These are the best teachers for sewing and quilting techniques, embroidery designs and software, proyects,

Our Teachers

Here at the Sewing Center of Tampa Bay we are very proud to have such a talented teacher staff for our 2016 classes.

All of them very enthusiastic, creative and have  a profound love for sewing. It is wonderful to see their dedication for teaching and helping our customers.
Come and visit to meet them and take some of the different classes they will have scheduled during the year.

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 Quilting
Mona Sarabia (Seniorsews)



At the age of seven I joined the community 4-H Club where I learned and perfected the art of sewing for pleasure and competition until going off to college. Each year we were required to make at least one outfit to be submitted for judging at the local level, as well as county and state fairs. Perfection was required to secure those coveted blue ribbons. So I learned it.
During those years, I was also taught the art of quilting by my grandmother who spent summers with my family. Our block patterns were chosen from the designs published in the Saturday night paper. Template pieces were made from cereal box cardboard, traced onto fabric and laboriously cut and pieced by hand. It wasn’t until many years later that I was introduced to rotary cutting and machine quilting through several TV sewing and quilting shows. My grandchildren, great niece and nephew, as well as new babies of co-workers and friends have been the recipients of my work as I experimented with different techniques and designs.
When my children were little and my budget was tight, I made most of our clothes. I also had the opportunity to learn how to make traditional African ethnic clothing and for several years had a small custom sewing business.
My Bachelor’s Degree is in Art History, Painting and Photography. I also have Master’s Degrees in Business and Project Management. One of my jobs during my career was managing the Graphics Department for a large hospital corporation. All of these skills have come together and are being put to use in my series of Sew With Carol projects that I teach at the Sewing Center of Tampa Bay. Not only do I research projects, but also create many patterns from photos, and provide photographically illustrated instructions for each project.
Please join me for a Carol Sews class and learn new sewing skills by creating fun and useful projects with your Husqvarna Viking sewing machine and its accessories.
See you in class!!

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

son-in-law.

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!

Engineer with a very strong creative side
Sewing since 2007
Her passion for sewing is evident in the purses, wallets, crafts & art quilts she enjoys creating