Policies

Class policy:


We do not offer a refund on classes. If necessary, you can instead put that fee towards a future class that has available spaces. You must give 3 full days notice if you need to cancel your space in class. You will forfeit your payment completely if giving less that 3 full days notice (72 hours to be specific!) You can only put the canceled fee towards a class of equal or less monetary value and receive a credit for any balance due on the new class.


We take every measure to provide a completely safe environment at our store and in our sewing and craft classes. By signing up for a sewing or craft class, using our studio for open sewing, or for sewing related events, for yourself or your child, you acknowledge that sewing and craft making can involve using a sewing machine, sewing machine needles, hand sewing needles, scissors, irons, pins, rotary cutters and hot glue. You acknowledge all of these machines and tools and supplies involve a risk of injury. You agree to release any liability from Topstitch Studio, LLC, its owner, class instructors and all employees regarding any claims of injury that could arise from your own or your child’s participation in any class or event at Topstitch Studio. You agree to seek medical treatment on your own terms and at your own expense in the event of any injury.


Class Tardiness:


We expect all students to be on time for class. We schedule enough time appropriate to teach and sew a particular project and one person’s tardiness can throw off the entire class! If you are running late, please call the shop: 404-228-7243. If you are running more than 15 minutes late to class, you won't be able to join the class. That may sound a bit harsh, but it would be unfair to others to stop class and start at the beginning or allow others to lag behind and wait due to tardiness. We hope you understand! Our shared parking lot is small and can get full quickly in the evenings. There is free street parking on Mead Road and Olympic Place. Please allow for enough time to park.


Class Level Policy:

Please choose a class appropriate for your level. Before you can take any level 2-4 classes, you must have taken one of our level 1 classes (link to intro to sewing classes) or an equivalent class within the last two years. We do not teach students how to sew in level 2-4 classes. If you do not know how to sew, but select a class level 2-4, you will politely be excused from class and asked to return another time for a level 1 class.


Class Levels:

Our classes are one of 4 levels:

1 beginner

-no sewing experience expected or required at all

-a sewing machine may as well be an object from outer space

-reading a sewing pattern is like reading Japanese (assuming you don’t know Japanese)

-you’ve never pinned or cut fabric with the intention of sewing it

2 advanced beginner

-you have some sewing experience and have used a sewing machine within the last two years

-you understand the parts of a sewing machine and how to use them

-you know how to thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin

-you understand how to sew to a particular seam allowance

-you can sew a straight stitch

-you’ve sewn a few craft projects and possibly some simple garments

3 intermediate

-you know how to do all of the advanced beginner skills listed above

-you’ve sewn some craft projects and possibly some advanced beginner garments

-you know how to sew curves and pivot at corners

-you can read a commercial sewing pattern

-you know how to sew darts

-you know how to set sleeves

-you know a few hemming techniques

-you can create a buttonhole

-you’ve sewn pockets

-you know how to sew on a waistband

-you know how to sew on bias binding

4 advanced

-you know how to do all of the intermediate skills listed above

-you know how to insert an invisible zipper

-you know how to use facings and line a garment

-you know how to use interfacings

-you’ve sewn with various types of fabrics

-you can sew collars and cuffs

-you are capable of small fitting adjustments

-you are curious about advanced dressmaking, tailoring and fitting techniques

*Open Sewing Sessions: These are self-guided sessions, intended for you to bring your own sewing project and work on it independently. Open sewing sessions do not include an instructor to teach or help with sewing questions or problems. If a salesperson is free (i.e. not helping customers or tending to other various store needs), we will try to answer your question, but there is no guarantee we will be able to do so during open sewing sessions!