Experts from around the country present more than 100 fun, informative seminars, and hands-on projects daily for sewists of all levels.
In addition, try out the latest machines from BabyLock, Bernina, Brother, Janome, Pfaff, Viking, and more!
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2018 Teacher Biographies
|Darrelle Anderson |
|Darrelle Anderson is a Husqvarna Viking/Pfaff National Educator who loves putting the fun back into sewing. |
Being a recovering “Perfectionist” herself, she can help you sew well while encouraging you to be creative and have fun. Traveling around the country Darrelle is always looking for ways to incorporate new ideas and trends into easy-to-make projects to share with others.
As a company trained Service Technician for over 14 years, Darrelle has serviced thousands of sewing/embroidery machines. She has learned not all problems are machine malfunctions. Her mission is to educate and help people understand how their machines work, and which problems the operator can take care of themselves.
Empowering sewists with knowledge means more time for sewing fun and less time spent waiting for their sewing machines to come back from the service shop
|Denise Applegate Schober||Denise Schober travels around the United States teaching quilting, sewing and design. When she's not working at her full time job, she is constantly creating art with her sewing machine, weaving looms and quilting frames. Denise has been sewing for over 40 years, and she loves to share her knowledge, passion and excitement of sewing and quilting with others.|
Denise pursued her love of art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she specialized in drawing and painting. Today, she uses thread and fabric as her pen and paper, creating unique projects and designs.
Denise has appeared on several television broadcasts, including America Sews with Sue Hausmann, Martha's Sewing Room with Martha Pullen, and contributed design work for the Martha Stewart Show. Denise hosts trunk shows and teaches across the country and abroad.
Denise lives north of Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and best friend, Les.
|Winn Archambeau-Munoz |
|Winn Archambeau-Muñoz combines her passions for knitting and teaching, by designing and teaching classes/ clinics at Fibers Etc. in Tacoma, WA. With over 20 years of teaching adolescents and 50 of knitting, she learned long ago that there are many ways to arrive at the same result. Winn loves learning new techniques and sharing them with her students, helping them to achieve their best in whatever project they undertake. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her joy obvious to all.||Website
|Sylvain Bergeron |
Bernina of America
|Sylvain Bergeron is an Educator with BERNINA of America. He has been teaching sewing, embroidery and software classes for over 20 years. He is an award winning quilter, specializing in abstract embroidered art quilts. He is a firm believer is using the right tools to obtain the best results. He is known for his engaging and humorous teaching style. After all, sewing is a rewarding craft and should be enjoyed every stitch of the way.||Website
|Pam Bocko |
|Pam has been designing and creating things as long as she can remember. After a career change, she obtained her degree in Interior Design and turned her focus to designing original quilting and sewing patterns, establishing her company, Pieceful Designs. Her designs consist of projects that range from small and simple to more challenging designs for those with a bit more experience. Pam gets her design ideas from everywhere: nature, architecture, even from a funny joke. This results in designs that are bright, light hearted and made to put a smile on your face. She has been honored to receive awards on both the local and national levels for her quilting and has been published in several magazines. Her latest adventure is designing a fabric line for Studio e. Pam lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband Rick and has three adult daughters.||Website
|Dana Bontrager |
Dana Marie Design Co.
|I have made a career of “thinking outside the fashion box”, constantly stretching design and sewing conventions to develop new skills and creativity. I create unique, eye-catching garments that are both casually simple and wonderfully imaginative. Always an enthusiast for the unusual, I design pieces that are often whimsical, using a variety of 'materials' to create a certain expression. Since 1985, I have created custom designs and pattern making for individual clients to small manufacturers. Today the business includes my own line of fashion patterns, art stamps, sewing supplies and all the fun toys to create your own wearable art.||Website
|Dee Brown |
The Quilted Trillium
|Ten years ago, after many years of fashion, craft and home dec sewing, I ventured into the world of quilting. Never comfortable with the restrictions and precision of pieced quilts, I was drawn to the freedom of landscape art quilts. I started my “Deezines” Pattern company which allows me to turn an idea into a drawing to become a pattern for others to create small wall hangings. When I discovered a technique that completely eliminates the tiresome and time consuming tracing process, I knew that others would love to hear about it. I do constant demos of my technique in my booth at quilt shows, in classes around the Northwest and at yearly retreats that we host through thequiltetrillium.com.||Website
|Steve Butler |
|Steve Butler is the National Sales Manager for Clover Needlecraft. As a previous quilt shop owner he has an uncommon depth of expertise in the sewing and needlecraft industry and welcomes questions dealing with sewing, knitting and craft notions, Steve has taught classes at all the major sewing machine conventions, regional trade shows, national trade shows, TNNA and International Quilt Market. Steve also developed "Tool School", the popular online education program for sewing, knitting and craft notions.||Website
|Deborah Canham |
Deb Canham Studio
|Deb has made her living from designing and sewing and has worked in China for the last 20 years designing and running factories. She is a Baby Lock Educator and teaches other makes of machine too. Her aim is to provide fun projects that inspire people to play and get the most from the Serger. Deb`s Creative Tote` pattern was selected as a Challenge Project for the Yahoo Baby Lock Serger Group and over 240 Tutorials were sold in 2 weeks. People want to be more creative with their sergers. |
Her `Working with Knits On Any Serger` is available as a downloadable course, with a workbook and 24 videos. This course has been a huge seller with the beginning sewists who are discovering sewing because of the very active social network groups promoting t-shirt and leggings making.
