September 2019
September 13 th & 14 th - Love of Sewing Retreat
November 7 th , 8 th , & 9 th - Holiday Sew Fair
Upcoming Events
Love of Sewing Retreat
featuring Missy Billingsley and Deb Canham

Hosted by Ellicott City Sew Vac

Friday, September 13th & Saturday, September 14th
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Event Price: $ 379

Call 410-465-6366 to reserve your place.

Come join Missy Billingsley and Deb Canham for two days of Sewing and Serging fun! We supply all the fabrics, threads and machines to make two great projects. Space is limited, so don't wait to sign-up. Each day includes a morning break, all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, and an afternoon break. Special rates are available for rooms to stay overnight.

Ryan's Case for Smiles
Charity Sit and Sew!
Thursday, October 31st

Join Sew Vac and make pillowcases for children in need!

Ryan's Case for Smiles is dedicated to bringing joy and comfort to children healing in hospitals. Each pillowcase made will be delivered to local area hospitals. 
Pillowcase patterns will be provided the day of the event. Simply bring fabric, your sewing machine or serger, and favorite sewing supplies . For your fabric, think bright, novelty prints. These pillowcases are meant to brighten a child's day, so bring the fun! 
Also, it's also a pizza party! Pizza and light refreshments will be served throughout the day. Space is limited so sign up today for a great cause.
Upcoming Classes
Dimensional Thread Painting with Joyce Hughes
Thursday, November 21st &
Friday, November 22nd
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Want to learn Dimensional Thread Painting but you think it is too hard? I often hear, "I am not creative" and "Can my machine do this?". Yes, you are creative and Yes, you can do this on your domestic sewing machine!!!! In this class you will start with a beautiful panel to create a piece of Art! You will learn the proper steps of Dimensional Thread Painting and find it to be a fun and creative technique. Explore the various thread selections, setting up your machine for stitching techniques with free motion quilting of zig-zag and straight stitching, bobbin work, and embellishing with netting and crystals. See the fabric come to life as you sew and layer the threads on top of your design. You will use thread as paint - sew with different types of threads and color combinations. Learn how to create interesting texture and dimension to your quilting project. You will leave with a full knowledge of Dimensional Thread Painting and create a One of a Kind piece of Art!

Techniques to be taught: Free Motion Quilting, Dimensional Thread Painting, Overlay Application, Crystal Embellishment, and Bobbin Work.

 Class fee includes the kit with your panel, all threads, batting and backing.

Sewing Classes
Let's Get Fussy! Fussy Cutting for English Paper Piecing with Margaret Cureton and Caitlin O'Hare
Tuesday, September 3rd
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

All Levels
Fussy cutting and English paper piecing go hand in hand! This technique class will feature two shapes, hexagons and diamonds, and will explore the tools and methods used to achieve perfectly precise pieces. Part one of class will feature Margaret taking you through the basics of fussy cutting and the importance of fabric selection, and part two will be with Caitlin guiding you through meticulous cutting and advanced matching techniques. Bring your favorite thimble and let's get fussy! **For those who'd like to participate, we'll also hold a hexie swap at the beginning of class! Simply bring 12 glue or thread basted hexies and we'll do a quick swap at the beginning of class. Participation is not mandatory, this is just for fun!
Mini Professional Tote with Pat Brousil
Tuesday, September 17th, 24th & October 1st
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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 with you.
Intro to English Paper Piecing with Margaret Cureton and Caitlin O'Hare
Friday, September 20th
Back by popular demand! English Paper Piecing is taking the quilting world by storm, and Margaret and Caitlin are here to show you how it's done! Join them as they teach an introduction to this traditional hand quilting approach. Class will feature both an overview of English Paper Piecing tools, techniques, and applications, as well as how to make a Grandma's Garden pincushion. Crack into your scrap pile and join us in learning all about this meditative (and addictive!) technique .
Denali Vest with Pattie Otto
Friday, September 27th
Create a stunning zipped front vest or jacket with curved pockets using the new 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, fitting advice before you cut out your vest and construction tips as you sew your fleece vest. Class will also include applying fold over elastic, inserting a front zipper and stitching an easy baseball style ribbed collar. Class fee includes Polartec 200 fleece, black zipper, black fold-over elastic, and stabilizer.

