Current students have already heard the news, as well as others have heard the rumors, and what you heard is probably true.
We had the opportunity to move into the empty space in the Fabric Corner building and couldn’t pass it up. We are working on finishing the space right now, so that we can resume classes as quickly as possible. One of my students said that moving there would be like a Drug Dealer setting up shop across from a Rehab Center. How can we control our fabric addictions when my sewing school will be located above the Fabric Store? But, then, why would we want to?
But, imagine, you forget to buy something for your project? You just go downstairs. Need thread, a zipper, some interfacing? Go Downstairs! Want some inspiration? Go Downstairs!
I think you will love the new location. Not only for being in the same building as the Fabric Corner, but it is next door to Bagels by US, 2 doors from Cakes Bakery, and next to that is Arlington House of Pizza. If you feel like you have overindulged, you can go to Get in Shape for Women just past the pizza place. If you forgot to pre-wash your fabric, there is a laundromat on the next corner and before or after class, you can get your groceries at Johnny’s Foodmaster across and down the street.
We are going to be only a couple blocks from the heart of Arlington Center, which boasts a great variety of restaurants and small businesses. At least 3 bus lines (77, 79, 67) go right past the new shop, so those of you who do not drive, can easily reach us by mass transit.
At the new place, we had to remove a bunch of walls, put in a new floor, and are having some major electrical work done. The electrical work is taking longer than expected, so that is delaying how soon we can resume classes. Also, painting has to take place and then everything needs to be unpacked. Once the dust settles, I will post pictures and show you the ongoing process of fixing the new place, both in the email newsletter, as well as my Facebook page. You can link to Laura’s Sewing School on FB by clicking here.
If any of you would like to help pack, or clean, or paint, I would welcome the assistance. I am writing this late on Thanksgiving. We still need packing assistance on Friday, Nov. 25, and then some painting and cleaning assistance after the move happens to make sure the Warren St place is ready for whoever moves into it.
The new space needs painting and UNpacking help, too. I was stumped for colors for the new place. Several friends/students & my daughter (thank you Norma, Sandy, Veronica, Amelia) have been painting the colored walls back to white in the old shop. They said they were looking forward to painting colors in the new shop. I said that I thought we should just paint everything white and then add colors later. Norma made a good point, saying that I won’t be inclined to do any painting once everything is in place. I was in the Fabric corner on Wednesday, waiting for a friend to meet me, and I found a fabric that inspired me for the colors we will be using. I am very excited about it. You’ll have to let me know what you think when you see it. If you can volunteer 3+ hours of your time, you can receive a discount on a future 6 week class session. Feel free to call or email, to let us know if you can donate your time to our transition. We thank you for your support, both in the past and the future.
Keep checking back for more information. Within the next couple of weeks, I will be having a Fabric Stash Bash. I have way too much fabric and will not be able to use it all within this lifetime, so I thought I would pass the riches on to you. Great fabric, great prices and I can put the receipts toward the cost of the move and renovation. It is definitely a win/win situation.
Also, I have some older sewing machines that I can pass on to others. I love older machines. They are all metal, smooth and quiet and need little maintenance. I usually sit at an older straight stitch machine to sew most of my clothing projects. I still have the machine I was given in High School. So, if you are looking for a machine that has been well used and loved, that will be a quiet workhorse in your sewing room, contact me. I know I have at least 3 to 4 of them. A couple of them are in cabinets and the others are portable.
Our new address, as of November 26, 2011 is 785 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476.
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