- Black and white thread will be provided, but feel free to bring any other thread that you need for your project.
- Machines are always available, including the bobbins. You are more than welcome to bring your own machine for any reason, especially if you'd like guidance on it's use.
- Universal sewing machine needles will be provided in sizes 60-100 (7-16). If you need a specialty needle, you'll need to bring it along.
- Tape measures, scissors, seam rippers, tracing wheels, tracing paper, chalk, pattern paper...
- Required patterns for classes are also now provided.
I am very happy to update my answer to this question. We are finally able to provide the standard tools and notions for our students.
Nurses - Learn to sew your own scrubs! You can save money while creating the unique look and functionality you want. Mend or improve your existing scrubs. Not enough pockets? Sew on some more!
Soldiers - How much money do you spend paying someone else to mend your uniforms and sew on patches? We can teach you to easily change out your patches and replace your worn out Velcro yourself. Save even more money with our military discount!
Private lessons are a great alternative if you need more scheduling freedom or get a little shy while you're stretching your creative wings. Benefits of private lessons include:
In regards to pricing - private lessons cost more than group lessons; however, there are several ways to bring the cost down. I offer discounts for police, fire, rescue, military, and their spouses.
The most popular option is to invite a friend or family member to share your course. You can still customize your schedule, as long as everyone can agree upon the same schedule; and I can bring the price per person down to the group rate.
I am an Army Wife. And as an army wife and small business owner, I would love to show my appreciation to the special, dedicated people that keep us safe everyday. I am also extending my gratitude to the spouses that keep everything else together, allowing their beloved to get the job done.
20% discount on all classes for Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and Military.
Discounts cannot be combined with other offers and does not apply to supply kit or other merchandise purchases.
Rather than reinventing the wheel, I would like to direct you to a page from a school in Austin that I think is already an excellent source when looking to buy your first machine: http://www.stitchlab.biz/sewing_machine_recs.html.
My nutshell advice:
1. Cheap. On price, not quality. Find used, refurbished, or last year’s model. Buying new isn’t really worth it at the very beginning. But, make sure that any investment in a machine is worth it by taking it for a test drive. Taking your own needle, thread & fabric scrap to see a craigslist machine is totally worth it if it turns out to be a lemon. Don’t forget to read the reviews and compare prices. Amazon.com is an excellent source for consumer reviews, even if you’re not purchasing online.
2. Basics. Unless embroidery and quilting are your main prerogatives when hunting for a machine, you will generally only need a zigzag machine with a needle that can move left, right and center; controls for adjusting both the length and width separately; a free arm; and a bright lamp.
3. Vintage or New? This is a very common debate, from beginner to pro. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter to anyone but the user. Whatever you feel most comfortable with is the right choice for you. Also, I have found that there are machines on the Naughty List that work wonderfully for some people and machines on the Nice List that some people hate to work with.
In summary: No one’s opinion matters as much as yours and, like your first car, you’ll often learn more from a beater than a brand new BMW.
It is highly recommended that you bring your own sewing machine to the class. The most important reason to bring your own machine to class is to get used to working with and adjusting your own machine while there is professional help available.
If you do not already own a sewing machine, or cannot bring yours to class for any reason, we have several machines available for use.
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