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Meet Our Event Specialists

One of our talented Event Specialists will inspire you with tips and techniques that will take your sewing to a whole new level! Learn new ways to use your PFAFF® machine and accessories so your projects will reflect all the latest trends in fashion, home decor and quilting.

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Alix Graham-Michel

Alix brings substantial talent and experience to her events across the county, and is considered a true artisan. International certifications serve to enhance her natural flair and skill, and her love of sewing has been expressed in widely published leading sewing magazines that feature her work. Her garment creations have been worn by music artists, seen on the international film screen, as well as interior design showcases and boutiques. Love of teaching and helping others find their passion for sewing at events is what drives Alix to travel extensively to events in the U.S., Canada and South America.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Attended Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Certified in Fashion Design, Patternmaking & Clothing Construction from the French Fashion Academy
  • Certified Martha Pullen Instructor

Barbara Bathe

Barbara Bathe

Barbara has a unique theory, one that has proven successful not only in her own sewing and embroidering career, but has translated into the "I can do it" incentive and motivation for her event participants . . . that theory is that everyone needs to make every sewing and embroidery mistake at least once! She feels that every embroidery project is a blank canvas, where the unknown is first tried, then perfected. Barbara loves to learn and master "cutting edge" techniques, designs, notions, and software. Whether it's adding the perfect embroidery design to her quilts, or creating the perfect bag using all the latest notions, she enjoys it all! Barbara has the immeasurable advantage of a 14-year retail career, both selling and troubleshooting machines, as well as teaching. Her reward is making her students feel successful as they move from "blank canvas" to the latest in Husqvarna Viking® and Pfaff® sewing and embroidery machine features and techniques.

Special Training & Accreditations:
  • BS in Education
  • Taught Middle School Industrial Arts
  • Athletic Certification for Personal Training, Physical Fitness, Spinning Classes

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Barbara Moore

Barbara's inspiration comes from her love of all things sewing . . . textiles, machines and the wide variety of notions that help her imagination take flight. Inspiring consumers to be as creative as possible is a take-away benefit she inspires at her nationwide events. Barbara has been sewing for over 40 years, enjoys heirloom sewing, home décor, quilting, garment sewing and crafts. Her hobbies outside of sewing include golf, gardening, and sports activities with her grandchildren.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Martha Pullen Certified
  • Sulky Certified

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Darlene Guillory

Known for her versatile talent and sincere passion for many areas of sewing and embroidery, Darlene takes pleasure in sharing her vast knowledge and skills. Consumers who attend her events come away with a clear vision of their own unlimited possibilities and opportunities to express themselves through sewing. A plethora of credentials and 50 years of sewing enhance Darlene’s expertise as a professional and personable teacher. Darlene’s personal favorites include heirloom, quilting, appliqué, embroidery and serger sewing.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Credentials include book publication and CD’s, i.e. “Traditional Cutwork Made Easy”, “Crazy Patch Stitches and more”, “Clothespin Angels with your Embroidery Machine”
  • Guest on Houston Public Television, Sewing with Nancy, Martha’s Sewing Room, and America Quilts Creatively
  • Developed and taught creative Quilting Retreat

Certifications: Martha Pullen, Jenny Haskins, Nancy Zieman, Susan Cleveland, Betty Cotton (The Cotton Theory), Mattie Henderson (Quiltsmart), Marti Michell, Linda McGehee, Karen Boutte' (The Quilt Diva), Linda Lee Vivian & Cindy Losekamp.


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Darelle Anderson

Darrelle first started sewing garments, then progressed to quilting, and on to the world of machine embroidery. She loves creating unique pieces, using a mixture of techniques and embellishments. Her creative passion fuels her goal of teaching consumers how to get the most out of their sewing and embroidery machine experience. She’s distilled her own expertise and ability into simplified techniques that consumers can learn at events while creating fun projects, and whetting their appetites for more. She believes that a wide variety of sewing accessories, notions and tools come together to produce a final, successfully embellished sewing project. As Darrelle says, “how did we ever do all this before today’s machines!”

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Certified HUSQVARNA VIKING® technician since 2004
  • SVP Embroidery Club teacher since 2003, working with both HUSQVARNA VIKING® and PFAFF® dealers
  • 2004 winner of Washington State “Make It With Wool” contest
  • 2005 2nd place winner of “Make It With Wool” contest
  • Judge for “Make It With Wool” district level contests
  • Winner of numerous local guild awards for quilted creations

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Deb North

Deb brings energy and solid sewing experience to all of her events. Her business background includes over 10 years in retail store management, sewing machine sales and teaching, so she knows the industry inside and out. This vast and broad overview contributes to her ability to impart relevant knowledge to consumers, along with over 40 years of sewing expertise. She loves to combine embroidery with home décor and quilting. Deb’s outgoing nature and generous spirit engage everyone in the joy of sewing.


