Times Square Sewing Classes

At Times Square we believe the best way of learning is doing.  This belief sets the tone for our many educational classes. Enjoy learning from experienced instructors with hands-on lessons.  Whether you are interested in getting to know your new machine or ready to create a stunning quilt, our classes will help you achieve your goals.  Classes are offered for ALL sewing levels in ALL types of sewing. Just ask!

Signing up for Our Classes

  • To allow for proper preparation, register for classes at least 1 week in advance.  If remaining seats are available after this time, we will try to accommodate you, but can make no guarantees.  
  • In addition, customers enjoy 10% off the day of their class.  It's a great way to learn about a new tool and get one for your private stash.  
  • Registration can be made in the store or by phone. Please remember that the full class fee is required to guarantee your seat.
  • Upon registration, you will receive a supply list and any other applicable documents.  Supply lists can be picked up in the store, or emailed.
Every month, we offer a variety of classes to introduce participants to new techniques, fun designs, specific sewing machine education, and more.  The list below describes classes offered.  Please check out our calendar on the homepage to view our current schedule.  Is there a class you want, but it's not on the calendar?  Let the store know of your interest.  A class can be scheduled with 3 or more participants.

 MC9400 Update 
MC9400 Update    May 1   2pm or 6pm

See how the new MC940 update will increase your quilting abilities.  The update will be explained at the session.  Bring your machine if you are interested in updating to Ruler work capabilities. 

Class fee: free if machine purchased from Times Square Sewing Complex

Get to Know Your Machine 

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Get to Know Your Machine    May 2   1pm or 6pm

                                                                           June 6    1pm-3pm; or 6pm-8pm  

Come and learn the features and benefits of your new sewing machine. Bring your sewing machine, the accessories and book along with a spool of white or neutral thread. Fabric will be provided. When you purchase a machine from Times Square, we encourage you to take this class.  You learn the functions on your machine along with how to use your various presser feet.  We find customers are only using 20-30% of their machine’s capabilities if they don’t attend lessons.  Come see the benefits of your new machine. This is what makes it special when you purchase your machine from us.

Get to Know Your Embroidery Machine May 3 1pm or 6pm
                                                                     June 7   1pm-3pm; or
This is a time to learn about your machine and how to stitch professional looking embroidery. Bring your machine and hoops along with three different threads. Fabrics and stabilizers will be provided. This type of lesson is what sets TSSC above the competition. Get comfortable maneuvering around your machine.

Class fee:  free if machine was purchased from Times Square Sewing Complex
Fun FREE Sewing  
 Fun FREE Sew    May 4   10am-10pm

First themed sewing night! Bring your favorite picture of your Mom, along with stories! We want to celebrate the woman who made us! Admission is one item for a new Mom (or baby). We will donate to the Pregnancy Crisis Center. Of course a sewing day isn't complete without food so bring a favorite finger food to share.
                             June 8   10am-10pm    Sew for Fun! Sew for Free! Today let’s honor Dads! Bring a gift for a Dad and we will donate it to the area homeless shelter. Bring a favorite picture of Dad, along with stories! We want to celebrate the man who was a constant force in our lives growing up!  Bring a favorite finger food to share. We will order dinner around 5pm

Class fee:  free
ABC Quilt  
 ABC Quilt    May 5   10am-3pm; May 8   10am-4:30pm
 June 2   10am-noon; June 12   10am-noon

This is an ongoing lesson to make an ABC Quilt on your embroidery machine. A fun way to learn machine embroidery techniques and basic quilt piecing. 

Class fee: $20 per session 

Decorative Pillow 
 Decorative Pillow    May 7   10am-5pm

Make a beautiful decorative pillow.  You will be learning about features and stitch options of your machine as you create the woven design.

Class fee:  $20
Applique 101  
  Applique 101    May 9   1pm-4:30pm

Time to think about Flip Flops!  Make this cute table runner as you learn the basics of machine appliqué.  Great lesson for beginners with any style of sewing machine.  Must purchase book.

Class:  $20.00 plus book purchase
 Ruler Work     
 Ruler Work    May 10   10am-4:30pm

Have you updated your JANOME MC15000 or MC9400?  Come and make a sampler using the ruler foot and rulers.  Purchase of ruler set is required.

