classes & events

July 30, 2014

Drop-In Open Instruction

Open Instruction during the week of August 18 – august 24 will be:
  • Wednesday, August 20 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 21 from 1:45 – 4:45 (emphasis on quilting, binding, free-motion, etc)
  • Sunday, August 24 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Open Instruction during the week of August 25 – August 31 will be:
  • Wednesday, August 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Open Instruction during the week of September 1 – September 7 will be:
  • Wednesday, September 3  from 2:00  - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 4 from 1:45  - 4:45 p.m. (emphasis on quilting, binding, free-motion, etc)

Open Instruction during the week of September 8 – September 14 will be:

  • Wednesday, September 10 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 13 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Open Instruction during the week of September 15 – September 21 will be:

  • Friday, September 19 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Open Instruction during the week of September 22 – September 28 will be:

  • Wednesday, September 24 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 25 from 1:45 – 4:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 17 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Open Instruction during the week of September 29 – October 5 will be:

  • Wednesday, October 1 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 2 from 1:45 – 4:45 p.m.
The cost is $20. No need to sign up. Just bring whatever you’re working on and your machine (if you’ve got one), and sew in the company of someone who can help and answer questions. If you don’t have a machine, you can use one of ours! If you’ve never sewn before, we can teach you how! Disclaimer: Some projects fall outside of our realm of expertise. If you have questions about whether or not we can help you with a particular project, please feel free to call us ahead of time to discuss! (901)244-6224.
Start: July 30, 2014 1:30 pm
End: October 2, 2014 4:45 pm
Venue: sew memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 madison avenue, suite 6, memphis, 38104, United States
Cost: 20.00
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September 20, 2014

Staple Dress Workshop

photo credit: april-rhodes.com

This one-day workshop will meet on Saturday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Participants may break for lunch and take advantage of nearby eateries in Overton Square! In addition, the instuctor will be at Sew Memphis on Wednesday, September 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to help with fabric selection and pattern preparation for those who want to make the most of Saturday’s workshop time.

 

Adults with basic machine-sewing experience are invited to join Amie Plumley, author of the Sewing School book series, for this day of fall dress-making! Students will learn the basics of following a pattern, installing side-seam pockets, elastic waist shirring, and hemming. Check out this Flikr pool to see April Rhodes’ celebrated Staple Dress pattern in a variety of fabrics.

 

amie rockin' the staple dress!

 

Machine-rental tickets must be purchased in conjunction with tickets to the Staple Dress workshop. Those who prefer to sign up in person or over the phone (via credit card) may do so during Sew Memphis business hours.

 

Students will need to purchase/provide up to 3 yards of fabric (depending upon size), coordinating thread, elastic thread, an empty bobbin for elastic thread, the Staple Dress pattern, and red-dot pattern-tracing paper (optional). All supplies will be available for purchase at Sew Memphis at a 10% class discount. A more detailed supply list will be included in the confirmation email sent at the time of sign-up.

 

Start: September 20, 2014 9:00 am
End: September 20, 2014 5:00 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 65.00
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September 21, 2014

Machine-Sewing 101 for Kids and Adults

We’ve added another session of this popular workshop on Sunday, September 21 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

This workshop is for adults and kids ages 8 and up but 6 & 7 year-olds may attend with adult friends. (Adult/child pairs need only to sign up for one spot.)

 

Whether you just got a new sewing machine or you’ve had one for years that you’re afraid to touch, this workshop is for you!* Just bring your machine and your manual, and join Sarah Terry for step-by-step instruction on how to thread the needle, wind the bobbin, and perform other amazing feats! This workshop is for basic sewing only. No toy machines, embroidery machines, or machines that utilize computerized design programs please!

 

Participants will apply these skills toward making pincushions to use in future sewing projects.

 

All supplies are included in the $35 workshop fee.

 

*Those who do not own machines but would like to take advantage of this beginning sewing class may rent one of four shop machines for the workshop. Machine-rental tickets must be purchased in conjunction with tickets to the Machine-Sewing 101 workshop. Those who prefer to sign up in person or over the phone (via credit card) may do so during Sew Memphis business hours.

