School of Sewing at Quilts & Other Notions allows you to follow in the footsteps of a group of beginners who shared one goal - to learn to use their sewing machines. Each class begins with easy-to-follow, instructor-lead demonstration for how to use a sewing machine and then progresses through 12 projects over the course of 12 months. Perfect for friends to learn together. You'll be proud to show off or gift these trendy projects, which include a pillowcase, zippered pouch, tote bag, and patchwork quilt, each with optional details for “extra credit.” Don't be nervous! There's no better way to absorb the information than by doing!

What You’ll Learn:

  • sewing machine types, recommendations and how to shop for the machine of your dreams
  • how to make fabric selections and understand color theory
  • how to navigate the fabric store, including interfacing, notions and fabric types
  • what the essential sewing supplies are that will get you started with the right gear
  • how to troubleshoot problems when they occur
  • professional finishing techniques
  • numerous sewing skills, including zippers, ruffles, buttonholes, pleats, binding, sewing a curve and machine quilting
  • how to sew 12 beginner projects, step-by-step and walk out of class with a finished or near complete project
  • tips and advice from fellow beginners in a fun, approachable and relatable way

What you'll make (and learning features):

  • Speedy Pillow Case: French seams, no raw edges exposed, quick to make
  • Lined Draw-String Bag: Boxed corners, easy-to-close drawstring, fully lined
  • Simple Strings Apron: Top-stitching, all-in-one adjustable strings, divided pocket
  • Ruffled Wristlet Key Fob: Gathered ruffle, top-stitching, sturdy interfacing, installation of D-Ring hardware
  • Zippered Pouch: Easy zipper installation, fully-lined, sturdy interfacing, top-stitching
  • Zip It Pillow: Binding, covered zipper, soft interfacing, removable and washable cover
  • Carry-All Clutch: Sewn curves, hook and loop tape, zipper closure, sturdy interfacing, attached key fob
  • Tech Case: Sew a curve, button holes, sew a button (by machine!) custom pockets, protective padding
  • Essential Tote Bag: Top-stitching, boxed corners, interior pockets, strap options and installation, pieced-fabrics
  • Pleated Purse: Installation of magnetic snaps, pleats, zippered interior pocket, boxed corners, top-stitching
  • Set the Table Place Mats: machine quilting, hand-sewn binding, pin basting, batting
  • My First Quilt: matching seams, pieced half-square triangles, machine quilting, hand-sewn binding

What You Need:

  • A sewing machine in good working order 
  • Presser feet (typically comes with your machine): All purpose/zig zag foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot
  • Nice to have (but totally not required): Ditch or edgestitch foot, quarter inch foot, walking foot

What You'll Recieve:

  • Small group instruction and hands-on experience
  • Materials to complete all 12 projects
  • A complete basic tool set to continue your sewing or quilting journey
  • The confidence and satisfaction of creating something beautiful and useful

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $75 a month for 12 months (which includes all supplies and tools)
  • A $150 deposit will required at the time of registration. We accept cash, check, cards and gift cards! Mother's day is coming up, this would make a great gift!
  • Students will be billed monthly. All payments will be expected prior to the start of class each month. Automatic billing via credit or debit card is also available.

The Fine Print

  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Class will meet the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10am to 4pm, beginning August 20, 2017
  • School of Sewing will begin August 2017 and conclude July 15, 2018
  • School of Sewing is currently limited to eight students
  • Registration is based on a "first come, first serve" basis
  • To reserve a space, a non-refundable deposit of $150 will be required (and applied toward your "tuition"). 
  • Monthly billing of $75 will begin September 15, on the 15th of each month for ten (10) months. Students will make final payment on June 15, 2018.
  • If you have to miss a class, you will receive printed instructions and class materials to complete your project at home. Guidance will always be available.
  • If you can not continue for whatever reason, your deposit and paid monthly tuition paid to that point for classes attended are non-refundable.


To register, follow THIS LINK to make your tuition deposit. 

*All curriculum and patterns designed by Shea Henderson of the Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio and author of School of Sewing.
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