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Alys Hay

Classes available in Santa Rosa

Sewing rocks! Alys enjoys sharing her love of sewing with others. She has taught various subjects since the 1970s, and more recently she began teaching sewing. Her emphasis has been project-oriented teaching. She enjoys working with beginners and experienced sewers alike. And she loves to share shortcuts. Alys particularly likes educating sewers on ways to create projects that can be repeated to use as gifts or for themselves.

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Alys teaches My New Machine Basics 1 and Beyond 2 in Santa Rosa.

Angel Chesney

Classes available in Folsom, Roseville and Sacramento

Angel Chesney started teaching sewing in the Spring of 2003 with an appliqué table runner, and she's never looked back. Combining a love of sewing with a desire to share it with all who are interested, she delights in teaching sewists of all ages everything from beginning sewing to advanced embroidery. And she teaches with a focus on understanding why it all works. Her roots are in Central Oregon, one of today's hotbeds of quilt activity. One of her goals is to help bring fun and simplicity to all she can with the spirit of: "It's amazing what you can do when you don't know you can't!" So, how can she help YOU love sewing more today? You can read more about Angel on our Meissner blog

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Angel teaches UnboxedBeyond the Box and Hoopla! classes for Baby Lock and Brother machines in Folsom, Roseville and Sacramento.

Angelina McKenna

Classes available in Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento

Angelina McKenna is known as a "rebel quilter." As a child, she learned to sew on her grandmother's Kenmore machine, and she made her first quilt at age 19. Angelina is a member of the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild and was featured as Week #17 at 52quilters.com. She has also had a quilt shown in the November issue of Make Modern magazine. You can often find her doodling on paper or practicing free motion quilting on one of the Meissner long-arm quilting machines. Her motto is "Your quilt, your rules," and she encourages other sewists and quilters to embrace their creativity, find their own style and follow their own set of rules. You can read more about Angelina on our Meissner blog.

Celeste White

Classes available in Santa Rosa

Celeste White learned the basics of sewing on a straight-stitch sewing machine as a pre-teen. She was taught by her grandmother, a skilled seamstress. With her grandmother’s expert patience and knowledge, Celeste was able to win a blue ribbon on her first dress and purse at the local fair. She developed a keen interest in sewing machines and how they operate and continued to sew as a hobby until college when an administrative career replaced all her sewing time. When she was able to return to sewing, the sewing machine world was transitioning from mechanical to electronically-engineered machines. She renewed her interest in sewing, free-motion embroidery and then added machine embroidery. Celeste is constantly amazed by modern sewing machines, and she is always looking to increase her knowledge of technology to learn the latest methods for embellishing garments, home decor, art quilts, totes and purses.

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Celeste teaches Hoopla! for Janome machines and Unboxed, Beyond the Box and Hoopla! for BERNINA machines in Santa Rosa.

Dana Lahargoue

Classes available in Folsom

Dana Lahargoue has been sitting behind a sewing machine, making her own clothes, prom dresses and wedding dress, since she was 8 years old. In 2001, she found quilting, her life went through a major change. Hand appliqué, precise piecing and free-motion quilting have become her passion. She began teaching in 2004, and has loved every minute. Dana works for a large general contractor by day and is often heard saying that when things get tough, she goes to her happy place: Quilting. In addition to quilting, Dana’s other love is her 13-year-old granddaughter Maddie, who she refers to as the “Future Quilter of America” and is Dana’s favorite quilt show buddy.

Dara Dubois

Classes available in Roseville and Sacramento

After years of being a loyal Meissner’s customer enjoying classes, Dara Dubois was persuaded to join the Meissner’s team, where she can now share her passion for sewing, embroidery and crafting. Dara has more than 22 years in education, teaching at American River College and recently retiring from the Department of Education. She enjoys making “gifts” for her large family and friends, and she brings a new, customer-oriented perspective to the classroom. Interested in taking a class with Dara? Read about a beginning sewists' experience in Sew Fun and Easy! on the Meissner blog.

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Dara teaches My New Machine Basics 1 and Beyond 2 classes in Roseville and Sacramento.

