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!

Sewing Knits Boot Camp

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Learn all the basics of sewing with jersey, stretch & knit fabrics in SIX (super fun) weeks!

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills using stretch knits. Everybody loves to wear knits because of the comfort they bring. Did you know that sewing knits really isn’t as hard as everyone seems to think. We’ve designed a 15 hour sewing class

This is a sewing course is designed for the sewing student who’s had some basic experience. The course is 15 hours in total divided up between 6 weekly classes.

Each class is project oriented and each student will leave classes with their finished wearable projects.

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.

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Part 1:

  • Introduction to sewing with knit fabrics.
  • Which needle? Which Stitch? Seam Allowances for knits?
  • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.
  • Learn basic clothing construction.
  • Project: Leggings/Workout Pants

Part 2:

  • Review of sewing with jersey & knits.
  • Introduction to reading sewing patterns
  • Project: Knit Skirt

Part 3:

  • Fabric School: Learning different types of knits, Which fabrics work best for which projects? Determining which knit is which?
  • Introduction to reverse applique with knits.
  • Project: Knit Top

Part 4:

  • Introduction to sewing with knit fabrics.
  • Which needle? Which Stitch? Seam Allowances for knits?
  • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.
  • Project: Wrap Dress

Cost of 15 Hour Workshop: $329

This includes free Sew Club classes during AND one month past your classes.  Sew Club is a great time to “makeup” anything you might have missed in a class, catch up on anything you fall behind on, or just sew whatever you’d like.  There are no makeup classes if you miss a session. Cost of Sew Club is normally $20/class.

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There is the option of taking a private lessons to make up a missed class. The rate for a private lesson while you are enrolled in a 6-week class is $40/hour (normally $65/hour).
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Small, Personal Classes | There are only 6 spots per session.
Fabric is NOT included. Woven Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $12 per yard. Stretch Knit Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $16 per yard. We have a variety of types, colors & prints, but keep in mind we are not a fabric store. Students also have the option of purchasing fabrics elsewhere before the class. Details & amounts are below.

Supplies Needed:

    • Skirt: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 2 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 1.5 yards.

    • Top: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 2 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 1.5 yards.

    • Leggings: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 2.5 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 2.5 yards.

    • Dress: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 4 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 3.5 yards.

If you are buying fabric from somewhere besides M Avery Designs Sewing Studio, be sure to purchase,  good quality knit jersey fabric made of cotton or polyester. Make sure it isn’t very thin knit fabric. Make sure the stretch is at least 50%.

Our Studio in (201) Gold Coast Magazine

You know that awesome new magazine (201) Gold Coast you see around Hoboken & Jersey City?

Well, We’re in it!!!

The latest issue of (201) Gold Coast May 2016 magazine has been published and they’ve included a sweet article about our little sewing studio!

We are so honored to be included in the pages of this beautiful publication!

Be sure to pick up a copy around town or  you can now access it instantly HERE.

The awesome feature is in their “Hidden Treasures” section and can be found on page 24 of the print edition and page 26 of the digital version.


Open Lab – Come Sew in Our Studio

We all love to sew and create, but who has the space to do at home.

Now your can bring your projects to the M Avery Designs Studio and work on them here in a semi-supervised environment, with all the right tools at your disposal.

Open lab time is your chance to rent out workspace here at our studio to work on any sewing or crafting project you might have.

Open lab time is available if an instructor is in the studio working and/or teaching a class. See schedule below or send us an email.

Open lab is NOT a lesson.  Little questions can sometimes be accommodated, but the teacher on duty is there to teach a class, unfortunately not to help you. Please keep this in mind!

Rates are paid to instructor at the end of your time at the studio:
Up to 1 Hour $10
Up to 2 Hours $20
Up to 3 Hours $30
Up to 4 Hours $40

Upcoming Open Lab Schedule:

Closed for Summer break
Open lab is close for summer break until – Monday September 4th – no open lab during this time. Need to work on something? Book a private lesson. 

ALWAYS send an email to reserve space during the time you were thinking of coming in. We’ll get right back to you with availability.The time you rent is always supervised by a knowledgeable instructor and comes equipped with just about anything you might need to complete your project including:

Sewing Machines
Irons & Ironing Boards
Scissors, Rulers, Seam Rippers, Thread, Tape Measures, Pins, Needles,Pin Cushions, Tailors Chalk, Hand Sewing Needles, Large Cutting Tables, Adjustable Dress Forms, Patterns, Sewing & Crafting Reference Books & More.

Fabrics, Trim, Bag Making Supplies and other notions are always available to purchase.

Please Note: This schedule is subject to change based on our ever changing class & private workshop schedule. Be sure to check this page from time to time as it updates. When in doubt, call, text or email ahead of time to make sure open is happening. No heads  that you’re coming may result in a closed studio or not enough space to work in our open lab. MUST MAKE RESERVATION VIA EMAIL!

Please note: Anyone utilizing our open lab time must either have some sewing experience, have taken our Intro to the Sewing Machine Class or one of our Private Sewing Lessons prior to using our sewing machines.

All Kids Sewing Classes

Modern Quilting Lab

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  • Sew Club & More
  • Supplies Included

All supplies are included to make a small sampler quilt are included in the price of the class. If you'd like to bring your own fabric, we'll be using the following supplies:

  • 8-10 Cotton Fat Quarters (1/4 yard pieces of quilting cotton sold in coordinating bundles)
  • 1 Yard Quilt Batting