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About the Author

Hi! I’m Debbie Garbers, a garment designer and teacher with a special interest in embellishment, textures, fibers, and colors. I believe art-to-wear clothing should enhance the wearer and satisfy the creative sewer. I taught classes and designed patterns so the average sewer can enjoy creating her own artful garments and accessories.

Before starting a family, I had a vest in the book Embellishing Concepts in Sulky, and a five-piece ensemble in the 1995 American Quilter’s Society Fashion Show and vests in the ‘94 and ‘95 Hoffman Challenge clothing exhibit. I also had ensembles in several major exhibitions, such as the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza and the Pacific International Festival. I was twice invited to participate in the Fairfield Fashion Show.

I started the research for Point Well Taken to satisfy my curiosity. Initially, my goal was to produce a chart matching needles and threads to fabrics. The idea for my book actually came from students several years later. Point Well Taken was an instant best-seller, garnering praise from all corners of the sewing and quilting community, both from professionals and supportive readers.

After six years of traveling and teaching sewing, I started a new adventure. I now have three children in elementary and middle school. After waiting so long to have children, nothing is more important to me than to spend time with them. The adventure continues as we homeschool and travel in our pop-up camper whenever we can.