Ellicott City Sew Vac

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January 2023


We would like to thank you all for your continued support throughout our 33 years in business. We certainly couldn't have done it without you! This year we will be continuing with many classes and seminars hosted by our favorite guest instructors, as well as our popular clubs and special events, including, of course, SEWFAIR. The sewing industry has grown to an unbelievable level with all the specialty products and machines that make sewing and embroidery easy and fun! We are dedicated to making your experience a great one every time you walk through our doors. We are so lucky to have so many great customers and have made so many friends along the way.

Thank you again and hope to see you all soon! 

-- Janice and Brad


In April, we will be bringing back two of our most popular instructors!

On April 5th, 6th and 7th - Barbara Dann of Alleycat Quiltworks, a quilt instructor specializing in tools and techniques from Studio 180, Sew on the Go, and more, will give us three different classes to choose from - pick one, two or all three!

On April 27th and 28th – Welcome back, Joyce Hughes, quilter, artist, and author! Joyce will present a two-day hands-on workshop, "Photo to Pattern to Thread".

  More details to come, so stay tuned!

Upcoming Virtual Event

Designs in Machine Embroidery (DIME):

The Scoop on In-the-Hoop”

Tuesday, February 21st, 2023, 12:00 - 1:30p (VIRTUAL)

Learn how to complete unique projects with one hooping! Construct, stitch and embellish all in the hoop! Create beautiful and useful items featuring innovative designs and projects during this 90-minute class.

Click here to register now! 

Our January Kit of the Month

Holiday Mug Rug

Get ready for February's holiday and express-o your love with these easy pieced and appliqued Mug Rugs. Just $12.95 and includes everything you need to make two - just add thread!

Sewing Classes

Long Island Knit Pants with Pattie Otto -- Back by popular demand!

Saturday, January 28th 10:30am-3:30pm $50

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

A slim leg knit pant that goes from dressy to relaxed depending on fabric chosen. Pocket options include slash pockets, cargo pockets, or both. Pattie will have try-ons of all sizes to aid in obtaining a great fit. After pattern adjustments, layout and cutting, Pattie will help with construction, including pockets, hemming and elastic waistband techniques.

Beginning Garment Sewing with Pattie Otto

Saturday, February 25th

10:30am-3:30pm $50

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

The Sonoma Tee is a simple pullover and perfect for beginners who want to expand their sewing knowledge while creating a garment. We will cover basic fabric and pattern knowledge, how to measure and select the correct size, interfacing, seam finish basics, and hemming. Although this is a beginner course, students must have a working knowledge of their sewing machine.

Quilting Classes

Beginner Quilting with Pat Brousil

Class Fee: $135

Four sessions:

Monday, February 27th, 10:30am-3:30pm plus

Monday, March 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm plus

Monday, March 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm plus

Monday, March 20th, 10:30am-12:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Is creating a quilt one of your 2023 Resolutions? Pat has taught quilting for many years, and this has been a popular class for anyone who wants to learn to quilt or is just getting started. You will learn the basics such as accurate cutting, perfect piecing, fabric and color choices and so much more. You should know how to use your sewing machine before taking this class.

Serger Classes

Serger Wreath with Lisa Cowan

Saturday, March 10th


Class Fee: $75

Skill Level: Beginner

You can create a serger wreath for any holiday or special event – or to match any décor! Broaden your serger skills with five different techniques, including beading. Lisa will take you through each step in creating a lush wreath completely on your serger.

New Baby Lock Machine Owner Classes

Know Your Baby Lock Machine!

We are committed to helping you learn your new Baby Lock machine. These hands-on, 2-hour classes are designed to help you get acquainted with your new Baby Lock machine. Bring your machine, power cord, manual, feet, accessories and thread. Each session is FREE for machines purchased from Sew Vac.

Introduction to your Baby Lock Sewing Machine

This class will focus on basic machine operations, what the various icons allow the user to do, and identifying the basic feet. Part 2 will focus in on stitch selection, stitch editing and identifying the basic feet and their purpose.

Introduction to your Baby Lock Sewing Machine:

  • On the Jubilant:

  Saturday, JANUARY 14th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

  Saturday, FEBRUARY 11th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

  Saturday, MARCH 11th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Introduction to your Baby Lock Sewing Machine, PART 1:

  • On the Aventura, Vesta, Brilliant, Lyric, Soprano, Presto, Verve, Bloom, Aurora, or Accord

     Tuesday, JANUARY 17th, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

     Tuesday, FEBRUARY 14th, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

     Thursday, MARCH 16th, 10:30am - 12:30pm

  • On the Aerial, Altair, Aria, Ballad, Chorus, Crescendo, Destiny, or Solaris

     Tuesday, JANUARY 17th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

    Tuesday, FEBRUARY 14th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

    Thursday, MARCH 16th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Introduction to your Baby Lock Sewing Machine, PART 2:

  • On the Aventura, Vesta, Brilliant, Lyric, Soprano, Presto, Verve, Bloom, Aurora, or Accord

     Tuesday, JANUARY 24th, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

   Tuesday, FEBRUARY 21st, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

   Thursday, MARCH 23rd, 10:30am - 12:30pm

  • On the Aerial, Altair, Aria, Ballad, Chorus, Crescendo, Destiny, or Solaris

    Tuesday, JANUARY 24th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

   Tuesday, FEBRUARY 21st, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

   Thursday, MARCH 23rd, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Introduction to your Baby Lock Embroidery Machine

This class will focus on identifying the various embroidery mode icons, hooping, stabilizer basics and more! Part 2 focuses on design placement and editing.

