Frequently Asked Questions

Handcraft Workshop is located at 6819 Germantown Avenue, in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.  Magu Yoga and Fino’s Pizza are our neighbors.

2-hour non-metered parking is available on Germantown Avenue.  Free parking is also available on Carpenter Lane.

Handcraft Workshop provides sewing machines and general sewing and cutting tools. We will email you a supply list prior to the start of class. You are responsible for purchasing the fabric, thread and supplies for class. We do not provide or sell fabric, thread or notions. Please be sure to bring all of your materials and supplies to class.

Please see our Policies and Forms page for all of our class policies.

Please see our Policies and Forms page for all of our class policies, including the additional policies for kid classes.

Machine sewing classes are for students age 8 and older.  Hand sewing and other crafting classes and events are for students age 4 and older.

Sorry, we don’t provide those types of services but we can teach you how.

We suggest that you take the Sewing 101 class and learn to use our sewing machines. You should be able to apply the skills you learn to start using your own machine. If you have problems, please email us about a private lesson.

Yes, we do!  Please see our Private Parties page for more information.

It all depends on the person but the more you sew outside of class time, the faster you will advance.  We believe that practice, perseverance, and patience are the keys to becoming a great sewist.  You’re going to make a lot (and we mean a lot) of mistakes but that’s part of the learning process.  Make mistakes, rip them out, and try again!  Like any new skill, it takes time to learn how to sew but if you stick with it, you’ll be glad you did.

Yes! You can purchase a gift certificate for you, a friend, or a loved one right through our website. A gift certificate code will be emailed directly to you.  The fine print: Gift certificates are redeemable for sewing class purchases at Handcraft Workshop. All sales are final and non-refundable. Gift certificates cannot be redeemed for cash. If you have a gift certificate from our old system, please contact us for assistance.

Since we are not a retail shop, we do not have regular hours open to the public. All of our class registration is done online. We are only in the studio when classes are in session (usually nights and weekends). Email is the best method to contact us (sew@handcraftworkshop.com). If you choose to call, please leave us a voicemail message. Voicemail messages can be left at anytime. We typically return calls within one business day.