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Welcome! We're glad you found us! Please keep on reading for more information on how our classes work. If this doesn't answer your questions, be sure to check out our FAQ or email us!

 

FALL REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN JULY!

ADULT CLASSES

I want to start sewing:

You have two options...

Adult Sewing Machine 101

This is a one-time class that meets for 2.5 hours. It assumes you have ZERO experience with a sewing machine. We discuss the knobs and dials, how to wind bobbins and thread machines, basic sewing steps, choosing needles and threads, adjusting tension, and practice by sewing a drawstring bag.

Even students with basic sewing machine experience or who are returning to sewing after a break have found this class to fill in some gaps in their sewing knowledge.

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Sewing Foundations

This is a 6-8 week course (depending on the time of year it is offered). We cover everything taught in Sewing Machine 101 and then work through a series of skill-building projects that will grow your confidence with the sewing machine and your understanding of sewing concepts. This class can be taken over and over again, with new projects and challenges available each time.

During the academic year, we offer this class several times throughout the week in morning, early afternoon, and evening sessions. Registration for the fall session opens at the end of July, for the winter session in mid-November, and for the spring session at the end of February.

I want to make clothes, quilts or bags...

You have two options...

1. Open Workshops

Open Workshops are 2-hour group classes where you can work on your desired project with an instructor's help. You sign up for the classes you want and bring your project materials. We are happy to guide you on good projects if you need them. Open Workshops are unsuitable for garment alterations or fitting beyond basic hemming or adjustments. If you know you'll book several Open Workshops, check out our class packages.

If you're not purchasing with a package, click "Pay Now" under Payment Options.

2. Foundations series

For all these series, you will have the most success if you have some sewing experience, either from your own projects or through Sewing Foundations.

Garment Foundations

This is an eight-week course. The first time you take Garment Foundations, you will learn about choosing fabric, taking measurements, adjusting patterns for basic alterations like length, and sewing with knit and woven fabric while making a pair of pajama pants and a knit T-shirt. Our patterns are designed to fit all body types and genders, but if you have a specific concern, do not hesitate to reach out to us before class.

Once you have taken Garment Foundations for the first time, you can join us again for more advanced projects to keep learning new skills!

If you feel you have the knowledge covered in Garment Foundations and want to move on to more advanced projects, don't hesitate to contact us before registering.

We are confirming our fall schedule now. Registration for the fall session opens at the end of July, for the winter session in mid-November, and spring session at the end of February.

Quilting Foundations

This is an 8 week course. The first time you take Quilting Foundations, you will learn to select fabrics and work through a half-square triangle quilt. You must complete work at home between classes to stay on schedule.

When you enroll in Quilting Foundations a second or third time, you are welcome to make a sampler quilt with our patterns, work on a t-shirt quilt, or bring in a quilt pattern of your choosing!

This class is offered on Monday evenings during the academic year. If you are looking for a daytime option, please contact us, as it can also be completed during a Sewing Foundations series.

Bagmaking Foundations

We no longer offer Bagmaking Foundations as a stand-alone class, but you can complete the series during a Sewing Foundations class.

I want a one-time workshop...

For a one-time workshop check out our Open Workshops.

We also offer a rotating schedule of technique based workshops. In the past these have included English Paper piecing, Foundation Paper Piecing, Sewing Curves, Monoprinting, Hand Applique, Sashiko stitching, Swiss Darning, Zipper Techniques, and Seam Finishes.

KIDS CLASSES

When and where to start...

Kids group classes begin at age 8. All kids must take Kid Sewing Machine 101 before attending after school classes, project workshops, and most camps. Some exceptions will be made if students have experience sewing on their own, but we prefer they take our 101 so they are familiar with our machines and our method of teaching sewing.

Kid Sewing Machine 101 is a 2 hour class that is typically offered once or twice a month on Saturdays. At the very beginning of summer and the very beginning of the school year we offer an after school class as well. Kids will learn how to adjust the settings, wind a bobbin, thread a machine and basic sewing skills before sewing a patchwork pillow.

One-time classes...

For a one-time class, we offer our Project Workshops. These are 2 hour classes where all students are sewing the same project. Project workshops are typically offered a couple of times each month on Saturdays. If the project workshop you want is sold out, reach out to us to be added to a waitlist. We often use our waitlists during registration.

Weekly classes...

Our after school classes meet once a week for 1hr and 15 minutes. We offer a kids class for ages 8 years old- 5th grade and a teen class for ages 6th grade- 12th grade. There is a session in the fall, winter and spring. Registration for the entire year opens in July with early registration available for last year's students. You can register for a full year to receive a discount.

The class schedule:

Kids class- Wednesdays from 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Kids class- Thursdays from 4pm - 5:15pm

Teen class- Wednesdays from 5pm - 6:15pm

Teen class- Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:45pm

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