About Expo Classes

Teacher Keli Faw leads an indigo dye class at Expo.

Class Types

There are five teaching formats at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo:

Free Stage

45-minute presentations on the Free Stage in the Showplex. Tickets are not required. This is a great opportunity to give a broad overview of your skill or technique, and present products to customers. Teachers are not paid on the Free Stage.

One Needle

45-minute lecture/demo classes, with up to 200 students per class. This is a traditional lecture format without hands-on learning opportunities. If you need more than 45 minutes, you can submit the class in two parts, which will be scheduled back-to-back in the same room. Teachers are not paid for One Needle classes.

Two Needle

90-minute project or technique class. Although 90 minutes isn’t long enough to teach many complete skills, these classes are required to have a hands-on aspect. The hands-on aspect depends entirely on the class, and may range from handling materials to take measurements, to complete projects.

Three Needle

2.5-hour hands-on classes. This is our most popular class format. These classes can be taught with or without sewing machines. The goal is for students to learn a new technique or complete a full project, if time allows.

Four Needle

4-hour hands-on classes. Four Needle classes are offered on Wednesday (before the vendor floor opens), and sometimes on Sunday. These classes are immersive learning experiences and can be taught with or without sewing machines.

Teachers in Two, Three, and Four Needle classes are paid based on the Needle level and number of students in the class. The most successful teachers have a combination of One, Two, and Three needle classes — One Needles will help to build recognition at Expo and can encourage students to sign up for hands-on skill building in other classes.

Class Schedule

Classes are offered Wednesday through Sunday during Expo.

One Needle

Thursday through Sunday

  • 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
  • 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
  • 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
  • 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
  • 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
  • 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.*
  • 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.*
  • 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.*
  • * (Thursday through Saturday only)

Two Needle

Thursday through Sunday

  • 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.*
  • * (Thursday through Saturday only)

Three Needle

Thursday through Sunday

  • 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.*
  • * (Thursday through Saturday only)

Four Needle


  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.*
  • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • * (Limited options Sunday morning)

Our Classrooms

There are 21 different classrooms at Expo that fall into three basic categories.

Sewing Machine Rooms

Our partners at Sewing Machine Service, Quality Sewing & Vacuum, and Janome provide top-of-the-line sewing machines for our seven machine classrooms. We recommend applying to teach on the brand with which you’re most familiar, and trying out the specific model at a local machine store, if possible. Model information will be available in early fall.

Machine Options

  • Baby Lock (serger) (30 sergers)
  • BERNINA (30 machines)
  • Brother (30 machines)
  • Pfaff (30 machines)
  • Viking (30 machines)
  • Janome (14 machines)
  • Entry-level machine (make and model TBD) (20 machines)

There are ironing and cutting stations are shared between sewing machine classrooms. We will increase the number of ironing and cutting stations at the 2021 show.

It is not possible for students to bring their own machines to Expo, with the exception of Featherweight classes.

Hands-On Rooms

These classrooms are suitable for Two, Three, and Four Needle classes that do not require students to have machines. They are used for hand work. There is water available in three of these rooms. Most of these rooms have a capacity of 30 students. If ironing or cutting stations are required, please let us know.

Lecture Halls

Our lecture halls have a capacity of up to 200 people. Large lecture halls are only used for One Needle classes.

In addition to any sewing equipment listed above, we provide the following equipment in all our classrooms:

  • Lavalier microphone**
  • LCD projector and screen (instructor supplies laptop and any required cables)
  • Document camera (helpful for demonstrating detail work)
  • Easel, flip chart, and markers

**Only a lavalier microphone is provided on the Free Stage.

Teacher Information  —  Apply to Teach


Amy Veneziano
Education Manager