Sewing Educators Alliance

2015 Sewing Educators Yearbook
Sewing Knowledge: It's Meant to Be Shared

Professional sewing educators travel throughout the world in order to spread the word on sewing. They have written books, spoken at seminars, and answered sewing-related questions over and over again. They continue to instruct more classes, write more books and articles, and attend more shows so they can help you, as an independent sewing dealer, excite your customers and increase sales through seminars, workshops, and classes.

When you invite a sewing educator to visit your store to present a workshop or class, you are taking advantage of an excellent opportunity to generate publicity, goodwill, and best of all, product sales. You are also establishing yourself within your community as an authority in your field. When your customers can attend classes at your store and conquer their fears of new or unfamiliar sewing skills, they are able to plan future projects and carry them through to success. This creates a need for products and materials and results in repeat sales for you.

Guest speakers can turn classes at your store into exciting and profitable events. Invite a sewing professional into your store and get ready to inspire your customers and move your products.

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Marcie Baker photoMARCI BAKER
Quilt With Marci Baker
204 N. Link Lane #7, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: 970-224-1336 • Fax: 970-224-1362
marci@quiltmb.com • www.aliciasattic.com
Recognized internationally for her expertise in quilting, Marci Baker enjoys sharing ideas that simplify the process of sewing and quilting. Her products and tools provide easy-to-follow solutions for common sewing and quilting problems. Enthusiasm and inspiration can be seen throughout her lectures, workshops, and books. Marci and her husband, Clint, currently live in Fort Collins, CO, where they enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful mountains. Both of her sons are attending RPI in Troy, NY.

Janith Bergeron photoJANITH BERGERON
The Sewing Tree, llc
7 Moose Run, Barrington, NH 03825
Phone: 603-664-6944
designsbyjanith@gmail.com • www.designsbyjanith.com
sewingtree@gmail.com • www.thesewingtree.com
Co-owner of The Sewing Tree, llc, Janith Bergeron offers comprehensive sewing instruction for all ages and stages of sewing: hands-on workshops and event planning for retailers, teaching skills that bring fun to every stitch, embroidery, embellishments and technique. Her sales background is a bonus is promoting profitable classes. Designs by Janith, llc, custom sewing since 1990, has shown alterations to be a unique education for classes in reconstructing garments, recycling, and "fix, fit and flatter." Janith is a Master Certified Sewing Educator-SEA (2008), a contributor to Threads Pattern Review since 2003, a Trained Sewing Educator/S&CA since 2002, and a 4H educator.

Marcie Brenner photoMARCIE BRENNER
Sew Beary Special
1025 East 28th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: 718-951-3973 • sewbeary@aol.com
In her more than 30 years of teaching, Marcie Brenner has conveyed her love of sewing and quilting, demonstrating her extensive knowledge with a sense of humor whether she's working with beginners or professionals. She's taught at local and national level sewing and quilting shows and from junior high to university level courses. Since 1993 she has run her own sewing school and quilt shop, with classes covering all phases of sewing, quilting and home dec. Additionally, she is employed in the garment industry as a technical designer and was a technical writer for a pattern company. She has an A.A.S. in applied apparel design and patternmaking, Fashion Institute of Technology, a B.A. in home economics and women's studies, Brooklyn College, with Graduate courses in education. Marcie was honored in 2013 as a Master Certified Sewing Educator with the Sewing Educators Alliance. She will travel internationally.

Cindy Chock photoCINDY CHOCK
Cindy Chock's Sewing Room
300 W. 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-246-9662 • c.chock@att.net
Cindy Chock, a theatrical costumer, draper and pattern-maker, offers small hands-on sewing classes in New York City that range from basic beginner to advanced sewing. Having worked in stage, film and TV for over 40 years her experience includes creating one of a kind fashions for the Muppets, dance costumes for the Mark Morris Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, and countless Broadway shows. Her pattern-making designs have been featured in the collections of Simplicity, McCall's and the Butterick Pattern Companies. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, she has taught at The Parson's School of Design, The JCC in Manhattan and various elementary and middle schools. Cindy is willing to travel internationally.