Class fee:  $20 plus purchase of ruler set
 Finishing School     
 Finishing School    May 11, 18, 25 and 30   10am-5pm
June 15  10am-5pm; June 29 10am-5pm;                                  June 30  10am-3pm

Have you started a project in class and need to get it finished?  Come and spend the day working on it with guidance from Sue.

Class fee:  $20.00
Serging 101 

Serging 101    May 12   10am-3pm 

Do you have a serger you're afraid of?  Get it out and come to this lesson to learn all the basics.  Our goal will be that you become comfortable threading your machine and changing from rolled hem to basic serging.  Learn shortcuts and troubleshooting tips.

Class fee:  free if serger purchased at Times Square Sewing
Blackboard Bags     
Machine Embroidery Blackboard Bags    May 14   2pm or 6pm

Make a machine embroidered bag with a zipper; all done in the hoop!  

Class fee:  $20.00; Kit $5.00
Reversible GO! Tablecloth 
Reversible GO! Tablecloth    May 15   10am-4pm

Make a cute reversible tablecloth with weighted corners to keep it on the table!  Fabric requirement will be given to you when you register.  This tablecloth will have appliqués cut with the AccuQuilt GO! Cutter.  We have one available for use in class.  This is a good class for beginners.

Class fee:  $20.00
Welcome Jersey Gals 
 Welcome Jersey Gals    May 16   10am-1pm

Since the Quilted Cow has closed, we invited the Jersey Gals to meet at our store.  We welcome them.  They have created a daytime guild to share their love of quilting and teach each other similar to the Quilter's Anonymous that usually meets on the second Wednesday at 6:30pm.  This group regularly meet the third Wednesday of each month at 10am.  We hope they will continue coming so we can see their show and tell items!!
Mylar Spring 
Machine Embroidery Mylar Spring    May 17   10am-4pm

Make a beautiful spring wall hanging with machine embroidery and the added glitz of mylar.  This is a good lesson for beginners.  Anita Goodesign Spring Mylar design pack is required for this class.

Class fee:  $20.00 plus cost of design pack

Pickle Bloom Table Runner  
 Pickle Bloom Table Runner     May 21   10am-4pm

This is a perfect project for beginners.  Easy but impressive!  Pattern required

Class fee:  $20

Buttons and Jewelry   

Machine Embroidery Buttons and Jewelry     May 22   10am-noon

Make machine embroidered buttons.  Use them on clothing or make into jewelry.

Class fee:  $20.00 
Stitchers Garden    May 23   2pm or 6pm and May 26   10am-3pm
                                 June 22  10am-5pm

This class is a great way to learn about your sewing machine, presser feet, threads and needles.  Pre-quilt blocks with decorative stitching before you appliqué.   A quick and fun way to make a beautiful full size quilt.  Your color choices make it very unique.    

The class is excellent for all levels and is hands-on with Sue.  Join at any time.  Each month you receive a demonstration of the foot or technique of the month and a handout with colored pictures of the block and instructions. 

Registration fee: $35 - includes binder with basic instructions, quilting designs and finishing instructions.   
$20 monthly for pattern.  No additional cost for sit and sews.  Can come work on block additional times at no extra charge.  You pay when you receive your next handout.
Floriani Classes  

Floriani Classes    May 10am or 2pm

Learn more about your Floriani software program and all the terrific things it can do to enhance your embroidery projects.  Keep up on upgrades too. 

No charge if your software was purchased from Times Square Sewing Complex

Must register at least one week in advance.
Sew with Your Feet  
Sew with Your Feet    May 31   1pm or 6pm

Do you have feet that came with your machine you are not sure about their uses?  Do you want to sew the easiest way possible?  Come take the Sewing with your Feet Class and learn about sewing machine feet.  We will be using Janome's new Foot Book binder and app.

Class Fee:  $10.00 plus cost of book 
Happy Hooper Embroidery Club 

Happy Hooper Embroidery Club    May 29   10am-4pm
                                                          June 20   10am-1pm

Gain confidence!  Bring your own embroidery machine and stitch away with our Happy Hooper Embroidery Club.  Meets on the 5th Monday of the month.

