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.”
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 has a spacious studio with high ceilings and gets great natural sunlight.
Here’s a look at some of the sewing machines and sergers there.
One wall has these cards with the classes being offered – garment sewing, quilting, accessories and more.
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:
- Tunic Top Class – May 13 and 20 (10 am–1 pm) or July 15 and 22 (2 pm–5 pm)
- Skirt Class – May 13 and 20 ( 2 pm–5 pm) or July 15 and 22 (10 am–1 pm)
- The Perfect Fit Dress – June 11 (10 am–5 pm)
- Fit Lab – June 17 (10 am–5 pm)
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.