Barbara Crawford photoBARBARA CRAWFORD
Crawford Designs
3109 Nebraska Street, Amarillo, TX 79106
Phone 816-984-1928
Santa4u@sbcglobal.net • www.crawforddesigns.net
Barbara Crawford has been designing and teaching for 20 years and has a popular line of patterns for appliqué. She is known for pushing the envelope in new techniques manipulating fabrics and fibers. Along with having her own line of patterns she is now also a full time designer for McCalls Pattern Company. She is a national and internationally recognized instructor, teaching at shops, expos and private homes. She has been seen on Creative Living and It's Sew Easy TV on PBS and published the first two books written in the U.S. about Needle Felting on Wearables. Crawford Designs appliqué`sweatshirt transformation jacket patterns have been around since 1998 and found in many quilt shops and sewing centers. In 2011, she launched her Sewing Made Simple fashion patterns, creating easy-to-follow fashion patterns utilizing Wool Felt fabrics. Barbara is an expert in this particular fabric, testing the limits of this fabric since 1991. Barbara and her sister Annie, launched their own zipper line in 2012 that includes custom dyed metal teeth zippers and patterned fashion zippers featuring animal prints and more.

Connie CrawfordCONNIE CRAWFORD
Fashion Patterns by Coni
P.O. Box 370, Hansville, WA 98340
Phone: 360-638-2629 • Fax: 360-638-0296
service@fashionpatterns.com • www.fashionpatterns.com
Connie Amaden-Crawford is a licensed designer for The McCall Pattern Company under the Butterick label, member of the Sewing Hall of Fame, and is President and CEO of Fashion Patterns by Coni. She is a nationally recognized lecturer, fashion specialist, educator, and author of several DVD's, sewing and pattern textbooks. A former instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, CA, her professional experience includes positions as a patternmaker, grader, and design consultant. A nationally and internationally recognized fashion lecturer and specialist, Connie is a guest speaker for various colleges and fashion groups. Connie is a member of the American Sewing Guild, Australian Sewing Guild, Association of Design and Apparel Professionals, Sewing Dealers Trade Association. Connie is a graduate of LATTC College and received her teaching credentials from UCLA.

Pam Damour photoPAM DAMOUR
The Decorating Diva
495 Point Au Fer Road, Champlain, NY 12919
Phone: 518-297-2699 • Fax: 518-297-2698
pam@pamdamour.com • www.pamdamour.com
Known as the "Decorating Diva," Pam Damour offers professional drapery workroom training to the trade. Co-author of Pillow Talk, Pam is generous in sharing the knowledge of her 27+ years as an interior designer and sewing professional. As a seasoned career speaker, she's a member of SEA, ASG, and AQS. Pam travels internationally teaching her specialty techniques that have brought her years of continued business as the "Couture of Home Dec Sewing." Producer of 13 how-to DVDs, national spokesperson for The Warm Company and Rowenta, Pam enjoys the hands-on aspect of the window treatment industry. She has developed a 12-part template system to make custom window treatments that are taking the industry by storm! Pam's new projects include a fabric collection, a new book, and her own Web-TV show called At Home with the Decorating Diva. Pam lives on the shore of Lake Champlain in a log cabin, nestled at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, where she teaches sewing retreats and her teacher certification programs. Pam will travel internationally.

Janet Dapson photoJANET DAPSON
Fabrications
8860 North 32nd Street, Richland, MI 49083
Phone: 269-629-0190 • Fax 269-629-0191
janet@fabricationsonline.com • www.fabricationsonline.com
Janet Dapson is a Palmer/Pletsch Educational Associate and Certified Sewing Instructor, specializing in garment fitting, construction and tailoring techniques at her fabric store (Fabrications) near Kalamazoo, MI. Fabrications is a satellite location for Palmer/Pletsch Sewing Vacation workshops. Scheduled classes, individual instruction and specialized group programs are available. Group programs may be conducted at Fabrications or at the group's meeting place. Presentations range from one hour lectures to all day hands-on sessions. Janet will travel and teach in the Midwest.

