Ellicott City Sew Vac
Sew What's New
June 2020
A Message from Janice and Brad
Hello to all of our Sewing Friends!

Well, it certainly has not been "business as usual" these past few months! We have been here, selling fabric, sewing machines, elastic and all the tools people need to sew, sew, sew masks! Mark and Art have been working hard to fix hundreds of machines people have pulled out of closets, basements and garages for them to sew masks. We have met so many new customers, and we welcome them all to the Sew Vac family. We are excited to safely and carefully move on to the next stage of our new normal. We are making plans for what our new "business as usual" will be. Starting next week we will expand our hours to Monday- Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3 and remain closed on Sundays for now. We will be continuing our vigorous cleaning and sanitizing daily and require anyone entering the store to wear a mask. Social distancing is also required at all times, and we will continue to offer curbside drop off and pickup for repairs.
We have rescheduled many of our classes and will keep class sizes small for social distancing. If you have signed up for a class that hasn't been rescheduled yet, we will gladly offer a refund or store credit. We are also working with our landlord to expand the classroom to give us more room to safely continue with even more classes. Classes will start again in September. Clubs have been postponed until next year.
New shipments of fabric are arriving on a near daily basis, along with new notions, tools and accessories and machines, so stop by to see what's in stock! We have elastic, interfacing, and mask templates available along with tons of sewing supplies for any project.
We are grateful to have been open during this truly unbelievable time in history and appreciate all of the support you all have shown us not only during these past few months, but also for the past 31 years.

Stay safe, stay healthy and keep sewing!

