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NEW! New York City Weekend Sewing Workshops for 2012

We ALL had so much fun this fall at our first set of Weekend Sewing Workshops in New York City, we can't wait to do it again! Last year we heard from a lot of folks who live in or near New York City or had places to stay and wanted to sign up for the workshop, but didn't need the hotel room. We decided that this year we would try something a little different, to accommodate those folks and give everyone else more options in terms of hotels. Workshop package doesn't include a hotel room but it still includes most meals, because those are so much fun to do as a group! We have brokered some great rates at several nearby hotels - one of them is even right next door - and can help you find another workshopper to share a room with if you come on your own. Or stay wherever you like!

You can use our registration form to reserve a spot. We invoice you for 65% of the fee once we've got you confirmed.

Here are the details and some FAQ!

Weekend Sewing Workshop with Heather Ross & Friends

New York City, 2012


Spring Session: May 11-13

Fall Session: October 19-21

Workshops begin Friday at 6pm and end at 3 pm on Sunday


New York City 

Join Heather Ross and her crafty-genius friends for two + days of sewing, shopping, eating yummy food, and general crafty fun. Our hosts are The Sewing Studio, whose beautiful workspaces are located in the heart of the garment district.

About the Workshop

Workshops schedules are focussed on open sewing labs led by our guest teachers. We provide machines and basic tools, plus expert instruction and loads of encouragement. Bring your sewing projects, we’ll help you make them a success. Guest teacher led mini-workshops are offered as well, and are optional. We also host special presentations by designers and other industry professionals, and optional field trips to garment district favorites like Mood Fabrics, M & J Trim and Tinsel Trading, and the FIT bookstore and museum. Workshoppers can work on their own projects at their own pace with assistance from a pro or join a group-sew or other tutorial. Guest teachers to be announced, past teachers include Liesl Gibson, Denyse Schmidt, Jay Maccarroll, Gretchen Hirsch, Lotta Jansdotter, and Anna Maria Horner. Every level is welcome!

Weekend Sewing Workshop, NYC FAQ

What’s Included?

Two full days of Workshops, which include guest teacher instruction and optional guided field trips in the garment district. Sewing machine and basic tools and materials are also provided. Workshop fee also includes a Friday night “welcome” event, plus a a healthy breakfast and yummy lunch on Saturday and Sunday. We will also be organizing an optional group dinner for Saturday night. Workshop packages don’t include accommodations, but we have arranged some very convenient and well priced options for every budget (shared rooms start at $125 a night) including a great deal right next door to the sewing studio. Or stay wherever you like! The Sewing Studio is walking distance from Penn Station and near many subway lines.

Can I come on my own? 

Absolutely! Most of our participants come on their own, and quickly make friends or do their own thing. The days are very jam packed and we do everything as a group, so you won’t have to worry about not knowing anyone when you arrive. Workshoppers have also brought friends, sisters, new in-laws, bridal parties, long lost high school home-ec buddies, mothers, daughters, and more. We have just one rule: everybody has to wear their name-tag until lunchtime on Saturday. And don’t worry, Heather makes cute name-tags.

What will I need to bring with me?

Usually we tell people to bring lots of fabric and ideas, plus some patterns. We love helping people tackle projects that seem slightly out of reach or helping to fit a dress pattern so that it’s just right. We always supply a big bolt of muslin for testing patterns, and we have lots of sharp scissors because we know you can’t bring your s on the plane. We also try to keep treats on hand. New York has more fabric than it knows what to do with, so for this workshop you really just need a toothbrush and comfy shoes. Actually, there is a drug store on every corner, so maybe just bring the shoes.

How do I sign up?

You can register here. We ask for a deposit of 65% of the workshop fee up front, with balance due 60 days prior to the workshop start date. We don’t invoice you or charge your card until we have confirmed your spot, but we do ask for a credit card number to reserve the spot.

What Happens if I need to Cancel?

If you have to cancel we will do our best to fill your spot and refund your fee. This usually works if we have lots of notice, but gets tougher as the start date nears and is almost impossible to arrange last minute.

If you think you want a spot, let us know pronto! Most workshops fill up quickly!

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Reader Comments (7)

I have a troop of girl scouts.... any chance to do something with them on a THURSDAY? I run out of ideas!!

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Cramer

Love Love this illustration! So cute!

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarsi

I'm hoping I can do a weekend this year. Dream birthday gift so maybe that's what I get myself this year.

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrystyn

When do you expect to know who the special guests are for the may NYC workshop? I've been dreaming of this for a while now and might actually be able to go this time!

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Would this weekend be appropriate for a total beginner? I really want to submerge myself and learn how to create beautiful garments, but don't know where to begin. Please let me know...I'm very interested!

January 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRory3girls

Is there a wait list for the Weekend Sewing Workshop in May? I'd love to be added to if so. Thanks! Claudia

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia Miller

I am so interested in coming...but have severe animal allergies. Is the workshop and workspace pet free? :)

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly King

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