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Deb Canham

Venice, FL

Deb Canham Studio


Deb Canham has been a Sewing Educator since the 70s teaching clases in Europe and the USA. In her early days she was sponsored by the Pfaff Sewing Machine Company, Germany. She is a Palmer Pletsch Fit and Serger Instructor. Deb has spent the last 20 years working designing and working with her own factory in China and woking as a consultant to garment factories successfully improving their quality control through education and introducing system techniques. Her love of the serger was probably inevitable given the industrial nature of these machines. She sees the modern Sergers as great Creative tools an designs fun projects for the Serger and particularly enjoys the fun Decorative Threads that perform so well on these machines.

Pam Damour
Champlain, NY
The Decorating Diva
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Known as the "Decorating Diva" Pam learned early in life, while spending time on her grandparents’ farm, that making something from "scratch" was not only a way of life, but it was the better way of doing things. Holding on to those values she went from farm to fabric and has had a very successful 30+ year career as an interior designer and sewing professional. Pam offers professional drapery workroom training. As a seasoned career speaker, she travels internationally teaching her specialty techniques that have brought her years of continued business as the "Couture of Home Dec Sewing". She is the author of Pillow Talk, Cheaper by the Dozen, Got Quilts?, The Tangled Home, Hold Everything and producer of 12 Home Dec DVDs. She has designed many patterns, rulers, scissors and other sewing related notions. An interior designer by profession and a quilter by passion, Pam lives on the shore of Lake Champlain in a log home, nestled at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, where she teaches sewing retreats. Her down to earth nature, never forgetting her roots, combined with her professionalism creates a warm and creative experience.


Tammie Gerke
Cincinnati, OH
Gerke Enterprises LLC
Tammie started sewing at the age of 8 and have been hooked ever since. She has been teaching at the college level for 18 years. During all of this time she has continued to sew mainly garments but during the last 4 years she has been focusing on quilting, embroidery and starting a longarm quilting business. She teaches garment construction, embroidery and digitizing software classes, and quilting classes at stores in her area. In addition she has taught basic sewing demonstrations at her university for faculty, staff, students, and the general public. Tammie is never happier than when she is teaching others how to sew, taking an image she has for a garment and seeing it come to life, and exploring unique ways to use the longarm to make fabric or how to enhance a garment she is making with embroidery designs.  


Daniela Gschwendtner

Glendale, CA

Costume Designer


Daniela Gschwendtner was born in Salzburg, Austria and grew up in Bad Reichenhall, Germany. After graduating high school, she came to Los Angeles to study Fashion Merchandising and Design at the American Intercontinental University. She then worked as an intern in the fashion office at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bisou-Bisou. Next, she helped create and co-manage a Studio Services department for Barneys New York in Beverly Hills where she assisted costume designers and stylists in selecting clothes for various projects. Daniela was also a personal shopper, taking care of the shopping needs of clients like Barbara Streisand, Nicole Kidman, Rita Wilson and more. She then spent the next few years as a highly respected celebrity stylist, working with stars like Halle Berry, Ashley Judd, Jim Carrey, Danny de Vito, John Travolta and many entertainment executives. She styled outfits for red carpet events and appearances at movie premieres and press junkets. She occasionally custom-designed dresses, including Lauren Holly's gown for her wedding with Jim Carrey. Daniela also styled ad campaigns for Lancome, Hanes, Porsche and MCM, as well as magazine covers and print ads, and assisted designers with dance shows for cruise lines and Las Vegas shows.


Daniela also works in various capacities in the entertainment world. First as a set costumer on "Godzilla", "Thirteenth Floor", "Malcolm in the Middle" and "The George Wallace Story", then costume supervisor for "Charmed". She then became that show’s costume designer and went on to design costumes for many TV shows and commercials, including, "Wildfire","Dance War","Dancing with the Stars", "Skating with the Stars","America's Got Talent", “World’s Best” and “World of Dance” . For "Dancing with the Stars" she has been nominated for an Emmy and Costume Designers Guild Award many years in a row. She is currently designing for "Dancing with the Stars" and “World of Dance", as well as consulting for EmilCouture, an Austrian evening wear label. In collaboration with Emil Gampe, she launched her own Ready-To-Wear label, called GDE.


