Janome Educators

Janome Educators are our “on the road” product experts who attend sewing events all over the United States. At local and national quilt conventions they aid instructors and students in classrooms along with assisting your local dealers in their booth.

Education Specialists also appear in many of our educational videos, create samples and patterns using our products, moderate and appear in our social media events, train authorized Janome dealers, and more! We’re very proud to have such a knowledgeable and hardworking team of Janome Educators; make sure to say hello if you see any of us at an event or watch us online.

Amy Meek

 

Amy has traveled the United States and Mexico demonstrating and educating both the public and authorized dealers on Janome sewing machines, sergers, software, and apps. She always brings an enthusiasm for sharing just the right sewing technique to get the job done.

 She teaches basic sewing, garment construction, and pattern making at every level from children and adult, from very new beginners to honing advanced techniques in a university setting. Amy developed a program as a paraprofessional therapist teaching sewing and quilting as a skill set for adults with chronic mental illness and traumatic brain injury.

Her passion for sharing her love of sewing, extensive knowledge of machines and accessories to consumers and dealers is the reason Amy loves her job. Look for her in Janome red on the road and say hello!

Anne Hein

Anne’s passion for sewing started with the required Home Economics class. Sewing, creating unique clothes, and crafting was her thing – even using her grandmothers trundle machine. Her first embroidery machine, the Memory Craft 9000, grew that passion with quilting, embroidery and digitizing. If it could fit in the hoop, let’s embroider it! Joining the Janome team was a dream come true, Anne is a Janome girl through and through – you know she didn’t stop with that MC9000!

You'll find Anne on the Artistic Digitizer facebook page, sharing her extensive knowledge of embroidery digitizing and editing; and helping everyone with troubleshooting their projects.

Sharing her creativity through her travels with Janome and teaching are some of her favorite things. Anne lives in Wilmington, DE with her husband and children. Outside of work, Anne enjoys spending time with her family, being the co-rider on their Goldwing and creating more projects.

Costa Constantinou

 

Costa’s enthusiasm for sewing began many years ago, at his grandmother’s knee and it never left him. After 40 years of teaching Elementary School Music, both in the States and abroad, he retired and began devoting all his time to sewing. He began quilting, but quickly realized that his first love was embroidery. He began digitizing and progressed to making difficult and intricate projects. Costa's enthusiasm knows no bounds and is contagious!

The only thing he likes more than working on projects, is sharing his knowledge with others! He currently teaches classes near his home in North Carolina, and assists our local Janome dealers at shows and events. His knowledge and expertise is appreciated by both novice sewists and experienced embroiderers, but most of all his contagious enthusiasm for his craft. His educational background in Music, Education, Musical Theatre, and Costume Design is put to use as he makes learning fun, and is even known as an "edutainer”.

With degrees in Music, Education, Musical Theatre, and Costume Design, Costa is a perfect fit for the Janome Education Team.

Christina Dolinar

 

Christina has been sewing since grade school when she begged her mother to teach her to sew. Instead of sharing a sewing machine with her mom, her first major purchase was a sewing machine with money she earned at an after-school job in 8th grade.

 While her sewing career began with making garments, Christina has added home dec and heirloom sewing, embroidery and, of course, quilting to her skills. With the popularity of quilting these days, she can show you how easy it is to free-motion quilt, create patterns like feathers, and succeed at ruler work. She also teaches long-arm quilting.

 She has taught throughout the United States at quilt shows, sewing shops, and can often be found assisting in Janome classrooms. When you have the opportunity to be in a classroom with Christina, whether she is teaching or assisting, you will learn a lot and - as many of her students will tell you - lots of fun will be had! She has a very relaxed style, attentive to each and every student.  Christina always has that new tip or technique that will help make your sewing or embroidery project a success.

 

Geri Finio

 

Geri Finio is a lifelong embroidery and sewing enthusiast with a love for the many mediums of stitchery and a critical eye for detail. Sewing is something she’s done since about five. Her father was an electrical physicist for Singer-Kearfott which meant sewing machines were readily available in her childhood home. Guess you can say she was a mechanical “tester” as well as a sewist!

After a successful career in corporate computer technology, she shifted gears to follow her passion. Her strong technology background compliments her artisan talents, as she combines digitized and hand-guided machine embroidery to create innovative designs. For 20 years, Geri owned and operated Studio 187 Custom Embroidery where she successfully collaborated with high profile artists, interior designers, and private clientele on tailoring designs to meet individual need.

