What do you want to sew? All classes at West Side Sewing Studio are individualized instruction for teen and adult beginners to advanced students; each person in class works at their level and speed, making whatever they want, whether home dec. or clothing projects. Students are welcome to design their curriculum; we have no agenda other than to teach people what they want to know.
BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME Beginners are given a few project choices, while Intermediate beginners through advanced students may choose whatever project they wish. Class members must bring whatever pattern, fabric, and notions are required. We are not a store; we do not sell materials or notions.
WE TEACH ADULTS our students are teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, homemakers, writers, hairdressers, artists, designers, drag queens, farmers, business owners, and grad students, to name some professions represented. Although high school students are accepted, we do not offer children's classes.
CLASS LENGTH How are classes structured? Sessions are scheduled by the calendar month for the sake of organization. Each class is 2 1/2 hrs long & meets once a week. However, students are welcome to customize their attendance. When space has allowed, we have had people do all 4 classes in a single week.
CLASS SIZE Classes are not run for fewer than 3 registered students. Classes are kept small (3-5) so each person gets the attention they need.
WAITLIST If a class you want to join is full, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waitlist.
STUDIO MACHINES What equipment will you need? We have Elna sewing machines (3230) for student use. We also have a 3-thread Husquavarna serger, a 4-thread Baby Lock air thread serger, and an Elna cover-stitch machine on an as needed basis. Students are always welcome to bring their own machines; this is especially encouraged if they want help learning to use their machines.
STUDIO TOOLS the studio is fully equipped with all the tools ( irons, scissors, pins, gauges, tailor chalk, rotary cutters, rulers, etc.) needed to sew. Students are welcome to use all studio tools while in class if they don't have their own.
FEES How much does it cost? Single classes ( $45.00 each) are available when we have a cancellation or an open space in a class. We extend a $5.00 discount per week for a full session paid upfront A 2.5 hr class in a full month session is $40.00 x the number of weeks in the month:
3 week month x $40. = $120.00
4 week month x $40. = $160.00
5 week month x $40. = $200.00
We accept full session enrollments only.
PAYMENT Preferred forms of payment:
check / West Side Sewing Studio
We do not accept Venmo or PayPal.
REGISTRATION Registration is done by email: email@example.com. Let us know the day & time you want to sew. If there is space in the class, we will reserve your place. We ask that new students pay upon registration.
We ask returning students to pay for the upcoming month on their last class of the current month.
CLASS POLICIES Full session enrollments only available Openings can be reserved for single classes if one cannot attend the entire session. Please watch for available openings as they are posted on the website & /or ask to have your name put on a waitlist f the class does not fill up.
CANCELLATION POLICY Space in our classes is limited, and we often have people on a waitlist. * We request the courtesy of 24 HOURS cancellation notice in person or by email; no texts, please. * Please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before your class to notify me of your cancellation. * Missed classes will be charged the total amount of the class fee.
MAKEUP CLASSES We offer makeup classes with a minimum of 24 hrs' notice. Students have a year to make up a missed class.
The student is responsible for checking for openings on the website and emailing email@example.com to reserve a class. Payment for a previous month's classes does not roll over to the following month other than a makeup.
SINGLE/EXTRA CLASSES To schedule a single or extra class, students need to check the homepage on this site to see when we have openings and then contact me in person or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve their space.
Extra class is $40.00 for students currently enrolled in a session.
Single class is $45.00 for students not currently enrolled in the session.
SNOW/Bad Weather Cancellation Policy: Conditions under which we cancel classes:* When driving conditions are not safe
When the city issues a parking ban
When the studio loses electricity & heat
Because of the weather/ loss of power, a canceled class means you have credit for that class
OPEN SEW Sessionswill be available as the schedule permits. Use the studio - cutting tables, sewing machines, etc. to work independently; no instruction. The fee is $10.00 hr calculated on the quarter hour.
PRIVATE LESSONS As needed, we offer private lessons for $60.00 an hour for a single person or $100.00 for two people. Please email to arrange a mutually convenient time.