The art of sewing and making clothes is going through a renaissance. More and more, you hear about people dusting off their grandmother’s sewing machine in an attempt to create something unique you can’t find on a department store’s mass-produced clothing racks.
There are dedicated sewing and clothing-design programs such as the ones at Murdoch Mackay Collegiate and MC College, knitting groups popping up everywhere and now there’s even a place where kids as young as four years old can learn to sew.
“Our machines are modern, computerized Brother sewing machines, so they are very easy for kids of any age to use, and very safe,” says Tanya Gerbrandt of Sew Fun Studios. “This fall we are exploring adding a preschool sewing class to our schedule as kids that age are definitely not too young to learn to sew.”
Open for about a year, Sew Fun Studios is based on a similar studio in Hoboken, N.J. The studio offers everything from a six-week class series to summer/winter camps, one-day workshops and even customized sewing parties.
“Every time we offer a program it is a unique experience since we’ll have a new grouping of sewing enthusiasts,” said Gerbrandt.
“Our participants love that they will leave the program with a wide variety of projects they made all by themselves. No two projects are ever the same as the fabric selection and design choices will vary from person to person.”
Some of the programs this summer included the At the Beach camp, where kids learned how to sew a headband, tote bag and tank top, and the Summer Fun camp where participants left with mini monogrammed pillows and an octopus stuffy.
Gerbrandt says one of the best parts of running Sew Fun Studios is seeing the sense of accomplishment on the kids’ faces when they finish a project.
“Having them realize they don’t need to go to the store to buy something, they can custom-design it instead, is priceless,” says Gerbrandt, adding the social aspect of sewing in a group also makes for memorable moments.
And it’s not just for the kids. Sew Fun Studios also offers adult classes — ideal for those looking to brush up and expand on those sewing lessons we took in home-economics classes.