 

This class will also be offered on Saturday, September 6. (Click on the date for more details about this class.)

Start: September 21, 2014 1:00 pm
End: September 21, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 35.00
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September 25, 2014

Alterations Workshop with Haley

This is a one-session workshop from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25.

 

Sewists with basic machine knowledge are invited to learn Haley Franklin‘s secrets for sprucing up those sidelined garments in your closet! Haley worked in costume design in Los Angeles before her move to Memphis, and her sewing and design skills were recently debuted in the Ballet Memphis production of Peter Pan!

 

Each participant will bring a garment that needs some TLC, from hemming, to patching, to taking in and letting out, to embellishing. Students will make adjustments to their own pieces and learn from each other’s projects as well.

 

Participants may bring their own machines or sign up early to rent one of four shop machines. Those who prefer not to sign up online may sign up in person or over the phone (via credit card) during Sew Memphis business hours.

Start: September 25, 2014 5:30 pm
End: September 25, 2014 8:30 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 35.00
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September 27, 2014

Quilting 101 Workshop

This is an extended one-day workshop on Saturday, September 27 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to take advantage of the many Overton Square eateries during a short lunch break!

 

Those with basic sewing machine knowledge who want to venture into the fun, expressive world of quilting with the benefit of an experienced guide will love Betty’s Nowak’s Quilting 101! Students will learn Betty’s tips for fabric selection as well as how to sew the famed quarter-inch quilting seam! Betty will demonstrate several piecing methods and allow for students to practice under her direction. Next, participants will learn how to layer the quilt back, front, and batting in order to create the “quilt sandwich” and play with some machine-quilting techniques on sample “sandwiches.” Finally, Betty will share her quilt binding techniques and offer resources for further instruction on each of these steps. While students will not leave this workshop with a finished product, they will gain an overview and some experience with the entire quilting process and be ready to tackle their first quilts! Some pieced segments from this workshop may be incorporated into future quilts.

 

Students may bring their own machines or sign up early to rent one of four shop machines. Machine rental tickets must be purchased in conjunction with tickets to the Quilting 101 workshop. Those who prefer to sign up in person or over the phone may do so during Sew Memphis business hours. 

 

In addition to the $50 instruction fee, students will need to purchase/provide batting, thread, and an assortment of fabrics. A more detailed supply list will be included in the confirmation email to those who sign up for the workshop.

Start: September 27, 2014 9:30 am
End: September 27, 2014 3:30 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 50.00
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September 28, 2014

Zen and the Art of Hand-Piecing

photo credit: flickr.com/photos/bearpawandbearpaw/5939783045/in/photostream/

 

This is a one-session workshop that will meet on Sunday, September 28 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Learn this English Paper Piecing technique from Sarah Terry and take your craftiness out of your sewing space and into the world! These hand-sewn hexies are the perfect companion to porch-rocking and fireside-sitting. Sewists, ages 8-108 are welcome!

 

photo credit: broderie.typepad.com

Sarah will teach two different shape configurations as well as how to use paper to sew “Y-seams” and gain precision. Students will need to purchase/provide paper scissors, fabric scissors, a hand-sewing needle, thread, and fabric pieces that are at least 3.5″ x 3.5″ and 4″x2″. All supplies (except paper scissors) can be purchased at Sew Memphis at a 10% class discount.

 

Those who prefer to sign up in person or over the phone (via credit card) may do so during Sew Memphis business hours.

Start: September 28, 2014 1:30 pm
End: September 28, 2014 3:30 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 30.00
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October 4, 2014

Beginning Hand-Embroidery Workshop

This is a one-session workshop that will meet on Saturday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m. – noon.

 

Back by popular demand, and just in time for hand-sewing-by-the-fire-season, this workshop is your chance to join teacher Heidi Rupke in creating lovely embroidered tea towels while learning the skills and supplies needed for other embroidery projects.

 

The workshop will include instruction on how to apply and follow an embroidery pattern as well as an introduction to the stem, split, satin, back, and French knot stitches.
Beginners are welcome, and students ages 8-108 are welcome to attend!
In addition to the $30 workshop fee, students will need to purchase/provide tea towels, embroidery hoops, embroidery floss, patterns, and needles. All are available for purchase at Sew Memphis at a 10% class discount.