In addition, she embroidered all embroidery examples in the book “Asian-Inspired Machine Embroidery” authored by an internationally celebrated embroidery artist; served on the Editorial Board of Stitches Magazine and was often featured, and served as a judge for the National Golden Needle Awards. Her focus is on elevating the status of embroidery to a level it once enjoyed - a symbol of beauty and refinement. 

After shopping and testing every machine imaginable, she chose the Janome Memory Craft 15000 as her first replacement for her large commercial embroidery machines because it offered quality, reliable engineering, and superior stitching for both sewing and embroidery. Geri enjoys meeting like-minded individuals during her travels with Janome to various sewing events where she offers instruction and advice on sewing, embroidery, and machine selection.

Presently, Geri lives in Annapolis MD, and spends summers at their NJ shore home where the entire family can reconnect and unwind together. She spends her time sewing anything from garments to quilts, embroidering by hand and by machine, reading, cooking/baking, sailing, kayaking, exercising, and enjoying life’s moments with friends and family.

Jerry Granata

 

We're pleased to welcome our newest Janome Educator, Jerry Granata. Jerry has had a love of art and sewing since he was a child and it has taken him in many directions. He served 21 years in the Armed Forces of the United States as a U.S. Navy musician serving in such places as Naples, Italy; Seattle, Washington; Washington D.C; and Chicago, Illinois. This musical journey has given him the opportunity to perform as a pit musician in many theatres on Broadway in New York. He has also performed for several U.S. Presidents and many Heads of State at the White House, as well as many celebrities such as Bob Hope, Carol Channing, Brook Shields, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Styx, and many others.

Jerry's interest in the fine arts led him to studies in drawing, design, and oil painting. He has explored and enjoyed all sewing techniques including garment construction, costumes, embellishing, heirloom sewing, hand and machine embroidery, quilt piecing, appliqué, and free-motion quilting. He has also appeared on internet television show The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and twice on the television show Fons & Porters Love of Quilting.

Jerry brings a passion for quilting, sewing, and teaching, with a dash of humor, to all levels from beginner to advanced. His diverse background can be found woven in his local, regional, national, and international award winning quilts.

Kate Quinn

 

Kate’s fascination with quilting began in 1991 when she received a hand-quilted Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt as a wedding present, followed by a gifted scrappy quilt  to further solidify her love of fabrics and colors.  Soon after Kate made her first quilt celebrate the birth of her first child and has been a devoted quilter ever since.  As an Army veteran, a military spouse, and a mother of 5 children, quilting became the thread that stitched her into the new community every time the family moved.  As a stay-at-home mom, she taught and organized charity quilting for decades through community and church organizations.  She loves all styles and types of quilts from art to modern, from traditional pieced to appliqué. 

In the mid-2000's she began teaching at local quilt shops. Kate loves to interact with other creative people and help them to develop the skills they need to make both beautiful and comfortable quilted items. This training and experience helped her realize her own dream of becoming a longarm quilter. 

In 2016, she opened FabriKated Quilts Longarm Service in Rio Rancho, NM.  After longarming for the public for several year, Kate’s love of quilting and longarming lead to a natural transition to teaching others how to get the best from their longarm machines.  Kate joined Janome America as a longarm specialist in January 2022.

Her longarm specialties include ruler work skills, working with Pro-Stitcher®, and combining digital and free-motion designs.  Her students also learn to achieve their best possible results by playing with all different thread types and weights, squaring up and taming wavy quilts, and breaking large quilts down into manageable bites.  

Let her help you longarm your way into the future by embracing traditions of the past and blending them with modern techniques to create heirlooms for tomorrow.    

Katy Mitchell

 

Katy started sewing by taking her mother's scraps and making doll clothes. Her love of the sewing process is evident in her classes and workshops, especially when she steps outside of the box when problem-solving. She has traveled all over the United States for Janome, supporting quilting and sewing events.

As an experienced instructor and past salesperson for a large Janome dealer, Katy tries to attempt to 'break it down' - making complicated techniques into simple instructions is her specialty - while keeping the fun in sewing with her bubbly personality. Her calm demeanor helps get through those tricky parts of a project.

Kelley McKenzie

 

As a Janome Education Longarm Specialist, Kelley enjoys teaching others about quilting and sewing. She is very passionate about helping others learn more about her fulfilling hobby. 

Kelley's accomplishments include owning a Janome dealership and quilt shop for six years. She also enjoys being a long arm quilter and teaching all of the newest techniques at local quilt show events and conferences. Her excitement for Janome sewing machines is contagious!

