Sewing Educators Alliance

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.


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 •
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.

Marcie Brenner photoMARCIE BRENNER
Sew Beary Special
1025 East 28th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: 718-951-3973 •
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 •
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
22511 Carter Moir Ln., Katy TX 77449
Phone 816-984-1928 •
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.

Fashion Patterns by Coni
P.O. Box 370, Hansville, WA 98340
Phone: 360-638-2629 • Fax: 360-638-0296 •
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 •
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.

Diane Faulkner photoDIANE FAULKNER
She Sews Fine
537 Forsyth-Yatesville Rd, Yatesville, GA 31097
Phone: 404-788-3974 •
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 •
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 •
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 techniques for 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. Look for her new book, Heritage Doll Clothes, in December 2015 with historical garments for dolls. 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 techinques.

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 •
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 •
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.

Margaret Moorehead photoMARGARET MOOREHEAD
MKKB Enterprises
Virtual Sewing Guild
Phone: 618.444.2385
Tired of ordinary events? Still hosting events the same way you did 5 or even 10 years ago? Let Margaret Moorehead take you and your customers to the next level with her EXTRAORDINARY "Sewing HangOut Series". Margaret is known for the way she guides her "sewing friends" through complex projects with fun and ease, her step by step details and the way she allows the talents of the students and store staff to glow. If you want to have a cutting edge event that will have your customers coming back to your store over and over, Margaret Moorehead is the one to do this for you! Get in front of your competition and let your customers (and your business) excel.

Mary Mulari photoMARY MULARI
Mary's Productions
P.O. Box 87, Aurora, MN 55705
Phone: 218-229-2804 • Fax 218-229-2533 •
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 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 •
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
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 •
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 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
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 •
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.

Waiting for photoLISA SHAW
Bubbles' Menagerie Ltd.
18952 N Elbert Road
Elbert CO 80106
Phone: 303-641-4903
Machine embroidery software specialist


Colleen Wright photoCOLLEEN WRIGHT
12510 228th Street
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada V2X 6M8
Phone: 604-463-1994 •
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 Master Certified Sewing Educator, 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.

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