Elaine Buchanan

Classes available in Folsom

Elaine Buchanan began sewing at age 12. Her mother was an accomplished seamstress who inspired Elaine to follow her example. She started with McCall's "Winnie the Pooh" stuffed animals pattern, revisiting it for many years, even while branching out into garments, quilts and other crafts. She earned a degree in Art Education from the University of Washington in Seattle. As a mother, she continued sewing clothing, toys and dolls for her children, their friends and many local craft boutiques. In 2008, she began working for Meissner’s in Folsom, where she taught adult sewing and quilting. When the FitNice program came to Sacramento in 2014, she saw happy participants and knew that she could fill their need. So she became a certified FitNice Instructor. She is excited to share this simple and versatile program with others, and she is eager to help them to enjoy creating fabulous and fun garments.

Ellen Schmidt

Classes available in Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento

Ellen’s formal training in architecture and historic preservation heavily influences this self-professed, technique junkie’s approach to quilting. She continuously experiments with new methods and materials for streamlining, but maintaining a high-level of craftsmanship, the quilt-construction process. As a quilt-maker and designer, Ellen’s sheer love of fabric and the quilting community itself that inspires her. She is a founding member of the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild and is active in several local guilds. She loves all styles, from antique to traditional to modern, and encourages everyone to follow their heart.

Gina Boyd

Classes available in Sacramento

Avoiding her sewing machine, Gina Boyd practiced many crafts over the years. In late 2007, however, she wanted to replicate a quilt her sister made for her. She dusted off her machine, which she hadn’t used for 20 years, and began to duplicate the quilt. She wanted to hide how the original quilt was beyond repair. In the process, she fell in love with quilting and sewing. Gina’s sister suddenly passed away before that quilt could be returned from a professional long-arm quilter. She started quilting to “trick” her sister, but her sister actually “tricked” her into loving quilting. Gina pursues quilting with a passion. In 2010, she began long-arm quilting and in 2015, purchased a Gammill with a Statler Stitcher. She had a quilt featured in Quilt Con’s 2016 magazine. She digitizes her own patterns and began learning the CS program with the same passion she has for quilting.

Inger Blood

Classes available in Folsom

Inger Blood was born in Jutland, Denmark, where she grew up on her family’s farm. She worked with her father, tending to the animals and crops and occasionally digging earthworms for extra money. She helped her mother support the family by sewing doll clothes for a nearby toy factory. Demonstrating creativity at a young age, she mastered knitting and embroidery and taught herself tatting and crocheting. After graduating from a Danish college at age 19, Inger left Denmark for a one-year commitment as an Au Pair in Santa Barbara, California, where she met her late husband. Managing their home, their children and, as bookkeeper, their business, Inger continued studying mixed media, receiving praise for her embroidery and knitted projects. In 1997, when her husband passed away, she narrowed her creative focus, immersing herself in quilting for solace and distraction. As an award-winning quilter, she is singularly passionate about quilting and continues creating original pieces.

Jeanne Powell

Classes available in Sacramento

After retiring as a first grade teacher in 2004, Jeanne Powell has worked as a salesperson in two quilt stores. In order to improve her own skills, she has taken classes from many locally and nationally-recognized educators, including Jinny Beyer, Alex Anderson, Carol Doak and Nancy McDonald. In 2008, Jeanne was awarded the Second Place Ribbon at the River City Quilt Show for her flying geese jacket. She has also won awards at the Yolo County Fair and River City Quilt Show for her quilts and clothing projects. Her quilt "A Heritage Remembered" won awards at the California State and the Southwest Division of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Jeanne has experience teaching sewing and quilting classes to both adults and children.

Jenny Lyon

Classes available in Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento

Jenny Lyon has been free motion quilting on her domestic machine since 1999. Her work has been juried at Houston International Quilt Festival, American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, Pacific International Quilt Festival, and in art galleries. She teaches both locally and nationally and at the Houston International Quilt Festival. More importantly, she loves to help others find the joy in free-motion quilting their own projects. You can find more about Jenny at her blog/website: quiltskipper.com or on our Meissner blog.

Jody Burks

Classes available in Sacramento

Jody Burks has been sewing and creating since her early years. She still possess the first two pieces of clothing that she made for her much-beloved Barbie doll in 1959. Her mom taught her how to sew, and she continued to sew through junior high and high school in Home Economics classes. She says that making or creating was always her happy time. Through the years, she has cross stitched, knitted, quilted and painted, and in the past 15 (or so) years, Jody has enjoyed machine embroidery. She also owned a craft/quilting store and still, to this day, says that she loved it. In 2016, she became an event ambassador and teacher at Meissner’s. She has enjoyed both as she meets and helps fellow Meissner Makers.

