Ellicott City Sew Vac

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November 2022

It's here!

Your favorite Sew Vac time of the year - 



Yes, it’s our way of thanking you, our customers, but we get to have fun, too, because the excitement is catching!


While many of you will have already seen the announcement about our special seminars, we’re also including the calendar below. Here are a few more details about what’s going on this month: 

There will be special pricing all month long on machines and cabinets!


On seminar days, we will have 25% off books, notions, fabric, and accessories, so check the calendar carefully!


Events on the calendar are free; however, please do call and sign up ahead of time to reserve your spot (the virtual DIME event will have a separate process - you will sign up on line and be sent the link just prior to the session).


Door prize tickets will be given to attendees on the day of the session; drawings will be held the same day – “you must be present to win!”


In an effort to keep class size reasonable, most of the seminars are offered in more than one time slot, some on multiple days, some repeat on the same day.

Our November Kit of the Month

Holiday Pot Holder

Get a (turkey?) leg up on all that holiday baking and cooking with our lovely pot holders. They’re quick to make, add a whimsical touch to your kitchen, and best of all, the kit includes everything you need – just add thread! And if you’re not culinarily inclined, why not use it as a hostess gift?

Sewing Classes

Fabulous Fleece Accessories with Pattie Otto

Friday, December 2nd


$50 Includes fabric and ribbing

Skill Level: Beginner

A trio of must have accessories to keep you and your love ones warm this winter. Start with a quick-cut self-fringe scarf. Next we will construct a beanie style hat. The class will finish with a set of mittens. All construction will be done on your sewing machine. Class will teach layout and cutting of hi-loft fabrics as well as how to sew and hem outerwear fleece. We will be using Great Copy #2685 Icelandic Hat and Mitten pattern which is sized children through adult. The kit includes hi-tech Polartec® fleece which provides superior warmth and ribbing for the cuff.

Denali Vest with Pattie Otto

Wednesday, December 7th



Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Create a stunning zipped front vest or jacket with curved pockets using the Denali Vest and Jacket pattern from Great Copy Patterns. During class you will have access to try-ons to aid in selecting the correct size, as well as fitting and construction advice. Basic techniques will also include applying fold over elastic, inserting a front zipper and stitching an easy baseball style ribbed collar.

Please see the pattern envelope for yardage for the jacket or vest. Contact Pattie at info@greatcopy.com with questions.

Purchase your own fabric, or Pattie will have a selection available the day of class.

Folded Fabric Medallion--Store Favorite!

Wednesday, December 14th



Skill Level: Confident 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. 

Embroidery Classes
Embroidered Gift Card Holders with Pattie Otto
Friday, December 9th
Class fee includes one Great Copy Embroidery Design pack of your choice, stabilizers, cardstock, cards/envelops to make four cards, and felt for gift card holder.

Skill Level: Beginner
Show them you care with creative and unique gift card holders. Spoil mom and dad, sisters and brothers, nieces, nephews and grandkids with personalized gift card holders. Surprise your Secret Santa and co-workers with a special treat. Students will learn about in-the-hoop projects, embroidery notions, and more!
Quilting Classes

Binding and Finishing with Pat Brousil--Most Requested!

Tuesday, December 6th


$66 - Includes The Finishing Edge book.

Skill Level: Beginner

So, you've made a quilt--almost. Need some help with your finishing techniques? Pat Brousil will show you many different ways for completing that last step professionally. You will make a small sample of each technique in class.

Rotary Magic with Pat Brousil

Thursday, December 15th



Skill Level: Beginner

How many times have you measured twice and cut once only to accidentally make the wrong cut in your beloved fabric?? This class with Pat Brousil will teach you all the finer points of rotary cutting. You will draft and cut a variety of different shapes, including squares, rectangles, half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, trapezoids, hexagons, and more! Join Pat and learn how to rotary cut with confidence. 

Serger Classes

Serger Crochet Christmas Ball with Lisa Cowan

Monday, December 5th



Skill Level: Beginner

Serger crochet is just plain cool. Learn how to do this versatile technique with Lisa and make an ornament decoration that can also double as a wine glass marker!

Serger Stocking with Lisa Cowan

Friday, December 16th



Skill Level: Beginner

Join Lisa to find out about decorative techniques, including 3D edging and how to use the cover stitch to apply trim. You will use your new skills to make a traditional holiday delight!

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, DECEMBER 10th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

    Saturday, JANUARY 14th, 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

     Monday, DECEMBER 12th, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

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

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

     Tuesday, DECEMBER 13th, 10:30pm -12:30pm OR

   Tuesday, JANUARY 17th, 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

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

      Tuesday, JANUARY 24th, 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 

     Saturday, DECEMBER 17th, 10:30am - 12:30pm OR

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

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

     Tuesday, DECEMBER 13th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm OR

     Thursday, JANUARY 19th, 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

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

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


Kindly note: there are no clubs in November due to Sew Fair.

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!

December Beginner Free Motion:


Saturday, December 3rd



January Beginner Free Motion:

Basic Meandering

Saturday, January 7th

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.

December Intermediate Free Motion:

Nautilus Feathers

Wednesday, December 21st

10:30AM -12:30PM


January Intermediate Free Motion:

Filled Crosshatching

Wednesday, January 18th

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!

December Embroidery Club:

In-the-hoop Cord Keepers

Thursday, December 8th



January Embroidery Club:

Embroidery on Fleece

Thursday, January 12th

10:30AM -12:30PM


Solaris Club

Destiny Club (December only)

with Terri Miller

And Introducing IQ Design Club Starting in January!

Learn every facet of your Baby Lock Destiny or Solaris sewing machine with Terri! Bringing your machine is optional, so grab your notebook and prepare to learn. IQ Design Club begins in January, for all machines with IQ design capability. 

December - Final Destiny Club: Embroidery Design Placement using the "Snowman" Positioning Sticker, Camera, or Sensor Pen 

Thursday, December 8th



Solaris December Technique:

Tapering Function

Saturday, December 10th



New Club! - January IQ Design Club (Welcome Solaris, Destiny, Altair, Meridian owners): Zentangle Heart

Thursday, January 12th

1:30pm - 3:30pm


Solaris January Technique: Edge-to-edge Placemat

Saturday, January 14th

10:30am - 12:30pm


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

December Serger Club:

Hemming knits using the cover stitch

Saturday, December 17th 



Requires either an 8-thread serger or a cover-stitch only machine.

January Serger Club:

Stabilizing the Stich

Saturday, January 21st 



Floriani Club with Brad Martin

Monday, December 12th



Monday, January 9th 



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.
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