|Alicia Carr |
|Alicia Carr is a designer, educator and demonstrator for Clover Needlecraft. Alicia is particularly adept at all forms of fiber art crafts. She has a natural talent for innovative design and the inherent skills to bring her creative intent to life. Fabrics, yarns, threads and needles are the tools of her trade and the basis of all of her creations. She is a veteran educator at all national trade shows and venues including International Quilt Market, TNNA, Stitches and CHA.||Website
|Kandi Christian |
|Kandi L. Christian, MBA is a well-known instructor of classes both in the US and England. She is an author of 15 books on sewing and the business of sewing and teaching. She frequently writes articles for major sewing and embroidery magazines. She had been a featured speaker and many sewing events throughout the US. She was also tapped by the BBC to be their expert seamstress for their TV show “While You Were Out.” In addition to owning Sew Timeless, she is a licensed Martha Pullen instructor and has been a free-lance educator for various sewing machine companies.||Website
|Teresa Coates |
|Teresa Coates is a national educator for Shannon Fabrics, specializing in sharing her knowledge of sewing and quilting with Cuddle plush fabrics, Embrace double gauze, faux furs and terry cloth.||Website
|Nick Coman |
|Dragonfly Dyeworks started in 2012 providing beautiful hand dyed fabrics and clothing to quilters and fiber artists. |
Chase’s degree in architecture is the perfect complement to Nick’s fashion design background.
With a strong knowledge of our craft, we help others create fabrics that are sophisticated, whimsical and always beautiful
|Connie Crawford |
Fashion Patterns by Coni
|Connie has been a production patternmaking/designer in the Los Angeles fashion industry for 35 years. Connie taught patternmaking and fashion design classes for 23 years at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She is a nationally recognized lecturer, fashion specialist, educator, and author of several DVD’s, sewing and pattern textbooks, including A Guide to Fashion Sewing, The Art of Fashion Draping, Patternmaking Made Easy and Grading Workbook. Some of these books are sold worldwide in 5 different languages and are published by Fairchild/Bloomsbury Publications.||Website
|Barbara Crawford |
Crawford Designs “Sewing Made Simple” Patterns
|Barbara Crawford is the owner of Crawford Designs- Sewing made Simple patterns, and has been in business for 22 years. Barbara started as a subcontractor for Indygo Juncition, moved into her own pattern line, and eventually became an instructor. She teaches classes all over the United States and Canada. |
Barbara is also a designer for McCalls Pattern Company, and is a contributor for several magazines; such as Sew News, Quilts, National Quilters Society, Larks Books, and Craftrends.
Barbara specializes in both fashion sewing patterns that are sweatshirt or T-shirt transformations, and craft patterns. Some of her craft patterns include: wall hangings, pincushions and her famous 25” long Christmas stockings that can be found all over the world.
You can find Barbara on It’s Sew Easy TV and the Creative Living show with all her techniques and designs. You can also find her patterns in your local Joann’s on the independent designer wall near the books.
|Michele Crawford |
Flower Box Quilts
|Michele Crawford has been a published quilt and needlework designer since 1989; and has had over 4500 designs published in 40 publications. She enjoys doing all forms of needlework, and especially combining cross-stitch and/or embroidery with quilting. As a teacher, she loves to share her sewing tips and techniques while encouraging her students to have fun, try something new and work at their own pace. She has worked with over 35 thread, batting and fabric companies. She is also an author, marketing consultant, and owner of Flower Box Quilts, a quilt pattern company and internet store since 2004||Website
|Carol Cruise |
|Carol's mom started teaching Carol to sew when she was age 5. Her mom taught her that the inside of the garment had to look as good as the outside. Then she encouraged Carol to experiment, giving her remnants. This is where Carol developed the vision for the clothing, animals and dolls.||Website
|Louise Cutting |
|A contributing editor for Thread’s Magazine & designer of 'Cutting Line Designs' patterns. The 'One Seam Pant'© has sold over 74,000 copies. Eight ‘Insider Techniques' DVD’s plus ‘Pants’, ‘Jackets’, & ‘Fitting the Changing Figure’. Her instructions are the ‘best in the independent pattern industry’. She owned Fabric Collections; a designer fabric store. Louise was the Fashion Design Department Head at Prospect Hall College, The Art Institute & taught Interior Design at Marymount College. TV appearances on 'Sew Much More', 'America Sews' & ‘Sewing with Martha Pullen’ highlighting fashion sewing. Articles in Threads, Sew News, Sewing Today, Sew Stylish, Handwoven, & Sew Beautiful magazines. Louise has received ‘The Outstanding Teacher Award for 2008’ and ‘The American Sewing Guild…The Sewing Hall of Fame 2014’.||Website
|Pam Damour |
The Decorating Diva
|Known as the "Decorating Diva" Pam learned early in life, while spending time on her grandparents’ farm, that making something from "scratch" was not only a way of life but it was the better way of doing things. Holding on to those values, she went from farm to fabric and has had a very successful 30+ year career as sewing and quilting educator. She’s the author of Pillow Talk, Cheaper by the Dozen, Got Quilts?, The Tangled Home, Hold Everything, Power Serge, and has designed many patterns, notions and rulers. A designer by profession and a quilter by passion, Pam lives on the shore of Lake Champlain, nestled at the foot of the Adirondacks, where she teaches sewing and quilting retreats. Her down to earth nature, never forgetting her roots, combined with her professionalism creates a warm and creative experience.||Website
|John Deer |
John Deer’s Adorable Ideas
