Catskills Sewing Retreat

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Summer 2020 Sewing Camp For Adults - Let's Socially Distance in the Country

Leave the hectic pace of daily life behind and spend time in the beauty of the Catskills. Let nature clear your mind and soothe your soul. Our peaceful chalet sewing studio was built in 1968 and has ample room to be comfortable & get creative.  Megan fell in love with this property and now she invites everyone to experience it.

The Sewing Classes at the Retreats are over two full days: Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 5pm.
Megan will serve everyone lunch each day on these days.

The upcoming 2020 Retreats will be small gatherings. There is room for 4 guests only per weekend.

Each guest stays at the Chalet in your own private bedroom.  

Guests arrive Thursday evening, anytime after 6pm and stay until Sunday morning checkout at 9am.

- - - -  Upcoming Retreat Schedule  - - - -

July 23 - 26, 2020 - FULL

August 20-23, 2020 - 1 Spot Left 

September 3- 6, 2020 - Just Added

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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.

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**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!

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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.

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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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Rules of Sew Club

  1. You don’t talk about Sew Club. Just Kidding - Sew Club is a time to work on sewing projects independently and get light instruction from the instructor working.
  2. Price of Sew Club is $20 for 2 hours.
  3. Sew Club is FREE for those currently enrolled in a class and up to 1 month past the last class of the session. Use promo code freesewclub
  4. Please use any of the studio tools, sewing machines, thread, etc.
  5. Fabric is for sale for the prices listed.
  6. Please feel free to use any of our sewing books and/or sewing patterns while in the sewing studio.
  7. The instructor is ALWAYS here to help you with projects related to the class you are enrolled in.
  8. Sew Club is not a sewing lesson for projects that are not from one our sewing classes. You can work on these and we can answer a question here and there if you get stuck. But keep in mind we have private sewing lessons that you are welcome to schedule one-on-one with an instructor for projects where you not sure what to do.
  9. Again - If you’re working on something independently and you’re really stuck, an instructor can help you. Please don’t take advantage of this. See rule 9.
  10. Feel Free to Eat, Drink and Make New Friends! Have Fun!
  11. Adults Only. Age 18+

Sewing Dresses Boot Camp

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About The Class

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. This class can be taken in our Sewing Studio in Hoboken (6 spots available) or you can take it from home and attend live instruction classes via video. 

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. 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 in between instruction times.

Things you'll learn:

  • 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.
  • 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?

    Seniors 60+ take 30% off the online class.
    Use code "senior30" when you sign up.