Our vision for The Sewing Cafe is to have a fun, friendly space for sewists to learn our craft, unleash their inner designer and share creativity.
We offer a fully equipped studio – Janome sewing machines & serger – Cutting table, scissors, rotary cutters & mats – Irons, ironing board, garment press”
Learn to Sew Basics Beginners of all ages are welcome. Whether you are 8 years old or 88 years young. With your desire to learn, we will teach you. Machine sewing as well as some hand sewing. Refer to our calendar.
4 Week Class – $150.00 plus HST, includes all materials and equipment.
3 Week Class After School – $115.00 plus HST
Sewing Parties Time to celebrate? Do it with style! Birthdays, baby showers and work parties. Please contact us for more details and available times.
Adults Always wanted to learn? Sign up for our Sewing Basics class and progress to Home dec, hallowe’en costumes, garment sewing and even mending.
4 Week Class $150.00 plus HST, includes all materials and equipment
Private lessons Need some direction? One on one sessions can be arranged to suit your needs and schedule. Please contact us.
Coffee break sewing Need a sewing machine? Finish those UFO’s, mend those clothes. Prerequisite – Our Learn to Sew Basics or a Refresher on our sewing machine before you begin. Previous sewing experience is a must, as you are working at your own pace and on your own projects.
Refresher $10 plus HST
Coffee Break Sewing Time $15/hr plus HST
Techniques These classes will revolve around creating samples that you can refer to. Such as different ways to bind a quilt, putting in different types of zippers, buttonholes and many more!
Your Sewing Instructors
Anna Barkhouse Certified Management Accountant by day-Quilting Queen by night! Anna not only brings her business savvy to The Sewing Cafe, she proves that busy ‘corporate’ types aren’t required to abandon their creative side when they enter the workforce. A self-taught sewist, petite Anna started making her own clothes when she couldn’t find ready-made clothes that fit her frame or her unique sense of style. Anna’s sewing skills continued to evolve as she seamlessly transitioned to wife and mom. From creating adorable kids wear to mastering draperies and home decor and ultimately quilting – Anna has literally been there – sewn that! As a teacher at The Sewing Cafe, Anna believes that the first sewing skill people really need to develop is their confidence and she is looking forward to helping students every stitch of the way.
Linda Pidzamecky Thousands of Canadians from coast-to-coast tune in to watch Linda demo the latest sewing, quilting and embroidery technologies as a frequent guest on The Shopping Channel. As Educational Consultant for Janome Canada Ltd., Linda travels the world to teach and inspire the next generation of sewists. Linda is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School Fashion Design and in a career spanning over 25 years, she has worked as a fashion designer, managed her own custom sewing business and created the in-store samples for Domcord Belding and Butterick and Vogue Patterns. Whether she is creating evening and bridal wear or upholstering furniture, Linda’s talent is matched only by her passion to share the joy of sewing.