Extra fabric will be available for purchase for those who choose to make a jacket instead of a vest or add a hood. The vest/jacket pattern is sized XX-Small (chest 30") to 3X (chest 54") for Petite, Average and Tall body types. Contact Pattie at if you have any questions.
Deb's Peeps: In the Hoop Hip Bag with Debbie LaFrance
Saturday, September 28th
All Skill Levels
Become one of Debbie's Peeps and make a fabulous in-the-hoop hip bag! This smaller bag is perfect for your wallet, keys, and phone, and is designed to loop right onto your belt loops. Debbie will focus on fabric selection and decorative thread to add a touch of whimsy to your bag. It's so easy once you make one you won't be able to stop! 
Deb's Peeps: Placemat Trio with Debbie LaFrance
Monday, September 30th
All Skill Levels
One of Debbie's favorite things is to take an everyday item and make it into something fabulous. In this class you'll do just that--with pre-quilted placemats! Join Debbie in making three different creations: a zipped project bag, a boxy zipper bag, and a travel iron tote--all with one placemat each! Class fee includes 3 placemats and zippers.
Basics Jacket with Pattie Otto
Friday, October 11th
A good jacket is the pillar of any wardrobe and constructing one is easier than you think. Join Pattie as she helps you construct one of her classic jackets. Class will begin with measurements to help determine the correct size. Try-ons will be available to aid in selecting the correct size and style as well as any pattern alterations that are needed. Basic jacket construction includes stabilizing, seaming, facings and binding as well as finishing touches such as buttonholes and shoulder pads. All patterns are sized for petite, average and tall figures. Note: Sizes are limited to the measurements listed on the pattern back cover. Choose from one of Pattie’s Basic Jacket Patterns listed here: #2420 Bristol Jacket – Semi Fitted Jacket, #2545 Barcelona Jacket – Long Curved Front Jacket, or #2585 Tahoe Jacket – Front Pocket Jacket.
Beginning Sewing with Pattie Otto
Monday, October 14th
 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.
Oven Mitt with Pattie Otto
Monday, October 21st
Confident Beginner
 Get crafty with this popular and practical oven mitt from Great Copy Patterns. Class will include working with insulating/heat resistant batting, basic quilting and Pattie's method for perfect bias binding on bulky layers. Choose from a wide variety of fabrics from kitchen or hobby themed prints to coordinate with your decor. These also make great gifts for guys! Class fee includes enough pre-quilted fabric for the project. 
Versatile Wave Bag with Pat Brousil
Thursday, October 24th 
 Join Pat in making this interchangeable purse with attitude. Once you make the base bag you won't be able to stop making covers for every occasion! 
Serger Classes
Knit Pullover with Pattie Otto
Friday, October 18th
 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 or Soho Tunic. Both patterns are sized XX-Small to XXX-Large (Bust 31-54 and hips 30-53). 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. 
Quilt as You Go with Lisa Cowan
Monday, October 28th
 Ever wanted to try quilting on your serger? Now's your chance! Join Lisa as she shows you how to create a fabulous quilt top on your serger. It's easier than you think!
Knits for the Absolutely Terrified with Pattie Otto
Tuesday, November 19th
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
Tuesday, November 19th
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. 
Quilting Classes
Westalee Sampler Class with John Anderson
Thursday, September 5th
Confident Beginner
 Have you been exploring the Westalee Templates? Inspired by the Westalee Jewel Quilt book, this technique class will help you to learn the joys of Guided Free Motion Quilting and get the most out of your templates! Seating is limited.
Beginning Quilting with Pat Brousil
Tuesday, September 17th, 24th, October 1st & 8th
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Pat’s 40 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.
Westalee Table Runner with John Anderson
Wednesday, October 2nd
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Confident Beginner
Did you purchase the Westalee Starter Set (Free Motion Ruler Foot & 12" Arc Template) but have yet to take it out of the package? Then this is the class for you! John is going to walk you through using the 12" Arc template. Learn how to position the template, plot your path, and create awesome quilting.
One Block Wonder with Pat Brousil
Thursday, October 10th, 10:30pm-3:30pm and Thursday October 17th 1:30pm-3:30pm
You've seen it, you've heard about it, now come make it! 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.  
Vienna Lone Star with Pat Brousil
Tuesday, October 15th and Tuesday, October 22nd
 Lone Star quilts are a staple of any quilt collection, and Judy Martin's book Singular Stars provides a fantastic strip-piecing method to make an out of this world quilt. Pat Brousil expertly navigates you through each step of the Vienna Lone Star, resulting in a one-of-a-kind quilt that's just for you!
Quilter's Math with Pat Brousil
Tuesday, December 3rd
All Skill Levels
Quilting and math go hand in hand, and sometimes it can be a struggle to get all those calculations turned into a perfect quilt. Pat Brousil is here to save you from all your quilt math struggles! In this class you will learn about straight setting, lattice setting, borders, backing, and binding. You will also calculate two different types of quilt blocks--half square triangles and flying geese set on point. Bring your favorite calculator and colored pencils and you'll never fear quilt math again!
Rotary Magic with Pat Brousil
Thursday, December 5th
All Skill Levels
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.
Beginner Free Motion Club
John Anderson
Saturday, September 7th - 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Saturday, October 5th - 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Saturday, November 20th - 10:30am-12:30pm

