I am blessed and honored to have been able to have known Margarita and have been able to benefit from the great gift of sewing which she loved to share with others. Much of my time with her came as a result of the classes and friendship that she shared with my Mother (Carma Reiss)over many years. My Mother is a very gifted seamstress, but from my Mother, I learned how magnificently gifted Margarita was with fabrics and sewing, and not just sewing, but with making adjustments to any pattern so that a garment would fit perfectly. I am truly honored to have had my wedding dress made by such a tremendously kind and talented woman as Margarita. I am also blessed to have benefited from sewing and serger classes taught by her that I took at MCC and her studios. She is that rare kind of person that brings a smile to your face just to think of her. She truly was a fine lady.
I offer my deepest sympathy to Margarita's family. A great woman like her will be so truly missed and never forgotten. Con un gran abrazo,
How to say how much she will be missed? She was a treasure to all who knew her. To watch her interact with so many different people and situations and mostly her sweet Luis was a life lesson. She surely taught more than sewing classes. Personalities like hers come few and far between. I will miss her so much that even after she was gone I was wanting her help with my serger - even the machines loved her. If you had a machine problem, she would just sit down at it and it would work correctly. I feel so blessed to have known her and loved her. May she rest in eternal peace and know I'll see her again. All my love
Margarita . . . a few words I connect with her: Family, friends, fabric, machines, tools and tricks (to make life easier when sewing). We met because we happened to share a table in a serger class which Kay Nichols was teaching at Sally's Fabrics. It was early in the '90's and only the beginning of Margarita's sharing with me.
Initially, Margarita taught classes at several fabric stores in Tempe and Mesa. She would tote a sewing machine, serger, and various rulers for drafting or adjusting patterns to each location. A friend and I took clothing construction and serger classes at Rio Salado in Mesa from Margarita. Later she taught at Scottsdale Community College, and ultimately at Mesa Community. She opened her own studio at Falcon Field. After that studio closed, she had studios in Scottsdale and in her Tempe home. (And I followed her for classes.)
She taught serger, fitting, lingerie, clothing construction, tailoring, and home decorating items. She did many preemie sewing days for the Sewing Guild. For a field trip, we students would go with her to Tolleson to purchase lingerie fabrics.
She was so very gifted with her hands and knowledge of "how-to." Margarita freely gave of her talents to her students. She used to joke that she had enough patience to repeat instructions "at least four times." Once in a while we would hear her exclaim, "Aye yigh yigh!" Students laughed, knowing she'd discovered a BIG problem with someone's garment.
Margarita was not only my teacher. She became my friend. Her laughter always made me smile. She was the finest of ladies. I shall miss her tremendously, but I've been enriched to have had her in my life.
Thank you to everyone who attended the service. It meant alot to the family. This guest book will be open for a long time so feel free to post whenever you like. Also feel free to see all the pictures.
Such a loving & lovely woman who will truly be missed. She's with the great seamstress is the sky, mending angel's wings so they can fly! Much love from the Blackburns