Bonnie is passing over us with lots of rain

Pin It

Since it is raining outside this fine Memorial Day I am using some of my free time to watch sewing videos. With sewing for summer being the theme I found this shift dress video. Brings back memories of ” sew today and wear tonight projects. I had plenty of shifts. They are great beginner projects and great for medium weight knits and wovens. The instructor even offers a pattern download.

Learn to Sew at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD and you too can make the instant shift dress to wear tonight.

Follow Me on Pinterest

I am excited about sewing again!

Pin It


My favorite thing to sew is the shirtwaist dress. Retro is in and the shirtwaist is timeless. The shirt waist dress entails a full range of sewing knowledge. I teach “continue sewing” to detail construction beyond what is written on the pattern guide sheet.   I really was thrilled a tackle the challenge when McCall’s pattern company announced the Shirtwaist sew along.

The shirtwaist dress requires the sewer to take accurate measurements to get the right fit since there is little or no design ease in the pattern. Have someone help you take bust, high bust, waist, hip 7″ below the waist and 9″ below the waist. Measure the back waist length and the finish dress length. Reading some of the Facebook comments I can not get over the sewers who seem to ignore the measurements and go right to the cutting. Why do the work twice? Even when I was a teen and young adult I needed to always check measurement. I have grown so accustom to knits, I  forget a woven is not that forgiving with fit. Take my advise here, follow the old carpenter rule. Measure twice and cut once.

A well fitting full shirted shirtwaist is very comfortable. I think a shirt waist dress length should just cover the knee to look proportional, especially with a full shirt.

The first thing you need to know is basic ease measurements when comparing your measurement to the pattern. Basic ease is the same on any pattern. 3″ at the bust, 1/2″ at the waist and 2″ at the hip. This ease let’s you move in the garment.

Fit with the bust measurement. The bust measurement is based on a B cup. If you are larger use the high bust measurement for sizing. Adjust your pattern to fit and cut out a muslin to try the fit before you cut into your fashion fabric. Here is the McCall’s fit blog link.

Need more help or a class? email me at for date and time.

Check out the blog for McCall’s shirtwaist dress sew along.

Also go to the Facebook posts related to the McCall’s shirtwaist blog.

Enjoy the challenge of the shirtwaist. Make sure you see “Brooklyn” the movie for the retro shirtwaist vibe.



Follow Me on Pinterest

Beginner Sewing is the most popular class

Pin It

Well,Debbie Poole Feb 2016 it looks like Beginner Sewing wins as the most popular class I teach at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD. Here is a happy student working on her apron.  Debbie is learning to sew a gathered skirt. She was working so hard I had to share the moment. Her son bought her a sewing machine for Christmas and she is learning a new hobby in her retirement. I do not think Debbie will mind showing you her class.

The apron project really helps teach the how to of reading a pattern, cutting out the fabric, marking the fabric, hems, pockets, casings, facings, top stitching, under stitching, how to make a tie and more. If you want to learn to sew, email me at for more information.

Follow Me on Pinterest

Learn to make your own throw pillows

Pin It

A great project for the beginning sewer is a piped throw pillow. I have instruction that one of my students composed and I edited. You can make any size pillow. We created a 16″ pillow which is perfect for the couch. The piped edge makes the pillow look professional. The pillow top can be almost anything.

Dscn2474I have made lots of pillow gifts. My favorite is when I use embroidery or lettering. For wedding I usually place the bride and grooms names and wedding date  in the pillow. I like using built-in sewn writing the best and usually try to incorporate the writing into strip quilting. My favorite technique is using crazy quilting. Here are a few pillows I have made and a few I like a lot. The gold pillow is a link to the pillow instructions. Enjoy the project or join me in class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio! 

You can also visit my Pinterest pillow favorites at this link to see more pillows I have collected.
yellow pillowpillow wrapxmas wrapfloral 2butterflypillow

Follow Me on Pinterest

Quilted Fabric Purse

Pin It

Quilted Fabric Purse

In a recent class of the Quilted Fabric Purse my student made this lovely purse.  If you zoom in you can see she personalized the pocket with her name “Jeannie” and framed the name with decorative stitches built-in to her sewing machine. The technique used on this purse was strip piecing. Jeannie used a prequilted base and about 6 different 1/4 yard fabrics cut 2 1/2″ wide strips. The purse has 6 inside pockets and 2 outside pockets. Everything is complimented with the contrasting black trim.

