Q: Where are you located?
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: 134 West 29th Street, Suite 804 New York, NY
The Sewing Studio is located between 6th and 7th Avenues, minutes from the 1, 2, 3, B, D, F, M, N, R & Q trains.
A: We offer classes pretty much every day of the week. Check out our class page to find the class days and times that are best for you. If you're looking to pop by the studio to check out the space, ask us questions, or to say hello, we're at our studio every weekday from 2 - 6 p.m. for drop-ins
Q: How do I reach someone if I have more questions?
A:You can give us a call at 646-961-4747, or email us at email@example.com.
Q: What are the qualifications of your instructors?
A:We believe in providing our students with the best instructors around. Each instructor at The Sewing Studio has a contagious passion for sewing, an extensive sewing background (many have been sewing since they were in elementary school!), and most of our instructors have studied with the top fashion design programs in the country. Our instructors all work (or have worked) as professional seamstresses, excelling in fashion and/or home décor. We've put them through an intensive two-month training program, and they're all blessed with incredible patience. Did we mention they love sewing? To us—and to our students—that's key!
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ABOUT OUR CLASSES
Q: How many people are in a class?
A: It’s pretty hard to sew without elbow room, right? That’s why we keep our classes to a maximum of eight students. You’ll enjoy the intimate setting of a small class, plus more one-on-one time with your instructor.
Q: How long are the classes?
A: Most of our classes are two hours in length, and programs run anywhere from one day to eight weeks. Check out each class page for the specific duration and class length.
Q: What is the age range of your students?
A: Our kid and teen classes are filled with (you guessed it) kids and teens. But our other classes see a wide variety of students, and there are no age restrictions for classes at The Sewing Studio. Most of our students who sign up for Introductory Sewing are between the ages of 25 and 40, but there are a lot of younger students who succeed in the program as well as more mature students.
Q: What is your class cancellation policy?
A:If you are unable to attend the class in which you are enrolled, you must let us know at least 7 days before the class’ scheduled start date. At that point, you can either have your deposit sent back to you (less a $50 administration fee), or you can put the full deposit amount toward another class or session. If you register for a class or program within one week of the scheduled start date, or if you cancel your attendance within one week of the start date, no portion of your deposit will be returned to you.
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CHOOSING A CLASS
Q: I've never touched a sewing machine before. What class is best for me?
A: Introductory Sewing is our most popular beginner program. Introductory Sewing is the first course that The Sewing Studio offered back in 2004. It remains our most popular, and our most comprehensive course. You'll learn sewing machine basics, numerous stitches and seam finishes, and fabric fundamentals. Plus, you'll learn to read and work with a commercial pattern. Your final project for the course is a custom skirt made by you! If eight weeks of in-depth sewing seems daunting, try one of our Quick Start programs—they're only four weeks long.
Q: How do I know if I should take Introductory Sewing or Quick Start?
A: If you want to learn to follow a pattern, and if you're looking for a thorough, comprehensive sewing program that will give you the skills and knowledge to sew any project on your own at home, we recommend signing up for Introductory Sewing. If you're looking to learn the basics, make projects right away, and feel comfortable working on a sewing machine, choose Quick Start.
Still don't know? If you're not sure that sewing's for you, try our shorter program, Quick Start. If (read: when!) you fall in love with needle and thread, you can then take Introductory Sewing to build your sewing foundation. On the flip side, if you start with Introductory Sewing, but don't feel you're ready for an intermediate course right after, sign up for Quick Start to solidify your skills and build your confidence on the sewing machine.
Q: I've sewn before, so I don't consider myself an absolute beginner. Which courses are suitable?
A: Because we're fanatics about the intricacies of sewing and the proper technical way of doing things, even if you've sewn before in the past, we recommend taking one of our beginner classes, Introductory Sewing or Quick Start. You'll brush up on your skills, refine sewing details, learn a LOT (our instructors are extremely knowledgeable and amazing sources of tips and tricks), and you'll definitely notice an improvement in your sewing and in the look and finish of your final projects. Introductory Sewing is a prerequisite for most of our intermediate and advanced classes. If you just want a quick refresher, Quick Start is a good course for you.
Q: I've taken (or am taking) Introductory Sewing and I want to keep learning. What do you suggest as a next step?
A: The studio is your sewing-oyster! Oh the places you will go! You can take one of our challenging intermediate courses like Party Dress, All About Alterations or Copy Your Clothes. And if you are looking for the step between beginner and challenging intermediate courses try our Introductory Sewing 2 class. It is like an extra step to help build confidence!
Q: I want to sign up for one of your intermediate programs, but I haven't taken the prerequisite Introductory Sewing or Quick Start. Can I still sign up?
A: That depends. Can you thread any sewing machine and load a bobbin with ease? Have a read through the course outline of the prerequisite program(s). If the course content is second nature to you, then you can probably skip ahead to our intermediate programs. Keep in mind you need to feel comfortable working independently with fabric grain, patterns, zippers, etc. Ask us if you're not sure how your skills measure up.
Q: I’m not interested in fashion, but I do want to sew! I want to learn pillows, curtains, and all that fun home stuff.
A:While we are definitely your haute spot when it comes to learning how to sew a one-of-a-kind skirt, we can also help you learn how to sew home decor. While we don’t have a specific home decor class you will be able to transfer your sewing skills from our other classes to home decor items. I would suggest our Quick Start class! We can also help you in private lessons if home decor is strictly what you would like to learn.
