Pattern services:

I specialize in pattern making for complex sewn products and men’s and women’s lined garments -what’s described as “single needle” meaning products that require the highest level of sewing operator skills- with specific emphasis on leather products and outerwear. My rates are reasonable at $75 per hour. If you have patterns already made, I provide digitizing, grading and marking services. I’m also available for pattern checking services which I enjoy. I use StyleCAD software, have a 4′ x 6′ digitizing table and a 72″ Ioline plotter to print markers. Recently, we’ve added sewing and cutting services.

Consulting and Instruction:

I’m available for phone consultation at $195 per hour ($150 an hour if you have my book), minimum half hour for an initial consultation and billed in quarter hour segments after that. I enjoy conducting product reviews; other firms charge thousands of dollars for these but in my opinion, few take over three hours. I am available to travel to provide consulting or training to your staff on site with a two day minimum.

Another service I provide is rapid product development -which means you come in and we’ll work on the product start to finish. I make the pattern in CAD (starting with digitizing the pattern if there is one), we cut it, sew it, fit it and rinse, lather and repeat for any needed correction in my 5,000 sqft factory. Ideally, the customer is ready to be introduced to my local contractors to nail down requirements for a production quote the next day -if we don’t do the sewing ourselves. Daily rate is $1500 per day for the first person, $750 for each subsequent person with discounts for 3 or more.

Training for starting and operating a sewing factory is available at our Sewing Factory School in Albuquerque New Mexico. We can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 15 people in our factory training facility. The program fee is $1500 per day with discounts for subsequent attendees from the same company. For those staying two days or more, I provide comfortable and private accommodations in my guest house with breakfast and lunch (vegetarian). My guest house has a bedroom (queen size bed), living room (queen size futon), full kitchen and a bath with shower (stocked with towels, shampoo, soap etc). Transportation to and from the airport is likely but not guaranteed depending on arrival and departure times.

One class I think every designer or product developer needs is Production Pattern Making. You will need some tools and basic sewing skills but no pattern making skills are needed to successfully complete this day long class.

Here is a list of equipment and amenities of my sewing factory:

Facilities and equipment

  • 5000 sq ft building
  • WI-FI wireless network
  • 800 sqft guest house for visiting clients


  • StyleCAD pattern, grading & marking software
  • 4′ X 6′ Accugrid digitizing table
  • 72″ Ioline pen plotter
  • Dual monitor PC workstation

Sewing Machines:

  • Single needle Adler 271 servo
  • 3 -Single needle Adler 281 servo
  • Flatlock Merrow Activeseam MB-4DFO servo
  • Needle feed, Juki DLN-9010SH servo
  • Coverstitch 5 thread Kansai WX-8803D servo
  • Buttonhole/Bar tack Siruba BH790 servo
  • 2- Walking foot Juki DNU-1541S servo
  • Overlock, 5 thread safety stitch, Reliable MSK-3316N servo
  • Blind hemmer Consew 817 (clutch)
  • Single needle Mitsubishi DB-170 (clutch)
  • Reece welt pocket machine, model 42
  • Singer pinch tuck machine
  • Singer E-stitch (applique) machine

Misc equipment

  • 2-48 foot cutting tables
  • 2-68″ spreaders
  • button covering machine
  • nail head and snap setting kick press
  • belt and tie turner (production, manual)
  • washer & dryer
  • Alvanon full body form (curvy -UK size 12), 2006
  • Alvanon squishy form, US size 10, 2012
  • Alvanon size 6 child’s form, ASTM 2007


  • 2-48 foot, 72″ wide Philocraft table w/rails
  • Eastman Blue Streak 8″ cutting knife
  • Eastman Cloth Drill
  • Eastman Thread Marker (type L)
  • Over 200 feet of feedrail
  • 2-68″ spreaders


  • 1.5 liter Boiler Iron (Reliable)
  • Blower & vacuum extraction pressing station
  • Sussman gravity feed iron

Inquiries to:
Kathleen Fasanella
Apparel Technical Svcs
The Sewing Factory School
410 Old Coors Dr. SW
Albuquerque NM 87121
T: 505-877-1713


  1. Alexandru Muresan says:

    Hi! I’m blowing you up. Sorry. I contacted your on your comment on, FB and now here. Feel free to answer on any platform. My name is Alex. I’m the owner of Wellstyle. (we don’t exist yet, so don’t bother looking – you can check out, my other business for a reference =) ) We are starting a wellness/lifestyle subscription box and one thing that allows most other boxes to suggest that the value is so much more than it is, is clothing. And instead of finding a brand that exists and is small and boosting them, why not start our own. We want something like lululemon/fabletics as far as product (fun workout clothes). Please let me know if that is something you can do for us or point us in the right direction.
    Thanks a ton!Report

  2. Kathleen says:

    Hi Alex, well, there’s much to consider. I recommend reading entries on this site to explore your options. If you decide you want to move forward, then you might consider purchasing the book (top right) and contacting me as your schedule permits.

    Speaking of contacting me, I don’t have an account on the site you mention and am not notified of responses, much less how to find that particular entry. As to FB, I didn’t receive any messages from you. The following comment is not to you personally, but generally as this is increasingly common; it is best to contact providers directly, either via email or by phone. We are all so busy that few small businesses have time to keep up with social media (my customers would be annoyed considering my backlog). We don’t have full time assistants to keep up with that. Rather, we’ll take the next person who contacts us in the smoothest way possible. To be sure it would be different if this were a buyer’s market but this is how things are for now. One must be proactive in contacting providers using old school means. Specifically, pick up the phone and call. Chances are excellent that no one will return your call if you leave a message so keep calling back until you reach someone -for optimal results, do that during regular business hours.

    Speaking of (this definitely has nothing to do with you), I was annoyed by a caller yesterday who said she looked for me on Instagram and where was my account so she could see it -fashion being so visual and all. When I told her that I didn’t have an instagram account, she hung up on me. Which was just as well since she’s obviously not my customer. Even if I had an instagram, did she expect that I’d post photos of my customers products? Really? How would she like it if I posted photos of work I’d done for her before she even had a chance to sell it? Which is why, I don’t post photos of customer’s jobs.Report

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