2021 Virtual Teacher Application

Our Virtual Teaching Application is here!

Click the link below to apply to teach.

Apply to Teach

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Tips on Applying

  • When applying, ensure that your class description and learning objective are very clear. Your class will be selected based on the class description and a lightly-edited version of the description will be in our class catalog and used by students to evaluate whether to sign up. It is important that both Expo staff and students understand what your class will teach.
  • You are required to include at least one photo of the finished project or technique. You must own the rights to this photo—which can usually be guaranteed if you are the one who took it. Classes with clear photos that represent the finished project or learned technique tend to sell better than those without pictures.
  • In your application, explain your experience in a virtual setting and any assistance or concerns you may have.
  • In the virtual format, focus on the classes and techniques you have already perfected. Students and teachers will both have more success if teachers are leading tried-and-true classes and know when questions usually arise on each topic.
  • Sewing machine classes cannot be limited by machine brand. Attachments or notions, such as specific feet or a dual needle, are part of the class toolkit and should be listed in your student supplies section, but brand limitations cannot be enforced in a virtual setting.
  • You must submit an individual application for each class you want to teach. Please enter the same biographical information for all the classes, including uploading the same headshot.
  • Consider your kit fee costs carefully. How much do materials cost, and how much time does it take to assemble the kits? Kit fee prices cannot change after the catalog is printed. The teacher is responsible for kit fulfillment, including shipping, and must provide a link we can share with students to purchase kits, and kits must be mailed to students at least three weeks before the show. Our online form only accepts numeric information in the kit fee area, so enter a whole number without punctuation (e.g. “15” and not “$15” or “15.00”).
  • You must provide complete materials lists for online classes. Not all students have access to the same stores, so please consider what may be available either in person or via online shopping when compiling materials lists. The last date to revise kit fee information or materials lists is Nov. 1.
  • Consider your technical capabilities carefully. For hands-on (Three and Four Needle) classes, our best recommendation is that you have two cameras — which might be a webcam and a phone — so that students can see your face and your hands at work. You also need a stable internet connection. If you don’t have that, and are unsure if you can come by it in time for Expo, you may consider waiting to teach until we’re together in person again.
  • Classes will be recorded and available to registered students for a limited time after the event. This is so that students can revisit part of the class if they did not understand or were unable to attend. These recordings will not be promoted or sold after Expo.
  • You can review and edit your application until the application period closes on Oct. 4. After Oct. 4, you must email the Education Manager to revise your application. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Virtual teaching tips from the Craft Industry Alliance. The Sewing & Stitchery Expo is a member of the Craft Industry Alliance.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or for more information! Our education manager, Amy Veneziano, is available to help you succeed at the show.

Required Documents

In order to be paid, you must send us a current, signed copy of your IRS Form W-9. From there, we will generate an Invoice Voucher, which also must be signed to process payment. Please submit the W-9 by Dec. 1, 2020. If we do not receive your W-9 or Invoice Voucher before Expo, your payment for Expo may be delayed.

Teacher Terms & Conditions

By registering as a teacher at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo, you agree to abide by the Terms & Conditions of the show. Failure to comply with show rules may result in your removal from the show.


Amy Veneziano
Education Manager
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