I hope to see you in our next Fabric Quilted Purse. This class is easy enough for beginning sewers but interesting enough for all to try. Enroll now! $40.00
Wednesday March 18th 10:00-4:30pm
Saturday May 2nd 10:00-4:30pm

Follow Me on Pinterest

New classes are now available at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

Pin It

singer 90s twinSewing Classes at Jenny’s are now “one on one” and held at Jenny’s Sewing Studio 1030 South Schumaker Dr. Salisbury, MD 21804 by pre paid appointment only. You can register and sign up at this link. Once you register on line Jenny will contact you for a scheduled date to attend.

Sewing Machine Basics– Learn the basics of using your machine. We will wind a bobbin, thread the machine and work on the stitch functions. Please make sure you bring your instruction book with the machine. Learn the blind hem, appliqué, mending stitch, buttonhole, sewing on buttons, over edge, and more. Bring thread, your machine and scissors plus your book. Fabrics and materials will be provided. 2 hours one on one. Fee payable on-line is $40.00

Serger Sewing Basics – Learn to thread and use your serger. We will cover the ¾ spool stitch, flat lock and narrow roll hem. You will practice the stitches and make a few projects as you learn. Make sure you bring your serger and instruction manual, 4 cones of thread ( prefer one cone of yellow, blue, red and green) scissors, and tweezers. Fabrics and materials will be provided. 2 hours one on one. Fee payable on-line is $40.00

Embroidery Machine Basics– This is a great basic class to learn to use your embroidery machine. Learn where to start with embroidery. Bring your machine USB thumb drive to class. We will cover stabilizers, threads, marking and positioning tools, templates, and give you some great ideas to try with your machine. Demonstration will include a generic embroidery software that will work with all machines. We will practice one transfer and a monogram. 2 hours one on one. Fee payable on-line is $40.00

beginnersBeginner Sewing Basics – Here is a description of how you will learn to sew. Everyone is different so time is approximate. It is suggested you schedule this session in 2 weeks. Lesson 1 will take 3 hours and lesson 2 will take 3 hours. Please bring the apron pattern Simplicity 2319 and 1 3/4 yard of quilter’s cotton broadcloth fabric to lesson one. Also bring one small spool of all-purpose sewing thread.
Step 1 – Learn to use your sewing machine to do basic sewing. Learn to sew seams, pivot, clip corners, stuff, hand stitch, insert a zipper. You will make 2 projects in the class: a pin cushion and a zipper pouch. We will read your pattern and prepare it for layout. 3 hours. 1:30-4:30pm
Step 2 – Make an apron – Learn to read a pattern and guide sheet, layout the fabric and cut out the apron. Follow the guide sheet and complete the apron. 3 hours. 1:30-4:30pm 2-3 hour sessions in 2 weeks – register on line, fee $100.00.

Continue Sewing!! Continue sewing and get help making more sewn items. Get help with collars, cuffs, buttonholes, setting in sleeves and more. Suggest you cut out the garment before class to get the maximum from the session. Sign up for a 3 hour session from 1:30 to 4:30pm – Tell me the day you wish to come on and I will email you confirmation. $50.00 for a 3 hour session.
Terry sept2014Singer Futura! Class will be scheduled 10:00 am till 4:30 pm with one hour scheduled for lunch break. The cost is $80.00. Materials provided include stabilizer, bobbin thread, needles, and project materials. I have a Futura Quintet and laptop that I will provide for you to use. All the technique and software is the same on all Futura’s so supplying the machine will make the class easier for both of us. Please bring a thumb drive so files can be copied to the drive. We will design the class for you. Basic information on stabilizers, files saving, the base software, auto punch, lettering, hyper font, advanced editing, photo stitch and cross stitch can be covered. We can do the endless hoop and multi-hooping. You pick 4 basic subjects involving the Futura and I will try to cover it all.
Home Decorating Basics- Beginners welcome! Learn to put in a zipper and make a piped pillow, try a cording foot, do some binding. This class will give you some skills to use in projects you make for the home. Bring 1 ¼” yard of a pillow fabric, matching thread and 2 yds of 5/32” cord and a 24 “ zipper to make your 16” piped pillow. $40.00 for a 3 hour session

Quilted Fabric Purse – Learn to make a Designer looking handbag and quilt your own fabric. This is an all day class. You will need:
1 yd prequilted single faced fabric for lining, 3/4 yard of trim fabric.
5 to 6- 1/4 yard coordinating prints (No Fat Quarters)
This will create a lovely strip pieced purse.
Bring matching and contrast thread plus one 22?zipper and one 18? zipper. Bring your sewing machine and a walking foot if you have one. $60.00 for a session from 10:00 to 4:30pm

