Studio Etiquette

We want you to feel at home at Stitchery & Co. and encourage a kind and thoughtful dynamic. Please care for our equipment and clean up after yourself, ensuring the space is kept tidy for all who share it. Be aware of fitting room etiquette, and be mindful of your belongings. Please take care when eating and drinking in the workspace. We’d really appreciate that you bring in closed containers and foods that aren’t messy, ensuring your space is kept clean. If you could please wear closed-toe shoes/steel capped shoes to help avoid injury. Following these simple rules will ensure a harmonious working environment for all.

Students are welcome to bring their tools. The following are our suggestions:

Fabric Scissors – These should be knick and blunt free, suited to the strength of the student’s hand, and be left or right hand orientated as required.

Snips – Knick and blunt free

Seam Ripper – Ensure good quality

Tape Measure – Should be accurate dual imperial/metric

Ceramic Fabric Marker

Sewing pins – Such as glass or flower headed pins, with abrasion free shaft, suited to the skill level of the student

Hand sewing needles – With abrasion free shaft, suited to the skill level of the student.

Spool of thread – Must be suited to the project and be good quality.

Yes, beginner class tool kits are available for purchase (LINK TO KITS) and include fabric scissors, snips, tape measure, glass headed pins, seam ripper, hand sewing needles and white and black Rasant thread 100m spools, all contained in a firm shutting toolbox. If you’re keen to learn more about a particular element of sewing, check out our events here.

You are welcome to bring in your sewing machine. We recommend it having been serviced in the past twelve months and used in the past three months to ensure it’s in working order and safe to operate. Please also ensure you’ve been replacing your needle after eight hours of use. Other items to bring:

  • Foot pedal
  • Power cord
  • Machine specific feet
  •  Bobbins
  • Sewing machine needles – Good quality and project suitable

We have quite the selection of machines and tools for hire. These include…

  • 2 x single lockstitch industrial sewing machine
  • 2 x 5 thread industrial overlockers (one with a gathering attachment)
  • 1 x industrial coverstitch machine
  • 1 x industrial blind hemmer
  • 1 x industrial walking foot
  • 2 x female full body dressmaker dummies (a size 12 and 14)
  • 8 x domestic sewing machines
  • 2 x domestic overlockers
  • 1 x domestic coverstitch machine
  • 1 x domestic iron
  • 1 x adjustable dressmaker dummy
  • 2 x 1.8 x 1.15m graphic design tables
  • 2 x A2 light tables
  • Shelf mounted ultra short throw projector
  • Ceiling mounted short throw projector
  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Heat Press
  • Sizzix die cutting machine
  • Hot knife
  • Semi industrial boiler iron
  • Soldering iron
  • Handheld steamer
  • Industrial hole punch
  • Semi-industrial snap press
  • A0 pattern printing
  • Laundry facilities for fabric dyeing
  • Semi-industrial button cover press
  • A selection of quality fabrics, tools and notions (available for purchase)
Yes, you are welcome to bring your fabrics to class. Alternatively, there is a small selection of fabric, tools and notions available for purchase in our retail space. Costs must be agreed beforehand for children’s classes. We love supporting both local and online/WAHM businesses and would be happy to provide contact details suitable for all projects.
It depends on your comfort level and sense of adventure. A great starter project may be a pillowcase, apron, tote bag, zippered pouch or pocket pillow.

Newbie – You’ve never touched a sewing machine before and are entirely new to the world of sewing, how exciting!
Beginner – You’ve had a play around, but you’re not quite sure how to best proceed.
Adventurous beginner – You have some basic skills, and you’re now ready to try new things.
Intermediate – You’ve had some experience with sewing and have more of a confident skillset. Keen to tackle the next challenge.
Advanced – You’ve been sewing for years and have a high level or skillset, you can sew with a variety of fabrics, understand the terminology, can read a pattern, and can fit and adjust a garment.

No. All children must be dropped off and picked up by a legal parent or guardian.
No, we do not have any storage available in our spaces.
Casual and comfortable clothing is most suitable. If you’re sewing a garment that you will need to try on during construction, it would be best to wear appropriate close-fitting or foundation garments. Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times in the studio to avoid the risk of injury from falling tools or dropped pins and needles. Steel capped shoes are recommended in the industrial area or if using pattern weights in studio. We ask that long hair please be tied back.
Yes, we have a kitchenette so it’s fine to bring in food and drink. We’d really appreciate you bring in closed containers and foods that aren’t messy, ensuring your space is kept clean. We prefer no sugary drinks in children’s classes, please.
Invoices for purchases of fabric, notions, patterns and tools will be generated during class time and are due at the end of class. Eftpos facilities are available in the studio.
We ask that students are respectful and courteous during class. For this reason, personal devices are to remain on silent and stored securely out of sight. We also ask that you leave headsets, headphones and earpieces at home or in your bag.