Meet the Teachers
We take the time to search out the best in the industry, introducing you to exceptional designers, best-selling authors, creative thinkers and visionaries. Taking
classes at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo adds to a memorable and satisfying experience!
Fort Worth, TX
Libby has been teaching sewing, embroidery and embroidery software for over 20 years. She has specialized in embroidery software, but has recently expanded her expertise to include electronic cutters such as the Silhouette Cameo and Brother Scan 'N Cut. Libby is a Terri Johnson Creates Licensed Instructor and teaches the Silhouette Cameo at workshops and classes around the country. She teaches three software clubs a month in her local area, providing unique and detailed lessons for her students, with many lessons based on student requests. Libby is a presenter the All Things Silhouette Conference, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo events and other events. As a Martha Pullen Licensed teacher, Libby travels the U.S. helping bring the joy of sewing to many students. In addition to her teaching, Libby is a Technical Sewing Editor for the new Classic Sewing magazine.
Katie has the reputation of being an adventurer and an inspiring entrepreneur. Her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and her passion for sewing give her the understanding and creativity that is needed in both industries. She has a successful computer consulting business and utilizes that success to motivate everyone in the home sewing industry. Her teaching style is down-to-earth and people love learning from her.
Katie is an online educator and has also co-authored the "Pillow Talk" book with the home sewer in mind. Katie also enjoys publishing articles, which showcase her embroidery software, sewing, and computer abilities. Katie loves designing practical projects that teach you sewing techniques that take your sewing skills “from home-made to pro-made”! Her patterns are available at sewingscene.com!
Little Red Quilt House
Karen has 45 years of sewing experience that she loves to share in a patient, informal atmosphere.She continues to stay current in the quilting world, learning and teaching
techniques and new tools. Karen is owner of Little Red Quilt House in Medina, Ohio and lives her dream of sharing quilting with others on a daily basis. littleredquilthouse.com
Sew It Up BERNINA
Lorene Bonewitz is the owner and founder of Sew It Up BERNINA which opened in 1998 in Texas. The shop, formerly known as The Grapevine Collection, is a culmination of her passion for sewing and embroidery. Her previous career paths were in education and commercial real estate. In 1986, she and her husband started their family and for 10 years she stayed home with their two children ~ all the while honing her sewing skills. After 8 years of running her shop, she decided it was time to open a website. The idea was solidified with the idea of "kitting up" the shop's sample garments. She often overheard, "Have fun! Now, go home and sew it up!" Hence the name! Over the years, her shop and website have been featured in many sewing magazines - including a 6 page spread in Sew Beautiful, August 2008. She was a regular exhibitor at Martha's Sewing Market for 18 years. In the fall of 2014, Lorene and her husband, John, became the newest BERNINA dealers in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex. sewitup.com
Melissa Marie Collins
Cedar Rapids, IA
Los Angeles, CA
Nick has been a lifelong sewer. His passion for sewing has carried him into his career as a Surface designer and Professional pattern maker. Nick has a degree in Fashion Design from FIDM in Los Angeles California and is the owner of Dragonfly Threads, a private studio for custom clothing. Nick has been the in-house costume designer for many Hollywood area event companies. He also keeps a busy schedule traveling to shows, teaching pattern making, fitting and surface design along with business partner, Chase Wong of Dragonfly Dyeworks. Nick has been published in Sew News, Threads Magazine, Machine Quilting unlimited, and one of his gowns appeared in a special article in Brides Magazine. Nick is also the co-author of a book about using discharge paste as a surface design tool. Nick has a pattern line and clothing blanks made for art to wear coming this fall. Nick lives in Los Angeles, CA with his 4 cats - Squeek, Tiger, Max and Kink. dragonflydyeworks.com
Sew It Up BERNINA
Some of Linda's earliest memories are of watching her mother and grandmother sew. Linda started her first quilt at the age of 6 and continued making quilts, clothing and dolls through college. As a mother to four children, sewing was truly a sanity saver - while they napped, mom sewed. Sewing clothes for the family filled her time but after the last wedding dress was finished over ten years ago, quilting became a major part of her life. Linda has her dream job working and teaching at Sew It Up BERNINA where she gets to make samples, try new techniques, teach others to quilt and pet fabric to her hearts content! sewitup.com
Munroe Falls, OH
Chris brings a wealth of sewing experience to the Classroom. As a sewing enthusiast Chris loves to inspire others in all aspects of sewing from garments and home décor to quilting. Just sit her at a machine and she will begin to create. Chris will inspire you with her passion, unique style and humor. Chris creates a fun environment for learning, showing her students ways to create fast and easy.