Diane Faulkner photoDIANE FAULKNER
She Sews Fine
6540 Burnham Drive, Merriam, KS 66202
Phone: 404-788-3974
shesewsfine@gmail.com • www.shesewsfine.com
Diane Faulkner has been sewing since she was a child. She has owned her own custom sewing and alterations business and has taught classes for 25+ years. Her passion is to teach others to love all aspects of sewing: sergers, garment construction, fitting, wearable art, embroidery, and embroidery software! Diane is a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Instructor, a member of the Sewing Educators Alliance, and the Association of Sewing & Design Professionals. Her more popular classes include serger classes from the basics to advanced techniques (any brand); Viking/Pfaff, Janome and Brother software classes; the Origami Jacket (adapted from Shirley Adams); Patterns from RTW; Pant Fitting; and Updated Sewing Techniques. Diane knows the impact classes have in promoting merchandise and adding to the bottom line in an independent dealership. Her goal is to promote sewing to a new generation of potential customers.

Sue Hausmann photoSUE HAUSMANN
S and H Presents
P.O. Box 39, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Phone: 440-725-7626
SEWhausmann@gmail.com • www.sewandquiltwithsue.com
Sue Hausmann has virtually unlimited enthusiasm to share the lifeskill of sewing and quilting and for more than 40 years her profession focused on sewing education. Now "retired", Sue attributes much of her success to the encouragement and support of her husband Herb, and is thrilled he joins her in their mission, "sharing the joy of sewing and quilting", at events around the world. Sue has produced and hosted more than 900 "how to" sewing and quilting TV shows and has written 33 sewing and quilting books. She received the 2002 American Sewing Guild Sewing Hall of Fame Award, and the 2007 Master CSE award from the Sewing Educators Alliance, and was inducted into the Sewing Machine Hall of Fame in 2012. Sue will travel internationally.

Joan Hinds photoJOAN HINDS
Fancywork and Fashion
P.O. Box 3554, Duluth, MN 55803
Phone: 218-728-7966 • Fax 218-728-7966
joan@fancyworkandfashion.com • www.fancyworkandfashion.com
As the author of many sewing books and patterns for the popular 18-inch doll, Joan specializes in classes and seminars for sewing for dolls that appeal to beginning and experienced sewists alike. She also teaches a variety of construction technique dolls and has an extensive trunk show to accompany her classes. Her latest book, Doll Costume Dress Up, has 20 fun costumes to spark children's imagination for creative play. Other recent books include Doll Fashion Studio and All Dolled Up. The book 30-Minute Doll Clothes was co-authored with Nancy Zieman in 2011. Joan has appeared on Sewing with Nancy several times to share her original designs and techniques.

Tereva King-Adams photoTEREVA KING-ADAMS
Adams Fashion Design Studio
Fashion Design Sewing Center
6114 Chesworth Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: 410-916-0053 • Fax: 419-788-1979 • Tkadams82@aol.com
Tereva K. Adams, owner of Adams Fashion Design Studio and founder and instructor of Woodlawn-Edmondson-Westview Recreation and Parks Council (EDRECO) Fashion Design/Sewing Center, enjoys teaching her students in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Tereva teaches her students clothing construction, draping and pattern making. She also arranges trips for her students that are fashion and sewing related. Each year, Tereva has the opportunity to teach different age groups of students with different goals which all relate back to fashion and designing. Their "Sew and Tell" evening events allow Tereva's students to enjoy showing their outfits to their families, friends and co-workers. Tereva has also judged clothing in various competitions.

