VERY Beginners Sewing Class

   Very Beginner Class 

For those who have never ever sewed before

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew, maybe craft a piece you can wear with pride? This is the class for you! Learn from the start how to select a pattern and the material to make you custom piece. Join us for for an afternoon of creativity and fun. We sew look forward to seeing you there. 

What you will learn:

* How to use a machine and actually thread that dang needle.
* How to use the foot pedal and move your fabric in time with it. (Those who do not, bunch and knot their stitches)
* How to pick your needle and make your first stitches.
* Start to learn how to make the machine work for YOU so all of your future projects are fun and you know how to handle hiccups.

PST: You can register for a Sew Buddy too and bring them with you!

Machine Sewing: Level 1

Students will start a specific project with instructor guidance. Topics covered: choosing patterns, gauging size, fabric appropriateness, and specialty needles/stitches.

Depending on project complexity, students may need to enroll in Open Sewing Hours to complete their project.

Create Your Own Stocking!

*please note that the stocking pictured is a style sample. Students will create stockings from available materials.

Students will learn to use a sewing machine to make their own stocking to hang by the chimney with care.

Bring your own materials for a class discount, or select from available materials provided by Magpie.

Flirty Skirt Class

Intro to Flirty Skirt

Create a cute and stylish skirt for yourself or someone else. In this introductory class, you will learn how to construct a skirt from scratch. You’ll be provided with a pattern, from which you’ll learn to cut, measure, assemble and sew your chosen fabric into a fashionable finished product.

For this class, you will need to provide:

·      Serger or sewing machine

·      2 yards of large-print fabric

·      2½  yards coordinating small-print fabric

·      4 cones of coordinating serger thread (or thread/bobbin if using sewing machine)

·      1 seven-inch zipper (coordinating needle and thread if using a serger)

·      waist to knee measurements


MAGPIE Featured Sewing Classes

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Want to learn how to use your old sewing machine? Recently receive a machine that you’re nervous to try sewing on? Join our next BYOM class for a fun and informative hour and a half of instruction on your own machine.* Basic machine orientation, threading, bobbin preparation, tension, and stitch explanations will be covered, as well as some simple stitching practice on fabric samples. A great first class to take in preparation for our Level 1 Courses!

If you’ve taken the Basic Machine Class, or are familiar with your machine, and would like more hands-on time working on a simple project, this class is for you! Students will continue exploring different stitches and features on their own machines, and will complete a simple pillow sampler (or project of your choice) using the features available on your machine.*

For those of you looking to work “Quilting Bee” style on your machine-sewing projects, join us for Open Sewing Hours. You’ll gather with other novice and experienced sewing enthusiasts to finish old projects, do some mending, or get started on new efforts. Come enjoy sewing with like-minded individuals, and take advantage of the expertise around you.

Open Sewing Hours fee is $10 per hour, per person.
Sundays 2:30pm-5:30pm (by reservation)

Ages 12 and up welcome. Kids ages 8-11 are welcome with adult supervision.

*A limited number of classroom machines available to those who do not have their own machines. Please request this upon registration.


  • Sunday, March 22  1-2:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 28   3-4:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 29  1-2:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 11   3-4:30 pm
  • Sunday, April 12  1-2:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 2  3-4:30 pm

$25 per student /per class
includes 1.5 hours of class instruction (each class) and project fabrics

Register at or by phone
607-591-9652. Payment is expected the day of class.

Magpie accepts cash, check and all major credit cards.

Sign up for any class or open sew hours by phone, or by responding to this email.  There are no walk-in hours, so non-registrants will not be notified of class cancellations.

Minimum of 4 students required to hold classes or open sew. Due to space constraints, we must cap our registrations at 10 students.