Catskills Sewing Classes

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Sewing Machines Basics - All Supplies Included

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For Beginner Sewing Boot Camp Wearables You'll need to bring or purchase the following supplies for this class:

Envelope Clutch Bag:

  • 1/2 yard cotton, denim or upholstery fabric for outside
  • 1/2 yard cotton fabric for lining (not satin please)
  • 1/2 yard heavy interfacing

Messenger Bag:

  • 1 yard cotton, denim or upholstery fabric for outside
  • 1 yard cotton fabric for lining (not satin please)
  • 1/2 yard heavy interfacing


  • 1 yard of cotton or canvas fabric for outside
  • 1 yard of cotton or canvas fabric for lining

Zippered A-Line Skirt

  • 2 yards (45″ wide) cotton, canvas or linen fabric
  • 8" zipper (or longer)

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Sewing Dresses Boot Camp Supplies

You'll need to bring or purchase the following supplies for this class: 

Dress 1: 

  • 3 Yards of light to medium weight woven fabric (no stretch or very little stretch). Some examples of suitable fabric types include silk or rayon crepe, shirtings, lawn, silk twill, light wool gabardine, wool crepe.
  • 22" zipper - Not invisible
  • One small hook and eye
  • 2 yards of bias tape
    We're happy to provide the bias tape and hook and eye to each student free of charge. 

Dress 2: 

  • 3.5 Yards of light to medium weight woven fabric (no stretch or very little stretch). Some examples of suitable fabric types include cotton voile, lawn, rayon challis, batiste, dotted swiss, georgette, light to medium weight silks.
  • 1.5 Yards of bias tape
  • 1.5 Yards of 3/4" or 1" wide elastic.
    We're happy to provide the elastic and bias tape to each student free of charge. 

Dress 3:

  • 3 Yards of medium weight fabrics such as poplin, denim, corduroy, velveteen, twill, flannel, wool crêpe or gabardine. Top is lined with same fabric as dress.
  • 22-inch coil zipper (not invisible)
  • Hook and eye - We're happy to provide these.

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Indie Designer Supplies - Bring all the supplies needed to make your projects. If you need help with this, reach out  before the class. 

Catskills Weekend Sewing Retreat – Invite Only

You’re invited for a long weekend of sewing, relaxing, & making some new friends who love sewing & creating as much as you do!

Mark your Calendars for Thursday September 27, 2018 – Sunday September 30, 2018

Unwind from the daily grind of normal life & take some time for yourself to work on all the unfinished sewing projects you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll have almost 72 hours of uninterrupted sewing & ME time! The sewing retreat will take place in the wonderful natural setting of Harpersfield NY, located in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains.

Where Retreat is Taking Place:
The sewing retreat will be taking place in an adorable chalet style home that is set on 4 acres of land in the Western Catskills town of Harpersfield NY approximately 1 hour from Albany, NY/3 hours from New York City.

The house has 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The house has a large open space for sewing on the first floor.

We’d like to keep the group intimate so the retreat will be open to a maximum of 8 guests.

Double Occupancy $275 for 2 or 3 Nights (Sharing a Bedroom)
Single Occupancy  $500 for 2 or 3 Nights (Private Bedroom)

If you are signing up with a friend and would like to share a room,  just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll find you a roommate.

What’s included:

  • Three nights stay in our beautiful accommodations
  • Two and a 1/2 days of uninterrupted “me” time in a gorgeous country setting.
  • Ample space for sewing, cutting, crafting, reading, relaxing, hiking, laughing & just about anything you’d like to do during the weekend.
  • Megan’s personalized sewing assistance & fit expertise with any sewing project you’re working on from 9am – 5pm on Saturday & 9am to 12pm on Sunday.
  • 2 Hour Macrame Class taught by Megan
  • Breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday including a selection of smoothies, quiche, yogurt, granola, fruit, pastries, toast, bagels & more.
  • Lunch on Friday & Saturday including homemade soup, sandwiches, salads & more.
  • Additional refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing (you’re also welcome to bring any food & drinks you’d like).
  • A wonderful time time making beautiful things & meeting new people in a gorgeous country setting.

I will ask that each participant help Megan prepare one of the lunches or breakfasts while we are on the retreat.

We’ll head into town on Friday & Saturday night for a group dinners. Each participant is expected to pay for the cost of their own dinner & drinks for both days.

BYO sewing machine & sewing tools. Sewing machines (and all related tools) can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for $50.

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Tentative Weekend Schedule
Thursday September 27th, 2018

5 – 8pm Arrive at house
8-12pm Free time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting – Your Choice

Friday September 28th, 2018
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
12-2pm Lunch Available
1-6pm  Free time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
6:30pm Dinner
8pm-MidnightFree Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Saturday September 29th, 2018
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Sewing (with instruction) or Free for  Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
12-2pm Lunch Available
1-5pm Sewing (with instruction) or Free for  Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
5-6pm Free Time
6:30pm Dinner
8pm-Midnight Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Sunday September 30th, 2018
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Sewing (with instruction) or Free for  Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
Check out is at 12pm

Getting There:
Please note: All guests are responsible for getting to & from the retreat for the weekend. We are happy to try to help facilitate ride shares if requested.