Class Fee: $20                                                                        

20% Bag
20% Bag    June 16  10am - 1pm

Kits for this 20% Bag are so cute (fabrics vary)!!  Plus if you make this bag, when you bring it into the store on class days or Saturday, you will receive 20% off your purchase.  What a deal!!

Class Fee:  $20    Kits:  $20 

SUZN Quilts Dresden Flag 
 SUZN Quilts Dresden Flag Wall Hanging    

Held at the Pathway Services Building, 1905 West Morton Avenue in Jacksonville, IL.  

June 1st   Cutting up with the Staff

Learn several cutting tips and styles as you prepare to sew.  Prepare to quilt as you go. Learn different applique techniques and settings for YOUR machine for the class.  

June 2nd   Susan Marth

Susan Marth of SUZN Quilts will be teaching her unique “Tiny Dresden” and “Quilt as you Go” techniques as you make a stunning Dresden Flag Wall Hanging Quilt. (Finished size  30 ¼” x 42”)

June 3rd   Finishing with the Staff

The staff will guide you through binding and completing your flag. If time permits we will make some great organizers for your Dresden supplies. Either way you will get the patterns.

Event fee: $159.00  ($50.00 off - Early Bird Discount if you register and pay by May 19) This fee includes most supplies for the class. You will purchase your own fabric and bring your sewing machine and supplies. A list is provided when your registration is paid. Bring a sack lunch or visit an area eatery.

 Time to make a T-shirt  
 Time to make a Tshirt     (Serger) June 9   10am-3pm

Let get those sergers going and get ready for summer as you make a cute Tshirt that will keep you cool and ready for any summertime activity.  A supply list will be provided at registration. (Bet ya can’t make just one!) Class fee: $20

 Uncle Sam Dangler 
 Uncle Sam Dangler  (machine embroidery)                                 June 11   10am-noon; or 3pm-6pm This cute Uncle Sam dangler will keep the patriotism from Memorial Day through the 4th of July.  Come join us to make this delightful character. Lesson by Susan Lovekamp. Design is by Anita Goodesign. Class fee is $20.00. Must purchase software. Supply list will be given when you pay your registration fee.

Tiny Quilt  

Tiny Quilt June 14   10am-3pm  

Ready for a Challenge?  Sign up for this class to make a “Tiny Quilt.”  Diane designed this Tiny Quilt using a 1 1⁄4 inch GO! Cutter strip die.  All the squares finish at three-quarters of an inch and there are approximately 230 blocks in this Tiny 14” x 14” Quilt. Bring your spectacles!  Supply list will be provided when you register.

Class fee: $20

 Transferring Designs 

Transferring Designs   June 18, 10am-noon MC12000,14000, and                  15000; 1pm-3pm MC400E & 500E

Are you transferring designs but can’t find them on your sewing machine? Come and learn where they are!

(Free if machine was purchased at TSSC)

Sewing Camps  
 Kids Camp (Children must be 8 years or older) 3 day sessions:

June 19-20-21      Beginners 10am-Noon    Intermediate 2pm-4pm

June 26-27-28   Advanced 10am-Noon

July 23-24-25    Beginners 10am-Noon     Intermediate 2pm-4pm

July 31, Aug. 1-2   Advanced 10am-Noon

Beginner         Intermediate

Pillow Case         Sewing Machine Cover         

Tote Bag                 Pin Cushion/Trash Bag                   xxx      


Shorts (Reading a pattern, cutting out and stitching                                                

Adults Camp  2 Full day sessions:

July 7 10am-3pm                       July 14   10am-3pm

    Pillow Case                                   Zipper Bag

    Tote Bag                                       Pin Cushion/Trash Bag

Land That I Love table topper  

Land That I Love table topper June 25  1pm-4pm or 6pm-8pm

Sherry always comes up with awesome projects to learn machine applique. This is no exception. You will love making this beautiful patriotic table topper.  Perfect to adorn any table or special outdoor gathering.

Class fee:  $20 Book required. She is offering other project from the book later. Supply list will be provided.