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Guide to Triangle sewing shops

Many local shops offer introductory sewing classes, either machine sewing or hand sewing or a combination of both.
Many local shops offer introductory sewing classes, either machine sewing or hand sewing or a combination of both. Tri-City Herald

For the second installment of our year-long series on local craft classes, we’re looking at needlework.

Most of these shops offer introductory stitching classes, either with a machine or by hand, although some shops offer a combination of both. We’ve also noted a few December and January classes unique to particular shops. As classes are generally small, to ensure students have the best chance at learning, be sure to sign up quickly as they can sell out.

Additionally, most shops hold classes throughout the year, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for now, check the online calendars in a few weeks to see what’s new.

Bernina World of Sewing

Info: Oak Park Shopping Center, 6013 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, 919-782-2945, berninaworldofsewing.com

Bernina World of Sewing offers a free class for all machines sold in store, and also offers follow-up classes for all ages and experience levels taught by store staff and independent contractors. Topics include handbags, pin cushions, aprons and quilt making.


Info: 715 N. Person St., Raleigh, gathergoodsco.com

Gather is a beautiful, plant-filled shop and classroom in downtown Raleigh that features a selection of well-made artisanal gifts. The shop has classes in different mediums, but a class from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 12 will be will teach students how to create a quilted zipper clutch.


Info: 3811 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, 919-828-5538, needlepoint.com

Needlepoint.Com is a shop for stitchers to browse an extensive collection of needlepoint canvases, threads, books, needlepoint kits and more by some of the finest needlepoint designers. Upcoming classes include canvas embellishment at 10 a.m.-noon. Dec. 9 and a beginner drop-in class 5-6 p.m. Jan. 20.

Pins and Needles Studio

Info: 518 Pershing Road, Raleigh, 919-821-7747, pinsandneedlesraleigh.com

A place to learn to sew and increase your sewing skills and techniques. Adult Learning to Sew 101 classes are for adults who either want to learn to sew or to refresh their techniques. These classes are full for December, but will be offered next year. It also has a flat pattern class where you can learn how to design your own pattern on paper and after-school classes for teens Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 5:30 p.m.

Sew Unique Sewing Center

Info: Harvest Plaza, 8800 Harvest Oaks Drive, Raleigh, 919-845-8802, sewuniquefabrics.com

Sew Unique Sewing Center is a shop that sells Brother machines and accessories, along with everything else to support your sewing and quilting skills. The shop will offer classes on both embroidery machines and sewing machines in January.

Wish Upon A Quilt

Info: 8817 Westgate Park Drive, No. 104, Raleigh, 919-782-6363, wishuponaquilt.com

Wish Upon A Quilt offers quilting supplies, fabrics, batiks and related notions. It offers a Block of the Month club, which breaks up the process of sewing a quilt into a manageable, monthly task, and eight-part beginning quilting classes are offered several times a year. The year’s last Sit and Sew, a specified time where you can come and finish your projects for $5 is 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m Dec. 16. Additionally, the American Sewing Guild will meet at the store from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 23.

Cary Quilting Co.

Info: 226 E. Chatham St., Cary, 919-238-9739, caryquilting.com

Cary Quilting Co. offers everything a quilter needs: inspiration, high quality fabrics and supplies, guidance, classes and even quilting and finishing services. For December, it will have a free motion quilting class 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8 and a binding class 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 19. The shop is taking registrations for five Mystery Quilt Clubs and two Block of the Month Clubs starting in January.

Elegant Stitches

Info: Waverly Place, 316 Colonades Way, Suite 210, Cary, 919-852-4445, elegantstitches.com

Elegant Stitches strives to preserve and foster both hand and machine needle arts, and offers Bernina and Elna machines as well as classes in smocking, heirloom techniques, quilting and more. Classes for the new year will be on the website soon. The second Friday of each month (there is no meeting for December), the shop holds Stitch ‘Til You Drop 7-11 p.m. for $10 and snacks are provided.

Mulberry Silks & Fine Fabrics

Info: Historic Carr Mill Mall, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, 919-942-7455, mulberrysilks.net

Mulberry Silks & Fine Fabrics is a Carrboro shop focused on dress and garment making that has all types of fabrics and notions as well as more than10,000 buttons. It offers dressmaking classes for individuals 18 and older, and this December have elf workshops on Saturdays for both adults and youth ages 11-18, where they can make holiday presents. The shop also has sewing machines available for rent for $10 an hour.

Sew Crafty

Info: 104 W. Parrish St, Durham, 919-740-3587, besewcrafty.com

Sew Crafty shares the joy of sewing by showing students that sewing can be fun, easy and satisfying. The shop offers Sewing After School for teens, and has several December workshops including patchwork Christmas stocking from 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 9 and how to create a zippered make-up pouch from 6:30-8:30 Dec. 10. All materials are included with purchase of a class.

Thimble Pleasures

Info: 225 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, 919-968-6050, thimblepleasures.com

Thimble Pleasures is a one-stop shop for quilting, fabrics and learning. Starting in January, it will offer a Let’s Get Organized series with 12 projects throughout the year on the last Thursday of each month. It also offers sewing for kids on Wednesday afternoons and have a beginner tamari (Japanese thread balls) class in the new year. From 6-9 p.m. Wednesday are drop-in nights for adults; cost: $30. The last Friday of every month is Finish It Friday from 6-10 p.m.; cost: $50 and includes dinner.

Betsy Greer writes about craft and activism at craftivism.com. Reach her at betsy.greer@gmail.com.