FAQ's

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Better Living Through Sewing…..

Q. I’m a total beginner. What’s the best class for me to take?
A. For a basic and comprehensive beginner-level class in using the machine, we recommend Intro to the Machine. To learn how to make a garment using a pattern, as well as the basics of your machine, we recommend Sewing Garments Level I.

Q. After beginner-level, what classes should I take?
A. Try Copy a Garment or Commercial Patterns II (classes scheduled upon request) to learn more advanced sewing techniques. You can also take our Beginning Alterations class to learn different alteration methods.  

Q.  I don't like to pay using the internet.  How can I register?

A.  Please contact us directly for other payment methods at info@bltsew.com, or call 510-681-3779.

Q. Do you teach patternmaking/drafting or draping?

A. We do not teach patternmaking/drafting or draping. We recommend Apparel Arts in San Francisco or College of Alameda for comprehensive classes in these topics.

Q. Do you teach children?
A. We teach children as young as 12.  If you're looking for sewing classes under the age of 12, we recommend Stitch Sewing Lab in Berkeley.  

Q. Can you teach at my house?

A.  Sorry, we are not offering lessons outside the studio at this time. 

Q. I want to take a class in a topic not offered. What can I do?
A. We take class suggestions all the time and if enough interest is shown, will offer them to the general public. Another option is to take a private lesson.

Q. Can you recommend a sewing machine?
A. Contact us directly for machine and supply suggestions, or visit our 

Machine & Supply Recommendations page and view our suggestions there.  

Q. Does the instructor take on sewing projects for clients?
A. Sorry, we are not taking on sewing projects at this time.  

Q. Is your studio wheelchair-accessible? 
A. Unfortunately our studio is not wheelchair-accessible, it is up 2 flights of stairs.

Q. The class says “full”, can you make an exception?
A. We keep our class sizes limited due to space constraints and to give optimal instruction. You can email us to be put on the wait list however: info@bltsew.com.  Include the name and dates of the class you're interested in.  

For other questions not answered here, call 510-681-3779 or use our email form.