Naturally we chose the hottest week of the year, so far, to make our move. We left #309 broom clean and piled all the stuff in 204. It was all moved in 2 3-hour days and still stuff is missing. But we finally have all but one chair cleared off, only two boxes left to unpack and enough room for 4 students at a time. Progress!!
We were able to negotiate a larger space! On May 1 we will be opening in the same building, but in a larger space on the second floor. We’ll have a window on E. Main Street instead of on Third, which means we’ll actually be easier to find. Plans are to have lettering on our window and even a nice window seat set up. We can hold both quilting and sewing classes simultaneously if we want, or rather if YOU want.
Keep an eye on the calendar, which will be updated and posted here soon.
Meanwhile, one of our kids on beginning her third project at her next class, and right now she’s doing happy dances because her denim skirt fits …well…just like it was made for her. She did a beautiful job on the skirt and picked the fabric for her blouse to wear with it. I’m so proud of all the kids who come in for lessons I could just plotz! What an awesome group of learners. This coming week will see another project finished, perhaps two.
Our Lunch Ladies made seat belt cozies this week, and if you’ve never tried one of those in your car you don’t know what you are missing! They keep the seat belt strap from rubbing your neck raw and are amazingly simple to make.
We have also found two quilting instructors. One is a machine quilter and the other is a hand quilter. Guess we’ll have to come up with a quilting bee soon.
This was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve had a chance to do in quite a while. My customer found a shirt online, somewhere, and couldn’t get it back in time for the birthday it was intended for.
She called me, I was able to locate a shirt and digitize the design, embroider the shirt and deliver it on time! The following afternoon I received this note:
Itchin to be Stitchin Sewing Cafe is busier than ever! We’ve already worn out two of our machines, so we just upgraded the fleet! New Janome My Style machines are going into service today.
We’re also enjoying folks who bring in their machine from home and delight in seeing them learn to use the “Old Faithful” that was mom’s or a recent purchase from the local shop.
We’ve run 25 kids through at least two hours of instruction, several are now regulars on the calendar every week, it’s really exciting to see how the kids light up when they finish a project.
Our Thursday Noon Lunch Bunch meets today and should be a full house of workers from offices just down the street.
Don’t miss out on the fun call 503-329-4322 or drop by at 315 E Main #309 (enter thru Cafe Baghdad and come up to third floor). Drop-ins are welcome!
Some days the concentration to do the stitching is so thick you can nearly feel it! Good job on that narrow seam!
We produced a flyer for school kids that we had printed and then counted and sorted and stacked for delivery to 13 schools. What a great response we had!! Many of the kids took advantage of the 2 for 1 we offered and we now have classes Wednesday thru Saturday, mostly from the kids who came in for the deal. Out of that group, we have some good little seamstresses developing, and I have to learn how to deal with lefties and their special way of doing things.
Obviously if you are in our area we’d love to have you come in and see how the sewing cafe works. Our resident quilter has begun advertising and will be forming classes, too!
Hope to see you soon!
This past Saturday, January 19, was the first day of back to back classes. What fun! Two charmers in the early class and three more in the afternoon. Calendar is starting to fill up, so don’t miss out. One of our students was so tiny that her feet didn’t reach the floor from the chair, AND she couldn’t see over the bed of the machine at the same time. We fixed that problem, in a rather creative way!
It seems that girls just wanna make jeans purses! No problem, we go to Goodwill Outlet and buy the jeans by the pound!
These young people were quite happy with their completed projects!
Two girls in the morning and 3 in the afternoon!
Here’s hoping everyone out there had a wonderful beginning of the year 2013!
We began our year on a pretty much ‘up’ note, with two classes going. Alterations and embellishment projects seem to filter in fairly regularly so that’s always a bonus!
Hannah and Joy finished their first complete project this past week, and they are doing really well, so I sent homework and let them know there’s a test coming!!
It’s what we do at Itchin to be Stitchin Sewing Cafe!
We’ve been doing well with our kids classes, and have some adult classes as well. If you are in the Hillsboro, Oregon area be sure to call us at 503-329-4322 to schedule YOUR class.
Are you getting a new machine this Christmas? Didn’t buy it from a dealer? No worry, we’ll gladly help you figure out all those bells and whistles!
We have ads running in the Hillsboro Argus newspaper and flyers abound in our little world of the sewing cafe!
- Instruction for all ages
- Machine Rentals hourly or monthly
- Help with pattern fitting
- Kids Can Sew & Fashion Design Licensed Instructor
- Member American Sewing Guild
Or email Kathie@itchin2bstitchin.com
Convenient downtown Hillsboro location!
If you are not located in our immediate area, look for a sewing cafe near you!! Machine rentals let you know if you want to invest in a new machine, instructors will help with almost anything, and above all SEWING IS FUN!!