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Jody teaches Unboxed, Beyond the Box, and Hoopla! for BERNINA machines and Unboxed, Beyond the Box, and Hoopla! for Janome machines in Sacramento.

Judy Baldwin

Classes available in Santa Rosa

Judy Baldwin began painting in 1982. She has always loved crafts, but when she started painting it became her passion. She was teaching decorative painting to students who always shared their quilting stories when she became interested in the quilting process. One of her students brought her a starter kit, offering to show her paper piecing. She sent a quilt to be quilted and realized she couldn’t afford to make many quilts if someone else quilted them. She started small stitching in the ditch and simple meandering. With encouragement from her cousin, she continued practicing and began enjoying the creativity of free-motion quilting. She took a class from Jill Schumacher and Craftsy classes from Angela Walters and was hooked. She decided to combine her love of painting with her love of quilting, so she started painting on fabric and turning it into quilts. Now she enjoys the best of both worlds.

Judy Scollay

Classes available in Folsom

For many years Judy Scollay taught to Kindergarten through grade 12. She has sewn her entire life, but took interest in quilting around 1975. Judy has taken many classes herself, joined the River City Quilters Guild and was president of the guild in their 10th year. She enjoys paper piecing and has completed more than 120 quilt tops. She was introduced to Heirloom sewing when she began teaching at Meissner’s, and Judy has travelled to Alabama to learn from Martha Pullen’s School of Art and Fashion. She tells the students of her mastery classes that they are in class, not because they have to be, but because they want to be. To Judy, playing with colors and design is always exciting.

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Judy teaches My New Machine Basics  1 and Beyond 2 classes in Folsom.

Julie Neff

Classes available in Santa Rosa

Having sewn garments, costumes and crafts, Julie Neff has many years of experience working on sewing machines and sergers. Since retiring from an engineering job in Silicon Valley, Julie has fallen in love with machine embroidery and is trying her hand at quilting. She enjoys learning about new machines and practicing with their many amazing features. As an instructor, she hopes to share something new and encourages her students to experiment with their own machines.

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Julie teaches Unboxed, Beyond the Box, and Hoopla! for Baby Lock and Brother models and Unboxed and Beyond the Box for Janome models in Santa Rosa.

Kathleen Douglas

Classes available in Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento

With a family history in sewing machines and fabrics, Kathleen comes to Meissner’s with a background in computers. Formerly a corporate trainer for the state, her knowledge of technology is useful for assisting customers with the transfer of designs to laptops and flash drives and for answering general computer questions. Currently, Kathleen teaches classes for the Brother ScanNCut machine (all models), and holds a ScanNCut Club to help customers with their projects, show a process, or learn a procedure. Her own ScanNCut work is often on display in the front windows of Meissner’s in Sacramento.

Kristin Echols

Classes available in Folsom

Kristin Echols is a member of the Elk Grove Quilt Guild and has been quilting for 10 years. She took up quilting when her best friend was expecting her first child. Wanting to memorialize their 25-year friendship, Kristin used fabric from her maid-of-honor dress in the baby quilt. Many books and classes later, she has mastered the art of fabric selection and matching points. After making numerous block-of-the-month quilts, she adapted the reversible, or "quilt-as-you-go," technique to complete her quilts quickly and easily. She shares these techniques, allowing students to quilt one block at a time instead of wrestling with a large quilt under a home machine. Kristin's 2006 block of the month received an award at the California State Fair.

Lynda Martello

Classes available in Santa Rosa

Lynda Martello began sewing in her Home Economics class as a 7th grader. She was immediately hooked. With encouragement from her family, she kept sewing and never stopped. The continuing technology of the machines only grows her love of sewing, especially her of love machine embroidery. She enjoys making useful, out-of-the-box projects. Lynda has been teaching for around 15 years, finding satisfaction in seeing her students flourish and develop a love for sewing.