-Janice and Brad
Guest Instructor Classes
Techniques, Techniques, and More Techniques!
Thread Painting and Embellishment With Joyce Hughes
Wednesday, September 30th and Thursday, October 1st
You've thread painted with her, now learn all about her art quilting techniques! In this class, 8 Techniques will be covered and applied to a beautiful panel. You will learn step by step basic instructions for: 1) Free Motion Quilting, 2) Dimensional Thread Painting, 3) Trapunto, 4) Application of multiple Overlays, 5) various 3D Layering, 6) Bobbin Work, 7) Blocking and Squaring a quilt and, of course, 8) applying Crystals. Working with Joyce will give you all the techniques and inspiration you need to create your own pieces of art! Price includes fabric, thread, and specialty materials.
Sparkle Quilt
with Barbara Dann
Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd
Barbara Dann, of Alleycat Quiltworks, returns to Sew Vac for a hands-on class using Studio 180 rulers and Michelle Renee Hiatt's Sparkle Quilt pattern!
In this 2 day class, you'll learn all about Studio 180's Trimmer,Corner Pop, and V-Block rulers. If you collect or love Fat Quarters, the Sparkle quilt is perfect for you! It makes fabulous use of Fat Quarters and is perfect for any color background. For the most sparkle, go with a high contrast between your background fabric and fat quarters. We're also hosting an optional Fabric Cutting Seminar on Thursday, October 15th, from 1:00pm-2:00pm. This seminar is free of charge and is designed to help you cut all your pieces before the event.
You don't want to miss this quilt--seating is limited, so call 410-465-6366 to reserve your spot!
Sewing Classes
Mini Professional Tote with Pat Brousil
Tuesday, September 8th, 15th & 22nd
10:30am - 12:30pm
This versatile bag is a smaller version of Creative Thimble's Professional Tote. With 10 pockets and room for an e-reader, this bag is perfect for travel, sewing class or carrying everything you need.
Camp Shirt with Pattie Otto
Monday, September 21st
Skill Level: Intermediate
A relaxed fit camp shirt is a must have for every wardrobe. The drop shoulder and turn back collar lend themselves to unlimited possibilities, be it a blouse, comfortable short sleeve jacket, swimsuit cover up, etc. The fabric options are also limitless, from pretty cotton prints to luscious batiks to light and airy rayons, you will want to make more than one. Class begins with accurate measurements and try-on samples to help you determine your pattern size. Pattie will assist in any fitting issues you might have and show you how to alter the pattern. Class also includes cutting and construction assistance as well as interfacing tips while you create your shirt.
Beginning Sewing with Pattie Otto
Saturday, September 26th
Skill Level: Beginner
Are you new to sewing or looking for a refresher? This class will introduce you to the inspiring world of sewing while you create a versatile Ten Pocket Tote. Class will begin by familiarizing you with the basics of your sewing machine as you learn the mechanics, practice threading, how to wind a bobbin and use seam guides to sew simple seams. After you have selected your fabrics, you will then proceed to cut out your tote using both patterns and rulers. Sewing techniques will include simple seams and hems, seam finishes, topstitching and tips for accurate sewing. Pattie will also demonstrate quick seam finishes, handle variations, easy embellishments and optional closures. Class fee includes fabric and thread for the 10 Pocket Tote.
Jelly Roll Beach Tote with Lisa Cowen
Monday, September 28th and Monday, October 5th
Skill Level: Beginner
This fabulous beach tote comes together in a snap using precut fabric. This tote is extra large for all your beachy accessories, and features generous handles to keep it all together! Students will learn about zig-zag stitching, layout, and basic bag construction.
Folded Fabric Medallion with Cheryl McLeod
Thursday, October 8th
Skill Level: Beginner
Make a stunning fabric medallion with Cheryl! These gorgeous medallions can be used in quilt blocks, as table toppers, as an embellishment on garments—anything you can think of! Students will learn all about design and layout, setting up a grid foundation, and sewing through multiple layers. Cheryl will also discuss options for finishing the medallion center.
Serger Classes
Fabric Crate with Lisa Cowan
Monday, September 14th
Skill Level: Beginner
Make a marvelous fabric crate entirely on your serger! You’ll learn about decorative threads, fabric weaving, and ruffles. You can make this crate on any overlock serger.
Knits for the Absolutely Terrified with Pattie Otto
Friday, September 25th
Racks are filled with them, as are your closets and drawers. Knits are everywhere, so why aren't you sewing with them? Are you a little hesitant? Are your palms a bit sweaty? Admit it. You're terrified of sewing with knits. Put these fears to rest with this fun and exciting class. Included will be advice on how to select the right knit for your tees, tanks, cardigans, pullovers and more as well as layout and cutting pointers and super quick construction tips for professional results every time. Pattie will also share her tips for handling the new ITY and other curly knits. You'll be amazed at how easy knits really are to sew.  This is a lecture class.
Knit Serger Techniques Class (also How to use the Knit Binder) with Pattie Otto
Friday, September 25th
Master the four basic techniques needed to serge knits: seaming, neckbands, hems and applying elastic. This hands on class covers basic seaming on a variety of knit types and where and when to use stabilizers and topstitching. Practice four different neckband techniques including how and when to use the Knit Binder. Several hemming options will also be covered including cover stitch basics on a variety of knit fabrics. Simple elastic waistbands for pull-on pants will be explored as well as a professional cover stitch option. You will complete multiple samples with detailed class worksheets that you can apply when making knit garments.  There is $15 kit fee payable to Pattie at the time of class.  The kit includes Knits for the Absolutely Terrified booklet, worksheets and fabric for samples. 
Knit Pullover/Lounger with Pattie Otto
Monday, October 19th
Sergers and knits go together like cookies and milk (sorry, no cookies will be served). Let Pattie show you how easy it is to serge and hem knits with your serger. Choose between two fabulous tee patterns, Great Copy Savannah Tee, Soho Tunic or Pattie's new lounger pattern. Class will begin with measurements and try-on samples to help you select your correct size. Pattie will then help you with fitting and pattern adjustments. She will also show you how to easily cut, stabilize, serge and hem knit fabrics with your serger. 
Quilting Classes
One Block Wonder with Pat Brousil
Friday, September 11th, 10:15am-2:45pm and Friday, September 18th, 10:30pm-12:30pm
Confident Beginner
Using Maxine Rosenthal's technique, Pat will show you everything you need to know about this trendy technique. Movement, texture, swirl--Pat will cover it all, and then some! Bring your favorite ruler and get ready to design like a pro.
Beginning Quilting with Pat Brousil
Tuesday, September 29th, October 6th, 13th & 20th
Skill Level: Beginner
Pat's 30 years experience of teaching quilting will give you the confidence and knowledge to make beautiful quilts. You will learn all of the basics you need to make your first quilt.
Log Cabin Quilt with Pat Brousil
Wednesday, October 7th
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Log cabin quilts are a staple in any quilter’s repertoire. Students will use foundation paper piecing to guarantee perfect points and corners! $3 kit fee for foundation paper pieces is payable to instructor at class..
Soaring Eagle Panel Quilt with Lisa Cowan
Monday, October 26th
Skill Level: Beginner
Lisa will walk you through turning this soaring eagle panel into an awesome quilt top for a wall hanging. Class fee includes fabric kit to make Soaring Eagle top.
We have cancelled clubs through the end of the year.
Clubs will resume in 2021.
Store Hours Starting 6/8
Monday 10-5
Tuesday 10-5
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday 10-5
Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-3
Ellicott City Sew Vac
8480 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 465-6366