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Debi Kuennen-Baker

For over 30 years, Debi has been lecturing, teaching and sharing her passion for quilting and creating unique garments. Her artistic eye blends piecing, fabric weaving, machine embroidery, serger and many other embellishments to create one-of-a kind masterpieces that inspire all who lay eyes on them.  Debi's garments have been featured in five Fairfield/Bernina Fashion Shows. Her popular teaching style has landed her classes at Road to California, Glendale Quilt Show, Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion and PFAFF® Dealer Convention. In addition to teaching she has published her own book, “Binding Made Easy”, and her work has been featured in several books and magazines, most recently Creative Machine Embroidery Nov/Dec 2014.

Specialties:  Piecing, fabric weaving, machine embroidery, serger, garment sewing, many other embellishments, instructional writing, and teaching


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Diana Cedolia

Diana loves to merge the “how to” of using machines with the inspiration of software. She knows all the techniques and tips to produce incredible projects, whether garments or crafts or home décor. When it comes to knowing the serger, Diana is the ultimate go-to sewer, and has created many serger projects for her events. Over 30 years of sewing as well as current knowledge of software applications ensure that Diana will provide consumers attending events with the technology and skills they need to succeed.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Certified in 6D Software
  • Co-authored the successful “Simply Teach Me” series of DVD tutorials for 3D, 4D and 5D embroidery software

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Gail Dodson

Beyond her love of sewing, beyond her love of embellishment with embroidery, Gail loves to teach and help others discover their creativity. Her reward is in the happiness she sees on the faces of all her SVP event participants at the end of the day. For over 40 years Gail has been perfecting her own skills, and passing that knowledge on to other sewers. Twenty two of those years were spent as an officer in the Air Force. She is an award-winning expert in digitizing and custom embroidery. Her specialties include 6D Embroidery Software, 5D Quilt Design Creator, and automated quilting. Gail loves clothing construction, quilting, designing and creating tote bags, and automated quilter design creation.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Certificate in Clothing & Textiles
  • Award for Creative Use of Embroidery Software (2006)

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Gina Hodges

Gina’s main creative focus is her love of quilting, and inspiring that love in others. That passion takes the form of teaching consumers to explore their own creativity through the world of sewing. And, what better form of creativity than the special world of dolls where her unending imagination can take flight! Gina has been designing and constructing dolls since she was in high school, and she now owns hundreds of doll patterns. She also loves machine embroidery to dress up clothing or as part of her quilts. Other specialties include linens and household items.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Accredited Jenny Haskins Tutor and Educator
  • Certified in Home Interior Design, Business Management and Upholstery

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Karla Herrin

Karla loves to share her ideas, her wealth of experience, and her passion for sewing and embroidery during her many events across the country. She positively glows when presented with a challenge or exciting new technique, quickly learns and masters it, and then loves to show everyone else how to do it. Karla’s enthusiasm for sewing is apparent in her television sewing shows and web video productions. It’s this same enthusiasm that consumer respond to during her events, and they leave knowing they’ve learned some valuable techniques and tips, plus exciting new information. She likes to sew everything, including heirloom, garments, decorative stitching and embroidery.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Jenny Haskins training
  • Sulky Certified

Karen Charles

Karen Charles

Karen is an SVP Event Specialist, and has 25 years of experience in the arts of quilting, embroidery, couture sewing, heirloom and crafting. She has a wealth of expertise in HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing and embroidery machines and PREMIER+™ Embroidery Software . . . and a unique perspective into what drives success for sewers. Karen is renowned not only for her expansive knowledge of quilting, sewing, embroidery and software, but for her enthusiasm in sharing that knowledge with others. Her teaching methods make even the most complicated task achievable for all students. Whether novice or experienced sewers, Karen’s event participants always learn new and unique methods to achieve beautiful results.

Specialities: Machine embroidery, PREMIER+™ Embroidery Software, TruEmbroidery™ 3, longarm and 16” machine quilting, thread painting, free motion, heirloom sewing, creative serging, teaching and more!


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Katrina Walker

Katrina is a preeminent force in the Northwest textile and sewing community, and is accomplished in many areas of creative design, sewing, embroidery, and quilting. She loves a challenge and the fun of experimentation with seams, construction and embellishment techniques. Twenty eight years of sewing have gained her prominence and recognition. Her accomplishments are only exceeded by her enthusiasm and infectious passion for sharing her in-depth knowledge with other sewers. Katrina loves apparel sewing, home décor designing and sewing, machine embroidery and piecework projects. When she is not home tending her own small flock of naturally colored sheep that produce high-quality handspinning fleeces, she is out on the circuit of events, shows, fairs, and further study.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor
  • Washington State Clothing & Textile Advisor
  • Graduate level training in Textile Science & Fashion Theory
  • Training in Patternmaking & Fashion Illustration
  • Faculty Member, The Silk Experience
  • Former Vocational Educator, Family & Consumer Affairs
  • Former Raw material Liaison for Nordstrom Product Group & Product Development Consultant to REI
  • Clothing Judge for Washington State Grange 4-H Fair
  • “Make It With Wool” Competition, Washington State 4-H Fashion Revue Championship
  • Judge, Western Washington Fair Sheep to Shawl Competition
  • Adult Ambassador, National Make It With Wool Competition (2004)