Pamela Leggett photoPAMELA LEGGETT
Pamela's Patterns
1502 Carlisle Avenue
Prospect Park, PA 19076
Phone: 610-534-4182
Pamela@pamelaspatterns.com • www.pamelaspatterns.com
Specializing in pattern fitting and garment skills, Pamela Leggett has developed a fun and informative teaching style that's available in her patterns and instructional DVD's. Her desire to help women make flattering garments led her to the Palmer/Pletsch pattern fitting method, which she has used to help women achieve good fit and a renewed love of garment sewing. It's with this knowledge that she created Pamela's Patterns, which have many fitting solutions and adjustments built in to the patterns. Pamela is the instructor for the Palmer/Pletsch East School of Sewing and recently completed Serger Techniques DVD with Threads Magazine.

Joi Mahon photoJOI MAHON
Dress Forms Design Studio, LLC
Phone: 712-239-9921
joi@dressformsdesign.com • www.designerjoi.com
Fashion Designer Joi Mahon has a passion for fashion sewing that is contagious. She has been sewing professionally for clients since she was 16, working in a tailoring shop. She learned sewing for men, women, children and fit on all body types. After studying Fashion Design she started her own design studio where she designs for clients all over the U.S. Joi teaches her Fashion Boot Camp programs utilizing fit, fashion, and design that she applies every day in her own client work. Joi owns a design patent, is a published author, a Craftsy.com teacher and is a national spokesperson for Baby Lock Fashion Sewing.

Jennifer Michael photoJENNIFER MICHAEL
Crafty Stitches
Sterling, VA, 20165
Phone: 703-628-7888
jennifer@craftystitches.com • www.craftystitches.com
CraftyStitches was created on the dining table of my little apartment when a co-worker asked me to make a jewelry roll to carry her jewelry for a trip to Africa. I started cutting, created my own website, took pictures, and listed the items online. I love to sew. My sewing machine makes me feel invincible. I can do anything on my sewing machine. I was introducted to sewing through my fashion production family. My mom worked in a knitting factory, my father was a tailor and my grandmother sewed in a sewing factory. I grew up sewing all sorts of stuff out of the left over fabrics of my mom's factory stuff. She had me cut the threads and help out on production.
Jennifer has over 2 years of experience in fashion sewing, quilting, patternmaking, tutorials and also IT (yep, IT). Jennifer attended Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where she completed Fashion Design classes. After Fashion School, she found herself on a world wide tour with her Thesis on Nike in Vietnam and learning all about the production of our Fashions. She has a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in International Affairs and a Masters from George Mason University.

Jacquelyn Morris-SmithJACQUELYN MORRIS-SMITH
The Stitchin RN
425 W. Astruc Drive, Green Valley, AZ 85614
Phone: 520-661-3358
Jacquelyn@thestitchinrn.com • www.thestitchinrn.com
Jacquelyn has been sewing since she was a young girl. In 2007 her love began for quilting and machine embroidery. Her specialty is producing and teaching memory quilts. Embellishment in machine embroidery is a great way to enhance and add to any quilt, including making quilt labels. She looks forward to working with like-minded men and women who want to learn the special techniques she has learned to use to make her work easier. She teaches in quilt shops and at her own studio. She resides in Green Valley, AZ, but is able and willing to travel should your shop, guild or group be interested.

Mary Mulari photoMARY MULARI
Mary's Productions
P.O. Box 87, Aurora, MN 55705
Phone: 218-229-2804 • Fax 218-229-2533
marym@marymulari.com • www.marymulari.com
Mary Mulari has been teaching and sharing creative sewing projects since 1982. A frequent guest on Sewing With Nancy, she has written books, designed embroidery/applique cards, patterns, and her own line of apron and accessories patterns. Her inspirational seminars are available at sewing stores and sewing guild chapters across the U.S. Her special topics include applique, accessories, sweatshirt embellishments and zipper projects.

