Upcoming Classes

Upcoming Classes

Million Pillowcase Challenge: Tom’s Sewing Centre & Countryfolk Fabric are supporting American Patchwork & Quilting in challenging quilters, sewers and crafters to help them reach their goal of donating one million pillowcases to local charities. Bring in a pillowcase on Sep 7 or come in and sew on that day. We will guide you through making a pillowcase if you have never made one before. So let’s get out all our fun bright coloured fabrics and see how many pillowcases we can make. For every completed pillowcase you will be entered in a draw for prizes. All pillowcases will be donated to the Christmas Bureau.
Date: Surrey: Fri Sep 7 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Chilliwack: Fri Sep 7 10:00am – 2:00pm
Event Coordinator: Carole Hando/ Diana Olson

SERGER SOIREE: This session covers our Dynamic Duo! We are excited to share our very first air thread serger alongside our indispensable cover hem model, the CPX. Come take a look, try out the super easy threading process and enjoy a great show & tell of serger samples and techniques in more than just garment sewing. Explore capabilities that will have you finishing projects like a Pro.
Date: Surrey: Fri Sep 28 10:00am – 1:00pm
Instructor: Liz Thompson – Janome Educator
Fee: NA
Skill Level: Beginner and Beyond

RULE YOUR QUILTS AND REIGN OVER YOUR SEWING: Instantly empowering yet full of never- ending possibilities, ruler work has taken the quilting world by storm. The Horizon MC9400 is the newest model to unlock this technique, joining the MC15000 and 6700P along with other models in the Janome line. Enjoy a detailed demonstration of how you can make ruler quilting work for you followed by a whirlwind tour of our newest accessories. This mini-maker’s fair will inspire and instruct on how to use time saving tools for precision results fit for a king or queen of the sewing realm.
Date: Surrey: Fri Sep 28 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Instructor: Liz Thompson – Janome Educator
Fee: NA
Skill Level: Beginner and Beyond

Cake Therapy and Beyond: We have a whole new line up of fun classes and patterns this year for Cake Therapy. If you haven’t already attended Cake Therapy, then it’s time you did and find out what you are missing. All we are going to tell you is it takes place once a month at both stores and there are NO FEES for these sessions, but there will be cake! And of course laughter, friends, coffee and tea! What quilter doesn’t need a little “Therapy”, so sign up today to reserve your spot.
Chilliwack: Wed Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Surrey: Thurs Sep 27 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm or Sat Sep 29 – 9:30am – 10:30am
Thurs. Oct 25 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm or Sat Oct 29 – 9:30am – 10:30am
Thurs Nov 22 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm or Sat Nov 24 – 9:30am – 10:30am
Thurs Dec 20 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm or Sat Dec 22 – 9:30am – 10:30am

Sisterhood Retreats Embroidery Club: This is a great series of classes this semester. The themes for the next three months are: Sisterhood – pillows, wine tote and notebook covers; Christmas – Ornaments/tags, Gift Bags and a 3D snowman; and Travel – Slippers, Travel Bag and a Luggage Tag. These projects are created with a combination of in the Hoop EMB projects and Sewing to create the finished project (please note that this is not an “in the hoop” projects only class – there is sewing involved to finish off most projects). Learn a few new techniques, practice ones you know, create wonderful and useful projects for your home or to give away as gifts for Christmas or other special occasions. Each month at least 1 project can be done in a 4 x 4 hoop but some projects need an 8” x 11” hoop. This club is a great way for the beginner or the experienced embroiderer to become more familiar with their embroidery machine.
Dates: Surrey: Wed Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 7 10:00am – 1:00pm
Chilliwack: Tues Sep 25, Oct 23, Nov 27 10:00am – 1:00pm
Fee: $20 each session (must sign up for the whole term)
Pattern Fee: $9.95 each session
Instructors: Lori Bandong/ Jan Komori
Skill Level: Beginner and Beyond

