Founder Megan Avery

A quilted jacket with frog toggles. That was the first thing I ever sewed. It was a project for my 4H Club Clothing Review when I was ten. I can’t say for sure if I ever wore it in public—or if it was even remotely fashionable—but I remember feeling a such a sense of pride and accomplishment when it was completed.

It would be another decade before I got hit again with the sewing bug, but it came—right after college—and I experienced the creative fulfillment I’d been looking for. I began designing handbags and selling them online (this was in the days before Etsy). Clients from as far as Australia ordered these custom designs. But soon the demand exceeded my output, and I was again left wanting something more.

It was time to take a leap of faith.

So I left behind my office job and started Megan Avery Designs in 2000, and, three years later, my studio in Hoboken opened its doors. Located in Hoboken’s Monroe Center for the Arts, and just minutes from my home in Jersey City Heights, M. Avery Designs Sewing Studio hosts after school classes for kids, private sewing parties and lessons for all ages, and boot camps to introduce novices to the craft. And our daytime summer camps for tweens and teens are so popular, we happily welcome back familiar faces year after year.

Sixteen years on, M. Avery Designs—and sewing—still brings me the same pride I felt at ten with the 4H Club. I’ve tried to pass that on to my students, from kids as young as six to adults who have never picked up a needle and thread. And it has also inspired my latest endeavor, HipStitch Academy, which aims to reach as many young people as possible through sewing patterns, curriculum & training for those wishing to have a business teaching others to sew.

Now more than ever, with computer and smartphone screens dominating everyday life, it’s essential to remind people what it’s like to make something from scratch. And the sooner we start, the better. Imagine a garment you can touch, hold, and use—one you made yourself!—rather than something that exists only on a hard drive. And the benefits of sewing—developing motor skills, learning responsibility, expressing creativity, and making decisions—foster a healthy sense of independence and appreciation.

I look forward to you joining our sewing circle.

Charity Cat Toy Sewing Workshop – Free Class for a Great Cause

All who love CATS & love to Sew are invited to attend!

Even if you’ve never sewn before, you are more than welcome to  join us! (We always need expert catnip distributors and cat toy stuffers!)

Monday November 20th, 2017 from 7-9pm

This is a free night of sewing to support a local Cat Adoption Group called JerseyCats.

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We’ll be sewing catnip filled cat toys that JerseyCats Organization will sell at upcoming adoption events. The money raised from selling the toys we make will go towards the Jersey Cats Mission.

Kids age 8 & up are welcome when accompanied by at least one adult.
There are no child drop offs for this event. 

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JerseyCats has simple and clear objectives to help cats:

  • Homing – finding homes for cats in need by facilitating foster care and adoption

  • Reducing overpopulation – supporting and encouraging the spay/neuter of cats

  • Outreach – improving people’s understanding of cats and their care through community education

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All the supplies and instruction will be provided free of charge by JerseyCats & M Avery Designs. We’ll even have some light refreshments.

Please join us! It’s sure to be a fun night of sewing and supporting this very worthwhile cause!

There will also be a $5 raffle for some cool giveaways courtesy of M Avery Designs. All proceeds from the raffle will go straight to the organization!

Please sign up by clicking the link below so we can keep an accurate count of who will be coming!

 

Fabric 101 – Learn to Identify Different Fabrics

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Everyone who sews absolutely loves fabric!  But how much do we really know about it?

We have added this brand new class to help you all become fabric experts. We’ll help you identify all different kinds of fabric and we’ll help you determine which fabrics are best for which projects. You’ll see up close and personal what each of the fabrics looks like, feels like and the ways to determine the fiber content.

Swatches of each fabric discussed (over 40 different fabrics) will be provided to all students attending the class. And we’ll provide you with a handy take home information sheet including each fabrics properties, how to work with it, how to care for it & little known hints and tips.

Some of the fabrics discussed include naturals (cotton, denim, chintz, chenille, poplin, corduroy, etc) silks (shantung, taffeta, brocade, tulle, etc), manufactured (acetate, acrylic, nylon, polyester, rayon, etc) sustainable (hemp, organic cotton, tencel, etc) & more.

This 2 Hour Class is $20 Per Person |  All Supplies Included

Upcoming Sessions

Monday March 3rd, 2014 6:30-8:30pm | Sign Up

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Spring 2014 Sewing Retreat in the Catskills

A grand time was had by all at the First Ever M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat! You can view our photo album here. And stay tuned for details on our Fall 2014 Sewing Retreat coming soon!

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The very first M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat is finally here and we have found the perfect place to host it.

Join us for a weekend of sewing, crafting, relaxing, enjoying nature & getting to know other people who love to sew. We’ll be offering mini classes and demos all weekend long and you can enjoy them without the interruptions of every day life!

