Here at the Sewing Center of Tampa Bay we are very proud to have such a talented teacher staff for our 2016 classes.
Hi, My name is Mona Sarabia I am an avid quilter and a nurse. I belong to two Quilt Guilds, The Modern Quilt Guild and the Quilters Workshop of Tampa Bay.I have been quilting since the early 1990’s and sewing before that but quilting is my passion. I love to teach quilting but I also dabble in other sewing projects, like embroidery and how to use your machine and feet, how to make purses, and so on.I have a blog Seniorsews.blogspot.com where I post how to video tutorials.My first really good sewing machine was the Husqvarna Viking Rose which was an excellent machine and I traded it for the Topaz 30 which I love. I have worked there at Husqvarna Viking at Joann’s in the past so I am familiar with the Viking brand machines. I hope to inspire beginning sewers as well as senior sewers too. I hope you will sign up for my classes we will have fun learning.Happy Sewing and QuiltingMona Sarabia (Seniorsews)
I am a professional instructor. I have been teaching college level computer art and design classes for ten years. Needing to do something with my hands and wanting to get away from the computer in the evenings, I took up sewing. Working from 3D on the computer, I decided to start with creating plush toys. I started a plush toy business, Handmade3D in 2009. And create plush toys based on pop culture characters also sells my work online and at comic conventions.
With the birth of my daughter in 2010, I created her first quilt. Falling in love with fabric and patterns, and dove head first into quilting. Quickly I realized the importance of ¼” seams and lining up points. I enjoyed traditional patterns but was looking for something a little more vibrant. Here is where I found modern quilting where colors are bold and patterns can be outside of the box.
I am the President of the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild. We strengthened our charity outreach, increased membership and organized the guild’s first quilt show. Some of my multiple quilts hang in AQS Quilt Week Des Moines, a quilt traveling in the Wicked Special Exhibit, and numerous art galleries in the Tampa Bay Area. My plush work has been published in the national magazine, STUFFED. I designs patterns and teaches at local quilt shops.
MFA, Special Effects Animation,
Digital Media Arts College
BFA, Media Arts and Animation,
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
I have been teaching Husqvarna Viking embroidery software and machines for over 20 years. It has been an honor for me to attend HV conventions in the past, during which I have received several awards.
After working with software and computers for years, I decided to go back to school to get a degree in
Internet Services Technology. I have my CWNP certification (Certified Wireless Technology Specialist) and enjoy all aspects of computers including web design, computer graphics, video and photography and some programming. When I am not playing with my sewing machines, sergers or embroidery software, I repair and build computers.
My sewing skills are mostly self-taught, but over the years I have learned from some amazing people. I LOVE to go to shows and classes to learn new things or just pick up some great tips, because you always learn something! When I sit at my sewing machine, the rest of the world just goes away and I am free to create and produce my own masterpieces. Success is in the journey! I am proficient in all aspects of garment sewing and alterations, sergers, and embroidery. My quilting expertise is still a work in progress and I hope to complete large quilts for everyone in my family some day!!!
In my other life, I am the office manager and dental hygienist in my husband’s dental practice and proud grandmother of 4 wonderful grandchildren, mother of a son and daughter-in-law, and daughter and
Hi! I’m Meeghan (Mee) and when I’m not selling the best sewing machines in the world at our Sewing Center, I am a professional seamstress and designer specializing in Bridal and formal wear. I have been sewing professionally for almost 15 years now and I am in the process of launching my first bridal collection. I am excited to lead the SEW! Epic club and create amazing new projects on these fantastic machines that we never even dreamed were possible!
I have been a Viking owner for my entire career and love the versatility these machines bring to both my sewing and designs! Though I was introduced to the art of sewing as a child- helping my grandmother thread needles she couldn’t see and making soft sculpture dolls and clothes with my mother, it wasn’t until my own children were born and I wanted to decorate their nurseries with handmade quilts and curtains that I truly began to sew. I went to work in a Husqvarna Sewing Center and was taught not only the ins and outs of the Viking machines (back in the days of the #1+) but I was mentored by some amazing women in the art of alterations and realized early on that I wanted to make my own bridal gowns. I started turning my clothes inside out to see how they were put together and studying patterns. Next thing I knew, I was drafting my own patterns and creating my own designs.
Being primarily self-taught, I have made EVERY sewing mistake that can be made along the way. My passion for teaching has brought mee to create lessons and projects that take out the guesswork and trial and error process that can stop many a seamstress in her tracks. Sewing needs to be enjoyable and exciting! The SEW! club will surely be both of these!
When I am not behind a sewing machine, I am either driving my 5 kids around to their activities or I am out running or teaching fitness and dance classes. I have lived in Florida for 5 years now and it is starting to feel like home!