Benefits to the Professional Educator:

Networking opportunities to share and learn from other educators in the home sewing industry.

  • Educational opportunities to help expand personal business, technology and teaching skills, including knowledge of the home sewing industry.
  • Become part of a mentoring process to encourage new individuals to make the home sewing industry a career, especially in sewing education.;
  • Internet listing on website, including bio, photo, area of expertise, classes/workshops offered, location, link to your website or email, etc.
  • Educator resource directory listing (through SDTA/VDTA -- imbedded in SQE Professional. This directory will be distributed to the sewing dealers and other related individuals in the industry.
  • Opportunities for publication of articles in the SQE Professional.
  • Hall of Fame Award, to one outstanding Professional Sewing Educator per year, as nominated and voted on by their peers.
  • Proof of membership and status as a Professional Sewing Educator, and any benefits that may be entitled to the member.
  • Ongoing support through the Sewing and Vacuum Dealers Trade Association, the only association for the independent sewing dealer nationwide, 2,200 members strong.
  • The opportunity to be a recognized voice in the home sewing industry, amongst your fellow sewing educators, to thousands of independent dealers as well as with their respective manufacturers.

These are just a few of the benefits of belonging to the Sewing Educators Alliance. Please join us at one of the upcoming meetings, call 1-800-4-SEWING or email Speak with Judy Patterson about how you can participate.


About the Association

The Vacuum Dealers Trade Association (VDTA) and the Sewing Dealers Trade Association (SDTA) exist to educate and promote independent floor care and sewing dealers in order to increase their market share. It exists to promote programs designed to enable the industry to be more competitive and to improve the industry as a whole.

The VDTA • SDTA is dedicated to supporting the interests of independent vacuum cleaner and sewing machine dealers around the world. It is the independent dealers’ voice in the floor care and sewing industries. The primary goal of the association is providing avenues to increase sales, communication, service, market share, and profit for all independent vacuum and sewing retailers. The association provides the floor care and sewing industries with the latest information on products and services, sales and marketing, training, and education through the monthly publications, SQE Professional and Floor Care Professional/Central Vac Professional and yearly conventions.

Many other association-sponsored programs and services are available to independent dealer members to improve their businesses using the code of ethics, member standards, special programs, sales tools, and member benefits.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Sewing Educators Alliance please email Judy Patterson at

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    Des moines, IA 50313
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