Jo has been a fantastic sewing instructor to my 13 year old daughter! She is able to translate her extensive experience in a way that is not too overwhelming for a beginner (or a beginner’s mom). She makes suggestions on material, but allows my daughter to select projects that really interest her. She is an excellent listener and makes an effort to work in different named sewing techniques into each project. She encourages and supports my daughter’s goal to design her own clothing one day. Every kid needs a teacher like Jo who tells them they can do it in a way that makes them believe it!
-Jean, North Andover
I can attest to Jo's phenomenally supportive and knowledgeable teaching of sewing. I arrived as an older adult, not having sewn since I was super young, with barely any skills whatsoever, but lots of ideas and queries. I could not have hoped for a better teacher....I have signed up three times for more lessons. I feel Jo is as enthused as I am to see ideas come to fruition, and is ever-curious, open to alternative approaches to problem solving, all while grounded in her immense experience and capabilities. I feel really lucky to have chanced upon such a patient and kind teacher who has such a storied and long expertise in so many aspects of her trade.More importantly, she is just a very good teacher, in that she can explain and show techniques and skills in absorbable and practical ways. A rare thing, indeed.
Please note that due to high demand, we are not accepting new sewing lesson students at this time. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when Jo's schedule frees up to take on new students (we expect this to be in early to mid May).
The Village Studio offers two options for sewing courses.
Introduction to Sewing
This course is geared towards true beginners (children, teens and adults) and consists of 5 lessons.
Sewing Refresher (1 class)
This 1 hour class is designed for those who are familiar with a sewing machine but maybe it's been a while and you just want a refresher course to get you back into the swing of things.
Sewing Refresher (1class)
The cost for this 1 hour class is $35.
Introduction to Sewing (5 classes)
The cost is $150 for one student or $225 for two students. To be eligible for this 2-student rate, students must attend lessons at the same time.
What You Will Learn
How to thread a sewing machine, wind a bobbin and a general overview of how a sewing machine works. .
How to select a sewing project that matches your skill level (projects may include pillows, totes, basic quilt squares and simple clothing).
How to select the appropriate fabric for your project (including thread and notions).
How to read sewing patterns including understanding the lingo and symbols
How to take measurements and select the correct size pattern for your project
How to properly pin and cut your pattern and fabric.
How to baste and/or pin seams, basic hand sewing, seam finishes and pressing to complete the final project.
If time permits and the student is ready, we may also teach how to insert zippers and create buttonholes.
The First Class
For beginners, the first class is dedicated to setting up, threading and practicing with the machine. If you already have a machine please bring it to class. If not, we have machines for students to learn on. We will also discuss first projects including patterns and materials that will be needed.
Students who have some experience and are comfortable threading and operating a sewing machine may bring fabric and a pattern to the first class to begin sewing. Jo will review your requested project with you prior to the first class to ensure it meets your skill level.
Lessons are offered at the following times. Other times may be available by special request.
Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 3:30pm and 5:30pm
Sundays @ 1pm
Schedule Your Lesson
Once you have purchased your lesson(s) Jo will reach out to you to schedule your first lesson. Please note that you may be placed on a short waiting list depending on timeslot availability.
About The Teacher
Jo Myers has been sewing since she was 5 years old. Check out her full bio here.