Sew 4 Home Makers Janome Club Project #4: Tufted Floor Pillow: Get ready to go 3D! If you’re only willing to attempt flat projects, you’re missing out on all kinds of fun. You’ll learn to love dimensional sewing when you create your own patchwork and tufted floor cushion. Put your feet up in DIY style. This is the fourth project in the Sew 4 Home Club and it is featuring the AcuFeed™ Flex Fabric Feeding System. Techniques taught are the ninepatch top is made up of half square triangles, four patch units, and hourglass units, make and attach piping, build an expertly tufted box. Finishes at a compact 18” x 18” x 4” Date: Surrey: Mon Sep 17 & Oct 15 10:00am – 1:00pm
Fee: $30 + Pattern Included
Teacher: Carole Hando
Skill Level: Basic Quilting Skills

Intermediate Embroidery: You have done a Beginner Embroidery course, now where do you go. Well, this class is for you. We will work on three small embroidery projects with more advanced techniques. Our projects this term will be a USB holder that holds 10 sticks, a crazy quilt block, and a lesson on pocket toppers and collar point. Join Us! Chilliwack: Wed Sep 19, Oct 24, Nov 21 10:00am – 1:00pm
Fee: $25 each session (must sign up for the whole term, pattern included)
Instructors: Judi Campbell
Skill Level: Intermediate

Hoopsister Sisterhood Quilt: This spectacular two-color quilt can be embroidered in 5” – 9” block sizes. This quilt only requires two fabrics and two threads. Learn to work with HoopSisters’ famous battilizer, a stabilizer/batting base, to easily create a quilt like no other, all with an embroidery machine. Each month learn different embroidery techniques to master these embroidery quilt blocks. At the end, learn HoopSisters awesome finishing technique for a fully-quilted on the embroidery machine look. This quilt is shown with the optional border.
Dates: Chilliwack: Thurs Sep 20, Oct 11, Nov 1, Nov 22, Dec 13 10:00am – 1:00pm
Fee: $42/ month
Instructors: Jan Komori
Skill Level: Beginner and Beyond

New! Kimberbell Embroidery Club: Kimberbell designs are clever, whimsical and a fun way to learn different embroidery techniques. Even if you have never done machine embroidery before, you will enjoy this club. Each month you will complete a different embroidery or in-the-hoop project and focus on a new technique, such as piecing in-the-hoop, Applique, Mylar, Multi-Hooping, Cutwork and Quilting. Kimberbell designs are so cute and have amazing instructions, this club will not disappoint you.
Date: Surrey: Fri Sep 21, Oct 19, Nov 23, Dec 14 10:00am – 12:00pm
Chilliwack: Sat Sep 29, Oct 27, Nov 17 10:00am – 1:00pm
Fee: $30 + Pattern Included
Teacher: Lori Bandong/ Kerri Sketchley/ Judi Campbell
Skill Level: Beginner to Advance Embroidery Skills

Sew 4 Home Makers Club: Club Project #1 helps cushion the work surface for your machine and keeps your favorite notions and tools handy… and it does all of that while looking cute as the proverbial button! The Quilted Machine Mat & Caddy finishes at 30” x 24”, which fits a wide range of machines and work surfaces. It has 13 pockets that range from 6” to 2” wide x 4” to 8” tall so you can tuck away all types of tools and notions. There’s even a detachable thread catcher. Features you will learn on your sewing machine; piping and binding creation and application, straight line quilting, decorative stitching, use AcuFeed™ Flex (with the Quilt Guide Bar) + Edge Guide Foot + Quarter Inch Seam Foot + Button Sewing Foot + Zipper Foot. These projects are exclusive to Janome & Elna dealers and are technique based to teach you how to better make use of your sewing machines.
Date: Chilliwack: Mon Sep 24 & Mon Oct 22 10:00am – 1:00pm
Teacher: Diana Olson
Fee: $30 + Pattern Included
Skill Level: Basic Quilting Skills

Joy Wall Hanging: Start off the Christmas season early by having a small wall hanging finished! Basic quilting and appliqué skills will allow you to complete this cute project by Patchabilities.
Date: Surrey: Mon Sep 10 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fee: $45 Pattern $12.95
Instructor: Carole Hando
Skill Level: Must have Basic Quilting Skills