|John Deer is one of North America’s leading experts on digitizing and embroidery with over 3 decades in the industry. John is a third-generation embroiderer born into the Schiffli industry. This gave him the unique opportunity to begin his career apprenticing as a manual pantograph puncher at the age of 17, digitizing for Schiffli looms. Over the years, he has continually adapted this old-school theory with today’s modern software programs, creating designs that are both beautiful and machine friendly. John also authored the book “Digitizing Made Easy” and has produced numerous educational resources for embroidery and digitizing enthusiasts.||Website
|Christina Dolinar |
|National Sewing Educator. Taught at national sewing shows, international sewing machine conventions and at quilting and sewing shops throughout the United States.|
|Shelly Fitzgerald |
Sew Shelly Quilts
|Shelly Fitzgerald comes into your event or classroom with a mixture of enthusiasm and knowledge that quickly attracts and holds the interest of the participants. Overlocking to software, garment sewing to machine embroidery, quilting to Home Dec, Shelly has a love and understanding of the topics and the BERNINA machines, software, feet and accessories that accomplish each task. |
Sewing and crafting all of her life allows years of experience to be passed on in a lively and informative way. She freely admits to reading all the manuals for pleasure and then loves teaching what she has learned to her classes. Bringing the out of the ordinary to front and center by encouraging everyone to change their settings (gasp!) use a punch tool (eek!) ruffle, ruffle, ruffle (wow!) and sew with their left foot (no way!) she shows how easy it is to kick it up a notch or two by using any BERNINA product to its full potential. She makes it fun- not hard- and leaves everyone excited about his or her new tools and skills.
Through her company, Sew Shelly Quilts, LLC, Shelly creates and presents original patterns and classes to bring the extended capabilities of all of the BERNINA products to life. Her classes are rich with techniques and software is her passion. In addition, she is a 4-year member of the BERNINA Event Team, which has brought the Sewapalooza to you.
“The only thing I like better than sewing and creating is teaching others about how to do the same. When you can show someone everything BERNINA products can really do you open such a world of possibility. It is so rewarding to hear to “ah ha” moments at events and in the classroom.”
|Reva Flood |
Quality Sewing and Vacuum
|Carmen Geddes |
|Carmen Geddes brings her love of quilting and people together for a fun day of learning. |
Enjoy her friendly, low-key approach and her great quilting techniques! Her expertise is helping her students build confidence.
She was named Teacher of the Year at HMQS.
She has taught at many quilt shows around the country including Houston Quilt Festival and Road to California. Her quilts have been featured in Fons and Porter Scrappy Quilts and Love of Quilting, Quilter's Newsletter, and McCall's Quilting and Embroidery magazines.
She is a teacher for Imagine with Riley Blake tutorial website.
She resides in Eagle Mountain, Utah.
She has developed the Tensisters Piping Tool and the Tensisters Easy Piecing Grid with its companion books, “Ten Quilts for Ten Sisters” and "Quilts for Kids".
|Diane Gloystein |
Sulky of America
|Diane Gloystein teaches at sewing expos and stores throughout the country where her high energy presentations, incredible array of whimsically creative samples and infectious enthusiasm are met with rave reviews. Her position as a National Educator representing Sulky of America is the fulfillment of a dream, which offers her the extraordinary opportunity to inspire students with a myriad of sewing techniques, surface design and embellishment possibilities. Diane was a designer in the 2008 BERNINA Fashion show. Most recently she co-authored the book Embellish Your Life with Sulky, along with Joyce Drexler.||Website
|Nancy Goldsworthy |
|Nancy is an internationally recognized teacher and author. Her love of fabric and sewing began at a very early age and continues to color her life today. Her career spans 45+ years in the textile industry. 25 years in apparel production covered everything from fabric development to garment construction. |
She has continued her love of fabric by joining the quilting movement that has covered the country in warmth. Piecing quilt tops opened the door to a world of design and color that still drives her work.
The addition of threads and embellishments has taken her to a new level. However, under it all is a solid foundation of the basics. Nancy’s knowledge of the technical side of quilting is unmatched. An award winning quilter and longarmer, she has 4 books published that will help build your skills and bring your quilts to life.
|Geri Grasvik |
The Pine Needle
|Geri has owned The Pine Needle for 25 glorious years. As a retired Nordstrom buyer, Geri brought many of their concepts with her to the quilting arena. Always being on top of what is best in the market combined with excellent customer service, these talents have propelled The Pine Needle to excellence. Geri has also spear-headed pattern design, fabric coordination, and exclusive kits (available only at The Pine Needle). She is more than willing to share her extensive background with you and looks forward to doing so.||Website
|Robert Hafner |
Quality Sewing & Vacuum
|Robin Halliday |
The Quilted Trillium
|Robin has been in love with all kinds of fiber artistry since she was a little girl. |
She hooked yarn rugs and learned to crochet and knit.
Through her college years she managed stress through wool embroidery "crewel' hand work. Post-graduate school, during her family years and career (as a software and technology company exec) she knit, felt, crocheted, and did macramé projects off and on.
About 10 years ago, she became interested in primitive rug hooking, for its simplicity, functionality and repurposed nature. She has designed a number of her own rugs based on experiences and scenes she loves.
