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Karen Maslowski, SewStorm Publishing

 

Karen Maslowski Karen L. Maslowski is a lecturer, writer, sewing teacher. She is the currently the editor of Sew Up a Storm: The Newsletter for Sewing Entrepreneurs, and the author of Workroom Design: Space Solutions for Sewing Workrooms and Sew Up A Storm: All the Way to the Bank! She is a well-known speaker, and has traveled to consumer and professional shows around the country.

After experiencing corporate burnout in 1988 from selling life, casualty and health insurance to professionals, she decided to turn to her creative side. Over the years she has owned several different types of sewing businesses, including dressmaking and alterations, and crafts. She has also freelanced as a copy editor and worked as kitchen designer.

Between 1989 and 1994, she held the position of editor of Tangled Threads, the monthly newsletter for the Professional Sewing Association, Inc. (PSA). The duties of this paid position included writing, editing and layout. One regular feature, Member Profiles, inspired the creation of SEW UP A STORM: All the Way to the Bank, Karen's book about ways to make money in a sewing-related business, published October, 1995. She also designed written materials and advertising information for the association.

Karen has occasionally designed sewing workrooms for others, drawing on her experience as a kitchen designer. Her book, Workroom Design: Space Solutions for Sewing Workrooms was published in October, 1994. As a result she has spoken to many professional sewing groups on "Workroom Design", and at national conventions for sewing professionals such as Beyond Pin Money, and the PACC National Conference.

These seminars led to invitations for other paid speaking engagements including the keynote address for the American Sewing Guild National Convention in San Francisco in March 1994 and the annual sales meeting of the Fabulous Fur wholesalers in July, 1994. Karen has also spoken at many local guilds and consumer shows like the American Sewing Guild Expos, Creative Inspirations, Original Sewing & Craft Expo, and the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA.

Karen is also owner of the School of Sewing and teaches kids and adults to sew. In addition, she has sewn for other sewing professionals in their businesses, on an hourly basis, as the "Itinerant Seamstress."

She is also the moderator of a weekly e-mail list for sewing professionals called Sew Pros and continues to write and run her sewing businesses.

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