Young Harris, GA
Cynthia has been designing women's clothing and teaching sewing and fitting techniques for many years. Her designs have been worn everywhere from the opening of the Met to
Acapulco. Her fitting and sewing expertise is derived from a mathematical background, and her constant search for the simple and the obvious. And although her precise
sewing techniques are not short-cuts, she saves you time by helping you get it right the first time. She shares her effective, practical and simple fitting and construction
techniques with students throughout the United States, offering seminars and workshops filled with information that results in beautifully fitted, custom-look clothing.
Cynthia’s design philosophy involves creating lines that multiply opportunities to fit and enhance a figure type. cynthiaguffey.com
Darlene has been a Sewing Educator with Pfaff for over 23 years, and has been sewing since the age of 8. She has taught consumers and dealers on all levels at many sewing and quilting events. Darlene has to her credits a book, Traditional Cutwork Made Easy, and a CD: Clothespin Angels with your Embroidery Machine. She has been a guest multiple times for Houston Public Television, Sewing with Nancy, Martha’s Sewing Room, and America Quilts Creatively. Darlene has trained under and earned certifications from many leading sewing professionals. pfaff.com
San Diego, CA
Lorraine Henry for Conselle
Lorraine is a specialist in sewing, fitting and pattern alteration for Conselle Institute of Image Management. With a degree in Clothing and Textiles she has been a
university instructor. Teaching pattern alteration and fit is her favorite thing to do. She has done this at international sewing shows for many years. Her Two Easy
Measuring tape set has been an aid for achieving good fit for fashion sewers throughout the world. With 40 years experience as a custom dressmaker/tailor/teacher, she has a
wealth of knowledge to share with you about sewing and fit. conselle.com
Saint Joseph, MO
3 Dog Design Company
Carl has had many patterns published in a variety of magazines over the last few years and has also worked with fabric companies to design and make quilts for their upcoming lines. Carl learned sewing, knitting and pattern making at an early age,and started quilting in the late 90s. He did not come from a quilting family, but there was always some sort of hand work going on around him. His mother was a seamstress, his aunt knitted and his sister Nancy loved to draw. 3dogdesignco.com
Judy Kessinger combined her art of teaching and fitting into the development and production of two patterns–one for Tops and one for Pants. Once you FIT those 5 pieces an entire wardrobe can be created. She is known by many as the Fit Doctor, curing the ills of the sewing “blues”. Sewing is the easy part but it’s the FITTING that makes garments come alive and compliment the body instead of just covering it! Her new book, Design It Yourself completes the circle of fashion for all sizes and figures. The book contains videos that walk you through the process to create the clothes that will give you casual sophistication.
Her web site fitnicesystem.com has allowed her to expand into more teaching tools for her “Sewing Sisters”. Judy has been blessed to have touched the lives of countless women, teaching them the tricks of looking trim and feeling fantastic by simply fitting themselves properly. fitnicesystem.com
Owings Mills, MD
Heather Kojan Quilts
Heather has been sewing since her teens and quilting for more than 25 years. She considers herself a modern quilter, with traditional roots. Heather is the founder of the
Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and loves speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic. Foremost a teacher, she teaches modern quilting classes in local
shops, guilds and shows across the country. Heather was a contributing author to the book Classic Modern Quilts and a featured quilter in The Improv Handbook
for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood. You can also find her work in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine and Modern Patchwork magazine. heatherkojan.com
Hands On Hand-Dyes
Having worked in textiles and fabric dyeing for over 30 years, Cindy Lohbeck is truly a DYEHARD at heart! She started Hands On Hand Dyes in 2007, to share her love of
textile arts through an extensive line of fabric dyeing kits. Believing in the right tools for the job, her helpful kits and classes are full of tools, tips and tricks, and
have helped thousands of quilters and crafters share in the empowering experience of dyeing their own fabric. Humor, productivity and organization are key components to her
fabric dyeing workshops, making them among the favorites at quilt shows, fabric shops, retreats and guild events, across the nation. handsonhanddyes.com
Cedar Grove, IN
Sew Artfully Yours
Cindy is the creator of several Signature Series embroidery disks for Cactus Punch and CEO of Sew Artfully Yours, Inc. Cindy's skills take machine embroidery to new heights
in creativity, and along with embroidery, she is also the creator of a myriad of other machine techniques. She is the designer and author of thirty-one books, and has been
teaching and inspiring people to sew and create for twenty-one years. There are no boundaries in artistic pursuits when it comes to her books and classes. Everyone is
encouraged to transcend to a higher level of creativity. sewingart.com
Award-winning author and quilter Ebony Love is recognized as one of the leading experts in fabric die-cutting techniques. She's best known as the author of The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips as well as her themed mystery quilts, and she regularly contributes to magazines, videos, and television programs. Ebony is fond of blindingly-bright prints and takes a contemporary approach to traditional designs. lovebugstudios.com
Representing Sew Steady
Donelle McAdams is the owner of SEW BIZ, Marion, Indiana. Donelle is the designer of Quick Easy Mitered Binding and Border Tools and is also a pattern designer. Previously a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, she has been a quilt store owner for 35 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! sewsteady.com sewbizmarion.com
Colorado Springs, CO
Jill's sewing career started at an early age – she received her first sewing machine for Christmas just after her fourth birthday. In high school, she did custom sewing and taught at fabric and sewing machine shops using original patterns. In 1992 Jill was hired by Viking Sewing Machines, Inc. as a national educator designing projects for the Viking Club and teaching at Viking World Conventions. She then became an independent educator working with many brands of sewing machines. Jill was featured in the Threads magazine design challenge in 2000, wrote for McCall’s and Threads magazines, designed embroideries for Cactus Punch and taught at many Expo events. Her specialties are machine knowledge and creating original designs.
