Here at the Sewing Center of Wesley Chapel, we are very proud to have such a talented teacher staff for our 2018 classes.
I have been sewing since the age of 7! I grew up in a sewing family. My parents were the local Pfaff Sewing Machine dealers for 35 years in south Tampa. As a child I went to work with my parents and spent my days at the shop sewing and reading. By the time I was in 6thgrade I was sewing all of my clothes. As a teenager and young adult my mother and I did custom sewing, specializing in formal and bridal wear.
I am a retired Pasco County Schools administrator, devoted grandmother to 3, and a military wife. I spent 7 years after retiring from the Pasco Scool district working for USF training new teachers. Teaching is what I do and I am thrilled to be able to take my teaching skills in a new direction by serving as a sewing instructor!
I sincerely desire to share my love of sewing, and to encourage others to perfect their garment construction skills using sewing machines as well as sergers and coverlock machines. I am the proud owner of 2 BabyLock machines – a BL Imagine Serger and a BL Coverstitch. I look forward to meeting you in class at the Sewing Center of Wesley Chapel!
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.
Dianne Clark lives in Land O Lakes, FL originally from Connecticut.
Local alterations seamstress, instructor, and entrepreneur.
My love for sewing began as a little girl playing with my Heidi and Jan dolls and in the early 1960's Julia dolls, and Barbie became popular. I had a variety of dolls and became very involved in hand sewing clothes for each of them. In grade school, our first assignment was to sew an apron. Instead of an apron, I made for myself a plaid jumper dress. As a mother of two sons, I made outfits and winter coats for them.
Now my sons are in their 30's; I am now full circle back to sewing for my 15+ Fashionista models. Today, once again I am mixing and matching fabrics, prints, and colors to design unique doll clothes for sale.
Sewing and designing clothing is an art craft that I love.
From making clothes for myself to making my children's clothes to now designing doll clothes, I love sewing!
Hello, my name is Lauren! I am in my last semester of college, studying Theatre Costume Design. I have been sewing since the age of six, beginning with hand sewing and then learning machine sewing when my grandmother gifted me with my very first sewing machine around the age of eight. I learned the basics from her and was mostly self-taught from that point forward. Once I began technical design classes in college, I learned more sewing and patternmaking techniques to add to my skill set. Those skills were solidified when I began working as a teaching assistant in these classes.
Over the years I’ve focused primarily on garment and accessory construction, creating my own formal dresses for school dances and costumes for school theatre and dance productions. I love being able to think something up in my mind and be able to create it in real life as a wearable piece of art! I have also made video and text based sewing and craft tutorials, which allowed me to share my passion for creating with people in different communities!
Sewing has been a consistent part of my life since I was a young child, and it brings me so much joy to see others wanting to learn and create new projects! When I’m not sewing, you can find me studying as a full time college student, and most likely planning my next artistic endeavor!
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!
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)