Introduction to your Baby Lock Embroidery Machine, PART 1: 

  • On the Accord, Aurora, Aventura, Bloom, Flare, Flourish, Verve, or Vesta 

     Thursday, JANUARY 19th, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

    Thursday, FEBRUARY 16th, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

    Tuesday, MARCH 14th, 10:30am - 12:30pm 

  • On the Aerial, Altair, Meridian, Pathfinder, Destiny, or Solaris

     Thursday, JANUARY 19th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

      Thursday, FEBRUARY 16th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

      Tuesday, MARCH 14th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Introduction to your Baby Lock Embroidery Machine, PART 2: 

  • On the Accord, Aurora, Aventura, Bloom, Flare, Flourish, Verve, or Vesta 

    Thursday, JANUARY 26th, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

Thursday, FEBRUARY 23rd, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

Tuesday, MARCH 21st, 10:30am - 12:30pm

  • On the Aerial, Altair, Meridian, Pathfinder, Destiny, or Solaris

     Thursday, JANUARY 26th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

Thursday, FEBRUARY 23rd, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

Tuesday, MARCH 21st, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Beginner Free Motion Club with John Anderson
Learn to free motion quilt in this monthly club. Each club features a different technique. Bring your machine and extensions table and prepare to learn!

January Beginner Free Motion:

Basic Meandering

Saturday, January 7th

10:30AM -12:30PM


February Beginner Free Motion:

Westalee Ruler Simple Circle

Saturday, February 4th

10:30AM -12:30PM


March Beginner Free Motion:

Beginning Feathers

Saturday, March 4th

10:30AM -12:30PM


Intermediate Free Motion Club with John Anderson
Want to learn something a bit more complex with your free motion quilting? Join John in this club for advanced techniques! Bring your machine and extension table and prepare to learn. This club is open to Confident Beginner or Intermediate level quilters.

January Intermediate Free Motion:

Filled Crosshatching

Wednesday, January 18th

10:30AM -12:30PM


February Intermediate

Free Motion:

Advanced Feather Block

Wednesday, February 15th

10:30AM -12:30PM


March Intermediate

Free Motion:

Border Quilting

Wednesday, March 15th

10:30AM -12:30PM


Embroidery Club with Terri Miller
Learn about your embroidery machine, stabilizing, design selection, design placement, and embroidery techniques. All embroidery machines welcome!

January Embroidery Club:

Embroidery on Fleece

Thursday, January 12th

10:30AM -12:30PM


February Embroidery Club:

Embroidery on Paper

Thursday, February 9th

10:30AM -12:30PM


March Embroidery Club:

In-the-Hoop Pin Cushion

Thursday, March 9th

10:30AM -12:30PM


Solaris Club

with Terri Miller

Learn every facet of your Baby Lock Solaris sewing machine with Terri! Bringing your machine is optional, so grab your notebook and prepare to learn.  

Solaris January Technique: Edge-to-edge Placemat

Saturday, January 14th

10:30am - 12:30pm


Solaris February Technique: Embroidery Couching

Saturday, February 11th

10:30am - 12:30pm


Solaris March Technique: Embroidery Design Placement

Saturday, March 11th

10:30am - 12:30pm


IQ Design Club (New club for 2023!)

with Terri Miller

Get creative with IQ Design Club - for all machines with IQ design capability. Welcome Solaris, Destiny, Altair, Meridian owners. All levels welcome - so many features to explore!

January IQ Design Club:

Zentangle Heart

Thursday, January 12th

1:30pm - 3:30pm


February IQ Design Club: 

Importing Artwork

Thursday, February 9th

1:30pm - 3:30pm


March IQ Design Club: 

Welcome Banner

Thursday, March 9th

1:30pm - 3:30pm


Serger Club with Lisa Cowan
Join Lisa as teaches you all about your Baby Lock serger!

January Serger Club:

Stabilizing the Stitch

Saturday, January 21st 



February Serger Club:

Modified Rolled Hem

Saturday, February 18th 



March Serger Club:

Turning Corners - Inside and Out!

Saturday, March 18th 



Floriani Club with Brad Martin

All Skill Levels

Join Brad as he explores all the many things you can do with Floriani Total Control U. Just bring your computer and a USB Drive, he'll take care of the rest.

Monday, January 9th 



Monday, February 13th 



Monday, March 13th 



Class Policy
Buy your class supplies with us!
Supplies purchased for our classes and clubs receive a 20% discount.
Payment for classes must be received at the time of registration. If you cancel 7 or more days before class you will be issued a store credit. There will be no refunds or credit for cancellations less than 7 days before class. If we have to cancel a class, we will reschedule the class when possible or refund the fee.
For inclement weather, we follow the Howard County School System schedule.
Store Hours
Monday- Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-4
Ellicott City Sew Vac
8480 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 465-6366