Marilyn Stanley

Classes available in Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento

Marilyn Stanley is a certified Family and Consumer Scientist with a Masters in Education. She teaches in the Fashion Program at Sacramento City College and numerous Adult Education classes in the Sacramento area. Her background in clothing, textiles and fashion contribute to her precise approach toward personal garment fitting and construction. As a Certified Palmer/Pletsch Instructor in Fit, Pant Fit, and Tailoring, she has been one of Sacramento's most popular and in-demand educators for leading workshops in fitting solutions and serging techniques. She originated the first Sewing club in the Sacramento area in 1984, with a monthly serger club meeting at the Yardage Shop on Arden Way. She began teaching the "Know Your Serger" classes in 1989, for Meissner's Sewing and Learning Center.

Phyllis Clark

Classes available in Folsom

Phyllis Clark began sewing as a young girl with her mother’s Singer sewing machine. She continued sewing in high school and college. Sewing became not only a necessity but an extremely enjoyable venture after college when she would sew for herself, for work and for her daughter. Later, as assistant manager for a major fabric store, she sewed sample displays, and during this time she also taught clothing construction at Chico State University. When she was placed in Scottsdale, AZ, she began working as manager for a Husqvarna Viking dealer in several stores, which led to a job as a Freelance Educator for Husqvarna Viking for 11 years. In 2013, Phyllis moved to Placerville. Phyllis is a Palmer-Plesch Certified Instructor and a Martha Pullen Licensed Serger Heirloom.

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Phyllis teaches Unboxed, Beyond the Box, and Hoopla! for BERNINA models in Folsom.

Ruth Anne Schroeder

Classes available in Folsom

Ruth Anne is a fifth-generation Sacramento local who currently resides in Folsom. Ruth Anne can’t remember a time when she wasn’t sewing. She began sewing as a little girl, starting with toy chain stitching machines. She grew into her mother’s machines and more difficult projects, like Barbie clothes. In Junior High and High School she sewed many of her own clothes. She occasionally still sews for herself but mostly enjoys sewing for her granddaughter. In addition to garments, she also sews quilts and home decor.Ruth Anne is a retired Home Economics teacher who took her love of sewing to the classroom, teaching high school students. She entered early retirement when the school discontinued the Home Economics courses she was teaching, but she found that she could teach privately to adults through a small quilt shop, teaching on a weekly basis for three years.  Ruth Anne has a vast knowledge of sewing from garment construction to quilt making, enjoying each project. She also loves sharing her knowledge with others.

Shireen Hattan

Classes available in Folsom

Shireen Hattan is an award-winning long-arm quilter. She has been sewing since her Junior High Home Economics class in the 1960's. With five wedding dresses, including her daughter's, behind her, she found quilting in the early 1980's, when she started her adventures with all things needle related. She began her own long-arm quilting business in September of 2001. She found inspiration living in Sisters, Oregon. In addition to quilting, in-the hoop-embroidery and bags of all kinds are her current passion.

Sue Capella

Classes available in Santa Rosa

Sewing has been in Sue Capella’s life for as long as she can remember. As a child, she watched her mom sew. She made most of her own clothes, and for the past 15 years, she has been following her true passion as a quilter. Sue almost always alters her clothing patterns in some way, a habit that has carried on into her quilting. Mostly self-taught, she enjoys every aspect of the quilting process, especially learning new techniques and experimenting with different ideas. In 2010, Sue got her first long-arm quilting machine. Sharing the joy and teaching others to quilt over the years has come naturally to her. Sue has developed a quilting program, including stand-up and sit-down long-arm machines certification/rental programs and teaches quilting and long-arm quilting classes. She is constantly thinking of new classes and programs to implement. With job experience as a full-time accountant and part-time cosmetologist, Sue has found the most rewarding experience in teaching.

Tanna Schreiner

Classes available in Roseville

Tanna began sewing during 4H in middle school, but she took a long break when she got married and had children. She started stitching again when she received a BERNINA machine as a Mother’s Day gift. She became obsessed with quilting after designing and constructing her first quilt, which was a request from her daughter, six years ago. Since then, Tanna has made numerous quilts for wedding and baby gifts, and she has been commissioned to make several t-shirt quilts. Needing income to fund her quilting and sewing obsession, Tanna began working at her local quilt shop in North Carolina. She worked there until she moved to California. An avid follower of the online quilting community, Tanna is always searching for new ideas and inspiration, and she is determined to help others catch the sewing bug.