Luveta Nickels photoLUVETA NICKELS
The Junk Jeans People
16184 422nd Avenue, Clark, SD 57225
Phone: 605-532-5625 • Fax: 605-532-5465
luveta@itctel.com • www.junkjeanspeople.com
Luveta Nickels specializes in recycling old blue jeans, but teaches all areas of sewing. She's especially excited to be working with what she calls, "wild and wicked!" grommets. Available in every color of the rainbow – and then some – Luveta has taken the use of grommets to a whole new level. They aren't just for curtains and home décor! You get a bonus when Luveta visits your store because her products can be worked on consignment. She is well versed in multi-brand machines and is anxious to work with individual stores. She promotes sales and return business after leaving her audience in awe! Luveta has appeared many times on PBS TV with Kaye Wood, Nancy Zieman, and Sue Hausmann. Her students have lightheartedly given her the title of "Denim Diva." Luveta has added Ready-to-Wear Rehab and Rock Star Rivets to her already exciting seminars.

Ann Poindexter photoANN POINDEXTER
Sewing With Ann — Adelle Enterprises LLC
343 Montgomery Drive, Erie, CO 80516
Phone: 720-939-9916
sewingwithann@comcast.net • www.sewingwithann.com
Ann Poindexter is a sewing instructor, author and speaker. Ann's true passion is teaching sewing for all levels. She is a certified instructor for Martha Pullen Heirloom, Kaye Wood Quilting, Sulky of America and Sewing Educators Alliance. Ann has a Master's Degree in sewing education. Her love of sewing was instilled on her mother's knee on a treadle machine which has led her to sewing for her family to teaching at schools, local retailers, guilds, colleges, recreation centers, fairs, private lessons and major sewing conferences around the country.

Chrystina L. Power photoCHRYSTINA L. POWER
88 Calendula Street, Spring Branch, TX 78070
Phone: 830-935-4044 or 915-474-9011
chrystinapower@gvtc.com
Chrystina Power learned sewing basics at the knee of her mother, advanced her fundamental skills throughout the years and has matured to a variety of fabric and fiber arts. As a certified trained sewing instructor and American Sewing Guild Member, Chrystina loves sharing stitching skills with all. Chrystina's sales experience provides the expertise to offer workshops, event planning and comprehensive instruction to all ages and levels of expertise that bring fun into every stitch.

Mary Ann Racheau photoMARY ANN RACHEAU
Olden Toys
7104 Fenway Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89147
Phone: 702-365-6012 or 702-581-5715
wracheau@aol.com • www.olden-toys.com
Mary Ann Racheau is a Costume Technician for Cirque du Soleil's KA at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, a quilter and a teddy bear artist. Her background includes 14 years as a Seamstress with the Sigfried and Roy show and 6 years as a Costumier for the ballet, opera and various Las Vegas productions. She is certified to teach "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" and as a Sewing Educator through the Sewing and Craft Alliance. Mary Ann has taught sewing privately and classes at Home Magic and constructed model garments for Cloth World. Skills include teaching, pattern cutting, designing, alterations, dyeing and construction of garments, costumes, teddy bears and quilts. She is a Master CSE for SEA and a member of ASG and GBW.

Londa Rohlfing photoLONDA ROHLFING
Londa's Creative Threads
804 Vista Drive, Savoy, IL 61874
Phone: 217-369-4687
Londa@Londas-sewing.com • www.londas-sewing.com
Londa Rohlfing's passion is teaching design and techniques to create well-designed and fitted wearable art jackets and knit tops that make women look their best. Londa's innovative Talking Patterns provide step-by-step instructions that can be read, seen and even HEARD online. Londa's work has been published in Threads, Sew News, Sew Beautiful, Sew Savvy, and Creative Needle magazines. She is a guest designer on PBS It's Sew Easy. Londa travels the country teaching at guilds and shops and has been selected to the faculty of the Houston Quilt Festival for five years. C&T published her first nationally-published book Sweatshirt Transformations in 2012. Her programs offer a fresh and creative perspective.