Let John show you how to improve your free motion skill in this monthly class! Bring your machine and extension table and prepare to have fun.
Intermediate Free Motion Club
John Anderson
Wednesday, September 18th - 10:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, October 16th - 10:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, November 20th - 10:30am-12:30pm

Confident Beginner or Intermediate
Been free motioning for a while and want to learn something a bit more complex? Join John in this class for advanced techniques! Bring your machine and extension table and prepare to have fun.
Serger Club with Lisa Cowan
Thursday, September 19th or Saturday, September 21st, 10:30am-12:30pm
Technique: Blanket, Ladder, and Wave Stitch
Thursday, October 17th or Saturday, October 19th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Thursday, November 14th or Saturday, November 16th, 10:30am-12:30pm
All Skill Levels
Lisa will show you threading and applications to help you achieve the best results with your serger.
Solaris Club with Terri Miller and John Anderson
Saturday, October 12th, 10:30 pm - 12:30 pm
Introduction to IQ Designer with John Anderson

Saturday, December 14th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Embroidering Quilt Border Patterns with Terri Miller

All Skill Levels
Learn every facet of your Baby Lock Solaris sewing machine with Terri and John! Club is lecture/demo, so bring a notebook and prepare to learn!
Embroidery Club with Terri Miller
October Technique: Built-In Fonts
Wednesday, October 9th-10:30am-12:30pm
All Skill Levels
Join Terri in exploring your machine’s built-in fonts. You’ll practice everything you can with your fonts--size, spacing, arrangement, and so much more!

Embroidery Club with Terri Miller
November Technique: Freestanding Lance
Wednesday, November 13th-10:30am-12:30pm
All Skill Levels
Join Terri for this Free-Standing Embroidery lecture/demo. We will discuss what free-standing embroidery means, determining whether a design is lace or applique, and stabilizing techniques to obtain the best results. Have you purchased a design pack and don’t know where to start or didn’t like the results? Bring it to class. We’ll look at the design to determine the best approach for achieving stunning results.

Embroidery Club with Terri Miller
December Technique: Kimberbell In-The-Hoop Mug Rug
Wednesday, December 11th-10:30am-12:30pm
All Skill Levels
In a floppy hat with embroidered pompom this stitched snowman just might pass for a ski bunny. And, he’s guaranteed not to melt under your steaming cup. Mug rugs make a perfect gift paired with hot cocoa mix or coffee cup. Or, embroider a set so the whole family has one to use after a day of snow play. Class fee includes embroidery design, fabric and batting for the mug rug.
Destiny Club with Debbie LaFrance
Wednesday, October 9th - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Technique: O Christmas Tree

All Skill Levels
Get into the festive spirit with this versatile holiday tree. Once you see how easy it is to create in IQ Designer, you'll want to make one for every holiday!
Floriani Club with Brad Martin
No Floriani club in November.
Monday, September 9th - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Monday, October 7th - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Monday, December 2nd - 1:30pm-3:30pm

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.
Sit N Sew
Friday, September 6th - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Friday, October 4th - 10:30am-3:30pm
Friday, November 1st - 10:30am-3:30pm
Friday, December 6th - 10:30am-3:30pm

Come in with your projects to finish and enjoy sewing with friends. Seating is limited so you must reserve a spot.