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You’ll also have the opportunity for tons of open sewing time, so bring a project or two that you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll have almost 48 hours of uninterrupted sewing time in the wonderful natural setting of the Turqoise Barn Bed & Breakfast, located in Bloomville NY.

The B&B is set on many beautiful acres in the Western Catskills. You’ll have ample time to explore the grounds and commune with nature, if you so choose.

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Date
Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th 2014

Location
Turquoise Barn Bed & Breakfast
8052 County Highway 18
Bloomville, NY 13739

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Turquoise Barn is a Green Certified, eco-friendly Bed and Breakfast, Retreat, and Education Center located approximately 3 hours from NYC on an organic farm in the Western Catskills.  The former dairy farm is home to 3 historic buildings which are now the residence, studio, workshop, and gallery (Turquoise Barn) of two artists formerly of East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY – Michelle Premura & Michael Milton.

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Living Arrangements
The retreat will be open to only 8 guests. We’d like to keep the group intimate and have the sewing classes and groups remain small. There are are 4 gorgeous rooms at the B&B, each with their very own bathroom equipped with shower so everyone will be  sharing a room.  If you are coming with a friend and want to share a room just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll assign you a room-mate. Anyone who wishes to have a room all to themselves will  have to purchase 2 spots.

Rosa Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private bath with claw-foot bathtub | King size bed and full-size futon

Moss Room | Mountain & pond view |  Private bath, queen bed and full size futon

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Sunset Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private Bathroom, Queen Bed, two single beds

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Sunrise Room | Mountain & Turquoise Barn View | Private Bath, Queen Bed, two single beds

 

Beds & Rooms are available on a first come first serve basis! Book early to get the bed of your choice!

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What’s included:

  • Sewing demos by Megan & assistant instructor on a variety of topics, with an emphasis on clothing & accessory creation

  • Mini classes throughout the day Saturday & Sunday with topics including garment & accessory construction, sewing tips & tricks, new sewing skills

  • Sewing instructions and guidance throughout the entire weekend on any sewing projects you choose. There will not be more than 8 students. With 2 instructors for the weekend, that’s a 4:1 ratio of student to teacher!

  • Megan’s personalized fitting and sewing help with any garment project you bring along

  • Two nights stay at the beautiful Turquoise Barn B&B

  • Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday

  • Boxed lunch on Saturday & Sunday

  • Additional Refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing

  • An old fashioned good time making beautiful things in a beautiful setting & you might even make a new friend or two

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Vegetarian Breakfast & Lunch on Saturday & Sunday are included in the price. There is a vegetarian kitchen in the house we’ll be staying in so feel free to bring snacks and extra beverages. We’ll be heading into town for a group dinner on Saturday at one of the tasty local restaurants.

The main area of the B&B is big and open and gives us plenty of room for sewing machine tables, design space & cutting room. We recommend that you bring your own sewing machine, but machines can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for the low cost of $20.

We’ve done our best to keep the price very reasonable.

We’ll be offering the low introductory price of $475 per person if you commit  by paying the $225 non-refundable deposit before March 15th, 2014.

All spots for the retreat are now full – Please send us an email if you’d like to get on the waiting list

We’ll follow up with you regarding your room choice as soon as we get your registration.

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Tenative Weekend Schedule

Friday May 2nd:

Arrive anytime between 5 & 8pm
8-12pm Dig right into some Sewing

Saturday May 3rd:

Breakfast 8am
Sewing & Mini Classes 9am-12pm
Lunch 12pm
More Sewing, Mini Classes & Free Time 1-6pm
Dinner 6:30pm
More Sewing & Free time 8pm-Midnight

Sunday May 4th:

Breakfast 8am
Sewing & Mini Classes 9am – 12pm
12pm Check out & Bag Lunch for the Road

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

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More about the Turquoise B&B

Rustic . . Simplistic. . . Elegance……..Our 3-story 3,000 sq. ft, converted 1800’s Carriage House has large loft-style open spaces with high ceilings, artist designed & renovated with handcrafted furnishings and art throughout the house.Upstairs are four large bedrooms, each equipped with a private bathroom, tastefully designed and decorated, and each with AMAZING views of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, mountains or pond.

Downstairs has an additional 5th full bathroom, open kitchen (vegetarian), large handcrafted dining table, radiant heat floors, wood stove and back sun porch.

NATURE THERAPY…….Outside are acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams. Fire pit for evening gatherings and open large field for special events. Also on the property are chickens, roosters, ducks, & cats (outdoor only). Hiking in our backyard or up the mountain road and just minutes away from the Catskill Scenic Trail for biking/walking/running/skiing.

Taking the time to relax & create is very good for all of our souls! This M Avery Designs Retreat is designed for anyone who shares a love for creativity, no matter where your skill level lies. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or have yet to thread a needle, you’re welcome to join us for this weekend of sewing fun & creativity.