Robin creates wool appliqué hand embroidery and has studied stitch work embellishment from Sue Spargo and Lisa Bongean.
Robin has designed a number of knitted/felted project patterns as well as rug patterns for The Quilted Trillium and she regularly travels and assists Dee at quilt shows
|Lois Hallock |
|Lois Hallock is a quilter, Professional Engineer, and a Professional Organizer. She is author of the book “Creating Your Perfection Quilting Space” published by That Patchwork Place. She has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked over 25 years for the Boeing Company. She has been a quilter for 20 years and now lectures, teaches and consults individually with quilters on quilt studio design and organizing. She currently resides in Snohomish, Washington with her husband, dog Kona and two cats.||Website
|Anna He |
|Anna He has an extensive background in the apparel industry as a professional fashion designer and a technical designer. With a passion for sewing and anime, she merges a dream job and love of all things anime and high fantasy. She has a wide array of experience working with leather, woven fabric, knit fabric, brocade silk, lace, mesh, feather as well as beading, embroidery and painting. Anna started cosplaying since 2010, and has since created many cosplays professionally and for herself, winning many awards and recognition for her workmanship along the way.||Website
|Lorraine Henry |
Two Easy Tape Measure / Lorraine Henry for Conselle
|Lana Jones |
|Lana has been sewing since she was 10 years old. Being a self-taught sewing artist, all the tips and techniques she teaches are “what works for her”. What she presents to students is a combination of her experience and influences that has been processed with her creative filter. The result is a creative style that is both unique and inspirational. |
Whether Lana is teaching, creating with embroidery software, machine embroidering, thread painting, appliquéing, or exploring another type of machine art, she is truly addicted! Add luscious fibers, paints and beading, and she will be lost in the creative flow for hours.
|Stephanie Kleinman |
|The Fabric Studio™ was designed and created by Stephanie Kleinman, owner of Easymade Publications and creator of “Simply Quilts”, the long-running TV series on HGTV. My motto has always been, follow your passion and you will succeed! I have combined my love of textile designs with my fast and easy methods of block construction; simple techniques for making personalized fabric and I came up with a simple concept of photo fabric! Then on top of all that I, added in the latest internet technologies and came up with a new online version of my Fabric Studio Software. Who knows where this latest endeavor will lead me to?||Facebook
|Deborah Kreiling |
|I have been part of the Simplicity team for over 35 years. My daily work touches every part of the sewing pattern product, working on each design from concept to final pattern in the envelope. I still sew my own clothes. You can learn to sew with me on the Simplicity You tube Channel and at Creative Bug.||Website
|Cheryl Kuczek |
|Cheryl LOVES to sew and founded the indie sewing pattern line “Paradiso Designs” of handbags, clothing, and home accessories. Her creations are a fusion of modern eclectic with a vintage twist. |
Paradiso’s focus is unique sewing techniques to pair pleather and hardware details into designer like handbags and inventive clothing patterns that work for all sizes from petite to plus sizes based on one’s measurements.
Cheryl also runs a children’s sewing program that runs the entire year in her Seattle studio in addition to painting fabric, jewelry making, and taking her dog Jackx for walks!
|Debbi Lashbrook |
Bernina of America
|Debbi has been a BERNINA educator for the past thirteen years and enjoys traveling to BERNINA dealerships throughout the country to share her love and enthusiasm for BERNINA software and machines. She began sewing at an early age and loves many types of sewing and embroidery; but her passion is with garment sewing/fitting and software. She received a Masters degree in Textiles from the University of Illinois and taught a variety of classes at the university prior to moving to Texas. She began teaching classes at the BERNINA Sewing Center in Plano, TX after relocating to the Dallas, Texas area. Prior to joining the staff of BERNINA of America, she managed the store for five years and taught at the store for 21 years. Her specialties include garment construction, pattern drafting and fitting, and BERNINA Embroidery software and BERNINA DesignWorks software.||Website
|Pamela Leggett |
|Specializing in pattern fitting and garment skills, Pamela Leggett has developed a fun and informative teaching style that’s available in her patterns and DVD's.|
One of Pamela's passions is creating garments that flatter and fit the wearer. Her desire to teach others to achieve the perfect fit led her to the Palmer/Pletsch pattern fitting method, which she has used to help hundreds of women successfully achieve good fit and a renewed love of garment sewing. It is with this knowledge that she created Pamela's Patterns, which have many fitting solutions and adjustments built in the patterns.
Pamela's Patterns have been reviewed and featured in magazines and on-line review sites. Pamela is a contributing writer, book author and DVD personality for Threads Magazine, an instructor for Craftsy online classes, director of the Palmer/Pletsch Philadelphia and Connecticut Sewing Workshops and a national sewing/serging educator. She has also appeared on PBS’s Sewing With Nancy and Canada’s The Shopping Channel.
