Sewing without fatigue

SEWING TIP OF THE DAY: Q. Do you know how to comfortably sit while [hand] basting?  My shoulders and neck ache after awhile. — Priscilla A.  Sit at a waist high (or higher) table.  Rest your forearms on the table so the table supports your arms, shoulders and back.  Sit up straight!  That’s how the […]

Pre-shrink: Wash, dry clean or steam?

Q. Should we pre-shrink our materials for the Chanel jacket we’re making in class? — Priscilla A. Please do not launder any of your fabrics for the couture jacket. If you’re worried about shrinkage of your silks/wool/rayons, steam shrink them yourself or take them to a dry cleaner to have them steamed (not dry cleaned). […]

Where to find Halloween costume locally

Q.  I’m wondering if you have any suggestions on where I can find locally some key pieces for a Halloween costume. I’m going to an upcoming “Witch Party” for all women and the one requirement is you must wear a witch hat.  It’s on Nov 1st which is Day of the Dead.  I’m thinking about a […]

Where to clean a leather jacket?

Q. Where is a good place to take a leather jacket for cleaning? A. Leather Care, 6303 SE Powell, according to leatherworking teacher Jennifer Holcomb.  ”A Harley riding friend swears by them,” she says.  ”Personally, I clean myself.  You should dry clean a leather jacket only if the lining needs it.  Leather can be easily […]

Hollywood Star, Business Journals report on Portland Sewing biz classes

Hollywood Star, Business Journals report on Portland Sewing biz classes


Sept 21, 2014 Hi Portland Apparel Community — We’re making it happen! Full page articles about our apparel business class series in Portland Business Journal, Apparel & Outdoor Newsletter and now this from the Hollywood Star. Many thanks to our colleagues in the community who are helping us grow Portland’s apparel business! Next class: Working […]


Oct 31, 2014 — SEWING TIP:  Before you begin sewing delicate fabrics such as silk, smooth rough hands by rubbing them with a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of olive oil. Wipe your hands with a paper towel or rinse.  Bonus:  This really softens your hands. Oct 30, 2014 — SEWING TIP OF THE […]

New store hours announced

New Store Hours – Mondays, 6-9 pm – Tuesdays, 10 am-1 pm & 6-9 pm – Weds-Thurs, 10 am-9 pm – Sat, 10 am-5 pm We’ve always been open during class times. But then, one of our students wrote in a review, “It is so convenient to have this store at the school, where staff […]

When to change machine needles

Q.  When should I change out my machine needle? — Kris A.  A sewing machine needle is good for about 8 hours of use. To decide if yours is ready for changing, listen to your machine. If the needle makes a thumping sound as it goes through the fabric, it’s time for a new one.

FABRIC SALE this Saturday

FABRIC SALE this Saturday

Saturday, Jan 4, 10 am-1 pm
Tours!  Refreshments!
$1/yard fabric table

Get ready for our quarterly Fabric Sale. Saturday, Sept 6, 10 am-5 pm – Cottons for Learn to Sew, Apparel Construction, dresses. – Twill and denim for pants .
- Knits for knitwear and activewear. – Wools for tailoring and Chanel jackets 
A special table of fabric for $1 a yard.
 Plus 20% off notions

What to do about a baggy crotch

Q. We stay stitch neckline curves & waistline curves, so why don’t we stay stitch crotch curves on pants? — Joan A. We don’t want the crotch to stay. We want to let it stretch with the body, e.g., when we sit down. That’s not true with a neck. With a neckline, we want it […]