She is an active monitor of our Facebook groups for all things longarm and Pro-Stitcher® related. Kelley also helps both dealers and customers troubleshoot longarm usage, from initial set-up and installation to getting the best design or stitch for your project.

Michele Beaugrand

Michele Beaugrand

Michele started sewing when she was a young child, making doll clothes with a hand crank toy machine. Michele later worked at a large department store in the alterations department, using the time to learn everything she could about sewing and alterations from her senior co-workers. While attending college in New York, she started her own home decorating business where she went to the client’s home, designed all fabric treatments and then went back to her shop and made the curtains, shades, bedspreads, canopies, pillows, wall hangings, etc.

Michele moved back to the Seattle area to raise a family with a special-needs kid. She went to work for a friend in Olympia, Washington in a sewing machine store and worked there for 15 years as lead salesperson selling six different brands of machines and teaching project classes.

Michele now does freelance training and teaching around the nation and hopes to continue to do this for many years to come!

Miriam Coffey

 

As a young child, Miriam had a love for textiles and anything she could create with them. 

Miriam attended Maryland College of Art and studied textile arts. She taught herself to sew while in college and from that point, never looked back. 

Miriam has been involved in the fabric world in many different avenues: fashion design, managing a modern quilt store, creating award winning quilts, co-owning a long arm quilting business, serving as a sales representative and most excitingly as a Janome's Education Specialist.

Mitzi Redd

 

Mitzi is a passionate quilter and designer that loves to explore boundless creativity with others.  As an educator, she has inspired many to explore their creative sides all while building a kinship in the art.  Her goal is to always ignite the stitching spark in others the way prior educators have done the same for her.

Though Mitzi has been sewing since a very young age, it was a military assignment to Alaska in 2009 that brought her into the quilting world.  After becoming a very frequent customer and student of the local quilt shop, she developed an intense love of all things quilting.  Soon she would become not only an enthusiast, but also a designer, educator, and volunteer of the art.

Most days are spent in her home studio in Maryland, where she is busy designing new patterns and trying out the latest techniques, all while balancing life as a wife, mom, and small farm owner.  A true animal lover, it’s never a surprise to see some animal popping up in photos, some even enjoying her latest designs.  Peek inside her studio and you will see she is powered by a love of Janome machines, showcasing the MC15000, M7, 550e, and many more! 

Sam Fung

 

Sam, an Educational Coordinator, has been sewing for the past 45 years. Prior to joining Janome 15 years ago, he owned a custom sewing business where he made everything from couture wedding gowns to home decor and even taught students of all ages how to sew. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of sewing through teaching. Sam is definitely Janome’s resident notions expert - he probably has enough notions to open his own shop!

His love of embroidery began when he couldn’t find lace for his custom wedding gowns so he learned how to create his own. Although garment making is Sam’s first sewing passion, he’s also adept at ruler work quilting. Sam also has lots of tips and tricks to make the quilting process quicker.

Sam is well rounded in his sewing skills and has a vast knowledge of domestic sewing machines and sergers.

Susan Clark-Enderson

 

Susan is not your average instructor. Her extensive experience includes managing a number of dealerships and instructing consumers and dealers in the home industry since 1985. 

She is a professional digitizer, quilter, crafter and seamstress specializing in anything by machine. Susan has also authored many articles for different sewing industry magazines and newsletters as well as having published her own designs and patterns. 

Her secret passion is anything artistic. Being certified by many industry professionals in their different styles and sewing techniques - she brings a unique approach to her sewing, crafting and teaching. From sergers to software, designing for the home to 18" dolls, wedding gowns to artistic quilting, Susan is able to inspire and motivate from the very beginner to the advanced professional in the industry.  

Tracy Ehrhardt

 

As Janome America’s In-House Educational Coordinator, Tracy works with our authorized Janome dealers, educators, and events department to provide everything needed for successful events, along with assisting Marketing with social media, editing both patterns and workbooks for the team, and troubleshooting questions for our customers. 

She started sewing about a dozen years ago, sewing home décor and clothing but her true “call to the machine” was to create in the style of modern quilts. Tracy has been on the management board of her local Modern Quilt Guild chapter, and a cause important to her is the community/charity quilting arm of the guild. She has also instructed students in the art of visible mending.

A self-described texture lover, she is always looking for ways to add a layer to a piece and has recently been working with adding machine embroidery, currently using the Memory Craft 9850 and the CM17.  

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