|Amy Loh Kupser |
|Art in any form has been a part of my life forever. If it can be used for art, I will try it. I love experimenting in any medium I can get my hands on. After being tied-down to a computer for 17 years as a graphic designer and then web designer, I discovered beading. For over 19 years, I have been able to share my passion by creating bead patterns. Teaching others how to bead has brought tremendous joy. The quilts at the shows have since inspired another extension for me to create art. I love to create detailed appliqué art quilts inspired by nature and other images that bloom in my mind. I am always discovering new ways to combine beadwork with other mediums. Come bead with me!||Website
|Julie Luoma |
Off The Wall Quilt
|Julie quilts for the fun and creativity of it. Going into her 8th year of quilting, she is still dabbling In different styles. Her humorous, laid-back style will get you jazzed up to try something new.||Website
|Donelle McAdams |
Sew Steady/Quality Sewing
|Donelle McAdams is the owner of SEW BIZ, Marion, Indiana. Donelle is the designer of Quick Easy Mitered Binding and Border Tools and is a pattern designer. Previously a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, she has been a quilt storeowner for 34 years. She has taught a variety of SchoolHouse and Take & Teach classes and Business Management Seminars at industry seminars and conventions. She writes a column for FabShop News, an industry magazine. As a Promoted Educator for Westalee/Sew Steady, Donelle teaches Westalee Ruler Work classes internationally. Her love and enthusiasm for sewing and quilting is infectious. Taking a class with Donelle is guaranteed to be information-packed, inspirational and FUN!||Website
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|Marsha McClintock |
|Marsha McClintock is designer and owner of SAF-T-POCKETS Patterns where she creates patterns suited for travel or every day. She has taught at sewing shows across the US and Canada. She enjoys teaching and creating classes that inspire and motivate students to try new things. Marsha uses creative samples to show techniques and supplies good handouts showing the steps to complete the project. Her sense of humor and knowledge make for fun and informative classes. In addition, Marsha organizes and guides groups of women on sewing adventures to New York annually.||Website
|Sheila McKay |
McKay Manor Musers
|My love of designing started when I took a fashion design class in high school and started designing all my own clothes. When my daughters were born I enjoyed making them matching outfits – back then they thought it was cool. I was a Girl Scout leader for over 20 years where we tried almost every craft on the planet and they even had their own booth at craft fairs. We started a design company in 2010 and really enjoy creating patterns that make people smile – the mission for our company is to inspire creativity in others!||Email
|Carol Mesimer is a teacher and demonstrator for Clover Needlecraft. As a small child, she learned needlework from her mother and taught her first knitting class at the age of 17. She believes students should have fun in class, while gaining a strong foundation in technique. An award-winning quilter, her quilts have hung in national shows and museums in the US and the Netherlands. Her knit and stitched miniature animals were featured in an exhibit at the International Quilt Festival shows in Houston and Chicago||Website
|Linda McGehee |
|My style is easy and fun with a flair for detail. I like to work with a basic design, generally a garment or handbag, and make several that look entirely different using a variety of thread embellishments, piecing, or embroidery ideas. I like to use the tools that make the tasks easier and more accurate. |
Having acquired an interest in sewing at a very early age, Linda has been teaching a variety of sewing techniques through her business, Ghee’s, for 37 years. Very much a machinist, Linda likes to show her students how easy it is to acquire professional results when you know the proper techniques. She has designed numerous handbag and garment patterns. Her award winning books make stitching easy and fun. She travels the globe teaching at stores, guilds, and conventions, as well as makes TV appearances. Visit her web at www.ghees.com
|Marti Michell |
|Marti Michell is a popular patchwork teacher having taught in 49 states and 24 countries. Since 1995, Marti is best known for the From Marti Michell acrylic tools for rotary cutting and her passion for teaching easy, accurate patchwork. Marti is also a prolific author (close to 2 million books sold), fabric designer (currently Maywood Studio) quilt collector and quilt maker. Marti and her husband Richard started their first patchwork kit company (Yours Truly, Inc.) in 1972. When you take a class with Marti you will share quilting knowledge gained in her 40+ year quilting career. Marti graduated from Iowa State University in Textiles & Clothing and Journalism. The Michells live in Atlanta, GA.||Website
|Annette Allison Millard made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Her past work life includes managing a fabric store, teaching knits, swimwear, lingerie and basic sewing and over ten years as the newsletter and web site manager for Pacific Fabrics. Currently, Annette enjoys freelance blogging for Coats & Clark and other sewing blogs as well as managing the Indygo Junction Sewing Pattern Group Facebook page. You can follow Annette and her sewing adventures on her own blog, The Sewful Life, www.sewfullife.com, on Facebook or Instagram.||Website
|Sandra Miller |
Cutting Corners Inc.
|Sandra Miller is the first sample maker for Cutting Line Designs, where she also writes the instructions for this independent pattern company. She teaches at sewing expos and for guilds across the U.S. One of her favorite activities is teaching at Cutting Line Designs retreats in Orlando, FL, where she has the opportunity to work with fellow sewers personally, helping with fitting issues and perfecting sewing skills. Sandra also writes for Threads Magazine and has filmed two DVD’s for Taunton Press.|
|Valerie Mizzoni |
Wonderfil Specialty Threads
|Valerie has been sewing since she was seven years old (‘My first project was a purple Fortrel pantsuit...so ugly! But I was pretty proud of myself’). Through the years she has had her own custom sewing business, worked for an independent designer and, most recently, spent several years as the alterations manager for a major bridal retailer. She has a degree in fashion marketing and also spent three years as a visual display technician. She is now in charge of the Teacher Program at WonderFil and is happy to help all the teachers with their thread needs.||Facebook
|Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby |
|Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, The Shibaguyz, have been teaching adults for 20+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers throughout the world. They have a wide range of online classes available from Craftsy, Craft University, and Interweave. |
Shannon's award winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in both US and international publications. He currently has over 300 published patterns and 9 books credited to his name.
