Here at the Sewing Center of Wesley Chapel, we are very proud to have such a talented teacher staff for our 2018 classes.
After nursing school I was married and had three children. Once the children came I taught Sunday School, which led to Den Mother, Troop Leader and all around helper at the church and school. As the kids grew up, I found more time for myself and found the wonderful world of quilting. I had always sewn but quilting was new for me. That changed my life.
One class after another brought me more confidence and I taught my first class. Once I realized everyone was pleased with my classes, I decided to become certified. Eleanor Burns was coming to Tampa so I took her class and became a certified instructor. I have been teaching her classes and many others ever since. I love quilting and sewing- it is my passion. I hope to encourage new inspiration to all my students. It is relaxing, enjoyable and you can be as creative as you wish to be.
Hi! I’m Meeghan (Mee) and I am the Education Coordinator and Dressmaking Instructor here at the Sewing Center. I have been sewing professionally for 15 years as a Bridal Designer, Dressmaker and Alterations Specialist.
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 Viking Sewing Center and was taught how to use the newly computerized machines and I was mentored by some amazing women in the art of alterations. I realized early on that I wanted to design and create 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. I have designed gowns for hundreds of brides for their big day, and I am continuing to fill my portfolio with bridal and fashion 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!
I am currently the proud owner of 3 Vikings- a Designer Epic, Topaz 30 and a Victoria (circa 1997 or so?). I love sewing with my Vikings, but Baby Lock has quickly worked its way into my heart and hopefully soon, my sewing studio- my 15 year old serger needs replacing!
When I am not behind a sewing machine, I am trying to keep up with a busy family of 7, watching hockey, running or teaching fitness classes. Florida has been home for 7 years now, but I still miss snow!