Suggestions for what to bring:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Tools & Supplies (thread, buttons, bobbins, iron, pins, needles, fabric, seam ripper, tape measure, etc.)
  • Ideas & patterns for what you would like to sew

Here is what past M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat participants had to say:

“It was great to meet up beforehand especially since it was the first one! I enjoyed the laid back nature of activities, location was beautiful, I liked that you had the different types of fabric. That Megan and Lauren (instructors on the retreat) were available for questions / support was of the greatest value to me. I think encouraging retreat participants to challenge themselves with skills they don’t know is ideal. I certainly was a bit nervous about embarking on pants on my own and know I would have gotten frustrated had I not had the support of the instructors there.”

“Both instructors were very helpful & really nice people!!  I just wish I got further along w one of my projects (no ones fault but my own) wish I was more motivated to get help on certain things. So sweet & thoughtful of Megan to give necklaces & cards. I loved the retreat & I’m so glad that I went!!!”

“Amazing location and it definitely fostered a nice sense of community and relaxation.”

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Weekly Garment Workshop Series

NEW For Summer 2018 we’re teaching a bunch of brand new workshops to learn garment sewing.  All of the projects we are offering are great for beginners, as well as fun and challenging for experienced seamsters. 

Check the schedule below for project details.

Each project workshop is 2 hours long. You might finish, you might not.*
We do guarantee you’ll learn a ton and get pretty far into the process, no matter what your skill level is walking into the class.

We want to make sewing clothing accessible to everyone so we’ve made the classes quick and the projects easy, yet super wearable.

2 Hour Workshop $50

2 Spots $85**

All Fabric is Included – Just Show up! 

*Don’t finish? Don’t Stress! All participants can come to a free Sew Club within one month of class to finish, if needed.

**The two spots can be used by you and a friend or both spots by you. Please follow up with an email to let us know if it’s for one or two people. If only one, confirm which two classes. If two people, we’ll need name & email address of second person.  

Kids Runway Show – Spring 2018

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Our sewing students work very hard on all of their their sewing & design projects. We always like to show off all their hard work at the Runway Show!  (Not just clothing projects go down the runway, BTW!)

The Spring Kids/Tween Runway Show is open to any & all students who are taking or have taken sewing class either in our studio at the Monroe Center or in one of kids mobile sewing classes in local schools between January – April 2018.

Click here to check out photos from our last fabulous runway show.

We sincerely hope you, your student and your family will be interested participating in this super adorable event! Please reserve a spot for your student in the show by signing up at the link above! Participation is free for all participants in any after school, Saturday or homeschool kids sewing class.

Kids are dropped off at 2pm. Runway Show starts at 3pm.

There are only spots for 30 participants and we’ll need all sign ups by April 30th, 2018, so don’t delay.  Once we hear from you, you’ll get our updates with more details.  We hope that you and your family can attend this fun event!

Ornament Making Party | Free Holiday Workshop

Come Celebrate the Holiday Season with us! 

This Annual Holiday Event is Free for all our Customers!

Sunday December 22nd, 2019

This festive Holiday open house will go from 12-4pm.  This is a very popular event!
Please sign up for a 1 hour time slot below and come at that time so we can comfortably accommodate as many people as possible.

There is absolutely no sewing experience necessary! We'll teach you! 

Children, accompanied by adults (age5+) are more than welcome!  No drop-offs please.

Please bring all your holiday cheer!

You must sign up below if you plan on attending. We have four time slots to accommodate as many people as possible. Please come only during the time slot you sign up for.

If you're coming with kids, please sign up for everyone. If this is not possible, please send follow-up email saying how many will be in your group!

PK & Kindergarten Hand Sewing & Fiber Arts Class

We love to start teaching your kids how to sew and work with their hands at an early age! That’s why we started this handsewing & textile arts class for kids in PK & Kindergarten!

In this class, kids aged 4 & 5 will learn hand sewing, weaving & fiber art crafts using embroidery thread, yarn, fabric & other related items. There will even be some limited highly supervised machine sewing to get kids ready for our 1st grade sewing class. Projects will include things like toys, accessories, wearable items, wall hangings, and more.

    • 10 Week Session + 1 Makeup Class = $199
    • Price includes all tools, supplies and fabrics.
    • Every child works at their own pace.  Up to 8 students per session.
    • Sewing classes take place at the M Avery Designs Sewing Studio.
    • Class meets weekly on Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm.
    • See below for Start Dates & To Sign Up.
    • Each student is invited to participate in the end of session Runway Show
    • View all the dates for FALL 2017, WINTER 2018 & SPRING 2018 school year. This includes class dates, makeup class dates & holidays when there is no class.

If a session has already started and you’d like to join late, this may be possible if we have space available. Send us an email to find out.

Sew Club

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Sewing Dresses Boot Camp

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Learn all the basics of sewing beautiful dresses that fit you in six weeks!

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills to create 2-3 gorgeous dresses that actually fit your body. We've designed a 15 hour sewing class that will take your skills to the next level.  This is a sewing course is designed for the sewing student who's had some basic experience.

As with all our sewing classes, all students work at their own pace and focus on learning new skills based on the skills they come to class with.

Projects in this Class:

Please note: The number of projects you complete in the class will depend on how much experience you come to class with, how much work you do at home and in Sew Club & the pace that you work.

Small, Personal Classes | There are only 6 spots per session.

Part 1:

  • Taking your own body measurements.
  • Review of Seam Allowance and why is it important?
  • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.
  • Learning basic clothing construction.
  • How to read a sewing pattern.

Part 2:

  • Which patterns are right for me?
  • What adjustments do I need to make?
  • How do I take things in and let them out.
  • How can I make this fit better?