Louise Schubert photoLOUISE SCHUBERT
The Ragged Edge
2910 Berkshire, Mesquite, TX 75150
Phone: 972-741-5641
lschube@outlook.com
Louise Schubert has been sewing since she was 13. She studied Clothing and Textiles at the University of North Texas and worked as a professional stock pattern maker for several years. She is a Trained Sewing Instructor through the Sewing and Craft Alliance, an officer in the American Sewing Guild, and an active member of the Dallas Area Fiber Artists. Her passion for custom accessories has led her to explore and develop skills in machine embroidery, needle felting, Nuno felting, beading and jewelry making, polymer clay, and other Fiber Arts. She teaches classes to make custom buttons using several different methods, needle and Nuno felting techniques, as well as several other fiber art techniques. Louise also teaches classes in pattern making, pattern alterations, and sewing techniques.

Emma Seabrooke photoEMMA SEABROOKE
SewkeysE by Emma Seabrooke
109 Sapodilla Drive, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone 305-664-3319
sewkeyse@bellsouth.net • www.emmaseabrooke.com
Emma Seabrooke is a certified Palmer/Pletsch pant and fit instructor. She trained with a French couturier for years and took many fashion design courses in college while obtaining her degree. She has been fashion sewing since the age of six, first for her dolls then for herself and others. Emma loves sewing with knits and has designed patterns for them. She has perfected the best styles for all sizes especially the well-endowed ladies. She travels and teaches from coast to coast and on TV. Emma is an active member of the Miami Chapter Board of the American Sewing Guild, and is a member of the Home Sewing Association. All her ladies can achieve clothing that looks and fits beautifully. She carries patterns, notions and fabrics that apply to her classes.

Nancy Seifert photoNANCY SEIFERT
Successful Sewing Strategies
25928 SE 22nd Place, Sammamish, WA 98075
Phone: 425-466-6150
n-seifert192@comcast.net
Nancy Seifert is a Palmer/Pletsch Educational Associate experienced in fit, pant and tailoring. She teaches the Palmer/ Pletsch four-day workshops in Seattle as well as classes at Pacific Fabric and Issaquah Sew and Vac. She has a passion for teaching others how to fit and tailor quality garments.

Marilyn York Reams photoMARILYN YORK REAMES
21842 Delicia Drive
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
562-355-0981 • Sewnqlt21842@gmail.com • www.sewnqlt.com
Sharing the love of sewing, quilting and embroidery has been a passion and a joy for over 40 years. With a background of over 30 years of public school teaching, Marilyn has gained a mastery of working with students. She has demonstrated machines and software for countless dealers and has headed up the education division for two dealers during the course of her career. Marilyn currently is a national educator with RNK Distributing in the Floriani division and travel frequently presenting seminars to hundreds of excited consumers anxious to learn more about the world of sewing, quilting and embroidery. She is also an educator on CRAFTSY.com teaching embroidery software classes. Her favorite quote: "Those who dare to teach, must never cease to learn."

Linda Teufel photoLINDA TEUFEL
Dragon Threads LTD
490 Tucker Drive, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-841-9388
linda@dragonthreads.com • www.DragonThreads.com
Linda Teufel is the dynamic owner of Dragon Threads quilt book publishing company and has authored several books about quilting and wearable arts. Linda teaches from her book Koos Couture Collage, written after long association with Koos and the fashion industry. Her large repertoire of classes also includes innovative, contemporary sewing and quilting techniques with silk to create intense, kaleidoscopic, gorgeous garments, quilts, and other unique items for the home. Linda will travel internationally.

Colleen Wright photoCOLLEEN WRIGHT
12510 228th Street
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada V2X 6M8
Phone: 604-463-1994
sewwithcolleen@gmail.com • www.sewwithcolleen.com
Colleen has been sewing for herself and others for more than four decades as well as teaching many children and adults including international students. She offers a fun, relaxed and knowledgeable format at her seminars and workshops. Colleen is a Sulky Certified Teacher and a Simplicity Educator which allows her to instruct in many subject areas. Some of her most popular seminars include those on interfacing, threads, decorative stitches, tips and tricks, thread painting and more. Colleen is willing to travel anywhere there is a need for education about the art of sewing.


Interested in joining the SEA? Email Beth Vitiritto at beth@vdta.com.

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