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Stitch School Project 2: Basic Top

Use your skills from Stitch School Class 2 to make a PJ top to go along with the PJ pants made after class 1.  Everyone in the class will use the same pattern.  Only woven fabrics should be used - no knots.

Prerequisite:  Stitch School Class 2 or approval from the instructor.


sewing machine in good working order with power cord, foot pedal, and machine manual
straight stitch foot, zigzag foot, 1/4" piecing foot
straight stitch plate recommended (if available for your make/model)
sewing machine needles:  Universal 75/11 or 80/12

3-ring binder with sheet protectors
notebook and pen for taking notes
quality sewing thread. Mettler recommended
empty bobbins

press cloth (non-stick preferred)
fabric scissors
thread snips or small scissors
pinking shears (optional)
Best Press (optional)
pins and pincushion (glass head pins preferred; they can take heat of an iron)
tape measure

Instructor: Sally Rifenburg
Instructor Bio: 64 years ago, beginning at my mother?s knee, I began to sew. My mother was a well-known seamstress in our area of Pennsylvania. I began competing in garment making when I was in the 6th grade. By the time high school came around, I had a business making clothing for the teachers that were having children. My mother owned a fabric store in Media, PA and I worked for her sewing purses and bags. I have taken classes throughout the USA with the top sewing teachers in the garment and heirloom sewing industry for over 40 years. Living in the Tri State area, I have been able to take advantage of sewing lessons with Susan Khalje, a couture sewing expert and co-editor of Threads magazine. My personal sewing business centers around heirloom and custom sewing for children, as well as wedding gowns, prom dresses and specialty items for adults. I am a licensed Martha Pullen Educator. Currently, I am the President of the Smocking Guild of America, Helping people learn to sew garments is a true joy for me. I would love to have you join me in my upcoming classes.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
To adequately prepare for classes and events, we ask that you please register at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  Your space in class will not be held withhout payment.  Each class has a minimum, and maximum, number of students and may fill, or be cancelled, prior to your payment.

If a
minimum number of students is not met, you will be notified, and your class fees refunded, at least 1 week prior to the class start date.  If you need to cancel cancel, please call the store at least 1 week prior to class for a full refund. No refunds of class or kit fees will be issued for cancellations under 1 week before the class start date. No shows will forfeit class and kit fees.

Upon registration you will be emailed a list of supplies needed for the class. All supplies should be purchased prior to class. Classes typically do not include time to purchase supplies. Unless otherwise noted, all supplies are available at Sew What! Inc.  Students will receive a 10% discount on all supplies listed.

We are diligent about enforcing copyright laws; if a book, pattern or embroidery design is required for a class, each student must purchase their own copy. There are no exceptions.

Students should bring their sewing machine with all of the appropriate parts (including the instruction manual, foot control and power cord). Students must be familiar with the basic operation (i.e. winding a bobbin and threading the machine) of their machine for creative classes, and the machine must be in good working condition. Alternatively, a student may pre-register to rent a sewing machine (when avail;able) for creative classes at a rental rate of $15 per class session.  Students who experiences great difficulty with their sewing machine during class may need to rent a machine.

Please be considerate of others. Do not bring children to class, wear heavy perfume or use cell phones during class. Please be prepared to start class on time.  Our doors typically open 30 minutes prior to your class start time to allow you to set up your sewing space. Classes begin and end promptly at the scheduled time.