FAQs

Covid-19 Response

We are currently offering both in-person and virtual classes.  In person adult classes are being scheduled to start to make-up the classes that were cancelled this spring.  New adult classes are currently only offered virtually.  Small in person camps are being offered this summer following CDC guidelines and precautions.  The studio has been rearranged to aid in social distancing and class sizes will be limited to help in that matter.

If you have a credit from a cancelled spring class you may use it for a virtual class, wait for a makeup class or use the credit towards any other class  you choose.  Refunds for those cancelled classes are also an option under these unusual circumstances.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Camp Specifics due to Covid-19

Details Regarding Camp this summer due to Covid-19 following CDC recommendations.

  • Students and parents/guardians must wear masks during drop off and pickup.  Drop-off and pickup will happen at the door to the studio, only students will be permitted to enter the studio.  Students are asked to wear masks during the camp. However, understanding that it will be difficult for kids to wear masks non-stop for 3 hours, while we are able to properly socially distance no mask will be needed.  Only during a closer interaction/demonstration with me.  So if a student has received assistance from me and is at the machine sewing for awhile, or going to be cutting/pinning for a bit and they need to take off their mask it will be fine.  Also, we will stay spread out in the studio for snack  break, and no masks will be needed then of course. The studio has been arranged for more than 6’ of space between work areas and will allow plenty of room for students to work and spread out.  The instructor will wear a mask the whole time.  Please let me know if your child needs a mask and I can provide one.
  • Since we are taking snack break in the studio, please ensure there are no products with nuts.
  • If your child shows signs of illness including a fever or excessive cough or has been in close contact with anyone who has or may have coronavirus they will not be permitted to attend camp.
  • Following CDC Guidelines we will be checking students temperatures each day before entry to camp using a touchless thermometer.
  • Each student will have a dedicated space with their name, with dedicated supplies, machine and Iron for the week.  Except in the case of family members, No tools will be shared.  If you have your own sewing bin with basic tools we encourage students to bring their supplies as it will cut down on the amount of sanitizing I will have to do.  This is especially helpful with pins!
  • If you prefer to bring your own supplies, these are the supplies that would be needed for the week: PINS, SCISSORS, SEAM RIPPER, FABRIC MARKING TOOL, some camps may need additional items such as a safety pin or ruler and tape measure. If you plan to bring your own supplies, I can fill in with supplies that you don’t have for the week.  Otherwise I will have a set of tools for each student for the week which will be sanitized between uses. 
  • Sewing machines will be dedicated to a student for the week and sanitized at the start of the week and end of week.  If they are used by anyone else they will be sanitized between usage.  However, If you plan to bring a sewing machine from home for the week, you must let me know in advance so I can set the studio up accordingly for that. Please make sure the machine is in working order.  For Intro to Sewing camps it is preferred that students learn on the studio machines.
  • Students will be asked to use hand-sanitizer upon entry to camp and before leaving.  We will of course wash hands before and after snack break as well. We also have plenty of hand sanitizer stations all around the studio to be used as needed!
  • Water fountains will not be available to drink from while in camp, please send your child with a reusable water bottle with lid. If they need more water we can refill, I just don’t want kids drinking directly from the fountain.
  • For your own piece of mind, please know that our dedicated student bathroom will be cleaned after any use by wiping/spraying touched surfaces. This will be possible since camp size is small.  Also, it is now equipped with a hands free soap dispenser.
  • All camp supplies (fabrics etc.) will be left at the studio for the week. Only completed projects will go home prior to the last day of camp.
Adult Class Specifics for Covid-19

Details Regarding Camp this summer due to Covid-19 following CDC recommendations.

  • All students will wear masks to enter studio and during class.  Instructors will also wear masks for class.
  • All studio tools and machines are santized after use so that they are clean and ready for the next student.  However you are welcome to bring your own tools or sewing machine to work on as always.  Please let me know if you plan to bring your own machine so I can prepare a spot in advance for the machine. 
  • Dedicated student bathroom to be cleaned very frequently with hands free soap dispenser
  • Hand sanitizer stations available throughout the studio to use as needed.  Student will use sanitizer upon entry to studio and exit.
  • Student class size kept small to maintain at least 6' or more of space between students
  • Additional irons and ironing boards have been brought it so that those are no longer shared
  • Regular and frequent cleaning of high touch areas
When is the next class 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 Catherine@cutandsewstudio.com 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).

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

Where is Cut & Sew studio located?
When can I visit Cut & Sew Studio?

If you’re not registered for a class, email catherine@cutandsewstudio.com 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 Firecracker Fabrics regular business hours (please check their website or call for their hours as they change seasonally).

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. Also, you can now purchase all supplies needed for a class directly at the studio! Firecracker Fabrics is open right alongside Cut & Sew Studio in Morningside! Featuring apparel and craft fabrics, patterns, sewing tools, and craft kits. Here are a few more places to check out:

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! Lots of silks, lace, dancewear fabrics, and wool suitings too.
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.

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

What is the cost of a class?

For class fee information, please refer to the classes tab above and click on the class you need further information on. 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, and the shop is open feel free to browse their beautiful assortment of fabrics and get inspired for your next project.  There is also 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), both the Crafter’s Choice and Katherine models, and also Pfaff (brand), Ambition 1.0 (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?

Although we instruct and do not offer those services at Cut & Sew, we may be able to help find the right person for your project if you are not looking to take it on.  Please contact the studio for referrals.

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

Yes!  Please visit Private Instruction & Private Parties 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 begin at age 6, 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 (or some of the older/teen sewing or design classes/camps.  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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