About Us

TJ Elias Sales & Service, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a family owned and operated business that has been servicing the sewing industry in the Upper Midwest for over 58 years. We cover the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Michigan.   We are suppliers of industrial sewing and cutting machinery, replacement parts, industrial sewing and embroidery thread, embroidery backings and all other related supplies.

Company History

1957 – Theodore(Ted) J. Elias purchased the assets of Albert L. Pittlecow Company in 1957 and changed the name to T.J. Elias Sales & Service. Ted developed and grew the business over the course of the next 49 years, making T.J. Elias Sales & Service a company that is known for delivering and servicing high quality sewing and cutting equipment.

2006 – Roger Kurtz (Ted’s Nephew) took ownership of T.J. Elias Sales & Service to continue the legacy Ted created. In order to better serve customers, Roger moved the business in 2007 to the current location which provides improved access for customers to visit the showroom. Today, the team at T.J. Elias Sales & Service remains dedicated to providing high quality sewing and cutting equipment, sewing supplies, and top notch service to customers both large and small.

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Customer Testimonials

TJ Elias has been an key partner in our success as a cutting and sewing manufacturer. We rely on TJ Elias to provide us with advice on new product development and equipment applications, service and maintenance, and getting the supplies and equipment we need quickly. In all these areas, TJ Elias excels with integrity, reliability, and the utmost professionalism and expertise. The staff has demonstrated a desire to help and go the extra mile, and that’s why we keep going back.


Stuart Auers

COO at Red Fox Innovations