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Kothy Hafersat

Kothy has been a sewer and quilter all her life, starting early at the age of 5 in her grandmother’s bridal business. Kothy’s extensive background in designing and writing quilt patterns, combined with her experience in machine embroidery software training, make her a valuable educator at the many events she teaches across the country. Kothy’s creative expertise extends to garment sewing, embroidery, knitting, tatting, weaving, drawing, and painting.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • College courses in fashion design, pattern drafting and computer graphics programs
  • Co-owner of a quilt pattern company

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Lisa Rogers

Lisa is an SVP Event Specialist, and has an intensive 20+ year background in professional quilting, including freehand and trapunto, piecing and automated quilting. She has been a professional quilter for many years during which time she was contracted to custom quilt and show quilts at various internationally recognized quilt shows across the country. Lisa believes in spreading the love of sewing and quilting! Her warm, funny and engaging personality guarantees a first rate experience for anyone attending one of her events — whether they’re a beginner or accomplished. Everyone comes away from Lisa’s classes feeling inspired and capable of creating beautiful creations they can share with family and friends.

Specialities: Machine embroidery, longarm and 16” quilting/piecing and training, machine embroidery, costume making for dance and theater, authentic period clothing, teaching and more!


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Marsha Kirsch

Greatly loved for her enthusiasm and lively presentations, Marsha incites fantastic results, whether from the masterful technical skills she teaches or the inspiration that sewers take away from her events. She imparts an empowering “can do” attitude when instructing in the use of advanced machines and new software . . . opening up wide doors to creativity, and fun ways to embellish projects with exciting results. Customer “smiles” at the end of her events are her reward. Marsha enjoys creating and designing garments, purses and home décor projects. When selecting a pattern or design, she finds unique ways to give them an individualized creative touch, especially through embellishment.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • America Sews with Sue Hausman
  • Behind the Seams, Pfaff internet sewing program

Patti Buhler

Patti Buhler

Patti is a gifted quilter, and accomplished in longarm machine quilting, machine embroidery, machine embroidery digitizing, fabric embellishment, thread painting, needle felting, and quilt and garment sewing. She has taught nationally at the Machine Quilter's Exposition, Home and Machine Quilting Show, and Machine Quilters Showcase. While having attained expert status in these skills herself, Patti prides herself in teaching to all levels, from beginners to advanced sewers and quilters. Patti's goal is to instill a sense of wonder, accomplishment, and unlimited potential in each and every event participant who wants to know more about our HUSQVARNA VIKING® and PFAFF® longarm and sit down quilting machines. She makes classroom experiences fun, while leading every event participant to express their creativity. Patti believes everyone needs to make a little art.

Special Training & Accreditations:
  • BS in Education, Master's in Educational Technology
  • Teacher at Machine Quilter's Showcase, Machine Quilter's Exposition, and Home Machine Quilting Show and numerous other national and regional shows, and quilt guilds
  • Published in "Machine Quilting", Collector's Edition

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Soni Grint

Soni has successfully combined her great love of embroidery machines with her love of computers as an educator at events around the country. She has a long and distinguished career in the sewing machine industry, having not only participated in the creative aspects of hands-on sewing and embroidery, but also on the management/software development side of the international sewing community. Her extensive experience has provided her with skills and knowledge that she enjoys sharing at her events. Soni considers sewing and embroidery on today’s advanced machine to be an adventure of the highest order.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Former Global Product Manager of Husqvarna/Viking and Pfaff Software Departments
  • M.S. Optical Physics/Computers
  • Attended Viking Sewing Machines Product Council, Husqvarna, Sweden

Susan Ford

Susan Ford

Susan has a wealth of skills, talents and experience that she loves nothing more than sharing. She feels that, while she is very, very good at teaching the knowledge involved in sewing and embroidery, it’s the confidence to use that knowledge that is what she excels at leaving with an event class. If she can do it, she can teach someone else to do it . . . and it’s that “ah-ha moment!” look on her students’ faces after teaching a new technique that Susan lives for. There’s another aspect of her design and color theory background that provides an interesting perspective on today's advanced HUSQVARNA VIKING® and PFAFF® sewing and embroidery machines: Susan used to search for the perfect fabric with just the right colors – Now, using her embroidery skills and 6D™ Embroidery Software, she can create an unlimited supply of unique fabrics that’s just right! It’s that awareness and inspiration that she conveys to class attendees! Her specialties include: Large, continuous embroidery designs with multiple hooping and precise positioning; Home dec projects like quilts, duvets, pillows, valances and box seat cushions; Tailoring, costumes and period dresses, especially with heirloom sewing techniques.

Special Training & Accreditations:

  • Personally trained by Norman McKeague Foster
  • Attended Ray Vogue School of Fashion Design
  • Won Best of Show for Embroidery at The Road to California
  • Won Best of Show Combined at HMQW
  • Degree in Interior Design