At Home Hand Embroidery Lab

Learn how to do beautiful hand embroidery techniques in the comfort of your own home.  We use zoom video technology to allow the sewing class experience to happen where ever you are in the world. 
No sewing experience is necessary to join this class. Experienced stitchers will learn new things each session and perfect their skills with additional sessions.

Week 1:  Running Stitch, Back Stitch, Split Stitch, Stem Stitch, Chain Stitch & Whipped Back Stitch - We'll start a sampler to remember and have examples of all the foundation stitches.  Week 2:  Threaded Back Stitch, Pekinese Stitch, Blanket Stitch, Fly Stitch, Cross Stitch, Bead Stitch, French Knots & Satin Stitch.  Week  3:  Wagon Wheel Flower, Lazy Daisy Flowers & Leaves, Regular Fishbone Leaves, Raised Fishbone Leaves & Script Lettering.

Your First 3 Week Session:
Ages 14+ = $120
Age 65+ = $72      Use Code "superior" when checking out to get your discount

Any Additional 3 Week Session: 
Age 14+ = $84      Use code "flosspro" when checkingout to get your discount.
Age 65+ = $60     Use Code "superiorpro" when checking out to get your discount.

For your first session our Embroidery Lab Starter Kit is included and will be mailed or delivered to you.  Please sign up 1 week prior to class start to ensure getting your supplies on time. If you live in Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City or Weehawken NJ, arrangements can be made for delivery or pick up up to 2 days before class start.
No kit is included for additional sessions. Additional supplies can be purchased at checkout.

Embroidery Lab Starter Kit includes:

  • 2 Large Eyed Embroidery Needles,
  • 1/2 Yard (18" x 45") piece of linen fabric.
  • Needle Threader
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • 8 skeins of embroidery floss of varying colors

"I had never tried embroidery before and I have enjoyed the class immensely. It is fabulous to learn a new skill, meet new friends, and be creative! The classes are set up so you learn at your own pace and our instructor provided a lot of encouragement and ideas so you can really develop your own projects and turn them into a finished piece of art (wearable or displayable)."

Laura L. New York, NY

If you'd like to purchase your own embroidery supplies, here is what we recommend:

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"Nancy is an excellent instructor. Extremely helpful and patient."

Madian H. - Jersey City NJ

"My daughters, Raquel and Elena Gonzalez, attended the sewing boot camp classes this past summer. I just wanted to take a quick moment to let you know that as a result of these classes, Elena was able to alter her own school uniform blouse a few weeks ago.  She did a great job at cutting it down and sewing in a hem that looked almost flawless !  The girls really enjoyed the summer sessions and they will probably enroll for classes again when their school schedules permit them some more free time."

Lily Z - Jersey City NJ

"I love how easy yet beautiful the projects are. They can be as basic or as involved as you want them to be. These projects made me fall in love with sewing."

Christelle V. Hoboken, NJ

"I would highly recommend taking classes at M Avery Design. Megan is a wonderful instructor, clear, fun and patient. The boot-camp class teaches you the skills which will allow you to begin sewing at home. Megan combines instruction with also empowering you, as the student, to figure things out independently. Aside from the class, the studio is super clean and is located in a great neighborhood. There are so many other classes happening simultaneously in the building."

Hadassah - Englewood NJ

"I'm so glad I signed up for Beginner Sewing Boot Camp! I sort of taught myself as a youngster, w/grandma to help, but didn't sew for years. Happy to be diving in and finally doing it again. We made so many useful items in the Beginner Sewing Boot Camp and I'm looking forward to more classes this summer! "

Eileen - Jersey City NJ 

"I wanted a creative outlet and I'm so glad my friend told me about this place! I signed up for the beginners boot camp and I can't wait till next week to learn more! Our teacher is great, explains everything step by step and takes her time to help you individually if you need it! 5 stars!!"

Thanee - Hoboken NJ

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.  

