Hello Stitch – a new sewing studio

Hey, Berkeley now has a new sewing studio with sewing machines, sergers and a long-arm quilter! Hello Stitch offers a place to sew for members as well as sewing and quilting classes (read about membership benefits here). Kristen, Stacey and Terri, the founders of Hello Stitch Studio, “wanted to create a space where people can be inspired to sew and create things by hand.”

Hello Stitch Studio founders - Kristen (left), Stacey and Terri.

Hello Stitch Studio founders – Kristen (left), Stacey and Terri at the grand opening.

 

I got this lovely pin at the grand opening in April. The colorful quilt in the background is by the talented Tara Faughnan.

Hello Stitch pin

Hello Stitch has a spacious studio with high ceilings and gets great natural sunlight.

Hello Stitch sewing studio interior

Here’s a look at some of the sewing machines and sergers there.

Hello Stitch sewing machines and sergers

One wall has these cards with the classes being offered – garment sewing, quilting, accessories and more.

Classes at Hello Stitch sewing studio in Berkeley

Garment sewing at Hello Stitch

If you’re interesting in garment sewing Beth Galvin, who blogs about sewing at SunnyGal Studio and blogs for Craftsy, will be teaching at Hello Stitch. Beth has tons of sewing experience and makes nearly all of her clothes and coats. She also sews custom-fit garments for clients. Beth did a great sewing demo for the Bay Area Sewists meetup group in April, showing how to convert bust darts to shoulder gathers.

Here’s what she’s teaching at Hello Stitch:

Sew basics - skirt class at Hello Stitch taught by Beth Galvin

Quilting classes

Hello Stitch offers several quilting classes, including Innova Longarm Certification, which you must take to rent the longarm. I’m not a quilter but I might want to quilt some fabric to make a coat. Wouldn’t it be fun to make your own quilting design and quilt some fabric?

Bay Area Sewists at Hello Stitch

I’m the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists meetup group and we will be having a “show and tell” meetup at Hello Stitch on Saturday, July 8. If you’d like to attend, join the meetup group and RSVP for the meetup here ($5 fee).

It’s great to have a new venue for sewing classes, especially after Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics stopped offering classes last year. (See my interview with Suzan Stonemountain’s owner Suzan Steinberg.) Stonemountain has a good list of the many places you can take sewing classes in the Bay Area here. I’m looking forward to holding a meetup there.

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2 Responses to “Hello Stitch – a new sewing studio”

  1. May 6, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    It was great to meet you, Chuleenan! Thanks so much for coming by the Hello Stitch opening and we hope to see you a lot more in the future!

    • May 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

      So nice to meet you, too!! I’d like to make some quilted fabric one of these days. Now I know where to go. 🙂

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