Marine Fabricators Association Southeast Regional Workshop Offers Beneficial Education

Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Southeast Regional Workshop was a hit with attendees and exhibitors gaining new knowledge from beneficial educational sessions. The workshop was held in Southern Stitch Canvas & Upholstery LLC’s marine shop, on Oct. 25–26, in Gulfport, Miss., USA.

Hands-on education sessions included a step-by-step process of digital patterning software and demonstration of upholstery on a cutting table taught by Southern Stitch Canvas & Upholstery LLC’s shop owner Steve Wayne. Richard Givens, George Givens & Sons, shared his extensive knowledge of sewing machine maintenance and used a large wooden needle prop to explain various parts of a needle and the importance of changing needles regularly. Industrial Fabrics Association (IFAI) member Kathryn Maisto provided techniques for roll cushion and member Keith Purves, MFC, showed off his sewing skills while demoing how to sew on a U-zipper. Attendees also had time to network and meet up with the table top suppliers to learn about new products and services.

Both attendees and exhibitors reported that they enjoyed the hands-on educational content and equipment demonstrations.

The event was catered by Naomi’s Catering who kindly gave all the leftovers to local the Gulfport Fire Department, Gulfport Police Department and the Orange Grove Volunteer Fire Department Canal Road Station.

Register Today for Marine Fabricators Association Great Lakes Regional Workshop

Registration is open for this educational training close to home. Attendees learn hands-on marine fabrication education in a shop setting. This workshop takes place Nov. 1–2, 2019 at Marine Tops Unlimited Inc.’s shop in Omro, Wis., USA. Learn more here

Save the Date for Marine Fabricators Conference 2020

Mark your calendar now. Marine Fabricators Conference 2020 will be held at The Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla. USA, on Jan. 9–11, 2020. For more information, visit

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), provides resources and programs for marine fabricators and establishes standards of excellence for business practices, products and craftsmanship. MFA works to establish and maintain an identity for marine fabricators, representing nearly 300 member companies. It is the only trade association dedicated to assisting marine fabrication industry professionals with their businesses. Projects and activities include sponsoring regional workshops and the annual Marine Fabricators Conference.

 Industrial Fabrics Association International is a member-owned, member-driven trade association representing the global industrial fabrics industry since 1912. IFAI invests more than USD 8 million each year to advance the industry and support member companies. IFAI provides members with relevant information, sourcing solutions and networking opportunities to sustain and grow their business. For more information visit