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Interested in adding a special activity to your visit?  Turquoise Barn offers a variety of additional services for our guests including:

​♥ Bicycle & snowshoe rentals
♥ Botanical culinary workshops & retreats
♥ Dietary & Lifestyle consultations
♥ Wild edible ID walks & Herbal consultations (seasonal)
♥ Massage
♥ Private or Group Yoga
♥ Reiki
♥ Raindrop Therapy
♥ Aromatherapy
♥ Re-connective Healing (Energy Work)
♥ Intuitive readings

Advance registration required – Contact the Turquoise Barn directly for pricing and availability. info@turquoisebarn.com

Private & Duet Knitting Lessons

M Avery Designs offers private & duet Knitting Lessons for adults, teens and kids at our comfortable & inspiring studio in Hoboken NJ.

Choose your projects and one of our skilled instructors will guide you through it step by step, one-on-one. Or come with a friend or family member and it becomes a duet lesson. You don’t have to work on the same project or be at the same skill level to have a duet lesson with someone else.

Private and duet lessons are tailored to meet your knitting needs & skill level. If you are a complete beginner, we’ll start with the basics and go from there. If you have some knitting experience but want to learn something specific, we’ll work on that during your appointment.

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Private Knitting Lessons – Adults & Kids

1 Hour Lesson – $60 | Buy Now

4 Pack Hour-Long Lessons – $160 | Buy Now

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Duet Knitting Lessons – Adults & Kids

1 Hour Lesson – $40/person | Buy Now

4 Pack Hour-Long Lessons – $120/person | Buy Now

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Click here to Check Instructor Availability &  Schedule Your Lesson Online**

Private & duet knitting lessons can be scheduled anytime day and night, as long as the schedule is open and there is instructor availability. Please schedule your lesson at least 5 days in advance.

Schedule lesson via online book system, by email or by phone.

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**Directions for Mindbody Online Booking System
1. Click Schedule Your Lesson Online.
2. Click “Find An Appointment” Button at top right of page.
3. Follow prompts and click request when you find an appointment that works with your schedule!
4. At this point your lesson will be requested. This does not mean the lesson is confirmed. We’ll confirm or deny the request within 48 hours.
It’s that easy!
Cancellation Policy: When you sign up for a private or duet lesson, you agree to the cancelation policy here.

3-Week Knitting Cables Class

You’ve got the basic knit & purl down, now what?!?! In this adult knitting class, students will get a little bit more in depth with learn knitting terminology, stitch execution and how to follow a pattern while creating beginner/intermediate level projects that include gorgeous cables (as shown in the project photographs). Projects include: matching set of cabled hat & mittens.

Next Session:

3 Classes – Wednesdays 7-9pm February 13th, 20th & 27th, 2013
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$100 + Yarn

Click here to Register Online or call studio 201.876.1198

Knitting outside of class will be encouraged.

There are 8 spots per session.

Materials needed:
-1 x 16″ circular needle size 6.5mm or 7mm
-1 set double pointed needles size 6.5 mm or 7mm
-1 cable needle
-Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky (At least 2 – Please note: It’s important to purchase the recommended yarn in order to have a successful finished project)

Instructor Vickie Sargeant has lived in hoboken for 18 yrs and been knitting for most of her life.  She has taught adult friends and after school groups everything from the basics of how to knit to more challenging techniques such as cables.  She has created in a variety of yarns and worked with many levels of pattern as well as creating her own designs.  She has been described by students as passionate about the craft as well as patient when teaching. She just finished up teaching her first adult knitting class at M Avery Designs and is looking forward to more teaching. 

Where do I start?

You want to learn a new skill? Now What?

M Avery Designs offers all kinds of  classes for kids & grownups.

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SEWING is our first love…

If you’d like to learn how to sew and have never done it before, listed below are some suggestions for regularly scheduled beginning sewing classes we offer for adults:

Intro to the Sewing Machine | 1 Hour basic sewing class | Learn to use the sewing machine, how to thread it & feel comfortable using it | Great first class if you are looking to take some of our project based classes in the future | Offered Monthly | More Info

Beginner Sewing Boot Camp | 4 Week Series Class – Meets 2x per week | Become a competent stitcher capable of making multiple fashion accessories and clothing in 4 weeks | Offered Bi-Monthly | More Info

Weekly  Sewing Lab |  Buy a package or just drop in when you feel like it – This class is offered 3x per week in the afternoon & in the evening | Complete beginners welcome | Work on the projects you’d like – We’re happy to offer suggestions based on your skill level – The possibilities are endless | More Info

Private Sewing Lessons | Not finding classes that match your schedule and/or interest? Think you might need a bit more hand holding than a group class can offer? We can work with you personally to learn how to sew | More Info

This is just the tip of the iceberg! We offer many more sewing & crafting classes.
Utilize the menu at the top of every page to see more of what we have to offer.