New! Learn to quilt by Machine– Learn to stipple and use the walking foot. You will need 1 yard of off white quilter’s solid broadcloth, 1 spool of off white thread about 2 shades darker than fabric and 1 yard of fusible fleece plus one wash away marker. Please enroll at least 1 week before the start date. We will need your machine make and model number to fit your machine for a free motion foot and a walking foot. Using an off white broad cloth we will learn to do free motion machine quilting and create a pillow top. $40.00 for a 2 hour session
If you have an unfinished quilt from one of our quilt classes , you can learn to quilt and bind the quilt in this class. This would be a substitute for the free motion project. Bring enough pre quilted single faced fabric to cover the back of your quilt and 5/8 yd for binding.

grannyBeginner Crochet skills– Learn to chain, single, double, half double, and triple crochet. Learn the basic granny square. You will need one ball of a worsted weight yarn in any color for Practice. Bring crochet hook in size 8. 1-2 hour session $40.00
Beginner Knitting skills– In 2 hours learn to cast on knit, purl, decrease and increase. Make a knit swatch for gauge. You will need one ball of worsted weight yarn in any color for practice. Bring knitting needles in US 8. 1-2 hour session $40.00




Follow Me on Pinterest

Private one on one lessons with Jenny

Pin It

Sewing Machine 05Many customers have asked me to do private lessons. My schedule is very full so that is why I must ask for certain procedures to be used when you wish to schedule private classes with me. No phone calls, please inquire about topic and times by email. Also tell me your sewing machine make and model and your sewing experience and sewing problems and times you wish to meet so I can be prepared for you. I can call you if you will give me several call times available and a phone number.

Email is

This is instruction, not sewing machine repair, alterations or a fix it session. I can help you understand how to use a sewing machine or a serger, but it should be in good working order. I might be able to get you out of trouble on a sewing machine error but that information should be explained in your email to me before we schedule a session.

lesson.jpgYou want to learn to use your machine, embroidery software I am familiar with, or you have issues with sewing construction, sewing attachments like rufflers and hemmers, measurement and fitting, or even crochet.. you can schedule a one on one class with Jenny at her small shop at home in Salisbury, MD. Space is restricted, so give me your need and I will see if it can be addressed. All students will need to supply a sewing machine and all sewing supplies, threads and fabrics needed to complete the session. This session is scheduled in advance with Jenny for a specific date and time. Class will be held at 1030 South Schumaker Dr in Salisbury, MD. Jenny will offer a “one on one class for 1 hour increments for one person”. If you need more time than scheduled, however many hours you need, please schedule the session for your needs. Instruction is by appointment only and payment is made in advance through this internet shopping cart. You can leave me notes in comments or email before you enroll as to what you want to learn and how long you want to take. ( No phone calls please. Leave me your phone number and a time to call you and I will try return a call to you.) Once I set aside time for your class, it is nonrefundable. Questions? Email me first for an appointment time agreement. Please allow at least 2 weeks in advance for a scheduled date. Please note that the class hour starts at the hour you schedule, so if you are late, you will lose the late minutes scheduled in your hour. Remember all payments are made first, before you attend and are non-refundable. To enroll use this link.

Also consider taking a regularly scheduled class at Hancock Fabrics in Salisbury, MD. To enroll at Hancock please call 410 677 3461. Here is a schedule of the classes offered.

Follow Me on Pinterest

Make a placemat and learn a new Sewing or Quilting Technique

Pin It

Placemats– For Beginners and Intermediate sewers. Our placemats will explore many different sewing and quilting techniques. This is a great way to learn binding, strip piecing, use of decorative stitches, free motion quilting, and some placemats will cover the use of your serger. Let’s make some creative mats braid in dayfor each season of the year. The first ½ hour will be used to pick your colors and purchase fabrics. Choose between Braided Mat, Free Motion Mat, Applique mat, Reversible Quilted Mat, Strip Pieced Mat, and Watercolor Mat. Free Pattern for most classes. Take this class again and again to learn a new technique. Fee is $30.00.  See more information on the placemats at this link. To enroll call Hancock at 410-677 3461

Wednesday May 7th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)
Wednesday May 21st 1:30-4:30pm (Flag serger placemats..Bring your serger)
Wednesday June 25th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)

easter egg

heart placemat

Follow Me on Pinterest