Quilt as You Go: This quilt is reversible and is easy enough for the beginner quilter. Can be done scrappy to downsize your stash! The pattern allows you to do any size quilt or just a little table topper.
Date: Chilliwack Wed Sep 12 10:00am – 4:00pm or Thurs Dec 6 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fee: $45
Instructor: Rinda Armstrong
Skill Level: Must have Basic Quilting Skills

Kimber Cuties Fall Table Topper: Lets create a festive look for fall. Love this table topper and how versatile it can be – just by changing the fabric combination. Go from cute and playful to something more classy, totally reflective of your decor. In class we will use both a sewing machine and Embroidery machine with the Edge Cutter making an appearance. Some techniques that we will be learning piecing by machine, in-the-hoop applique, rehooping and centering. Don’t have an Embroidery machine but would like to join the class, that’s okay, you can add the applique with a sewing machine as well.
Date: Surrey Fri Sep 14 10:00am – 3:00pm
Fee: $37.50 + Pattern $41.99
Instructor: Lori Bandong
Skill Level: Must have Basic Quilting/ Embroidery Skills

Match Game I Spy: We make this project using pairs of squares. They can be fun kid prints, bright colours, and cool patterns. This quilt is two games in one. Kids can play I Spy or find the matching blocks. You need 60 pairs of 5 inch squares. We trade in class so it is very easy to make up the 60 pairs. Each 5 inch strip yields 8 squares so you will have plenty to trade. This pattern can become a real addiction. I’m on my third one already. Date: Surrey: Sat Sep 15 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fee: $45
Instructor: Cindy Newton
Skill Level: Must have Basic Quilting Skills

Using your computer effectively with your embroidery machine: Learn how to file on your computer. How to set up your internet to ask where to file your downloads. How to format and safely remove your USB Stick. How to save your downloads in your file system. How to work with a split screen. How to use your USB stick in your embroidery machine. Each student needs to have a working computer, USB stick and a mouse.
Date: Chilliwack Tues Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20 10:00am – 12:00pm
Fee: $45
Instructor: Trudi Forrest
Skill Level: Must have Basic Embroidery Skills

Delectable Mountains – Buzz Saw: Using the Delectable Mountains technique, this modified version looks very difficult. Surprise! It’s not. Scrappy or planned, you can make as many blocks as you want for any sized quilt. Each buzz saw takes 4 blocks but maybe there are other arrangements to try. I made 48 blocks to make a 45 x 60 quilt before borders. Great lap size.
Date: Surrey: Sat Sep 22 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fee: $45
Instructor: Cindy Newton
Skill Level: Must have Basic Quilting Skills

How do you know what to quilt?: Now you have a top for quilting. What to do? What to do? Every time I complete one of my own, someone asks the question to find out how I got to the final design. Some quick standards and some a little more complicated. We will come up with ideas for your quilt and you will see how we get there to make the next one easier.
Date: Surrey: Wed Sep 26 10:00am – 1:00pm
Fee: $23
Instructor: Cindy Newton
Skill Level: Must have Basic Quilting Skills

Jelly Roll Star: Just a jelly roll and some background and you create a stunning quilt top. It measures 63 inches by 63 inches and is very simple to sew. Great for the quilter who has already done the basics and is ready for the next step. The binding tool is the perfect ruler to make this pattern go together easily.
Date: Surrey: Sat Sep 29 11:00pm – 4:00pm
Fee: $37.50
Chilliwack: Sat Oct 13 10:00am – 2:00pm
Fee: $30
Instructor: Cindy Newton/ Diana Olson
Skill Level: Must have Basic Quilting Skills

Tom’s Sewing Centre
#102 – 8338 – 120th St
Surrey, BC
604-507-2841

Countryfolk Fabric
#5 – 45802 Luckakuck Way
Chilliwack, BC
604-824-5643

www.tomssewing.com