Jason is a professional fashion photographer who’s worked with major publishers like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing.
|Julie Muschamp |
Qualtiy Sewing and Vacuum
|Fiber arts and embellishment have fascinated me ever since I was a little girl. Being open to the next inspiring idea is important and thinking outside the box is what inspires me to explore the next creative horizons. |
For 18 years, I have worked, taught and managed at Quality Sewing and Vacuum. Technological advances keep me learning at a very rapid pace. I am always asking myself “What is an unexpected way to utilize these advancements?” The quest for the answers and teaching the possibilities is what keeps me excited and constantly designing new projects.
|Michele Muska |
|Laura Nash |
Sew Chic Patterns
|With a love for all things vintage, Laura Nash is the smiling expert patternmaker and designer of flirty modern fashions offered through her company Sew Chic Patterns. With a B.S. in Apparel Design and extensive experience in fit and evening wear, Laura teaches students to become proficient in fit, sewing technique, and patternmaking. She is also a Craftsy.com instructor, a Threads Magazine author, and creates Special Collections Designs for Simplicity Patterns.||Website
|Andrew Ngai |
|Andrew Ngai, president of WonderFil Specialty Threads™, established the company in 1988 in Calgary, Canada, to produce innovative and high-quality threads for the craft and quilting industry. With nearly 30 years of experience in the development of specialty threads, Andrew oversees the division of 9 needlecraft markets around the globe, including Canada, USA, Australia, UK, and Netherlands. Andrew devotes his time to the manufacturing of products and displays and conducting seminars and classes at events, ensuring WonderFil™ is always at the forefront of new strategies, thread technology, and proudly providing successful business relationships with its customers.||Website
|Nancy Nix-Rice |
Nancy Nix-Rice Style Consulting
|Nancy Nix-Rice is in the 25th year of her career, teaching women to sew optimal wardrobes – colors, fabrics, styles and details that display their unique characteristics and mix/match into countless combinations. She literally wrote the book on wardrobe development – “LOOKING GOOD …Every Day” – top-rated on Amazon and textbook at top design schools worldwide. Nearly 10,000 fans have adopted her methods via Craftsy.com and her popular e-newsletter and online fabric store. A lifelong sewing enthusiast herself, Nancy’s background as an award-winning fabric store/sewing school owner, the first Palmer/Pletsch certified instructor and Baby Lock’s first training manager combine to ground her solidly in today’s me-made community.||Website
|Michelle Paganini |
|Michelle Paganini is passionate about upcycling and believes it can make a big difference in the greening of fashion. She is a professionally trained fashion designer and the owner, designer and patternmaker for Paganoonoo, an upcycle design house. Her work has been published in Threads Magazine and she has appeared on multiple episodes of It’s Sew Easy. She collaborated on a Slow Fashion exhibit at the San Jose, CA Quilt museum and her work was featured at several Discarded To Divine exhibits at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. Michelle is an upcycle educator and gives classes for sewing groups and other events.||Website
|Rhonda Pierce |
|Rhonda Pierce has a dream job. . . teaching sewing enthusiasts about the most important 2” piece of steel in the sewing machine – the SCHMETZ needle. During Rhonda’s classes students respond with “a-ha” moments and giggles as they learn needle facts. Rhonda enjoys sharing needle knowledge in classrooms and sewing shows throughout North America. She travels with the SCHMETZ “Super” Needle – it’s 17” tall – and always asks “What’s Your Favorite SCHMETZ Needle?” She is delighted with the ingenuity and remarkable creations that sewing enthusiasts share. She publishes the monthly SCHMETZ newsletter and the inspirational e-zine, SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW. Rhonda is Marketing Director of Euro-notions and Spokesperson for SCHMETZneedles.com North America. www.SCHMETZneedles.com||Website
|Vaune Pierce |
|Vaune Pierce is a nationally known teacher and author that lives in Moorpark, CA, with her husband, John. She started smocking over 25 years ago, which led to teaching. Vaune has classes in smocking, construction, embroidery, and Fine Machine Sewing. She has trained at the Imperial Bordados, in Funchal, Madeira, and has taken classes from the Royal School of Needlework. She has her own line of patterns, Creative Couture, and has had articles published in Threads Magazine, Classing Sewing, Creative Needle, and Sew Beautiful. She is also the owner of Vaune, which carries fine fabrics, laces and Swiss embroideries. She can be contacted at (805) 529-5005||Website
|Bob Purcell |
|Bob Purcell is President and owner of Superior|
Threads and is a self‐certified master thread therapist.
He worked in Japan for 10 years and speaks fluent
Japanese. He graduated from Brigham Young
University with a Masters Degree in Business
Administration. His background is in product
development, customer service, and quality control.