Get Hooked on Crochet

Crochet is back at the M Avery Designs sewing studio and we’re pretty sure you’ll get hooked!!

Join us for this special three week class & we’ll teach you the basics of crochet so you can make your very own projects like these:

We’ll Start by teaching you the basics- single crochet, double crochet, and the chain stitch.  Once you have mastered these three stitches, there is no end to what can be created!

Week One

  • Techniques on how to hold the hook and yarn for proper tension
  • Crochet vocabulary and abbreviations
  • Stitches- chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc)
  • Choosing types of yarn for projects

Week Two

  • Using what we learned in week one to make a scarf, cowl, potholder or something similarly shaped.
  • Reading and following along with a pattern- starting with a foundation chain and working a pattern using the double crochet and chain stitches

Week Three

  • How to change colors/adding on a new skein of yarn
  • Stitches- half double crochet (hdc) and how to increase stitches
  • Finishing techniques
  • Using what we learned to make a coffee cup coaster

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Supplies:  We make it easy-peasy – All supplies for all three classes are included! You don’t have to bring a thing!

However, You ARE totally welcome to bring your own yarn & hook, if you choose.


  • 1 skein of worsted (medium) weight yarn in a light solid color (acrylic yarn like Red Heart Super Saver or Bernat Super Value Yarn will work great!)
  • Crochet Hook- size H/8 (5 mm) or size I/9 (5.5 mm)

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Small, Personal Classes | There are only 8 spots per session.
Ages 16 & Up welcome to take this class!

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3 Week Class – Get Hooked on Crochet:  $129
Includes yarn & crochet hook

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Next Session Starts January 31st, 2018

Dates: Jan. 31, Feb 7 & Feb 14 7-9:30pm
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Learn to Sew Your Own Jeans

Have you ever dreamed of making the a custom fit pair of jeans? Well now we have a sewing class for that!

Students will focus on learning more advanced design & sewing skills used in making a pair of jeans that is custom made to fit your body!  We’ve designed a brand new 3 week intermediate level sewing class that will take you through the steps of measuring, cutting and then sewing your very own jeans.

We ask that you have at least a little sewing experience to take this class. Maybe you’ve take some sewing classes somewhere else, or taken our Beginner Sewing Boot Camp?

Keep scrolling for the upcoming schedule! 

Week 1: Cutting the Jeans – This is the week that really counts. We’ll be taking all our body measurements and cutting all the fabric pieces in the size required to make your custom fit jeans. There are a lot of pieces and they need to be cut out pretty precisely. If there’s time after we cut,  we’ll be starting to do a little bit of sewing this week, as well.

Week 2: Sewing the Jeans – This is the week the bulk of the sewing will be done. We’ll start putting the jeans together by cutting & sewing the pockets. Followed by the fly & zipper. Finally we’ll be sewing the front & back of the jeans together

Week  3: Finishing the Jeans – This is the class we’ll be finishing up anything that’s not done. Yolk, waistband, hemming and button. Can you believe you’ll be leaving this class with your very own jeans?

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Supplies: All supplies included to construct one pair of dark blue, stretch jeans are included in the price of this class!

We’ve done a lot of research into the best denims and will provide our favorite denim to all students in this class. There is no need to buy any thing or bring any supplies to this class. The class will go over which supplies are used & why and where you can purchase all of the supplies needed to make additional pairs of jeans at home or in Sew Club.
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Small, Personal Classes | There are only 6 spots per session.

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3 Week Class – Make your Own Jeans:  $179
Includes all fabric & supplies
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Skirt Pattern Drafting – Design Multiple Skirt Styles

Join us for our brand new one day intensive course on learning the art of flat pattern drafting. In this course you will learn how to create 3 different customized skirt patterns based on your measurements.

This course will include a thorough understanding of skirt flat pattern construction, dart construction, as well as simple adjustments that can be made to your patterns to add design elements to your sewing projects.

