classes & events

January 5, 2015

Drop-In Open Instruction

Open Instruction during the week of January 5 – 11 will be:

  • Friday, January 9 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 10 from 1:30  - 4:30 p.m.
Open Instruction during the week of January 12 – 18 will be:

  • Wednesday, January 14 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 18 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (beginners only)
Open Instruction during the week of January 19 – 25 will be:

  • Friday, January 23 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 25 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Open Instruction during the week of January 26 – February 1 will be:

  • Friday, January 30 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Open Instruction during the week of February 2 – 8 will be:

  • Friday, February 6 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (beginners only)
Open Instruction during the week of February 9 – 15 will be:

  • Thursday, February 12 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 13 from 10:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Open Instruction during the week of February 16 – 22 will be:

  • Wednesday, February  18 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Open Instruction during the week of February 23 – March 1 will be:

  • Friday, February 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (beginners only)
The cost is $25. 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! Please double check dates and times prior to arriving since Open Instruction times occasionally change when our employees trade shifts. 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: January 5, 2015 10:30 am
End: March 1, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: sew memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 madison avenue, suite 6, memphis, 38104, United States
Cost: 25.00
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February 4, 2015

Vintage Quilt Revival BLOCK OF THE MONTH

This series will meet on the first Wednesday evening of each month for 11 months from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (The first meeting will be on February 4.)

 

Intermediate quilters (as well as adventurous or advanced beginners) are invited to join Sarah Terry in creating their own unique versions of this 20-block quilt that combine classic patterns with modern fabric! For just $24 per month, participants will receive monthly instruction from Sarah, a copy of Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks by Blakesley, Heinrich, and Jones, a CD with 12 printable foundation piecing template patterns, up to 40 fat quarters from the Sew Memphis shelves (student’s choice), and up to 4 yards of Sew Memphis solid fabric (also student’s choice). Sarah will discuss fabric selection at the first meeting and help students begin to design their quilts!

 

The Vintage Quilt Sampler has three basic variations, and students are welcome to choose their favorites. Each variation is a different size (72″x90″, 63″x80″, and 59″x75″) and requires different amounts of fabric. All quilt top fabric for each variation is covered in the cost of the BOM. For a look at some Vintage Quilt Sampler examples as well as some pics of individual blocks, check out this Flickr pool.

 

Each month, Sarah will highlight blocks from the book and share her shortcuts and helpful tips. Several of the blocks involve some basic paper-piecing techniques, so this is a great chance to learn/practice paper-piecing in a fun, non-intimidating environment. As the year comes to a close, Sarah will go over how to put the quilt top together and give tips on making the quilt sandwich, quilting, and binding.

 

Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages to BOM meetings and to use this time to share progress, tips, and motivation.

 

Participants must be comfortable with machine-sewing and rotary cutting. Students may bring their own machines or sign up early to rent one of four shop machines.

 

Sign up by January 31 to participate. This series will proceed with a minimum of 6 students, so help us spread the word! The Block of the Month fee may be paid up front via Eventbrite or by visiting the shop. Those who want to pay in monthly installments of $24 per month must sign up in person and allow their credit information to be kept securely on file at Sew Memphis. Sew Memphis will charge credit cards during the first week of every month.

 

For a better look at Sarah’s beautiful finished quilt top example, visit Sew Memphis where it is proudly displayed! Participants’ finished quilts will have the same basic look as the example (colorful modern blocks against a solid background) but each quilt will vary according to students’ unique fabric selections and selected quilt variation!

Start: February 4, 2015 6:00 pm
End: December 2, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 260.00
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February 7, 2015

Quilting 101 Workshop

This is an extended one-day workshop on Saturday, February 7 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 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: February 7, 2015 9:30 am
End: February 7, 2015 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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February 8, 2015

Kids’ Stitchey Valentines Workshop

This workshop will be held on Sunday, February 8 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Nothing says happy Valentine’s Day like some hand-sewn love! Boys and girls ages 6 and up are invited to join Heidi Rupke for adventures in one-of-a-kind card-making! Basic machine knowledge is helpful but not required. Each participant will learn/practice hand and machine sewing skills in the process of creating three unique valentines.

 

Participants may bring their own machines or sign up early to rent one of four Sew Memphis shop machines. Those bringing their own machines should arrive 15 minutes early in order to get them set up in our classroom. Tickets for machine rentals must be purchased in conjunction with tickets to the Kids’ Stitchey Valentine Workshop. Those wishing to sign up in person may do so during Sew Memphis business hours.

 

Parents/guardians may sign our release forms and drop off children or stick around and join the fun!

 

All supplies are included in the $40 workshop fee.

Start: February 8, 2015 1:30 pm
End: February 8, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue STE 6, Memphis, 38104, United States
Cost: 40.00
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February 14, 2015

Machine-Sewing 101 for Kids and Adults

We’ve added another session of this popular workshop on Saturday, February 14 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 may sign up for one spot and share a machine.)

 

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 work in conjunction with separate computer software 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, January 3Saturday, January 17Saturday, January 31, and Saturday, February 28. (Click on the dates for more details about these classes.)