He taught for many years at a private school and also
at the college level. Since 1999 he has educated
thousands within our industry and has had many
articles published in various industry magazines. He
got involved in the thread business to support his
wife’s (Mother Superior) quilting addiction.
|Susan Purdy |
|I have sewn since I was 10 years old in 4-H. It didn't start out so well, but practice makes you better, not perfect. My favorite part is the embellishment in clothing. In 1994, I started using hot fix crystals, then iron on designs which lead to a little business called Sue's Sparklers. I traveled the country doing sewing and quilt shows, demonstrations and classes. I sold the business in 2007 and got back in 2015. Simply wouldn't go away. We have grown to include a laser cutter which cuts my stencils and appliques. With spray painting the stencils and adding embellishment to that and adding crystals to the appliqued wall hangings, there truly are not limits to creativity.||Website
|Sheila Rolfer |
|Sheila Rolfer is the knitting and crochet educator for Clover. Previously associated with Renaissance Ribbons for 18 years, she was responsible for original design development working with noted fabric designers such as Tula Pink and Amy Butler. Leveraging that level of creative insight, Sheila adds over 50 years of knitting experience originating from her English grandmother. Using a variety of tools, textiles and techniques, she is particularly adept at creating unique and fun knitting and crochet projects. Sheila is at home teaching everything from beginning to the more advanced techniques that have applications to current knitting and crochet trends.||Website
|Marilyn Romatka |
Taproot Folk Arts
|Marilyn Romatka has a passion for Folk Art. She has been teaching students to spin, weave, and make many other ethnic crafts – both children and adults – for many years throughout the nation. She has a strong drive to see that traditional skills are passed on to the next generation; she loves to create weavers everywhere she goes! Her educational background in science gives her a clear, sequential teaching style; her passion for fiber-arts gives the class zing! Students in her classes laugh and learn in a relaxed atmosphere. She is has published an instructional book for those who want to teach Folk Arts to kids of all ages: Creative Crafts of the World.||Website
|Kathy Ruddy |
|Kathy Ruddy is an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, serger, and fitting expert. Kathy is the star of ten serger and sewing videos and the author of twelve serger and sewing booklets. She also wrote eleven 3 Ways to Learn CDs. On these CDs, Kathy imparts her wisdom and experiences as she develops her projects adding color commentary to the educational process. Her specialty is to show how to sew and serge fast and easy without sacrificing quality, fit, or fashion details. Her fresh, fun classes are brimming with surprises and ideas.||Website|
|Darlene Sabo |
Olympic Wool Works
|I began working with needles and fiber as a very young girl when living with my Hungarian grandmother, who inspired me to crochet, embroider and sew. As an adult, my passion expanded to rug hooking and wool appliqué. |
In 2013, my husband and I started Olympic Wool Works where we supply our line of hand dyed wools and unique patterns to retail shops and customers throughout the US.
I teach wool appliqué classes locally in the beautiful and ever inspiring Pacific Northwest.
Three of my patterns have been published in Primitive Quilts and Projects and Quiltmania’s Simply Vintage magazine, with 5 more scheduled in the near future.
|Peggy Sagers |
Silhouette Patterns, Inc.
|Nancy Sapin |
Sulky of America
|Nancy has been a National Freelance Educator and designer for Sulky of America since 2007. She has presented countless Sew Exciting Seminars, Quilt Guild presentations & sit 'n sew workshops, co-taught Sulky Teacher Certification Training classes, taught and lectured at various AQS, ASE & OSQE events besides many Freelance teaching events. Her designed projects have been published in Sulky's book “Sew, Craft, Quilt & Embroider Confidently with Sulky Stabilizers” (#900-B19), “Fun with Sulky Blendables and Solid Color Cotton Threads” (#900-B21), and Sulky's latest book “Embellish your Life with Sulky” (#900-B22). Nancy's positive “can do” attitude allows her to accomplish the goals she sets before herself and brings fun and enthusiasm into the classroom.||Website|
|Deanna Springer |
Nancy Zieman Productions/Clover
|Deanna Springer is the Marketing Director for Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC., and has worked with Nancy Zieman for 27 years. Over the last 10 years, Deanna has worked closely with Nancy on the Sewing With Nancy TV show, designing products for Clover Needlecraft, writing for Nancy Zieman the Blog, and co-producing the Quilt Expo with Wisconsin Public Television.||Email
|Connie Spurlock |
Sew Wonderful Dreams
|Although she didn't even learn to sew until she was over 30 years old, Connie used her background in marketing and education to develop Sew Wonderful Dreams, a pattern design company, in 1989. The company originally focused on craft patterns, while today the emphasis is on quilting and education. About her company she says: "We believe the best marketing tool we have is to educate. Everyone can learn but the way we learn is variable. Our classes are designed to help you learn in a way that will be most beneficial to you."||Website|
|Michelle Stoffel |
Style Maker Fabrics
|Founder of Style Maker Fabrics, fabric lover and all around seamstress; she is passionate about color, fabric and fashion! After growing up in the fabric industry she launched her own fashion fabrics website in late 2014. Her site combines all of her interests and lets her share her inspiration and passion with other seamstresses from all over the world. Plus she gets to play with incredible fabrics every day! What could be bad, right? When she isn’t sewing, Michelle is an avid gardener and reader and loves to travel or dream of traveling!||Website
|Edna Strom |
Sisters In Stitches
|Edna Strom has lived in the Northwest for the past 30+ years. She has sewn all of her life and has worked in the sewing industry for the past 35 years. Being able to work in an industry that is your passion has been one of her life’s greatest pleasures. She taught as a Bernina freelance educator for 12 years. In 2003, she and her sister started their business Sisters In Stitches and started playing with dolls together again. Their company goal was to combine their creativeness and expand the world of embroidery by creating complete sewing patterns within the design and use today’s technology to produce designs and projects that are “not quite traditional”. They were one of the pioneers in the world of “In the Hoop” designs. Favorite sewing rule is “It’s gotta be fast, fun and easy and look great when it’s done!”||Website
|Joyce Teng |
|Michelle Umlauf |
|Michelle Umlauf is the founder of Sewing Machine Artistry, a National Educator representing Sulky of America and is the host of the Sulky webinar, Sewing Online with Sulky (S.O.S). Michelle served as the President of the Maryland Chapter of the American Sewing Guild from 2014-2015. Michelle’s enjoys machine embroidery and her favorite type of sewing is free motion sewing. She enjoys using Sulky products for her projects, and owns A LOT of thread! When Michelle isn't sewing, she enjoys being outside, and she enjoys being outside when she is suppose to be working too! She and her husband live in Maryland, in the Catoctin Mountains with their 2 German Shepherds and 2 rescue cats. Michelle takes each of her dogs for walk in the woods, and when she is finished, it's her cats turn!||Website
|Annie Unrein |
|A creative lifetime quilter, Annie Unrein of ByAnnie.com has been designing patterns and teaching since 2000. With a focus on practical and useful projects, Annie's patterns appeal to a sewists of all ages and levels.|
Annie is the creator of ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, an innovative product she designed to add body, stability and a professional finish to purses, bags, home dec items, and more.
