We have a confession to make. A disastrous brush with sewing in high school left us scarred, and convinced of our complete sewing ineptness forevermore. Until a few weeks when Carley Struve, the woman behind the New West sewing studio, SewGood disabused us of the notion that we’d never successfully sew a seam.
SewGood runs out of Struve’s well-equipped basement. She has all the sewing supplies you need, from incredibly easy-to-use sewing machines, to fancy irons and a serger. You just have to bring your fabric, notions and a pattern. If even that sounds overwhelming to you, as it did to us, have no fear, she’ll help you figure out what exactly you need for your project at your first SewGood class.
Struve offers classes for kids from six to 12, teens and adults of every level. With no more than four students per class you’re guaranteed to get the help you need to complete your project over the four weeks each class runs. She also has drop in Stich ‘n Bitch sessions which are great if you don’t have a machine at home but you have a project you’d like to finish, or you want to try a sewing girls night out with your friends. There are also one-off How To Fix Stuff and Make It Fit classes. And you can even opt for private school if you’d prefer.
We took a one night intensive, which was like four classes rolled into one. A more “experienced” friend accompanied us. She appreciated Struve’s less-than-rigid approach to sewing which allowed for a bit of freedom and flexibility. We appreciated getting over our mental sewing hurdle with some friendly, helpful instruction that demystified the whole thing for us. We left with two completed pint-sized elastic waist skirts. We may even tackle an apron next. That’s how daring we feel!
Sadly this newfound confidence means that we no longer have an excuse to defer sewing on buttons to our mother. And our children have absurdly high hopes of the wardrobes we’re going to make for them – and their dolls…
410 Fader Street , New Westminster
Yo, mama! Want to get your sew on but aren’t near New West?
Spool of Thread is a Vancouver-based option.