Ask A Sewing Expert

Welcome to ASK A SEWING EXPERT the latest addition to Sew Frugal and Fashionable blog.

Ask a Sewing Expert an opportunity for readers to send in their sewing questions to a Trained Sewing Instructor with over 30 years of sewing experience. Ask your questions about sewing machine function, alterations, garment adjustment, re-purposing or if you are in need of helpful sewing tips. Please include a few photos of the item in question and as much information as possible. Also include your contact information for when we need to reach out to you directly. Questions and Answers will be posted once a week on Friday.

Email your questions to: SewFrugalandFashionable@gmail.com

Jen has taught sewing to all ages for over 20 years. She now teaches beginning and intermediate sewing classes in the DC, MD area. The classes offered are on the basic level learning parts of the sewing machine to more advanced such as making tote bags, skirts and pants.  For more information on Sewing Classes please visit the Sewing Society Meet Up Group.

Read what students are saying about Jen’s sewing classes:

“I WENT IN WITH NO EXPERIENCE ON HOW TO USE A SEWING MACHINE TO MAKING BASIC STICHES…AFTER THE CLASS, I CAME HOME AND SEWED ME A SKIRT. JEN AND THE OTHER TWO INSTRUCTORS ARE VERY KNOWLEGEABLE. THANK YOU LADIES FOR ALL YOU DO.”

-Tupee

“ This is my first meet up with Silver Spring Sewing Society and it was great meeting all who attended. Such diverse group of talents. I’m looking forward sharing more with everyone. ”

— Karla

“ Excellent group. Affordable classes with smart teachers and lots of creativity floating around the room. 😉 Some people had been going for a year and were pretty good, so that’s the highest recommendation to me. Everyone was nice (even if my bag looked a little crazy and was slow to the finish line….) 😉 ”

— Amber

Informative and useful — I now have confidence that my craigslist find is a machine in good working order that I can use successfully. Thanks!

-Karen

“ The sewing sisters is a great group – helpful and sharing. I will be attending another class. ”

— Betty

The class was very basic. Jen is a great instructor and for anyone who’s shy about learning to sew she’s really great and the other more experienced enthusiasts make this large class an excellent one to learn in. Someone is *ALWAYS* helping you learn the concepts. I feel like this class could have been part of a 2 or 3 part series (esp. with the number of students). Learning your machine (Parts of a sewing machine, threading the machine, bobbin, stitching a straight stitch) Learning about patterns (taking measurements, reading patterns, making a pattern, fabric– as it relates to patterns). I definitely have enjoyed both classes I’ve taken, and would strongly suggest that if you want to learn to sew this is a great place to take a class or two.

-Alicia

4 Comments

4 thoughts on “Ask A Sewing Expert

  1. Can I change a ready made crotch-higher up? I have a short waisted, to get my correct waist size i, I can’t change the waist area because of the pockets, waist band. I figure if I could change the crotch then the hem that would be best. Can you help, please?

    • Hi Janet. Sorry for the delay and you have probably figured out by now that you can’t make the crotch higher. If I understand correctly you needed the pants to be shorter?

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