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Class Policies




  1. Upon registration, you will receive a supply list and/or applicable kit fees. Our staff will assist you in selecting fabrics and supplies appropriate for the class project.
  2. Class will be cancelled if the minimum number of students is not met 2 weeks prior to the scheduled class date.  Your class fee will be refunded or credited on a store Gift Card. Classes will be cancelled 3 weeks prior to the class date if no students are registered.
  3. Should you need to cancel, refunds will be made up to two weeks prior to the scheduled class date or if your seat is refilled.
  4. Unless otherwise stated, class supply purchases will apply towards our rewards program - Cotton Club.
  5. BERNINA machines are available for in-class use. Advance notice is requested.
  6. Private lessons are available and must be scheduled in advance to allow teachers to prepare your lesson. Fees are $50 per hour for most topics. Check with us for details.
  7. Inclement Weather Policy: If Charlottesville City and Albemarle County Schools are closed, classes will be cancelled and rescheduled. Your class fee will be refunded or credited if you are unable to attend the snow make-up date.
  8. The shop may/may not be open, depending on the severity of the travel conditions. Call the shop at 434-244-9975 for message updates regarding shop hours and classes.

Classes


Sewing Machine - Basic Operation For all BERNINA Sewing Machines Learn what you need to know about the basic operation, accessories, needles, threads, care, and maintenance of your new machine. Space is limited, register early.

Cost: $ 75.00
BERNINA 215, 220, 230, 240, 325, 335, 350, 380 Machines are welcome.

Cost: $ 50.00
BERNINA Mastery class for 435, 475, 480, 535, 570 and 590 NG.

Cost: $ 50.00
BERNINA Mastery class for 740, 770, 790, & 880.

Cost: $ 75.00
All BERNINA and Bernette Embroidery machines and owners welcome.

Cost: $ 50.00
Did you know you can create applique designs in DesignWorks? Explore how in this primer. You'll learn multiple applique types and see how easy it is to create your own! Lesson and video prepared by Debbi Lashbrook. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Venitta McCall.

Cost: $ 25.00
Take your CutWork to the next level! Create a three-dimensional flower and cutwork edg This class is a good primer for 1 or all 3 of the DesignWorks tools.e using the CutWork Tool. Embellish it with crystals and paint. Lesson and video prepared by Debbi Lashbrook. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Venitta McCall.

Cost: $ 25.00
Are you not sure how to use your DesignWorks tools and software yet? Perhaps you are new to the software and the tools? This back to basics class will be a refresher on how to use all your tools of DesignWorks and will cover some of thee more basic functions in the software. We'll also cover some of the different brands and types of pens for PaintWork. This class is a good primer for 1 or all 3 of the DesignWorks tools. Lesson and video prepared by Debbi Lashbrook. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Venitta McCall.

Cost: $ 25.00
Did you know you can create applique designs in DesignWorks? Explore how in this primer. You'll learn multiple applique types and see how easy it is to create your own! Lesson and video prepared by Debbi Lashbrook. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Venitta McCall.

Cost: $ 25.00
Join Robin monthly as she leads you through this delightful quilt combining pre-printed panels and pieced blocks. Hand embroidery optional.

Cost: $ 75.00
Embroidery adds both flair and dimension to a simple coaster. But why stop there? While the top of the coaster is already in the hoop to be embroidered, why not assemble the coaster at the same time? With a simple demonstration of how the in-the-hoop coaster design was created, you can create a set of coasters in one hooping and in no time at all. After all, we all need great gift ideas that won't take too much time! instruction and discussion led by Susan Christopher

Cost: $ 25.00
Be ready for the changing seasons ans make four embroidered pillow panels. We'll create our own seasonal sayings and designs using built-in embroidery fonts and designs. Then, we'll stitch out the designs with buttonholes using Pinpoint Placement. When you finish these,you'll want to make more for holidays and special occasions! Panels designed to fit pillow constructed in Community Studio: Sewing Lesson 1. Lesson and video prepared by Judy Hahner. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Susan Christopher

