Once a month
September - November, January - May 1:30 - 3:30 pm
You've bought your software and used it for awhile. Now it's time to explore some more. Each month will involve new skills and a project that you can complete at home for more practice. Choose 6/8 sessions.
Grace Q'Nique 14+ Event
Jared Cahoon representing the Canadian distributor for The Grace Company will answer all your questions about the products, provide practice time and more. Special pricing will be in effect. See you at 1:30. We are looking forward to seeing you.
One of Floriani's enthusiastic National Education Coordinators, joins us biannually to educate, inform, and entertain. She is a font of knowledge for anything embroidery or quilting. Thread, stabilizers, embroidery and quilting will be covered. You will learn about new products, tricks and solutions to everyday challenges and so much more.
Ruler Work Event
Instructor: Roberta Wynnyk
Roberta Wynnyk from Bernina demonstrated ruler work - an intriguing, popular technique for all quilters. She showed us how easy it is to sew accurate, repeatable designs on any machine. All ruler work accessories were 20% off for those attending.
Ready Made ... Now Home Made
Two evening classes 6 - 9 pm
Your favourite ready made has worn out! You want another just like it! Learn how to make a pattern from that prized wardrobe piece. Get your ruler and tape measure out, sharpen your pencil, and have a blast creating the pattern. At home, whip up the new version of your old treasure.
Four evening classes 6 - 9 pm
Use this Jacquie Berger Design to make your own beautiful, handy dandy tote. You can choose your look- scrappy or a one fabric theme. Quilt the pieces first then assemble. What's in the bag? Everything you need for your next quilting class or retreat, including the mat.
Baby Lock Katherine, Lyric, Soprano, and Crescendo Owner's Class
One evening session 6 - 9 pm
Learn how you and your BabyLock can make beautiful music together. Start with the basics and move through your machine step by step in this hands on class. Become familiar with settings, functions, editing and combining stitch patterns, memory, care and maintenance and so much more.
Learn to Quilt Star Crossed Bed Runner
Three evening sessions 6 - 9 pm
Take this opportunity to join the exciting world of quilting. Learn the basics - fabric preparation, cutting, piecing and more. Create thi unique faux braid runner with simple blocks. Finished size is 30" x 88 1/2".
Quilt and bind your project on your own or with Anne's guidance in a future class called "Complete Your Quilt".
What's In This Bag?
3 evening sessions 6 - 9 pm
What's in this bag? Whatever you want. Our sewing artist, Susanne, has designed an eye catching bag that you can individualize in many, many ways. Use new or repurposed fabric - recycled jeans, quilting, upholstery fabric, corduroy. Take a pocket from a jacket or a shirt. Embellish by machine or by hand. Let your creative self go - the only limit is your imagination. Suitable for intermediate sewers and beyond.
One evening session 6 - 9 pm
Give a cherished item a new life. Take all or parts of the garment(s) to make a pillow cover. It might be a child's favourite blanket, a souvenir T shirt or a piece of clothing from a loved one. The possibilities are endless. Learn techniques to take your treasure from storage to a prominent spot in your home.
Friday 6 - 9 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Instructor: Noreen Nizinkevich Double 'D' Design
Are you dreaming of a winter vacation or summer heat? We're offering a swimsuit class to help you get ready. It can be a challenge to find a swimsuit that fits...if it fits at the bust, it's too tight around the tummy. Or even worse, it's too short through the torso. This class focuses on fit and construction techniques. Once the pattern is fitted you will have a customized pattern that can be used to make style changes or adapt other patterns. You will make one suit in class, either a one piece or a tankini. Noreen has a wonderful selection of top quality designer fabrics from which to make you choice.
You must have completed Boob Camp, the basic bra making class before taking this class and have a bra pattern that fits you currently. If your basic bra pattern no longer fits you, Noreen is available to fit you and get you set for the class.
Pfaff Ambition, Expression and Performance Owner's Class
One evening session 6 - 9 pm
Learn about the many facets of your machine. This hands on class will take you from maintenance through the basics of your machine. You'll have a tour through buttonhole options and learn all the tie on/tie off variations. Combine alphabet and designs, practice with the maxi stitches and try your hand at free motion. Do more than you could imagine. Kathy will take you beyond the book.
Janome Skyline, 8200, 8900 and 9400 Owner's Class
Discover how to make the most of your Janome Skyline, 8200, 8900, or 9400. There are tons of little tricks to learn that will help you utilize your machine better and more efficiently. Included are cleaning and maintenance of your machine, free motion, needle positions, menu function, buttonhole making, button sewing, and much, much more. Let us help you use all the features on your wonderful Janome.
Bernina 7 Series Owner's Class
Congratulations, you've bought a Bernina or maybe you are thinking about it. Now it's time to see what your machine can do. Learn the basics like cleaning and maintenance and how easy it is to navigate the screen. You can adjust everything and we'll show you how. Try the Bernina Stitch Regulator, the built in dual feed system and the stellar Bernina feet. There's much more in store for you so come join us.
