Private Sewing Lesson
Private Sewing Lesson
Looking to work 1:1 on a particular project or skill or don't see a specific class you would like to take? Sign up for a private lesson!
Each Private Lesson is 2 hours long and you can work on a number of different things.
Private lessons are a great option if you see a class you're interested in but the date / time doesn't work for your schedule or if there's a project or skill you want to work on but don't see a class for it.
Some ideas for what you can do in a private lesson are:
- Learn to use a sewing machine and make a simple project
- Learn to read a sewing pattern
- Learn various seam finishes
- Get help with a particular pattern you are sewing or would like to sew
- Learn to sew one of our beginner / advanced beginner projects (Essential Clutch, Zipper Pillow, Tote Bag, which can be done in 1 lesson - you can also do our Essential Shirt class in a private lesson but it would require 2 private lesson sessions.) If you want supplies for any of those projects, add a materials kit to your order.
- Kids sewing 101 and learn to sew a simple project
If you would like to learn pattern making or fitting modifications or alterations for a specific pattern please reach out to Nikki Griffin of Sewing My Style vs booking a private lesson. She can make arrangements with you.
When you book your lesson, leave a note in the comments with what you'd like to work on. If for any reason we can't accommodate the requested skill or project, we'll let you know right away.
Have questions? Feel free to reach out!
Please be sure to explain your question clearly so we know how to help you.
We don't have a phone number, so email us if you have a question!
If you're wondering about particular class info or supplies for your class, all the info you need should be with the description of your class.
We're open during scheduled class times only.
We're located at 720 West College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030 next door to our friends at Brave and Kind books.
We don't offer refunds on in-person classes, unless we at Topstitch need to cancel a class for an unexpected reason. If you need to miss your class for any reason, if you give 72 hours notice (3 days), you can put your class payment towards the equivalent priced class in the future. We only have 4-6 people in a class so we need as much notice as possible to try to fill your space! You're also welcome to make arrangements to give your class space to a friend if you'd like to.
If you're registering for our Spring Intermediate Essentials Course, we have a one week money back guarantee. If you're not happy with your online course purchase after one week, you'll be offered a full refund.
Please mark your calendar for your in-person class time! You can do that by adding your class to your own calendar. We don't send personal class reminders, but if you add your class to your calendar from our calendar sync option, you'll get a reminder 1 day before! All the info you need for class will be with the class description.
We take every measure to provide a completely safe environment at our studio and in our sewing and craft classes. By signing up for a sewing or craft class, using our studio for open sewing, or for sewing related events, for yourself or your child, you acknowledge that sewing and craft making can involve using a sewing machine, sewing machine needles, hand sewing needles, scissors, irons, pins, rotary cutters and hot glue. You acknowledge all of these machines and tools and supplies involve a risk of injury. You agree to release any liability from Topstitch Studio, LLC, its owner, class instructors and all employees regarding any claims of injury that could arise from your own or your child’s participation in any class or event at Topstitch Studio. You agree to seek medical treatment on your own terms and at your own expense in the event of any injury or illness.
Our instructors are vaxed and boosted. Currently masks are optional. We also have a fan and air filter running before, after and during classes.
Please try to arrive 10 minutes before class! It's really hard to catch people up once we get started. If you know you'll be more than 15 minutes late, that is really too late to start, so you'll need to re-book a new class if you know you'll be more than 15 min late.
If they class title says KIDS that means it's a kids class, otherwise it's a class for grownups.
Class Level Policy:
Please choose a class appropriate for your level. If you don't know how to use a sewing machine yet, you should only choose a beginner sewing class where you learn how to sew in the class.
Our classes are one of 4 levels:
-no sewing experience expected or required at all
-a sewing machine may as well be an object from outer space
-reading a sewing pattern is like reading Japanese (assuming you don’t know Japanese)
-you’ve never pinned or cut fabric with the intention of sewing it
2 advanced beginner
-you have some sewing experience and have used a sewing machine within the last two years
-you understand the parts of a sewing machine feel pretty comfortable using it
-you know how to thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin
-you understand how to sew to a particular seam allowance
-you can sew a straight stitch
-you’ve sewn a few craft projects and possibly some simple garments
-you know how to do all of the advanced beginner skills listed above
-you’ve sewn some craft projects and possibly some advanced beginner garments
-you know how to sew curves and pivot at corners
-you can read a commercial sewing pattern
-you know how to sew darts
-you know how to set sleeves
-you know a few hemming techniques
-you can create a buttonhole
-you’ve sewn pockets
-you know how to sew on a waistband
-you know how to sew on bias binding
-you know how to do all of the intermediate skills listed above
-you know how to insert an invisible zipper
-you know how to use facings and line a garment
-you know how to use interfacings
-you’ve sewn with various types of fabrics
-you can sew collars and cuffs
-you are capable of small fitting adjustments
-you're curious about advanced dressmaking, tailoring and fitting techniques
*Open Sewing Sessions: These are self-guided sessions, intended for you to bring your own sewing project and work on it independently. Open sewing sessions are for some self guided sewing sessions where you can come and hang out and sewcalize too if you'd like. Open sewing isn't the same as getting a private lesson. If you'd like instruction, you can reach out to book a private lesson.