When Haywood Community College Continuing Education upholstery classes resume this fall, there will be several new additions to the program. These additions include an embroidery machine, quilting machine, and an industrial serger. These new machines will offer many more possibilities for students.

The embroidery machine will enable participants to monogram and embroider pieces. The quilting machine will allow for large pieces such as bedspreads and quilt tops to be quilted and the industrial overlock serger trims and finishes raw edges, makes t-shirt seams, ruffles, and multiple decorative stitches. The program also has a foam shredder and 12 sewing machines.

Upholstery instructor Lani Hendrix has taught upholstery for the college for over 25 years. She first came to HCC as an upholstery student. "I love to take something beat up and make it look new," she said. "Sometimes customers can't believe it. It's rewarding to see their faces."

Hendrix began her history at HCC as a student at Patton School. She has taught for over 25 years. She also has a shop at her home in Allens Creek.

The upholstery class at HCC encourages students to begin on a simple project and progress to more complicated projects. Hendrix works on a one-on-one basis at students' individual paces.

Beginning in September, classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Evening classes will be offered from 6 until 9 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. Interested participants are encouraged to visit classes that are continuing through August 28 on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call 565-4243.

Pictured in back left to right are Rinda Green, HCC Coordinator of Corporate and Community Education and Lani Hendrix, HCC Upholstery Instructor. Front left to right: Debi Easterday, HCC assistant instructor, Robin Culbertson of Asheville Cotton Co.; and Kate Brown, HCC sewing instructor. Culbertson is demonstrating the many features of the school's new industrial overlock serger.

Projects like this embroidered denim pocketbook can now be taught on HCC Continuing Education's new embroidery machine.