Knowing how to sew can come in handy in numerous scenarios, such as patching up a favorite pair of pants or performing an emergency fluffendectomy on teddy bears. Practice suturing skills with today’s Groupon to M Avery Designs. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get a one-hour introduction to the sewing-machine class for adults (a $25 value). The class is offered at noon on Saturday, January 21; Saturday, February 18; and Saturday, March 17. More classes may be scheduled according to demand.<p>
- For $29, you get a three-class pass for afterschool sewing classes for children ages 8–10 or tweens ages 11–14 (a $65 value). Classes for children take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., and classes for tweens take place on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.<p>
Megan Avery, author of sewing guides such as Bag Bazaar and owner of M Avery Design, works with a crew of experienced stitchers to lead a schedule of fabric-manipulating classes. In Introduction to the Sewing Machine, pupils learn to set up stitching apparatuses, change needles, and fill bobbins. Instructors illustrate the process of adjusting stitches’ size and style, allowing for the creation of more advanced pieces and scarecrows with a wider range of emotion. Classes for kids and classes for tweens elucidate the basics of fashion and accessory design and free young paws to stitch or craft the hands-on project of their choice. Kids tap into a colorful well of included materials and work at their own pace, and completed projects travel home at the end of the class to hang proudly on refrigerators full of trophies.
A joyful profusion of books, art, and supplies lines the walls of the spacious classroom, where sewing machines whir and shears thrum along long tables on black- and white-checkered floors. Along the soaring ceiling, projects in progress dangle from hangers next to swatches of colorful fabrics, spools of thread, and crafting supplies.