Frequently Asked Questions
Will my kids get help? Yes of course! Materials and assistance are included in the cost of your studio time. We assume ALL students will require help and that’s what we’re here for! Our expert staff circulates the room to assist students as they progress through the steps of their projects.
My child [or I] am brand new, never touched a sewing machine, how does that work? Whether you’re brand new or more experienced you can still drop in for Open Studio or schedule a Camp Program for a time that is convenient for you. When you arrive we will start working with you at your level. For brand new students this means we sit down with you one-on-one and teach you how to thread a sewing machine, practice sewing straight lines, and turning corners, and then you will learn to apply those skills to create a simple patchwork pillow [yes you can take your pillow home with you]. Please allow 2 hours for a first lesson.
What do I need to bring to my class? Nothing! If you or your child are sewing for longer than three hours we recommend bringing a snack or money for our vending machine (all items cost $1). You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine, fabric, and ideas but it is not necessary to bring anything other than enthusiasm!
Is it true you have a dog? Yes! Chester, our little 8lb Bichon Frise works with us at the studio most days. He is super friendly and sweet, doesn’t bite, and is hypoallergenic. This little ball of fluff is a great way for kids with dog phobias to have some exposure to a gentle dog.
How long is a class, I only have an hour is that enough time? Two hours is recommended but we will tailor the class to meet your schedule. However, an hour or less of time isn’t usually enough time to complete an entire project. We have convenient storage for incomplete projects so you or your child can work through a project over the course of several days. More advanced projects will take longer than two hours.
Is this a sewing machine or hand sewing class? Sewing machine! We teach a few hand sewing techniques for finishing a project but all students will sew a majority of their projects by machine.
Is it safe? We pride ourselves in teaching sewing skills as safely as possible. That being said this is an active sewing studio with adult sewing tools. The sewing machines we teach on are great for kids because they have many safety features built in. Still, minor injuries like poking a finger with a pin or burning a finger on the low-temp glue gun or iron are part of learning how to use these tools. We have first aid supplies for dealing with these types of minor injuries and have never had an injury that was serious enough to require professional care.
Is it drop off? Yes! Most parents choose to drop off and take advantage of the opportunity to run errands. If you choose to stay we have a lounge with free wifi access. Sitting next to your child observing their lesson is allowed but discouraged. We have found that kids are much more successful and have more fun when they are allowed some space to explore and learn. If you are sharing the sewing lesson with your child we recommend focusing on your own project to avoid micromanaging their learning experience.
What will I or my child learn to make? We have tons of in-house projects to choose from at every skill level! Brand new students all start with the patchwork pillow [level 1] and then progress through our difficulty levels at their own pace. Outside projects are also encouraged for those students who already have a grasp on the basics. Click here to check out some of our project examples!