Cost: $ 25.00
Transform a plain T-shirt into a "one-of-a-kind" T-shirt with an in-the-hoop Pocket Peeker. Controlling knit fabrics in the embroidery hoop can be challenging if not stabilized correctly. With a few tips on stabilizers, needles and design placement, you'll be successful at taming stretchy knits and embroidery those one-of-a-kind projects. Lesson and video prepared by Judy Hahner. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Susan Christopher

Cost: $ 25.00
Have fun making this quick zipper pouch completely in the embroidery hoop. Create a textured background design using Endless Embroidery and sewing stitches, then use Group and Rearrange tools to place the applique stitches on top of the textured background design. Easily accomplished on the BERNINA 880 Plus or B790 Plus embroidery machine! Lesson and video prepared by Judy Hahner. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Susan Christopher

Cost: $ 25.00
Small, simple projects are a great way to fall in love with a new technique. In this lesson, you will discuss the piecing and construction of an autumnal appliqued wall hanging and learn how to use rulerwork to quilt. Rulers, and their accessories like the Echo Quilting Clips, can help you creat beautiful, smooth quilting in no time! Lesson and video prepared by Heather Stadelman . Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Bonnie Barthelemy. Note: This lesson will be taught on a Q Series table model.

Cost: $ 25.00
Kick up your quilting with a new dimension - texture! Learn how quilting with the Couching Inserts and rustic yarns creates an unexpected touch of texture in your work. Constructed with bandanas and lightweight denim, your Cowboy Quilt is sure to be a unique addition to your collection. Yee-haw! Lesson and video prepared by Denise Jones . Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Bonnie Barthelemy. Note: This lesson will be taught on a Q Series on a frame with Q-Matic.

Cost: $ 25.00
Walk through the basics of quilting on a longarm! In this lesson, learn about important processes like basting, auditioning designs, or beginning and ending your quilting stitches. BERNINA Longarms feature three unique types of stitch regulation - do you know how or when to use them? This primer on longarm quilting will have you ready to jump over to your machine, wheather you're a beginner or an experienced quilter! Lesson and video prepared by Heather Stadelman . Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Bonnie Barthelemy. Not: This lesson will be taught on a Q Series table model.

Cost: $ 25.00
For lovers of quilting itself, sometimes less is truly more. This whole cloth project will allow you to make quilting the star of the show! Use Art & Stitch in tandem with Q-Matic to create and place your quilting motifs with an artful eye. Lesson and video prepared by Denise Jones . Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Bonnie Barthelemy. Note: This lesson will be taught on a Q Series on a frame with Q-Matic.

Cost: $ 25.00
Learn circle applique with BERNINA Circular Embroidery Attachment #83. Using satin stitches and other decorative stitches, we'll learn two ways to use the attachment. First, we'll make the applique and second we'll create echo quilting. Directional couching feet and walking feet will be shown also as options to add finishing touches. By the end of class, you'll have a beautiful mini-quilt to adorn your sewing room! Lesson and video prepared by Julie Bridgeman. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by .

Cost: $ 25.00
Compare and contrast the two applique tools in software. Learn quick applique methods as well as those that will take more time to create. Lesson and video prepared by Debbi Lashbrook. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Venitta McCall.

Cost: $ 25.00
Investigate different ways to blend threads in BERNINA Embroidery Software. Lesson and video prepared by Debbi Lashbrook. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Venitta McCall.

Cost: $ 25.00
Learn how to create fringe to embellish your embroidery. Lesson and video prepared by Debbi Lashbrook. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Venitta McCall.

Cost: $ 25.00
Learn how to create your own pattern runs in the software. Lesson and video prepared by Debbi Lashbrook. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Venitta McCall.

Cost: $ 25.00
Learn how software can elevate your creativity in new and exciting ways. Lesson and video prepared by Debbi Lashbrook. Class, hands-on instruction and discussion led by Venitta McCall.

Cost: $ 25.00
In order to allow our staff to enjoy time with their families, we will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Join us for Holiday Festivities! Come in to see the class projects and meet the teachers for January, February and March 2022. Demonstrations. Specials. Gifts. Refreshments.

Bring your project, lunch or snack and join other sewists for the day in our classroom. Bring your own machine or reserve a BERNINA.

Cost: $ FREE
In order for our staff to enjoy time with their families, COTTONWOOD will be closed Christmas Day