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A wider view of the project shown on
the previous page. The tailor-trimmed
interior featured textured material and
colored piping. Photo: Southern Stitch
Canvas & Upholstery LLC.
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22 Marine Fabricator | Sept/Oct 2023
here's a saying that chance favors the prepared. Sometimes
that preparation can take some surprising forms. Just ask
Steven Wayne, founder and operator at Southern Stitch
Canvas & Upholstery LLC in Gulfport, Miss.
When he was growing up, Wayne
was much more interested in car audio
systems than upholstery. When he landed
a sales job at a car dealership right out
of high school, however, that three-year
career set him on a new course when
his manager got into aftermarket leather
installations in vehicles.
" Deep down I knew I wanted more than
just a job and wanted to contribute more
to the greater good, " says Wayne, 37. " I just
didn't know what that would lead to. "
When Wayne had the opportunity to
get into the upholstery business for himself,
he almost choked when he learned
he'd need a $1,500 sewing machine. He
forged ahead anyway and started Southern
Stitch in 2013 at age 27.
Less than nine months after opening,
he outgrew his home office and rented
a 1,000-square-foot facility for $375
a month. " I was so nervous to sign that
contract, " Wayne recalls.
By 2016, Southern Stitch needed more
space. Wayne looked into buying a building
that had stood vacant in Gulfport
for a while. " As soon as I stepped inside,
I knew this place was exactly what I needed, "
Wayne says.
Five local banks didn't agree, however,
and turned down his loan request.
While Wayne
could have doubted
himself, he didn't let thoughts like
" Maybe they're right " or " Maybe it's too
soon " stop him. He contacted a sixth
bank, which approved the loan. " I'm

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