frequently asked questions

When is the next (insert class name here!) being offered?

We update the site as soon as we book a new class.  If you’d like to be contacted about new offerings sign up for our email list.

How do I contact the with studio questions?

It is usually easiest to contact the owner, Catherine, via email with any questions you may have.  Feel free to also text at 412-865-6565 (or call and leave a message if I don’t answer).You may also choose to contact the studio directly by calling 412-450-8111 – however this number is solely for calling instructors or students during class and otherwise is not used.  If you are trying to reach Firecracker Fabrics next to the studio please call 412-450-8228.

Where is Cut & Sew studio located?



New studio1747 Chislett basic mapWhen can I visit Cut & Sew Studio?

If you’re not registered for a class, email or call 412-865-6565 and we’ll set up an appointment to meet a few minutes before or after a workshop.  You can also stop by during Friecracker Fabrics regular business hours (10-6 during the week and 10-3 on weekends) and take a peak into the studio while you are there!

How do I know how many spots are left in a class?

The website indicates when a session is sold out.  It’s a good idea to sign up early—it’s the best way to guarantee your spot.  Have questions about room in a particular session?  Send us an email and we’ll be happy to advise you.

What happens if I can’t attend a class?

For detailed information on this please see our class policies page.

What supplies do I need to bring?

Take a look at the class description for information about supplies and/or supply fees.  If you’re unsure or have questions, please let us know.  And if you’re in the market for materials, here are a few places to check out:

You can now purchase all supplies needed for class directly at the studio!  Firecracker Fabrics is open right alongside Cut & Sew Studio in Morningside!  Offering an assortment of fabrics (now offering apparel fabrics too!), patterns, notions and trims – Hours are 10-4 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and 12-8 Wednesday  and 10-3 on weekends.

If you are trying to reach Firecracker Fabrics next to the studio please call 412-450-8228.

Loom in the strip- located in the Strip District on Penn Ave – have upholstery weight fabric and cotton/wovens.  Limited apparel fabrics.

 T’s Upholstery – located on Butler St. in Lawrenceville -upholstery fabric and remnants

The Fabric Place – in Mt. Lebanon – Great source for apparel fabrics, very knowledgeable and helpful staff!
727 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA     ‎ (412) 341-8868

JoAnn Fabrics – multiple locations in the suburbs.

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse – this is not only a good spot to look for fabrics, supplies and lots of other odd items for projects, but a great place to donate any unused or unwanted fabric and supplies.

What is the cost of the (Insert Class name here) class?

For class fee information, please refer to the class list page.  If you still need help, just send an email or call.

When should I arrive for class?

Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before a scheduled class as sometimes classes are offered back-to-back and often that time prior to class is needed to prep for the class!  If you arrive early, please feel free to stop by the Bookshelf Cafe a half block away on Chislett to relax, grab a quick bite to eat or have a drink. If the studio is open early – there is a lounge in the back you can feel free to sit and relax and wait for the class to start.


Can you recommend a sewing machine?

Try borrowing before buying.  Put the word out to loved ones and friends and chances are somebody out there has a spare machine with your name on it.  If the machine hasn’t been used in a while, take it to a sewing machine repair shop for a check-up.  As the owner of Cut & Sew Studio I have always gone to Thornton Company for all sewing machine purchases and repairs (from my very first machine many years ago!), but I also recommend checking out other options in the city including Gloria Horn Sewing Studio.

The machines used at the studio are Baby Lock (Brand), Crafter’s Choice (Model), and also Pfaff (brand), Ambition 1.0 (model) and Baby Lock (Brand), Katherine (model) but there are lots of good brands out there I can help recommend to you.

If you have never sewn before I suggest taking the Intro to Sewing class prior to making the big purchase.  Firstly you will find out if you enjoy sewing (chances are you will!) but secondly you will be more informed as to what you want and need when you go to make your purchase.  If you are a student, please also feel free to contact the studio for specifics on machines and help in making your decision.

Where can I have my sewing machine serviced?

I recommend Thornton Company, however I do know they are very busy with repairs, it may take a bit to get it back.

Do you know anybody who can make something for me?

I may be able to help recommend someone, just email me with your needs.

Do you offer private lessons, group lessons, family lessons, private parties?

Yes!  Please refer to that section of our website for more details.  Since this is scheduled privately, please email or call the studio to schedule.

What ages are your kids classes?

The studio offers after-school and weekend sewing programs for kids as well as summer sewing camps.  Classes are for ages 6-14, however a parent must decide when their child is ready to take a sewing class.  Sewing is a lot of fun, but students need to be respectful of the tools they use (the sewing machines, scissors, irons) so that they do not get injured in a class.  The attention span of a child must also be considered when looking at the length of the class.  If you are unsure if you child is ready, we can set up a private lesson to get the child started and to evaluate whether they are ready for a group class setting.  Once kids are in high-school they can begin to take the adult classes.  For kids younger than 6 years old private instruction can be discussed.

Can my child take an adult sewing class?

Having difficulty scheduling your child to join a kid’s class?  Sometimes exceptions can be made for mature younger students, typically no younger than 7th grade level. Please contact the studio to discuss your circumstance so we can decide if an adult group class is possible.  For younger children if the group kids class schedule doesn’t work we can schedule a private lesson, or maybe even a private group session with your child and a few of their friends.

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