Sherri Stratton is the owner of Serge A Lot, a sewing machine and vacuum retail store in San Francisco, CA. As a child, she learned to sew while living in Upstate New York during a big snow storm. Trying to find something new to do while cooped up inside, Sherri’s father set her up with her Mom’s sewing machine and she was hooked! Now Sherri has over 16 years of experience in the sewing & vacuum business, and with all makes and models of sewing machines and vacuums. She is an expert at teaching machine operation lessons and finding ways to help others achieve their design goals, whether it be with sewing, embroidering, or quilting.
In 2007, Sherri was delighted when her daughter Tammi invited her to attend Fashion Design courses at Cañada College together. Sherri enjoyed spending the additional time with her daughter and although becoming a Fashion Designer was never her dream, the education she received at Cañada was invaluable. After taking courses with the Fashion Design program, Sherri became inspired to fulfill a lifelong dream of starting her own sewing business. She now enjoys helping her clients achieve their own dreams.
Lynda Maynard has enjoyed a 35 year career that highlights a wide array of experience in varying contexts of working with fashion. She’s brought a passion for fashion to countless classrooms spanning the past 12 years and, during that time, served a number of community colleges while simultaneously leading workshops for various fabric stores looking for new and innovative ways of catering to their growing clientele. Her specific areas of expertise include topics of couture sewing techniques, fitting, and pattern drafting. Coursework developed and taught includes Moulage (French Pattern Drafting), Pant Draft, Copying Ready-to-Wear, Lingerie, Working With Difficult Fabrics, and numerous other offerings.
Berna is a San Francisco seamstress with decades of experience. She has been sewing since age nine and has sewn women’s clothing, hats, and bags, costumes for dance and theater, soft goods for the home including pillows and cushions, window treatments (sheers, drapes, shades), bedding (duvet covers, coverlets, dust ruffles), table cloths, and many one-of-a-kind items (the net that protects Claude the Albino Alligator in his habitat at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco).
Her teaching experience is almost as long as her sewing experience. She has taught all age groups, from 5 all the way to 70+. She has an extensive wealth of knowledge and is talented, patient, good at explaining things, and makes learning fun. Berna is able to see each of her students’ needs and strengths and to address them with skill and enthusiasm.
Image: Berna at 9 years old, in the first dress she sewed.