Sew Together Bag
One evenng session 6 - 9 pm
Is it time for you to learn to sew? Not sure if it's for you? Do you need help getting started with your sewing machine Christmas present? Take our 3 hour tour and find out how much fun sewing can be and how much you can accomplish in a short time. The project is a lined denim bag. You'll learn a bit about the workings of a sewing machine while sewing this bag and you'll even put in a zipper. No experience necessary. Come for an interesting evening and go home with a denim bag. Your friends will ask you where you got it and you can say "I made it myself". If you have a sewing machine, we recommend you bring it, or you can use our classroom machines.
Sew Together Bag
2 sessions 6 - 9 pm
Come have the pleasure of sewing together. You'll make a clever little bag with three zippered pockets, four open pockets and other features that allow you to hold all your sewing supplies for classes and retreats. It will amaze you how much you can put in this fun and compact bag.
Three 3 hour evenings.
As the weather heats up, you'll be cool in your versatile sheath dress. Simplicity is the appeal of this sleeveless, collarless, semi-fitted classic. Learn how to shape with darts and how to insert an invisible zipper. Choose from our pattern suggestions or pick your own. Dress it up or down and wear it with pride because you made it yourself.
What better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day than by wearing a new dress that you made yourself! You will take a basic shift dress, finish it with couture French seams and bias binding at the neckline and armholes. You can add your own personal touch with design details … maybe pockets, a shirttail hem or a belt. This class is suitable for a novice sewer so if you are comfortable sewing a straight seam on your machine then this class is for you.
Miracles You Can Work: Alterations and Repairs
Are you the person in your home who has to repair and alter clothes? Here is the demonstration and discussion for you. Demonstrations include basic hems both hand and machine, how to shorten sleeves, how to sew on buttons, replacing a zipper in pants, working with stretch fabric and more. Basic theory on how much a garment can be altered will be covered. Bring your questions, paper and pen.
Sit and Stitch Pin Cushion
Make this fabulous project in one evening. There are pockets on both sides of this drapeable organizer. It will keep everything you need close while you finish your hand sewing projects. Learn how to make and apply your own bias binding. Come join Anne for a fun filled evening.
Do you need a small bag for yourself or for a gift? Are there some fabrics in your stash crying out to be used? Come have loads of fun and leave with a terrific little bag.
Tools and Techniques for Quilters
Would you like an introduction to the world of quilting or do you need to sharpen your skills? Sign up for a single class or all three.
Tools and Techniques for Quilters: Beginner's Overview of Tools and Materials
In this demonstration, discussion and hands on class, you will get information on tools required and materials needed for quilting and how to use them. Anne will provide tips on cutters, mats, rulers and templates. You will discuss machine use, feet, needles, thread, fabric and batting choices. You will practice using rotary cutters, mats and rulers and gain an understanding of the importance of machine maintenance. This is the perfect class to get you confidently started on your quilting adventure.
Tools and Techniques for Quilters: Free Motion 1
The piecing has been done ... Now you are ready to quilt your project but you're not sure about free motion quilting. In this class you will learn how to set up your machine. Needle and thread choices will be discussed. You will put a quilt sandwich together then practice free motion until you are a pro.
Tools and Techniques for Quilters: Binding 1
In this hands on class you will prepare 5 different binding samples. Not only will you get practice with the techniques but you will have the examples and instructions to refer to at home. Because precision in measuring and cutting will be emphasized, your work will be top notch.
"Move It, Move It, Move It" Free Motion 2
Let's step it up a bit and do funky flowers, vines, hearts and feathers. You'll build confidence in yourself and in your machine as you practice your moves!
"Over the Edge" Binding 2
Anne will teach you new techniques to add to your binding repertoire. There will be at least four methods including using your backing as the binding. There are many tricks that she will share as well.
Anne's Block Party
Do any quilts have you thinking, "That's beautiful but it's too hard for me."? Make that last thought a thing of the past. Join Anne to learn different block construction techniques.
Week 1 Quick Triangle Squares and Quick Pieced Flying Geese
Week 2 Quick Hour Glass Units and Eight at a Time Triangle Squares
Week 3 Rapid Fire LeMoyne Star and Piecing Curves
Week 4 Windowing Fusible Applique and Banded Rapid Fire LeMoyn Star
Week 5 Scalloped Edges and Star Flake (paper piecing)
Keep the block samples and instructions for future reference. Anne will also discuss supplies and assembly if you are interested in creating a most interesting quilt. Suitable for beginners and beyond.
Sold as a group of five classes. If you are interested in individual classes, please call and we will see if there is room.
When your sewing machine or serger is in need of some TLC, think of us. We service all domestic machines. Our three talented technicians provide exemplary service. They have over 25 years combined experience.
Bring your machine in for a free estimate. Please bring your foot control, electrical cord and bobbin case. Leave your machine threaded and bring a sample of any poor quality stitching to help us diagnose problems. The typical turnaround time is three to five days.
Another option is our SAME DAY service. Call at least three days in advance to book an appointment for your machine.
We also sharpen scissors. Cost is $4.50 per pair.