You’ll leave the class with basic fitted, a-line, & pencil skirt pattern that you can use over and over again to design & create your very own clothing.  We will provide hand outs that outline the step-by-step process creating patterns for a perfectly fitting skirt.

Supplies Needed:  None

1 Day – 4 Hour Course $139

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Please note: There is no sewing in this course. The is an instructional class where we’ll be creating customized paper patterns during each class time. Each student will be encouraged to participate in our monthly Sew Clubs to create muslins of each of the patterns that you create in class and really customize your fit properly.

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Home Decor Sewing Boot Camp

Learn the basics of sewing beautiful things for your home in our 6 Week Adult Sewing Class.

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills used to make items for your home. We’ve designed a six week (15 hour) sewing class including challenging projects that will fill your home with gorgeous items you custom make yourself.  This class is great for all levels of sewing. Beginners and intermediate stitchers alike will find themselves challenged and learning new things in this course.

Projects Options 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.

Week 1 Project:  Custom Pillow Covers with zippers

  • Breathe new life into any existing pillows you already own by creating custom covers that can be removed.
  • Learn to measure fabric accurately & create a perfect fit for your pillow cover.
  • Learn tips for cutting straight and with accuracy.
  • Learn how to insert regular zippers and/or invisible zippers so you cannot see them on your pillow cover.

Week 2 Project: Bedroom Pillow Case with French Seams

  • Review of cutting & measuring accurately.
  • The magic of french seams.

Week 3 Project: Bolster pillow with piping and zipper

  • Understanding and learning how to cut fabric on the bias.
  • Learn to create your own matching piping.
  • Mastering the technique of adding piping to any of your sewing projects.

Week 4 Project: Quilted Table Runner/Placemat/Potholder

  • Introduction to patchwork.
  • Working with quilt batting.
  • Using a regular sewing machine to do small scale quilting work.

Week 5 Project: Pouf Floor Cushion

  • Patchwork (non-square)
  • Working with Interfacing
  • Optional: Covered Buttons

Week 6 Project: Custom Curtain(s)

  • Learning how to accurately measure windows.
  • Learning appropriate curtain sizing for windows.

  • Cost of 15 Hour Workshop: $329

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The price includes free Sew Club classes during AND one month past your beginner sewing boot camp 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.

There is also the option of taking a private lessons to make up a missed class if you think you’ll need a bit more guidance. 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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Please note: 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.

Fabric & Notions Needed:

Week 1: Zippered Pillow Covers

Approximately 1/2 Yard Quilters Cotton, Linen, Home Decor weight or something similar for each pillow up to 17″ Square. Zipper – Length should equal the width of your pillow. Optional: Pillow Form (size of your choice)

Week 2:  Pillowcase Project

3/4 Yard Quilters Cotton for Body of pillow

1/4 Yard Quilter Cotton (matching other fabrics) for pillow cuff

1/4 Yard Quilters Cotton (matching other fabrics) for pillow band

Week 3:  Bolster Pillow – Suggested Size 16″ x 6″

3/4 Yard Quilters Cotton, Linen, Home Decor weight or something similar for bolster pillow project.

1 Yard of cotton piping (1/2″ or 1/4″ thick will work) for bolster pillow project.

16″ Zipper for bolster pillow project

Week 4:  Table Runner/Potholder/Placemat

At least four different fat quarter fabrics that go together.  More if making large table runner or multiple placemats.

1 Yard of quilt batting. More if making large table runner or multiple placemats.

Week 5:  Pouf Floor Cushion

Amounts coming soon.

Week 6:  Curtains 

Will talk about this in 1st  class. Amount of fabric needed is based on your your window size and curtain design.

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!

Back to School means Back to Sewing Class

If you’ve got kids, we’ve got sewing classes for them!
(Well at least ages 4 & Up)

Pre-K & Kindergarden Handsewing & Textile Craft Class

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1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade Sewing Class

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4th, 5th & 6th Grade Sewing Class

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7th – 12th Grade Sewing Class

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Homeschool Sewing Class

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