Marsha Kirsch

Bay Village, OH

The past 12 years Marsha has been a national educator for SVP worldwide. She is greatly loved for her enthusiasm and lively presentations while sharing masterful technical skills or the inspiration that sewers take away from her events. Using her education background she imparts an empowering "can do" attitude, opening up doors to creativity, and fun ways to embellish projects with exciting results. Student smiles at the end of her events are her reward. Marsha enjoys creating and designing garments, purses and home decor projects which incorporate a creative touch, especially through embellishment. She has had publications in Design in Machine Embroidery and Classic Sewing magazines and had appeared with Sue Hausmann on PBS and Behind the Seams, an internet sewing show through SVP.


Barbara Moore
Senatobia, MS
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.

Wendi Owens
Middleburg Heights, OH

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

Rhonda Pierce

Euro-notions and 

Willowbrook, IL

Rhonda has a dream job. . . teaching sewing enthusiasts about the most important 2" piece of steel in the sewing machine – the SCHMETZ needle. During Rhonda's classes students respond with "a ha" moments and giggles as they learn needle facts. Rhonda enjoys sharing needle knowledge in classrooms and sewing shows throughout North America.  She is delighted with the ingenuity and remarkable creations that sewing enthusiasts share. She publishes the monthly SCHMETZ newsletter and the inspirational e-zine, SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW. Rhonda is Marketing Director of Euro-notions and Spokesperson for North America.

Jan Squires

Beverly Hills, FL

Jan is a licensed Martha Pullen Instructor, a licensed Louise Cutting instructor and an accredited Jenny Haskins instructor. She was named Margo Morris Educator of the Year by Baby Lock (Tacony Corp.) in 2019. She enjoys teaching all types of sewing, and has taught at the American Embroidery Conference, Indy ASG Expo, several Florida ASG chapters as well as FSS Chapters and for shop owners.

Jan is a former regional representative of the American Sewing Guild and is also Executive Director of the Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety. She has made many friends throughout the country serving the sewing community. She continues to serve the sewing community while teaching at her daughter's shop, Beyond The Stitches in Crystal River. Jan has served 17 years on the Citrus County Retired Senior Volunteer Program Board as well as the Friends of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center Board. Prior to retirement, Jan and Jim owned Squires School Equipment in Michigan. Jan resides in Beverly Hills, Fl with her husband Jim of 60 years.

Michelle Umlauf

Sabillasville, MD

Sewing Machine Artistry

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Michelle Umlauf has made a career for herself in the sewing industry working as an independent educator. She loves to share her passion with others and enjoys sharing her knowledge. She began taking teacher certification courses with the Martha Pullen Company and Sulky of America. Today she is a Demonstrator for Clover and a National Educator for Baby Lock, Sulky of America, and Pam Damour - the Decorating Diva. She helped found and hosted the Sewing Online with Sulky webinar. Michelle enjoys traveling across the country working for one of these companies in their booths or teaching in a classroom at national expos. She also enjoys bringing classes and lecture/demos to sewing shops, quilt guilds, and online. When she is home, she enjoys spending time with her family at their home in the mountains of Maryland. Her German Shepherds and rescue kitty enjoy taking mom on nice long walks in the woods! To learn more about Michelle, lookup her Facebook page Sewing Machine Artistry and join her for a UFO Friday Live. Become one of her "Sewing Friends" at

Joe Vecchiarelli
Glendale, CA
French European Dress Forms
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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.

Nelly Vileikis 

Arrelas Quilts 

Aurora, OH 

Nelly's love affair with quilting started in 1985 while attending graduate school at the University of Montana. One day, while walking into the University Library, she saw the most beautiful landscape quilt hanging at the entrance. She said to herself, "I have to learn to do that". Three days later she was at Geneva Cheffy's home and her life changed forever. Geneva took Nelly under her wing and opened another world for her. For over fifteen years she has been sharing her knowledge as a freelance teacher. Nelly teaches quilt construction techniques and machine quilting. Since 2008 she has taught for Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, which takes her all over the US. She also teaches private workshops, gives lectures and does trunk shows. Nelly loves sharing her talent with her students and willingly encourages them to reach beyond what they consider their normal limits. She designs and publishes quilting patterns and when time permits, she works on other people's quilts using her long-arm machine. She has had numerous patterns published in several issues of Modern Patchwork Magazine. She continuously participates in International, National, regional and local quilt/art competitions and has won numerous awards. Most recently, her work has been included in many exhibits with The Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art as well as her own solo exhibits. Nelly enjoys reading, traveling and outdoor activities. She lives with her husband in Aurora, Ohio.

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