Sewing Classes

Dear Sewing Friends;

This has been such an exciting summer with my new little Grandson coming 3 weeks early. My Daughter had a beautiful baby Boy, Rowan James, 5 lbs,15 oz., Born May 18. He is doing really well and we are on cloud nine. Thank you to all our customers for your well wishes on his arrival!

More exciting news, the class room is getting a facelift this month.  We will be painting and getting new flooring in the classroom, hallway and quilt room.  We are super excited and hope this will make your stay in the classroom more enjoyable.

Summer has been busy for the classroom. We had several weeks of Beginner and Advanced Sewing camps this summer.  The skills these girls learned this summer are priceless and they are always so incredibly proud of themselves for creating such beautiful projects.  Hats off to Francine for being the most patient teacher on the planet!

We are happy to have Liz Dicrescenzo back for the Fall season. She is an enormously talented sewer, quilter and bag maker.  She will be adding several new projects this spring.  Welcome back Liz, we are so happy to have you on board.

You can drop by the store or call in your registrations over the phone.  Hope to see you in the class room! Happy Sewing, Liz

Register in person or register over the phone with a credit card.
(519) 351-7693

Registration Starts Tuesday, September 4th

Click here for the current class calendar.

Meet the Teachers:

 Liz Badiuk

Sewing has been a huge part of my life since I was 16 years old. In 1983, I went into the sewing business and never looked back.  I have been teaching since 1988 and have found it to be the most rewarding part of my job.  The last fifteen years of my teaching career, I have really branched out, obtaining many certifications and training throughout Canada and the US.  I have obtained my Serger Heirloom certification, Omni Grid Certification, as well; I have trained with some of the top sewing celebrities such as Nancy Zieman, Martha Pullen, Eleanor Burns and the most amazing education team from the Babylock Sewing Machine Company.  Training at this facility is top notch and allows me to bring back some of the best sewing techniques ever.  This year, I am proud to say that I have been a part of the sewing industry for 33 years buying, selling, and teaching.  I love to make the class room fun and can guarantee to teach you something new with each class. I teach all genres of sewing but my specialty is in Serging, Embroidery and Apparel Wear.

 

 Francine De Meyer

Francine’s first love is fabric. She learned to sew as a young teen and also learned other hand crafts such as embroidery, needlepoint and crochet.   During the late 1980’s, she took design and textile courses at Ontario College of Art and continued to pursue learning new sewing techniques by attending the Creative Festival in Toronto over a period of 15 years.  Now she would like to share her knowledge with others. She hopes to make sewing fun for everyone.

Liz Dicrescenzo

I began sewing when I was 12 years old and have never stopped. Over the years I have taken many courses and when I retired from teaching high school, I got interested in (maybe fascinated with might be a better word) quilting and bag/purse making. I am a member of our local quilt guild and have taught a couple of workshops for them.  Doing the workshops reminded me how much I enjoy teaching and sharing what I have learned.

Registration

Registration starts Tuesday, Sept 4th

Registration Policy:

  • Payment in full is required at the time of registration to guarantee your seat in class
  • Gift Certificates can be used for supplies but not for class fees
  • All supply sheets will be distributed upon registration
  • Please be available to attend class as fees cannot be refunded or transferred unless the class is cancelled by us.
  • Minimum number of students is required for a class to run.
  • We appreciate that you purchase the supplies at our store so we can assure you are purchasing the proper products for your project, and to thank you we will give you 20% off all fabrics and 10% off all notions purchased.
  • All Classes are subject to HST
  • The class room is a perfume free environment as I am highly sensitive to fragrance

 

Quilting


falling-leaves-coverartFalling Leaf Rail Quilt-All you need is a dash of color and a pinch of patience to make this quick and easy lap quilt. This quilt goes together quickly; using beginner-friendly Rail Fence and Maple Leaf blocks, and is perfect to snuggle under on cool evenings.  This class is geared toward beginner quilters and all quilt enthusiasts.

 

4 Sessions, Tuesday, November 6,13,20,27   10-2

$90.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructor: Liz Dicrescenzo

images6SYCX4EDQuick Curve Christmas Trees: Learn to cut and sew curves like a pro!  The Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful is the ruler to make that happen. It is a great pre-requisite class for anyone who wants to make a quilt with curves.  And no pins needed!  The ruler is required for the class and we will have them in stock so you can buy them at a discounted price. Make this classy Christmas tree runner as your practice for mastering curves and be ready for the Holiday season.

2 Sessions, Monday, November 19 & 26,  10-2

$50.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructor: Liz Dicrescenzo

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Folded Dresden Plate Runner- Here is a new twist on a traditional quilt block. This Dresden plate shines with such intricate style yet you will be amazed how easy it is, giving this a whole new modern twist.  We will be making this into a runner but the possibilities are endless from pillows to quilts and bags.

2 Sessions, Monday, Sept 24 & Oct 1st   10-2

$50.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructor: Liz Dicrescenzo

 

stippling

Stippling workshop-Ok, the quilt top is done, now what! Where and how do you start? Learn how to transform that pieced quilt top into a masterpiece of free motion quilting and learn the basic methods of free motion quilting.  This is a sample only class where you will learn stippling, vines, stones, waves, feathers and more.  Join us for this workshop and get on the path of free motion quilting with confidence.

