RoseMary Keene is a leading serger expert and has taught on sergers, specifically Baby Lock, since 2000. She began her own 3 day workshop program recently, titled ‘Roma’s Serger University’. She began her sewing ‘career’ at age 10 like so many of us did and didn’t venture out to sergers until 1998. In the world of teachers, in the sewing industry, she brings a lot to the table for people new to sergers, as well as those who have been serging for a long time. Having taught for nearly 20 years she is extremely experienced and teaches groups from 5 to 60 in attendance in not only techniques but in quality projects as well.
She has been a Clothing and Textiles Advisor (CTA) in the State of Washington since 1999 and led a local American Sewing Guild group for many years. She was trained through Washington State University in textiles. She, along with her husband, own and operate a small manufacturing business and a portion of that is also machine embroidery/sewing/serging. Since 2000 she worked full time in retail and taught at two Baby Lock Sew n Vac dealerships and was with Sue Green-Baker Serger Workshops since 2012. She ‘retired’ from dealerships in order to educate through workshops exclusively. These workshops involve traveling to Baby Lock dealers throughout the U.S. and she is highly recommended by those dealers. She also worked with Wonderfil Threads, a Canadian based, international thread company and educated students in workshops on specialty threads. She leads a community focus group that makes reusable bags for shoppers at the local grocery stores and food banks as their goal is to eliminate plastic bags in her county. She runs the community’s sewing lending library for the community as well.
Her past experiences also include teaching on embroidery software, specifically Babylock/Brother software, as well as quilting, needle knowledge, machine maintenance classes and private serger/sewing instruction.
Her experience in leading workshops comes from a background of educating families as well as doctors, educators, lawyers, teachers, employees from L & I, and others in brain injury. She taught how to integrate students back into the educational system after sustaining a brain injury as well as how families can deal with the tragedy that occurred, along with rehab techniques. She was instrumental in getting the motorcycle helmet law passed in Washington State as well as TBI programs in many school districts.