Annie and her energetic team operate the popular website By Annie.com. They are your source for patterns, Soft and Stable, handbag zippers in over 48 colors, purse hardware, mesh, vinyl, and more.
Fashion Supplies Inc.
|Joe Vecchiarelli, founder and president of Fashion Supplies, Inc., has worked in the fashion industry for over 40 years. During his college years, Joe worked in the family business, sharpening scissors for the industry's top designers. He later graduated from USC's business program and began to realize that opportunities in the apparel business were unlimited. Mr. Vecchiarelli's career took another fascinating turn when he made a foray into the entertainment business working in production with shows like Dancing with the Stars and the X Factor. A few years ago he was approached by NBC to help produce the competitive design talent show, Fashion Star. He accepted, with the challenge to create a successful show more professional than even Project Runway. Presently, Mr. Vecchiarelli is ever so busy maintaining his business and helping fashion students and enthusiasts grasp their dreams and become successful within the industry.||Website
|Eloise Wagers |
|I am a former public junior high, high school and adult education teacher. Many years have been spent employed with various companies in the craft industry in management and sales. Love sharing my knowledge and the importance of learning skills for our “well-being”….and to inspire others to enjoy the benefits of developing more creative and technical skills. Garment sewing and knitting are my favorite pastime activities along with a pursuit of fashion forward trends.||Website
|Katrina Walker |
Spoiled Sheep Yarn
|Katrina Walker is a designer, educator and author known for her work in construction techniques, machine embroidery, textiles and Modern American Pojagi. Her work is featured in many magazines including Creative Machine Embroidery, Threads, SewStylish, Sew It All, SewNews, and Stitch. She is also a popular online instructor, where her classes for Craftsy, BurdaStyle, Craft Daily, and Taunton Workshops have enrolled thousands of students worldwide. She is an educator for Pfaff and Husqvarna Viking sewing machines, and is often found nationwide sharing the love of sewing||Website
|Gayle Wallace |
Custom Machine Quilting
|Gayle came to quilting by way of her love of sewing. She started sewing at the age of 5, making doll clothes. After taking a beginner quilting class in 1985, she has shared her love of quilting with over 4,000 students.|
Gayle is an award winning quilter with wins in Houston (IQA), Paducah (AQS), Dallas (DQA), National Quilters Assoc. (NQA), Road to California, Heritage Quilters, Lancaster, Quilting on the Waterfront, Manchester NH (MQX), Kansas City (MQS), Salt Lake City (HMQS) and a number of other shows. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and books.
|Nadeen Ward |
Dolls R SEW Fun
|I teach doll clothes classes for adults, but I started sewing in Junior High and working in a Fabric store by the age of 15. I am a Queen of easy; especially when sewing doll clothes. I have written two books on doll clothes construction and many patterns for clothes. My students love going home with finished projects.|
REASONS TO SEW FOR 18” DOLLS:
•They don't change size (too much)
•They don't mind fittings or complain if it is to tight or loose
•They don't wiggle
•They don’t take up too much fabric
•They make children and adults SMILE 🙂
|Mech Watne |
|Mech started garment sewing as a child and added quilt piecing in her 20’s. Once she started quilting her own quilts, adding quilting to everything soon after. Frustrated with trying to get the border pattern to fit a quilt before the kiddo woke up, Mech exclaimed “There has to be a better way!” Putting her engineering skills to use, she created PerfectBorders.com, an online service that custom scales and spaces quilting designs to fit whatever you’re working on.||Website
|Anne Whalley |
The Pattern Whisperer
|Anne Whalley is the |
Anne’s speciality is helping women style their individual look with the right fabric and pattern for a garment that they love to wear.
Anne runs an International Sewing Mentoring program, Sews Prolifically, is a Sewing Blogger and showcases her garments on Instagram.
Her dream is for Sewists to create and love wearing outfits from their fabric collection.
|Susan Zellers |
|Susan’s mother taught her to sew at the age of 3 and she’s never looked back! She parlayed her passion into a home business, where she created bridal gowns, special occasion items and custom embroidery for nearly two decades. From there, she managed a sewing machine dealership where she taught sewing/serging and computer digitizing software, and most recently, she entered the quilting world. Now an expert on Baby Lock machines and software, Susan entertains as she teaches sewing to others.||Email