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General Info
Sew Images is the San Francisco Bay Area's finest retail shop for sewing classes, sewing supplies, sewing machines, and offers the friendliest one-on-one customer experience in the entire Bay Area.
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Sewing, sewing machine repair, sewing classes, Sewing Supplies
Baby Lock, Bernina
Payment method
visa, mastercard, amex, discover, financing available, all major credit cards, cash, check, apple pay, company card
4172 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA - between 41st and Linda Avenue
North Oakland, Piedmont Avenue
Custom Embroidery, Sewing Classes, & ;Sewing Machine Repairs ,Quliting and sewing supplies
Piedmont Avenue Merchant's Association, Bernina USA, Baby Lock USA; Excellent Sewing Machine Dealer
Small Appliance Repair
Other Information

Parking: Street, Self

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Services: Sewing Machine Repair


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Good Beginning Sewing Class

My intention is to update this review once I am done with the class, so this review will update, but so far so good. I attended my first class today at Sew Images with Cecilia Franklin. I registered for the class super last minute by calling Cecilia the day before the start date and she was able to fit me in.

Cecilia is pleasant and the class I am in consists of 8 women, all 30-40 age range. The class that I am taking is called Beginning Sewing I : From the Start. This is a 5 classes series that consists of a weekly 3 hour class from 6pm - 9pm. The class in 5 parts costs $175 (not including materials, which you would have to purchase yourself) consists of:

Class 1: Sewing and general concepts
Class 2: How to read pattern, marking and cutting patterns, and custom fitting.
Class 3: Sewing machine, sewing seams, finishing seams.
Class 4: Pressing techniques and pressing tools
Class 5: Finish sewing project

The series consists of making of a garment from patterns, and we are not expected to touch a sewing machine until the 3rd class.

There is a lot of learning -- about fabrics, patterns, and cuts. Thus far what I find the most interesting thing I have learned is why clothes don't fit and how to make adjustments. It is an eye-opening experience for me to take this class. Cecilia is very organized and knowledgeable -- you will learn things in her class that won't be found in your regular beginning sewing book.