After 25 years as a well-known International sewing instructor, Judy Barlup is retiring. During her successful career she shared her depth of knowledge in tailoring, serger sewing and other topics with an obvious love of her subject and a deep respect for her students. In her seminars and hands-on workshops. she taught confidence-building methods that achieved professional results with minimal effort. Students at all skill levels benefited from Judy's efficient and accurate techniques. The learning process was always enhanced by effective visuals: easy-to-understand demonstrations, up-close samples, numerous handouts and a large dash of humor.
For ten years Judy taught a variety of sewing classes at Lake Washington Technical College. Her business, Unique Techniques, was an umbrella for many activities. She produced the popular DVD Japanese Tailoring; had an on-line store which carried instructional materials and unique sewing notions; presented seminars and workshops for organizations, educational institutions, fabric stores and consumer shows; appeared on TV for HGTV's Sew Perfect and Sew Much More, public broadcasting stations and public access TV; and was a writer for Threads Magazine. Judy supported the American Sewing Guild as a speaker at many local, regional and national events and continues to support the group as a longtime member.
Judy served on the local board for the ASG Seattle chapter and on the national board for the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers.
- AA in apparel design from Seattle Central Community College
- BA in Mathematics from Sacramento State College
- Master of Libarianship from the University of Washington
- Distinguished Service Award, 2009, Seattle Chapter ASG
- Sewing Hall of Fame, American Sewing Guild, 2011
Judy and her husband Jim live in Bellevue, Washington where Jim hybridizes rhododendron.
What they say about Judy:
"When Judy Barlup taught at my store, each and every student raved about her class. She is extremely organized, her methods are innovative and her explanations are simple and effective. SIMPLY FABULOUS." Gale Grigg Hazen
The Sewing Place, Saratoga, CA "Judy Barlup is a marvelous teacher - dedicated, knowledgeable, inspired and inspiring." Margaret Islander
Islander Sewing Systems and Islander School of Fashion Arts, Grants Pass, OR "You made it seem like I could do it!" Diane Gleason, Salt Lake City, UT "Japanese Tailoring is the best video made today. I have taken twelve hours of private lessons from a tailor, and have learned more from the video." Elsie Cohen, Los Angeles, CA "After taking your Japanese Tailoring class, my profits increased and my customers noticed a difference." Raquel Jarvill, Custom Clothier and past President of the PACC Puget Sound Chapter, Seattle, WA