1 Session, Tuesday, October 9, 10-4

$50.00 Plus HST ($20.00 Kit fee on the day of class),

Instructor: Liz Dicrescenzo

 

   Embroidery

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Sensational Table Center- This is a great table centre piece using appliqued blocks made in the hoop with your embroidery machine. This is easily done in as little as a 5×7” hoop but if you have a larger hoop you can create a larger size.

2 Sessions, Tuesday, October 23 & 30, 10-2

$60.00 Plus HST and Supplies (includes Design)

Instructor: Liz Badiuk


 

Serging

sergerSerger workshop– This is an action packed day where you will gain the confidence to do all those things you know your serger is able to do but have never had the nerve to try on your own. A workbook is provided so all your work can be logged for future reference.  If you have a serger, then this class is definitely a must for you.

1 session Wednesday, October 3rd, 10-3

$50.00 Plus HST ( $20.00 Kit fee on the day of class)

Instructor:Liz Badiuk

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T-Shirt Workshop-This is a great opportunity to use your serger and learn to make a t-shirt. Learn how to put ribbing on properly and tricks for handling difficult knits.  Hemming with a twin needle on a sewing machine will be demoed so you can use this skill at home to finish your project.

1 session, Wednesday, Oct 17th, 10-4

$ 50.00 Plus HST and Supplies,

Instructor: Liz Badiuk

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Serger Quilt-Did you know you can quilt with your serger? As well use all those fancy edges to add pizzazz to your project.  This class will feature lace insertion, pin tucks, faux piping, puffing strips all while using a “Quilt as you Go” technique.  It might sound intimidating but with your Imagine serger you will breeze through this project while learning so much.

3 sessions, Wednesday, November 14,21,28, 10-2

$60.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructir: Liz Badiuk

 

 

Sewing

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Ellen’s Esplanade Bag– This Bag is the perfect day project or a great design to Sew for yourself or whip up and give as a gift! It features two handy exterior side slip pockets for phone and keys with the main compartment closing with a recessed zipper. Inside you will find a spacious interior which includes a zipper pocket. Finished size: Approx. 38cm W (at the top recessed zipper) X 29cm H X 14cm D. Make your bag from all fabrics or a combination of fabric and vinyl or pleather.

1 Session, Wednesday, November 7, 9:30-4

$50.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructor: Liz Dicrescenzo

 

Beginner Sewing Series

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Lounge Pants – Beginner 1

This class is designed for people with little or no sewing experience. In this class we learn how to read a pattern, layout, cutting, and constructing a pair of lounge pants or shorts.

1 session, Saturday, October 13, 10-4

$50.00 plus HST and supplies

Instructor: Francine DeMeyer

 

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Beginner Decorator Pillow– Never pay the high retail price for a decorator pillow again.  This class will teach you how easy it is  to measure, cut and sew a decorator pillow as well as show you how to insert a zipper for easy decorating changes.  This class is designed for sewing levels from beginner to intermediate.  No prior sewing experience necessary.

1 Session, Saturday, October 27, 10-4pm

$50.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructor: Francine DeMeyer

 

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Produce and shopping bags-Imagine yourself in the grocery store picking out the perfect collection of organic apples. You look around, only to discover that you have no option other than to put your fruit into a plastic bag. Not only are they thin and easily torn, they expose your food to the dangers of plastic and have a negative impact on the environment. This class is a fun way to help that dilemma while learning some great sewing skills. You will also make a matching shopping bag to bag your groceries with…so a double way to save the environment!!

1 session, Saturday, November 10th, 10-4

$50.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructor: Francine De Meyer     

 

Big Block Quilt Big Block Lap Quilt

Be the envy of all your friends when you show them this great quilt that was “Made by You” This class will focus on an introduction to using a rotary cutter and ruler as well as an introduction to ¼” seam allowance used in quilting.

1 session, Saturday, December 1, 10-4pm

$50.00 plus HST and supplies,

Instructor: Francine De Meyer

 

 

Kids Sewing Classes

lounge2Kid’s Flannel Lounge Pants- A great class designed for kids who want to learn to sew clothes. We will concentrate on how to lay out a pattern, pinning and make a pair of flannel lounge pants. Sewing machines will be supplied but there are a few supplies you will need for this class. We will be teaching this class in three afterschool sessions.

 

3 Sessions, Thursday, October 11,18&25, 4-6:30

$   50.00    Plus HST and supplies.

Instructor: Francine De Meyer

 

House coat

 

Cozy House Coat – Just in time for the colder months.  In this class you will be instructed on how to make a flannel house coat and for those who take the lounge pant class, you can make a house coat to match your flannel pants.

3 sessions, Thursday, November 8,15&22, 4-6:30

$50.00 Plus HST and supplies.

Instructor: Francine De Meyer

 


sweatshirt

Sweatshirt–  There is nothing more comfortable than a cozy sweatshirt.  This class will built your skills sewing on firm knits, sewing in sleeves and a hood.  This is a great follow up to the sewing loungewear series (lounge pant and robe) or for those with sewing experience in past classes.

3 sessions, Thursday, November 29, December6&13, 4-6:30

$50.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructor: Francine De Meyer

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Christmas Stocking- A perfect place for Santa to leave gifts for you! In this class you will piece fabric together and embroider your name on the stocking.  This class includes a kit fee for the project.

1 session Friday, PA Day, November 23 10-4

$65.00 Plus HST and supplies.

Instructor: Francine De Meyer