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Learn to sew in Boston

Whenever someone finds out that I sewed something, they always say, “I wish I knew how to sew.” Well guess what? There are classes. They’re affordable. You don’t have to own a machine. Just do it! Here are some local resources for you:

(1) Sewing and Vacuum Center

I’ve walked by this place a million times over the past 6 years, but I’ve never been inside. I stopped by the other day to buy some sewing machine oil and learned that in addition to selling and repairing machines, they offer really affordable classes. Beginner classes meet for two hours on Tuesday nights for 6 weeks. Advanced classes meet Wednesday nights. At $85 per 6-week session, this is an awesome deal.

(2) Grey’s Fabrics and Notions

Learn to sew anything from a pillow to a dress in Boston’s South End. Classes take place Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 pm (and Saturdays now!) and range from $20-$50. Private lessons are $16 an hour. This is great in case you’re not so sure about sewing and want to test out the waters without committing to a long class. As a bonus, you can buy your fabric, notions, and patterns in-store for your lesson. And Grey’s has great fabric!

(3) Stitch House Dorchester

Stitch House Dorchester has a host of long and short courses that range from $15-$75.  Full course descriptions are available online.

(4) Boston Center for Adult Education

BCAE offers several beginner and intermediate courses on sewing. Their classes are a little pricier (~$100), but they’re also longer, so the price washes out. You can learn everything from sewing for babies to home decor sewing to adjusting patterns to fit your body better.

(5) Franklin Mill Store

Franklin Mill Store is a little far away from the city, but not everyone lives in town, so I wanted to add this to the list. 3-4 week lessons that cover topics ranging from beginner to advanced techniques run from $75-100. You can also purchase any fabric, patterns, and notions you need for your classes or future projects in-store.

(6) Hipstitch

Located in Newton, Hipstitch has classes for all age groups. I’ve yet to visit, but the classes seem to be geared toward kids, which makes sense given the location. Two great features of the store include open studio hours (pre-registration required) and a fashion show where you can show off your creations. And if you are truly nervous about embarking on a sewing adventure, you can take a free trial lesson. The store also sells fabric and notions.

(7) Gather Here

Gather Here has both sewing and knitting classes for all age groups. Classes are $25 and up and cover everything from pillowcases and alterations ($25) to making full garments (closer to $100 for 2 classes). Virginia displays a lot of great project pieces around the store to help inspire you. Gather Here also sells really great fabric and notions.

Is there anything else that I missed?

I would love to hear about people’s experiences with any of these classes. I’ve heard good things about the BCAE classes and have personal experience with Grey’s, but I’ve never taken classes anywhere else.

Also, if  it’s an option for you, I highly recommend bringing your own machine if you have one. I always get flustered when I use a machine I’m not used to and it takes extra time for me to get in the swing of things.

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