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We will be resuming classes the week of October 26-31, 2020!

To sign up for classes, go to our registration form, linked in the green bar above the photo slideshow.

It's been 7 months since classes were suspended due to the statewide lockdown from the pandemic.   

On March 19, medical organizations started reaching out to me asking me to coordinate making masks for their health care providers. As many of you know there is a terrible lack of Personal Protective Equipment (or PPE) available in this time when they are desperately needed. A cloth mask is better than no mask at all. Cotton alone can prevent 50% of pathogens from being breathed in.  

Since that time, we have made over 8200 masks!  We have given them to healthcare personnel, the elderly (1000 to the town of Arlington seniors alone,) food bank workers, homeless shelters and many others.  I have a page dedicated to sewing masks.  You can click on the link in one of the green bars above the photo slide show.  It includes links to documents and videos, too.

Changes to the Sewing School in response to the pandemic.
We have totally rearranged the sewing school to make it safe for students to return to classes.

1. There is now a lot more space to move around and keep 6+ feet of distance.  
2. All of the sewing machine tables are over 6' apart and facing the wall or windows.  
3. There is hand sanitizer at each sewing table; at the entry; at both ironing stations.
4. Touch free technology has been installed in the bathroom.  This includes a touch free faucet, touchess soap dispenser, and a new towel dispenser which has you touching only the towel you use.  And, I purchased a new waste can with an open top, so you won't need to touch the can to put your used towels in there.
5. We have 2 new, top rated air cleaners.  The large one cleans a 2,000 sq ft area (my main space is 1,000 sq ft) and the smaller one is for the back hallway/bathroom area.  The technology is used by NASA and developed by Aerus/Electrolux. The cleaners were made in the USA!  
6. Surfaces are disinfected after every class, with FDA approved cleaner.
7. Masks are required at all times in the space, including the bathroom, back hallway and entryway.  If you need a break, go outside.
8. No food or drinks will be allowed in the sewing school until further notice.  This includes water bottles. 
9.  Dogs will be available in classes for puppy therapy.  They are not touch free, and happily welcome your attention.

If you'd like to take a tour, I have made a video so you can see the changes to the school.

In person classes will be limited to…
Adults (no youth classes for at least a year)
Those who have been and will be continuing to socially isolate
Those who work remotely.
Those who do not have kids going to school in person or in sports or other activity groups

You may ask why so limited?  Laura has an autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis.  To control the condition, she takes a number of immune suppressant medications.  This puts her at high risk during the pandemic.  This is a non-negotiable situation.  Please respect that and we appreciate your understanding.

We are going to try to offer instruction to those who cannot attend in person classes.  
1. Laura has a YouTube channel called SewInGenius
    A good number of videos on how to make PPE are already loaded on the channel. 
    We are trying to upload videos on a regular basis, now that we are resuming classes.
    These videos are a way to communicate basic sewing techniques.  The following are already uploaded and available to watch:
    How to wind a bobbin
    How to thread a sewing machine
    How to clean out the fuzz under your throat plate, and oil the bobbin area
    How to sew a pillow cover with an invisible zipper   
    How to sew a button on a blouse/shirt
    How to make shirring with elastic thread
And, there are more, but this is just a little teaser.  

2. We are exploring formats, such as Zoom, Livestreaming, and Pantheon or Vimeo.  We will send out announcements of our offerings via email and on our facebook page.