Susan Truitt

Susan T.

Felton, DE

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Susan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:

Besides teaching how to sew I specialize in teaching sewers how to use their sewing machines. Did you buy a machine at a department store, get a hand me down, pick up one at a yard sale or at Goodwill? I'd love to show you how to use sewing machine.

I've been sewing since I was 8, took 2nd place in our local singer sewing contest at age 11. I've been teaching since 1985. I've taught sewing, serging, and quilting at 2 chain fabric stores, Parks and Recreation, and privately. I was fortunate to work for a company for over 4 years filling government contracts sewing spacesuits for NASA and Airships for surveillance to keep our troops overseas safe. I've owned an embroidery business for a total of 13 years but really enjoy teaching student how to sew and use their machines.

Experience teaching sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, and digitizing.

Technique skills in showing student what their machine can do, pattern layout, seams, overcasting, basting, gathering, seam overcasting, button holes, zippers, buttons by machine, drafting patterns for kids.

Your class time will be spend learning what you want to know how to do and having fun in a stress free class with a very easy going teacher.

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Sewing Instructor
Apr 1985 - Present
Fabric Stores and Privately

Places I have been an instructor: House of Fabric, Sewing machine Department inside a JoAnn Fabrics, Parks and Recreation Classes, and Privately.
I have had formal instruction from Babylock, Singer, HusqvarnaViking.
I have had special technique training through ILC Dover where is sewed space suits and airships.

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Sewing Classes
Jan 2017 - Present
My Business
Sewing Spacesuits and Airships
Mar 2006 - May 2012
ILC Dover
Embroidery Design
Sep 1995 - Mar 2006
Self taught way before youtube was even a thought.
Instructor and Sales
Jul 1993 - Aug 1995
House of Fabric
Architectural Design
Sep 1977 - Jun 1979
Jan 1972 - Jun 1972
Caesar Rodney High School
Home Education in 8th Grade
Sep 1970 - Jan 1971
Caesar Rodney Jr. High School
2nd Place in the local Singer Sewing Contest
Jul 1967 - Jul 1967
Delaware Sewing Center


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Advanced Training - Creative Customizing, Digitizing, and Editing
Mar 1998

Certificate of completed software training.
Creative Customizing is the use of multiple techniques used to add layers to the embroidery design to make it more interesting.
Advanced Digitizing covers all of the additional features available to the digitized beyond those of basic, such as the manually creation of a design from an image in the digitizers imagination instead of a hard copy graphic and/or creating the design stitch by stich if the digitizer wants to get every detail right in the embroidery design.
Advanced Editing is the manipulation of components and/or stitches already formed to alter their positioning or shape to create what is wanted on the final embroidery design.

I have keep current with each software up-date.

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Customizing System
Oct 1997

Certificate of completed software training. Those completing the training teach embroidery software to students in customizing their embroidery by adding components to their designs, manipulating designs, adding wording and editing the designs they will be embroidering on their embroidery machines.

I have keep current with each software up-date.

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Digitizing System
Oct 1997

Certificate of completed software training. Those completing the training teach embroidery software to students in Digitizing (defined as: convert images into a digital form that can be processed by a computer into a file format the embroidery machine uses to stitch out a design onto fabric.)

I have keep current with each software up-date.

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Certificate of Appriciation for outstanding Service
Mar 2006
Blood Bank of Delaware

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HI, I'm Susan and I'm looking forward to our class!

I made my wedding dress it reminded me of the 30's to 40's style wedding dress.

I made my bride's maid dress from her measurements, she tried it on came for the wedding.

Everyone should make at least one costume in their life, I made my hubby behind me into a bear one year.

Your right I didn't have a pattern for this one, I was way before my time. Costumes are so much fun!

Didn't have a pattern for the cow either. It was my son's first costume, my daughter is wearing it.

My son wanted a Simba costume. I used the same principle to draft a pattern for the hood as I used for the cow but made it separate.

Clown Wigs are simple to make also. This one was made from bulky yarn. You can't see the braid that normally sticks straight up.

Curtin class I taught. I hung mine in the dining room. Yes, it was in the mid 80's.
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Fay Jun 24, 2017
Sewing · In home

I purchased a Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q sewing machine. Its many features are so different from my old Singer. I love it! It has so many features that I wanted to learn it quickly vs using the User's Guide. Susan so knows this machine, and a multitude of others, that she easily explained how to use each of the features. She gave me another tour of the machine then had me explore/try each of it's features as she sat beside me. NO pressure!
At another lesson, Susan helped me create a pattern to work from. This pattern was for a basket liner. Another learning experience.
Susan is soft spoken, has the patience of a Saint, understanding and kind. She has a wealth of knowledge with sewing and always learning herself, which makes her a valuable instructor. No question is insignificant, so one never feels dumb for asking.
I highly recommend Susan for learning to sew, embroider, digitize your embroidery software and learn to use your machine simply or to its' fullest potential. I'm still learning, at my own pace, as I find the need to have her help. You will ENJOY your lessons with Susan!

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