The University of Sewing | About Us
The University of Sewing is the educational arm and BERNINA Dealer of the Tailored Fit, inc. Owner Margaret Fette started the Tailored Fit in 2006. Throughout the past years, many people have asked her to teach them how to sew. In 2017 the Tailored Fit moved to 611 W 11th Street. This space has over 4000 square feet, over 3000 of that is now dedicated to the University of Sewing. We offer classes in Quilting, Apparel sewing, and other hand and machine techniques.Our owner Margaret has sewn professionally most of her adult life. Between 21-31 years old she made over 1000 quilts, belonged to 7 quilt guilds, was invited to invitational quilt shows, took classes from Judy Mathieson, Nancy Crow, Mary Ellen Hopkins, and made samples for Quilt Quarters when it was owned by Kaye England. In her late 30's she worked on Broadway doing costuming work. In her 40's -50's she opened the Tailored Fit and worked for several years as a guest lecturer teaching advance sewing at Indiana University. The University of Sewing is the cumulation of a dream to share the love of sewing and fabric.Everyone in our shop sews! I mean they sew a lot. That means we can help you with all your sewing questions! And we love to help you.In 2020 the University of Sewing at the Tailored Fit became a full Bernina Dealership. We carry a large line of Bernina & Bernette sewing machines, accessories, and monthly classes to support the Bernina owner. We carry Bernina sewing machines because they have cast aluminum frame, they are sturdy, user friendly, have great warranties, and excellent stitch quality. Bernina has amazing educational support and we offer their guide and mastery lessons and their events. We want you to have the best so we offer the best in excellent sewing machines and support.A quote from a favorite customer "Bingo!
I am beginning to believe you are some kind of Bernina sorceress. Perhaps you and Denise sacrifice a chicken at the back of the store, which releases the power to send idiotically simple solutions to machine problems.
Some kind of voodoo, and I appreciate it.
We Love Fabric. Currently we have fabric made from all over the world: Japan, Korea, India, Italy, England, and Africa.Apparel Fabrics, the best in Quilting fabrics, and really useful tools and notions for sewing.
About our Classes
We are offering private lessons. Or a group class with your group is possible. Call and we will figure out a solution you are comfortable with.
All of our Clothing related sewing classes will have a fitting component so that you will end up with a project that fits. We want you to be successful in all your sewing projects, our teachers care! As a bonus, you get a 20% discount when you purchase your fabric and supplies at the University of Sewing.
You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine provided that it is in proper working order. If you would like to use our machines instead let us know so we can set that up for you. -- Except if it's your Mastery class, you need to bring your own machine.
And please bring a Basic Sewing Kit for all classes.
Basic Sewing Kit: Large Fabric Scissors, Seam Ripper, Universal size 12 needles, Small sewing scissors or thread snippers, Sewing needles, Pins, & Small ruler.
All classes require prepayment at least 72 hours in advance to the first class date.
Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel there will be no cash returns you will be issued a credit towards another class with 24hrs notice. All others will be a 50% credit.