Meet our Talented Sewing Teachers!

Sandra Betzina is the host of the Power Sewing WebTV Show and designs a full line of patterns for Vogue under the Today's Fit Tab. She has produced a skill series of 11DVDs and is the author of: More Fabric Savvy, Fast Fit and Power Sweing Step-by-Step. Her new book, The Power Sewing Toolbox: Tips & Techniques Not Found in Pattern Instructions will be released in October, 2010. Sandra is also a popular speaker and hosts several week-long Sewing Retreats in San Francisco throughout the year. For more information about Sandra Betzina and Power Sewing visit
Terry McClintock  has loved sewing since the age of 10. After graduating from San Jose State University in 1982 with a degree in Textiles and Clothing, she spent several years in retail as a Trainer and Buyer. For the past 14 years, Terry has shared her passion for Sewing and Serging through out the Bay Area. She loves to see her students enjoy sewing as much as she does.
Nicole Vasbinder has taught thousands of people the joy of sewing over the last decade in classes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BFA in Fashion from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and is also an alumnus of Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles. When she is not teaching sewing and design classes, she creates Queen Puff Puff handbags and accessories, co-produces the popular Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart and runs three Etsy shops. Nicole has contributed projects to many books and magazines including Vintage Craft Workshop, Button It Up, Bead Simple, Craft Stylish, Adorn Magazine and CRAFT. She previously worked in the garment industry for 8 years working in design, merchandising and sales.
  Barbara Beccio has been actively teaching since 1988. She brings her knowledge of clothing construction, textiles as well as many costuming techniques to the classes that she teaches at Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics for adults and children. She has also been teaching at The Art Institute of California-San Francisco since 2003 as well as teaching classes at The Academy of Art University and City College of San Francisco. Having taught classes from pre-school to college as well as adult classes she is able to bring versatility and creativity to a wide range of education situations. Barbara is a costume designer who has created costumes for over 70 productions in Theatre, Opera and Dance, for institutions that include the Juilliard School, the Emelin Theatre, and Princeton University. In the world beyond the theatre, Beccio has been an assistant stylist for numerous television commercials in addition to being the assistant designer on the television series "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiago?" She is also an award-winning doll maker who has created clothing designs for many major doll companies. We are thrilled to have Barbara as key part of our teaching staff!
Annette Juilly teaches many of our fitting, design and specialty classes. Learn to make a block / sloper or copy your ready to wear garment under Annette's expert and friendly instruction! She teaches:
Copy Ready to Wear Workshop
Create your Block Sloper Workshop
Use Your Block Sloper Workshop
  Angie Woolman is a popular Bay Area quilting expert who teaches at Stonemountain & Daughter and throughout the area.She teachers our Freeform Quilting classes and Ttransparency with Triangles class.
She specializes in color and color layout for quilt design.
Ann Tarabini is a quilting instructor who teaches beginning and
intermediate level quilting classes in the public school system
(adult ed.) and in local shops. As a K-12 teacher, she has been
teaching sewing skills to students in home economics and after
school programs for over 25 years.
Julianne Bramson loves clothing as artistic self expression! She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics with concentrations in Fashion Design and Art History. From 2004 to 2007 Julianne was co-owner of Decades of Style Pattern Company. Recently, Julianne was featured in Threads Magazine (issue #148) for her "Best Overall" win of the 2009 ASDP/Threads Challenge for her innovative bias cut velvet dress. Bias cut, sewing without a pattern, and the work of Madeline Vionnet fuel Julianne's love of all things fabric! She is currently a co-owner and the designer for a new pattern company, Fashion in Harmony, and also enjoys teaching and spreading a love of sewing as an avenue for creative self expression!
  Jean Cacicedo is a nationally renowned textile artist who has been a prime innovator in the Wearable Art movement for over three decades. Her felted, pieced and dyed coats have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe and Japan.
Lynda Maynard has enjoyed a 35 year career that highlights a wide array of experiences in textiles and clothing. She has owned Lynda Maynard Designs for more than 20 years and works with private clients to develop custom couture garments and home furnishings. Her past experience includes producing and hosting a local cable television program, Passion for Fashion. Her wonderful new book, Demystifying Fit, has just been published!
Mary Hall Patrone began sewing at the age of six by watching her Aunt (who was a seamstress) create beautiful garments and wedding dresses. She has been sewing since!  In 2008, she returned to school earning her degree in 2010 in Apparel Design And Merchandising.  Mary added a second in Liberal Arts the following year, graduating with highest honors and as class Salutatorian.  She works as a Teaching Assistant at the College of Alameda in the Apparel Design And Merchandising Department, working in flat pattern design, draping, and advanced line design. Mary loves working with students of all levels! She also teaches quilting, tote bags, costumes, and owns/operates a home-based embroidery business.
  Loretta Warner is a creative and skilled crafts person with over 30 years of experience as a couture fashion designer and seamstress. Her beautiful clothing is sold in the best boutiques and is handmade by the designer in her Berkeley studio.
“My designs are playful and well designed. I am a native Californian with California sensibility. I pick my colors outside in the light of day and nature is my true inspiration. I love to combine colors and textures! I love using luxurious fabrics and mixing it all up! “ ~ Loretta

Stonemountain & Daughter wishes to honor to and memorialize Lisa Levaggi Rich, Fred Bloebaum and Bonnie Allen. These loving and talented ladies made such huge contributions beyond their teaching and we dedicate our next set of classes to this trio of inspiring women.

About Our Classroom

Our second floor class facility features ample room for learning, sewing, cutting, pressing, and more!  Top of the line sewing machines, adjustable tables, irons, ironing boards, an Elna press, sergers... these are just a few of the features that we offer to our students in our updated classroom environment!

Have questions about our classroom?  Want to stop by to see our facility for yourself?  Please contact us or stroll on through the next time you visit our store!

Our school's sewing machines

Our sewing school offers three top of the line sewing machines for your personal use during class. We use Bernina's 210 Activa, Bernina's 700 Serger, and the Bernette 46(made to Bernina's specifications) We want our students to sew well, and offer free use of these machines during class!

Students often enjoy these machines so much that they want to buy their own.
As a courtesy, we work with a sewing machine dealer in the Bay Area to bring these machines to you (they are not available on line) For pricing and purchasing information, come by the store or call (510) 845-6106 or toll free 1-866-4SEW-FUN (866-473-9386).

Bernina 210 Activa

These wonderferul machines feature easy push-button stitch selection, automatic back-stitch, easy-to-read tension dials, and a convenient LCD display screen make changing stitches effortless!  This stylish sewing machine by Bernina sews everything.

- 11 Stitch patterns, 10 Utility stitches, button hole function, including eyelet, 1 darning program

-LCD display is easy to use - not intimidating! 
The backlit display provides you with all information and settings at a glance: selected stitch, stitch length and width, needle stop up/down, and recommended presser-foot sole are displayed to assist your sewing.

-Needle stop up/down and motor speed
For simple, confident sewing, you can set the needle to stop up/down or reduce the motor speed by half at the touch of a button.

Bernette 46

This cool retro looking sewing machine is by Bernette.
This compact, sturdy machine comes complete with handy accessories and tool set, including additional bobbins, sewing feet and needles.-8 stitches including four step button hole function, includes a solid metal chassis. Quick to set up and pack away, you’ll enjoy easy sewing with medium weight fabric. This is our lower end machine - suitable for the beginning sewer with a budget.

if you are interested in purchasing a machine, sign up for a class to try one out!
For pricing and purchasing information, come by the store or call (510) 845-6106 or toll free 1-866-4SEW-FUN (866-473-9386).