 

Participants who have completed Beginning Embroidery (and others who want to extend their stitching abilities) are invited to join Heidi in Continuing Embroidery on November 1.

 

Those who prefer to sign up in person or over the phone (via credit card) may do so during Sew Memphis business hours.

Start: October 4, 2014 9:30 am
End: October 4, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 30.00
Register Now

Machine-Sewing 101 for Kids and Adults

We’ve added another session of this popular workshop on Saturday, October 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

This workshop is for adults and kids ages 8 and up but 6 & 7 year-olds may attend with adult friends. (Adult/child pairs need only to sign up for one spot.)

 

Whether you just got a new sewing machine or you’ve had one for years that you’re afraid to touch, this workshop is for you!* Just bring your machine and your manual, and join Sarah Terry for step-by-step instruction on how to thread the needle, wind the bobbin, and perform other amazing feats! This workshop is for basic sewing only. No toy machines, embroidery machines, or machines that utilize computerized design programs please! Also, if you’ve inherited a machine from a friend or family member, please make sure it is in working order before class.

 

Participants will apply these skills toward making pincushions to use in future sewing projects.

 

All supplies are included in the $35 workshop fee.

 

*Those who do not own machines but would like to take advantage of this beginning sewing class may rent one of four shop machines for the workshop. Machine-rental tickets must be purchased in conjunction with tickets to the Machine-Sewing 101 workshop. Those who prefer to sign up in person or over the phone (via credit card) may do so during Sew Memphis business hours.

 

This class will also be offered on Saturday, October 25. (Click on the date for more details about this class.)

Start: October 4, 2014 1:00 pm
End: October 4, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 35.00
Register Now

October 11, 2014

Ginger Skirt Workshop

This is a one-session workshop on Saturday, October 11 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Sewists with basic machine knowledge are invited to join Haley in making this simple, pretty, a-line skirt with a high waistband. Participants may choose various waistband shapes (pointed, curved, or strait) and may also choose to cut the skirt on the bias. Instruction will include how to follow a pattern, install a zipper, work with an interfaced waistband, and finish seams with understitching. Check out this Flickr pool for examples of Ginger Skirt fabulousness!

 

Bring your own machine or sign up early to rent one of four shop machines. Machine rental tickets must be purchased in conjunction with tickets to the Ginger Skirt Workshop. Those who prefer to sign up in person or over the phone may do so during Sew Memphis busniess hours. 

 

In addition to the $35 workshop fee, students will need to purchase/provide the Ginger Skirt Pattern ($18), fabric, interfacing, thread, and a zipper. A more detailed supply list will be sent in the confirmation email to those who sign up for the workshop.

Start: October 11, 2014 12:30 pm
End: October 11, 2014 4:30 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 35.00
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October 16, 2014

Shift Lab

 

This is a two-session series that meets on Thursday, October 15  from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Sewists with basic machine knowledge are invited to create retro modern shift dresses with Claire Steinriede! Adults only, please. Participants will use body measurements, pattern templates (sizes XS – XL), sample shifts, and their own design ideas to create custom, one-of-a-kind dresses just in time for the fall chill and boot season! Create a simple over-the-head shift, or experiment with zippers, embellished sleeves, and the like. Claire will share her zipper tips and variations, and fellow classmates will be there to give input and assist! Leave with a personalized pattern that you can use again and again!

 

 

Participants will need to purchase/provide 2-4 yards of fabric (depending upon size), coordinating thread, red dot pattern paper, and a 22″ zipper (optional). All supplies are available for purchase at Sew Memphis at a 10% class discount. A more detailed supply list will be included in the confirmation email sent to those who register.

 

Bring your own machine or sign up early to rent one of four shop machines. Machine-rental tickets must be purchased in conjunction with tickets to the Shift Lab series. Those who prefer to sign up in person or over the phone (via credit card) may do so during Sew Memphis business hours. 

 

Start: October 16, 2014 5:30 pm
End: October 19, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 45.00
Register Now