Martha Pullen Company
Kathy McMakin is one of America’s foremost authorities in the field of heirloom sewing by machine and by serger. She teaches beginning and advanced sewers from every
corner of the world and inspires a new level of confidence in her students. Kathy is the Director of Education for Martha Pullen Company and produces sewing and serging
events held all across the United States. As the team leader and instructor for the Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing Program for both face-to-face and online curriculums,
she can be found designing, serging, sewing and writing instructions on almost every day of the week.
She has been a guest instructor at events for every major sewing machine manufacturer in the world. She has authored several smocking, sewing and serging books and has
produced and appeared in numerous sewing and serging videos. Her guest appearances on sewing television shows are many. Kathy is going on 32 years with Martha Pullen
Company and now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband. They have two grown children and three absolutely precious grandchildren.
SVP Sewing Ambassador
Barbara Moore has over 20 years experience teaching and selling Husqvarna Viking products, including time spent as a Husqvarna Viking dealer. She teaches classes and workshops in Sew What's New, Home Dec, Heirloom Sewing and Machine and Serger training. Barbara lives in North Mississippi and teaches locally as well as nationally.
What began as a simple interest in sewing 25 years ago has blossomed into an exciting adventure that Connie loves to share with her students. Her gifts for elegant design,
fabulous color sense and exquisite craftsmanship has made her a highly sought-after teacher in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. Connie is on the faculty of the
Martha Pullen Licensing Program where she not only teaches but creates a great number of projects included each of those courses.
She has traveled and taught for Martha Pullen events and returns year after year as one of the favorite teachers at the School of Art Fashion. Her showcase of skills can
often be seen on PBS television in Martha’s Sewing Room, America Sews with Sue Hausmann and Quilting with Shar. She has the privilege of having garment designs on the
covers of five Martha Pullen books: Lovely Lingerie; Elegant Sewing for Baby; Contemporary Heirlooms for the Older Girl; Six Easy Patterns and Fabulous Fashions. Connie has
authored numerous sewing videos on notions, garment construction, heirloom sewing, quilting and more.
Gina Perkes Designs
Gina Perkes is an internationally award-winning quilter. In 2015, she received the Best Longarm Machine Workmanship award at the AQS Paducah show. Her quilt Nostalgia is now part of the American Quilter's Society collection displayed at the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky. Gina has been quilting for nearly two decades and has developed many tools for machine quilters and a thread line with Superior Threads. She also proudly represents BERNINA as an ambassador. She has appeared on several quilting shows and is the author of: Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting published by C & T. She operates her shop, The Copper Needle, Innova dealership, and training center in Payson, Arizona. Gina loves working with other quilters, sharing her techniques and helping them find inspiration and gain confidence. She teaches both domestic and longarm techniques and believes that quilting is therapeutic and strives to create a stress-free, fun learning environment for her students. thecopperneedle.com
Bella Vista, AR
Linda is an award-winning quilter, teacher, author, designer and quilt historian, who has a wonderful career in the quilting industry. Quilts are much like her career – full of color with different patterns and made of layers. Linda's love for quilting grew from her mother and grandmother. She can trace back that there have been quilters in her family for at least five generations. As a quilter, she is known for her hand-quilting, for which she has won several awards. Linda's first Book Mountain Mist Historical Quilts Mid-Century Quilts Made New hit the market in Fall 2016 and her second book Red & White Quilting An Iconic Tradition was just released. Recently back with the brand that started her career she is Senior Account Executive for Fibrix, LLC makers of Mountain Mist batting. Mountain Mist is the inventor of filler products and quilt battings. Linda has served on several international and national boards including the International Quilt Association, International Quilt Study Group and Quilt Alliance and American Quilt Study Group.