Q: Can I take Introductory Sewing and another class at the same time?
A:While we believe it's best to focus on Introductory Sewing when you're starting out, you can easily sign up for Feature Courses, Feature Workshops, or another beginner class without feeling behind or lost. We do not recommend taking Introductory Sewing and an intermediate class in the same session.
Q: I need help with my portfolio for my post-secondary applications. Can you help me out with that?
A: Sure thing. We’ve got Fashion School Registration!! This intensive course is for all fashion-savvy teens who want to get into fashion school. Learn to sew and do fashion illustration, create two portfolio-ready garments, and get the scoop on what makes a standout application. In this course, you’ll prep for studying fashion by completing two garments for your best fashion school application.
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REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT
Q: How do I register?
A: We do all of our registrations online. Simply click “register” next to the day/time of the class you would like to join. Then just follow the steps to completing your registration and payment. It’s that simple! We will then send you a welcome letter email closer to the date of your class. This welcome letter will contain more info about us, the class, and what is needed for your first day of class so be sure to read it carefully
Q: How soon can I register?
A: Once you see a class up on the schedule, it's fair game to register. Word to the wise: Do it ASAP! Our sewing classes are POP-U-LAR. Don't let someone else get your spot.
Q: How do I know if I'm registered for a class?
A: Right after you submit your payment you will receive an email confirming the payment. Then, closer to the date of your class we send out welcome letter emails. This welcome letter will contain more info about us, the class, and what is need for your first day of class so be sure to read it carefully.
Q: What if the class I want is full?
A:Right after you submit your payment you will receive an email confirming the payment. Then, closer to the date of your class we send out welcome letter emails. This welcome letter will contain more info about us, the class, and what is need for your first day of class so be sure to read it carefully!
Q: I'm having difficulties with my online payment. Help!
A:There are a few things you should check. 1: Is the address you've entered the proper mailing address associated with your card? Yes, technology is unpredictable. If you continue having troubles securing your seat and paying your deposit online, give us a call at 646-961-4747 and we can help you get registered.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We do all of our registrations online, and accept payments by Visa and MasterCard. Unfortunately we do not accept American Express (even if the icon is visible on the payment page). If these options aren’t suitable for you, we can accept cash or cheque (made payable to The Sewing Studio) during studio drop-in hours: weekdays from 2-6pm. Keep in mind, spaces cannot be reserved, and are only guaranteed once a payment has been received. What does that mean? You've got to act fast because someone else could be at home paying online for the spot you want. If you decide you'd like to pay by cash or cheque, please email or call us ahead of time to let us know.
Q: How much is the deposit for my class?
A: Full payment is required upon registration. Unfortunately there are no exceptions to this.
Q: If I need to cancel my registration or my class gets cancelled, do I get a refund?
A:Of course! You can always switch your registration to another open spot. However, if that does not work for you, we would be happy to refund you. If you have paid online within the past 60 days, we can easily refund your payment the same way you paid. If you have paid online more than 60 days ago, we will have to issue you a physical check. Checks take 15 days to be processed and will then be mailed directly to your address. Please note that our registration and cancellation policy always applies. Please click here to see our registration and cancellation details.
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Q: I can’t figure out your class schedule. How does it work?
A: Our schedule shows only the days and times when a program begins (not all subsequent weeks). This means that when you see a bunch of classes in one particular week of the month, that’s the start of a new session. (We cycle through our classes by starting a new session every two months.) Then just look for the course you want and the day and time that fits best with your schedule and click “register” to sign up.
Q: I registered for a class, but the day and time no longer works – can I change up the day I attend?
A: Probably, as long as you're switching to another date and time in the same session. Let us know which day and time you would like to switch to, and if there's space available, we'll switch you over.
Q: Can I attend your Introductory Sewing program twice each week so that I can complete the course in four weeks?
A: Nope. Once you sign up for a class and pick the time and day that works best for you, that's the time and day you'll be attending class for the duration of the program. And for good reason: Each week, we cover a different set of materials in order to keep all of the classes learning at the same pace. This means that the lesson you learn on Monday is the same lesson the other class learns on Tuesday and on Wednesday and on Thursday and... well, you get it.
Q: I just missed the start date. When is the next set of classes being offered?
A: Our courses are scheduled in eight-week sessions and run year-round. So don’t worry; if you missed the start date of a class, you won’t have to wait too much longer. We try to post our schedule at least two months in advance to give you lots of time to register and plan. Sign up for our email newsletter to be kept informed of schedule updates.
Q: I need to miss a class. What can I do?
A: Missed classes cannot be refunded or transferred to a future program. There are no opportunities for you to make up a missed class. If a class is missed, the content can be made up in a private lesson. Please contact our studio to schedule a private lesson.
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Q: I’m focused and determined. Do your instructors offer private lessons to help me with a tough project?
A: YES! We do offer private lessons. It’s a great way to get in more sewing time, work through your garment, and finish it all up in time to send out your applications. To book a private lesson with one of our instructors, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Q: Where can I buy the machines we use in class?
A: From us! The Janome machines we use in studio are great machines; we use them for a reason. Ask your instructor, or email us at email@example.com for machine prices and more information.
Q: Do you sell gift cards?
A:Yes we do! Gift cards can be for any denomination or class. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-961-4747 and we would be happy to help you with the process. Please note that all gift cards must be prepaid and are not refundable but can be transferred to another recipient (just let us know ahead of time).