Start: February 14, 2015 1:00 pm
End: February 14, 2015 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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February 22, 2015

My Very Own Skirt Workshop

Sunday, February 22 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Everyone will be saying, “Where did you get that skirt?!”

 

Girls ages eight and up are invited to strengthen their sewing skills while stitching up one-of-a-kind, A-line skirts with Amie Plumley, author of the Sewing School series of books for kids. Young sewists will learn how to use simple patterns, make elastic waistbands, and use sewing machines.

 

Children under the age of eight may attend with adult friends. Adult/child pairs need only to sign up for one spot. Bring your own machine or sign up early to reserve a shop machine. Those bringing machines must arrive 15 minutes early to set up their machines in the Sew Memphis classroom. Those who prefer not to sign up online may do so in person or over the phone during Sew Memphis business hours.

 

In addition to the workshop fee, each participant will need to purchase/provide one and a half yards of cotton fabric, coordinating thread, one yard of 1/2″ elastic. All are available for purchase at Sew Memphis at a 10% class discount.

 

Start: February 22, 2015 1:00 pm
End: February 22, 2015 3:30 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue, STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 35.00
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February 26, 2015

Mixed Media Cuff Workshop

This workshop will meet on Thursday, February 26 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!

 

Grab some fabric scraps, empty toilet paper rolls, and beverages of choice, and join Erin King and Mary Allison Cates for a night of mixed-media jewelry-making! Inspired by a fashion documentary and tweaked over many “winecrafting” sessions, these bracelets are sturdy and fun to make. Participants will learn how to construct an armature and layer fabric, paper, ribbon, wire, buttons and baubles in order to create one-of-a-kind couture! No prior skills needed.

 

The workshop fee covers instruction and most supplies. Students are encouraged to bring and share fabric scraps, magazine pages with inspiring words and images, personal photos copied on high-quality paper, ribbons, beads, old buttons, glitter, sequins, other mixed-media items of choice, and yes, empty toilet paper rolls!

 

Those who prefer not to sign up on line may sign up over the phone or in person during Sew Memphis business hours.

Start: February 26, 2015 5:30 pm
End: February 26, 2015 8:30 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue, STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 40.00
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February 28, 2015

Favorite A-Line Skirt Workshop

This series will meet on Saturday, February 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Adults are invited to join Sewing School co-author and blogger Amie Plumley in making versatile, comfortable A-line skirts that can easily be altered to suit your own tastes and needs. You will learn the basics of drafting a pattern, installing a back zipper, and getting a good fit. You’ll also be provided with a step-by-step guide so you can make the skirt again and again! This is a good entree into making adult clothing for both beginners and those who are already comfortable on the machine. Those who are already familiar with skirt construction will have the option of embellishing with patchwork, colorblocking, and pockets!

 

Bring your own machine, or sign up early to reserve one of four shop machines. Machine-rental tickets must be purchased in conjunction with Favorite A-Line Skirt Series tickets. Those who prefer not to sign up on line may sign up over the phone or in person during Sew Memphis business hours.

 

Note: In addition to the workshop fee, students will need to purchase/provide about 2 yards of fabric, coordinating thread, red-dot pattern-tracing paper, and a zipper, all of which are available at Sew Memphis at a 10% class discount.

Start: February 28, 2015 9:00 am
End: March 1, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue, STE 6, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 60.00
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Machine-Sewing 101 for Kids and Adults

We’ve added another session of this popular workshop on Saturday, February 28 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 may sign up for one spot and share a machine.)

 

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 work in conjunction with separate computer software 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, January 3Saturday, January 17Saturday, January 31, and Saturday, February 14. (Click on the dates for more details about these classes.)

Start: February 28, 2015 1:00 pm
End: February 28, 2015 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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March 7, 2015

Strip Tease Quilting Series

Two sessions: Saturdays, March 7 and 14, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Experienced beginners and intermediate sewists are invited to check out what Betty Nowak’s got up her sleeve! In fact, participants will use special rulers to create fabric sleeves of their own, which will be cut and arranged into fabulous quilt tops. (The rest of your clothing will remain on and in tact.) While the finished products might look neat and orderly, the process is full of surprises! Betty will also talk about making the quilt sandwich, machine-quilting techniques, and the binding process.

 

In addition to the series fee, students will need to purchase/provide one Strip Tube ruler, thread, 1/2 of a yard of 4 different fabrics (1 dark, 2 mediums, and 1 light), 1/4 of a yard of inner border fabric, 5/8 of a yard of outer border fabric, 1 and 1/4 yards of backing fabric, 3/8 of a yard of binding fabric, and batting. The above measurements will yield a 40″x40″ quilt. Those who want to make larger quilts are welcome to do so using fabric measurements provided in the confirmation email. All supplies are available at Sew Memphis at a 10% class discount.

 

Bring your own machine or sign up early to rent one of four shop machines. Machine rental ticktes must be purchased in conjunction with ticktes to the Strip Tease Series. Those who prefer to sign up in person or over the phone during Sew Memphis busniess hours may do so by stopping by or phoning the shop.

 

Start: March 7, 2015 9:30 am
End: March 14, 2015 1:00 pm
Venue: Sew Memphis
Phone: 9012446224
Address:
2075 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38104, United States
Cost: 50.00
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