Kathy is an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, Serger and fitting expert. Active in the sewing industry since 1962, she is the star of 10 Serger
and sewing videos and author of 12 Serger and sewing booklets and her new enhanced books on CD called Three ways to Learn CD'S. You can look at pictures of her projects
from start to finish, read the words next to the pictures as you listen to Kathy impart her wisdom and experiences as she develops her projects. If you like a hard copy you
can print off as many pages from the CD as you like. 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. kathyruddy.com
Sulky of America
Nancy Sapin comes from an artistic and creative family. While Nancy learned to sew when she was very young, she really began sewing in earnest when she was in her early 20s. Several years ago she began sewing Sulky samples to be shown at Sulky Sew Exciting Seminars, Certification Trainings and in Consumer and Trade show booths. Her felted bowl is published in Sulky's latest book "Supplement to Sulky's Secrets to Successful Stabilizing". Quilting and sewing have become her passion, along with cooking, gardening, and being a new grandparent. Becoming a National Educator representing Sulky of America has combined all of her acquired talents and fulfilled her other passion, to teach what she knows with fun and enthusiasm. sulky.com nancysapin.com
Coeur d’Alene, ID
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.” sewwonderfuldreams.com
A family-run business for over 25 years, TSC Designs was founded in 1984 as Teachers Stamp Company. Our business began out of our family garage, where we manufactured our own line of rubber stamps and other educational arts & crafts products. We later designed and produced brass embossing templates and other accessories for paper crafts & scrapbooking. In 2005, we retired and began to focus solely on providing unique and innovative products for quilters & sewers. Since 1990, we have worked with Tsukineko Inc. to provide the highest quality paper and fabric inks to our customers. During this 20 year relationship, we have helped thousands of creative minds develop new ways to “color” their world! teacherstamp.com
Michelle Umlauf is a National Educator representing Sulky of America, founder and host of Sewing Online with Sulky webinars and the creative entrepreneur of Sewing Machine Artistry. Michelle really enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge with others. She enjoys all types of sewing and likes to challenge herself with incorporating new techniques in her projects. She particularly enjoys free-motion sewing and machine embroidery. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two dogs and two rescue cats. You can visit her website at SewingMachineArtistry.com and look for her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, under the same name. sulky.com
North Richland Hills, TX
Sew It Up BERNINA
Sandy's passion for fiber arts began as a very young girl when she made her first quilt at the age of 9. Her love for quilting and crafting has continued to grow into a full-time career in the sewing and quilting industry. She has been an instructor for many years, teaching classes in quilting, sewing, bag making, and longarming. Upon moving back to her home state of Texas, Sandy joined the staff at Sew It Up BERNINA and is an active participant in the local modern quilting and sewing community. sewitup.com
French European Dress Forms
Joe Vecchiarelli, founder and president of French European 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. 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.
Martha Pullen Company
Alicia is a designer, author and sewing instructor who specializes in heirloom and serger sewing. She has appeared Martha's Sewing Room with Martha Pullen and has published countless projects under the Martha Pullen Company label. As a beginning and advanced instructor at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion, Martha Pullen Teacher Licensings and events throughout the country, she has earned a following of devoted sewists. She is also the Assistant Editor of and a contributing designer for Classic Sewing magazine. aliciawelcher.com
Benton Harbor, MI
ABO APPAREL, LLC
Angela Wolf is the anchor of the PBS series It’s Sew Easy, author of How to Start a Home-based Fashion Design Business, founder of Angela Wolf Pattern Collection™ and hosts a facebook live show Behind the Scenes, and YouTube series Entrepreneur Insight. She is a frequent contributor to both Threads and SewStylish magazines, blogger, and brand ambassador for Brother International and Daylight Company.
Angela started sewing at a young age and continued to design women’s apparel all thru college. Graduating with a business degree, an entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for fashion and sewing, she launched and ran a successful custom apparel and alteration business for over 18 years. Angela is the winner of 2008 Passion for Fashion and 2012 American Sewing Expo’s teacher of year. She now spends much of her time speaking, teaching, and consulting all over the country as well as teaching online classes. When Angela is not sewing, you will find her fishing on Lake Michigan or in the Florida Keys with her husband Winn, on the Win-n-Angel! AngelaWolf.com
Sew It Up BERNINA
Joline has always loved sewing garments for herself and her children, but she became passionate about machine embroidery when she joined the Sew It Up BERNINA staff several years ago. Joline is a former public school teacher who now feels privileged to work and learn in a lively and supportive creative community.