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FAQ’s

Where are you located?

Sew Memphis is located at 2075 Madison Avenue in Midtown Memphis, TN.

From Sam Cooper, take a left on East Parkway (heading south). Go through the light at Poplar and take a right on Madison (heading west). Sew Memphis is four blocks down on the left, at the corner of Madison and Florence.

From East Memphis, head west down Poplar. Turn left on East Parkway (heading south). Take a right on Madison (heading west). Sew Memphis is four blocks own on the left, at the corner of Madison and Florence.

From Downtown, head East on Poplar and go through the lights at Willett and Belvedere before taking a right on McClean (heading south). Take a left on Madison (heading east). Sew Memphis is six blocks down on the right at the corner of Florence and Madison.

From Sam Cooper, exit left at East Parkway and head South.Take a right on Union and a left on South Cox (one block West of Outback Steakhouse). Proceed for a few blocks, cross the railroad tracks, and we’re on the left!

Still having trouble finding us? Give us a call and we’ll talk you through it! (901)244-6224.

Where shall I park?

If you’re lucky, you can parallel park on Madison, right in front of Sew Memphis. There is additional parking behind the shop, on Trimble, in the Overton Square parking garage at the corner of Florence and Trimble, and across Madison from Sew Memphis in the lot adjacent to the Bayou Bar and Grill. Please enter the shop using the Madison entrance.

I want to learn to sew but the blouse I made in Home Ec has three armholes. Is there hope for me?

Yes! Of course, silly! We’ve had great success working with Home Ec dropouts. Drop by one of our Open Instruction sessions for a refresher. You can bring your own machine or use one of ours. You’ll be surprised how much fun sewing can be in a layed-back environment where there are no grades!

Can you teach me how to use the sewing machine that I inherited from my great aunt, Eunice?

While we can’t promise to be proficient in the operations of every machine under the sun, we’ve seen our fair share of them. We are happy to show you what we know at one of our Open Instruction sessions. For best results, please bring the manual that came with the machine. If you don’t have a manual, see if you can find and print one from the internet that corresponds with the make and model of your machine.

I don’t own a machine but I want to sew. Do you have machines for folks to use?

Why, yes we do! Thanks for asking! We have four shop machines that are simple enough for beginners and capable enough for more advanced students. They are Singer Confidence Quilters, and we have named them all after 1950’s sitcom housewives. You may reserve one of these ladies when you sign up for one of our classes or use one during Open Instruction.

Do you work with children?

Yes! We love kiddos! We try to have a range of kids’ classes on our calendar at all times. Each class has its own age requirements but many of them allow younger kids to attend with “adult friends.” We also love hosting kids’ birthday parties and teaching kids at Open Instruction. Check our calendar for our summer camps and winter holiday workshops. Beginners are always welcome! In all cases, parents may stick around and enjoy the fun or sign a release and drop off their children.

Do you host kids’ birthday parties? How about adult sewing parties?

We have a variety of project ideas and price points for children’s birthday parties, and we can accommodate a range of ages. For more information, call us at (901)244-6224. We also love to host groups of adults who want to spend some time together sewing and snacking. It’s BYOB, and you can order takeout or bring yourself a feast. We’ll help you with a sewing project of your choosing. Some examples of past adult party projects include drawstring wine bags, napkin sets, collaborative quilts, and pillowcase dresses for African girls. Call us at the above number to discuss your idea!

What kind of fabric do you sell?

We sell quilting-weight cotton fabric. It’s wild and colorful and modern. We also have a broad selection of solids. Some of our favorite designers are Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Joel Dewberry, Jenean Morrison (Yay! She’s a Memphis gal!), Lotta Jansdotter, and Marcia Derse. We also love to stock fabric by lesser-known and first-time designers.

I want to make something that is not offered on your list of classes. Can you help me?

Many folks bring such projects to Open Instruction, and we are always happy to help! But we’d also love to hear your ideas for future classes. Many of our class ideas are generated by customers. We rely on your input to keep our offerings relevant and exciting!

What’s the difference in Open Instruction and Sew Happy?

Open Instruction is a time that is designated for teaching people how to sew and/or helping folks to improve upon their current skills. There is a minimal fee for Open Instruction ($15). Sew Happy  is simply a time to sew in the company of others. We cannot guarantee sewing instruction at this time. We encourage folks to bring their own drinks and snacks. It’s just for fun, and it’s free!

Do you repair machines?

Nope. Wish we knew how but we don’t!

Do you do alterations and custom sewing?

We do not do these things but some of our instructors do! Call us at (901)244-6224, and we will be happy to put you in touch with them.