, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company which provides your world with better solutions for sewing, cleaning and home. With more than 400 associates in 7 offices around the world under the leadership of CEO Kristi Tacony Humes, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit

Sewing Interests and Sales 'serge' With New Makers

August, 2020 - Industry News

The sewing industry has seen a “serge” (pun intended) in sales during the pandemic. Tacony’s own Jeff Fuller, VP of Retail Marketing, and Baby Lock USA customer George Moore of Moore’s Sewing Centers spoke with CNN Business to share our experience and excitement for new makers entering the sewing world. Read the full article here:

Learn more about sewing brands and products brought to you by Tacony on our Brands & Innovation page.

To join our exciting world of sewing, check out the Tacony Careers page.

Baby Lock Supports Sewists in Isolation With Sew in This Together

March, 2020 - Philanthropy

MARCH 2020 – St. Louis, MO.

During these unprecedented times, Baby Lock has introduced Sew In This Together, a program designed to help people make it through the day through a shared love of sewing.

As part of the program, Baby Lock is offering 60 days free of its SEWED online classes for sewists across the United States and Canada. The classes cover a broad spectrum of topics, including sewing basics, new techniques and projects of all kinds.  

“At Baby Lock, we know the true power of sewing and how it can bring us all together. We hope these video classes will provide opportunities to learn new skills, act as stress relief and even serve as a way to make gifts for others,” said Baby Lock Director of Sewing Susanne Voss.

The free classes can be accessed anywhere on any internet connected device in any room of the house.

In addition, Baby Lock is encouraging sewists to make and donate homemade face masks. The masks can be made from thick, breathable cotton, found in a variety of materials around the house like t-shirts, dish towels and pillowcases. A step-by-step walkthrough video is available. The video, along with the instructions and pattern, can be found on the Baby Lock blog at The page also includes access to patterns as well as a list of organizations in need of masks.

“We know our sewers love to help those in need and today is no different,” Voss said. “We have had over 14,000 visits to our blog page since we posted our video. That demonstrates their readiness.”

For more information and to sign up for free SEWED online video classes, visit


About Baby Lock: 

Baby Lock has been a leader in the sewing industry for 50 years. Today, the company offers a full line of easy-to-use, state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, sergers and accessories, and industry-leading service and support. Baby Lock products are sold exclusively through independent retailers.

Baby Lock USA is brought to you by Tacony Corporation®. 

Baby Lock Brings the Love of Sewing to Charities Nationwide

November, 2019 - Philanthropy

November 2019 – St. Louis, MO – Throughout 2019, Baby Lock has donated sewing, embroidery, and quilting machines to a variety of charities in need across the country. These organizations have found unique and creative ways to use sewing to further their missions and bring aid to those in need.

“At Baby Lock, we have a commitment to supporting charitable work that ties into our core values, including a shared love of sewing,” said Director of Baby Lock Brand Marketing Susanne Voss.  “These organizations are a perfect match for our philosophy and we’re proud to support their efforts.”

The Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation is a nonprofit organization that provides service-enriched programs for residents of low income housing communities across the country. Baby Lock donated two sewing machines for senior resident sewing classes, quilting and other weekly sewing projects onsite. For more information, visit

The Super Sam Foundation is dedicated to fighting childhood cancer through advocacy, awareness, research funding and support for those in the fight. Sam, the founding hero, had a wish: help “All the Kids” and that is what the Super Sam Foundation strives to in his memory. Baby Lock provided a quilting machine for the foundation's charity gala silent auction. To learn more, go to

The Canine Services Training Center provides service dogs to veterans, first responders, and Individuals that suffer from emotional, neurological, and physical disorders. To help cut volunteer costs, Baby Lock donated a sewing and embroidery machine to make service dog patches and embroider shirts for staff and resale. See more at

Lafayette House is a women’s shelter and drug rehabilitation center for abused women and children. Residents can participate in SewFun, a weekly sewing class, where they make small usable items for their families, including tote bags, pillows, pillowcases aprons and small quilts. The charity has been using second- or third-hand discarded sewing machines, Baby Lock provided two new machines as replacements.

Baby Lock donated a machine to the art program at Abilities United. The charity provides access for artists with developmental disabilities to the Bay Area art community by selling and exhibiting their work in public spaces, businesses and institutions. To learn more, visit

The EAST (Education Accelerated by Service and Technology) program at Hellstern Middle School in Springdale, Arkansas received software and an embroidery machine from Baby Lock. They’ll be used to embroider patches that displays a police officer's blood type on their vest. When an officer is hurt, conventional tests to determine blood type can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. These patches will allow the responding paramedics to know the officer's blood type instantly.

“Each of these organizations show how sewing can be used to make lives better — many of them in ways Baby Lock hadn’t thought of before,” Voss said. “We’re all very impressed by their efforts.”


About Baby Lock:

Baby Lock has been a leader in the sewing industry for 50 years. Today, the company offers a full line of easy-to-use, state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, sergers and accessories, and industry-leading service and support. Baby Lock products are sold exclusively through independent retailers.

Baby Lock USA is brought to you by Tacony Corporation®. 


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