Dec 21, 2013

This and That at the Sewing Cave ~ ONLINE SALE!

Giving Back Sale 5hrs ONLY
December 27, 2013 2pm-7pm

PACKAGE DEAL SEWING CLASSES $145 Cash or Check Only (no charge cards)

NEW STUDENTS! Package Deal Sewing Class will be on sale for only 5hours only at the sewing studio. Stop by the sewing cave between the hours on 2pm and 7pm, pay cash or check and enroll to the Package Deal of Basic Sewing Classes for only $145! Save $65

https://www.learn2sewflorida.com/

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I just learned about this place. Where have I been? Check it out. Great prices.


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It's fun to make your holiday decorations! Merry Christmas.
 

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Thank you Laura for the beautiful gift you made me! I love it!
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I have a student selling this for $30. Its at the sewing cave if you're interested, message me.

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Let me just say, I HATE THIS MACHINE! It has broke down again. I've already had it the shop twice while my brother machine is still working after all these years. NEVER BUY SINGER! They are always breaking down.

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Don't forget I'm selling Gift Certificates!!!
I've had several people the past few days ask if I sell Gift Certificates. YES, I do sell them.

Are you interested in buy a gift certificate?
Steps to buying a gift:
1) Pay for any class or package you want.
2) When asked for the class date put GIFT
3) Give the students name in Special Instructions section.
4) A Gift Certificate will be emailed back to you


Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Dec 8, 2013

Tis the Season to make Stockings

No matter how big or how small. Easy to make!

 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Nov 24, 2013

Keeping up with Whats New at L2S

As you can see I don't blog much anymore. All this social media and there's only so much time in the day. I can remember posting 3-5 times a week on here and now it's maybe once a month. 

No worries though. You can follow along with Learn2Sew on Facebook.
Here's a few of the last post.
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Saturday Sewing Class - everyone hard at work getting high on sewing!
I still have seats available for Wednesday sewing class 930-11:30 and 11:30-1:30. Let me know....
Enjoy your sewing moments ~ Cindy
  
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 Learn 2 Sew Florida
Many of my students come to class because they think they don't know how to do it when really once I start teaching them they do know but just need a little help. Jump in, its great fun. See you in class and don't forget Black Friday sale. ~ Cindy

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I taught 9 people how to use a sewing machine the past couple days. There's one step that always a new student has trouble doing or remembering, so I made a video to help.
Thank you so much to the new students who started this week. I can't want to take you to higher places with more sewing knowledge. See you in class ~ Cindy
#sewingclass #sewingmachine #LearnSewing #sewing
How to pick up your bobbin thread - Learn2SewFlorida.com
www.youtube.com
When threading the machine many of my students can't remember this step so I've made a video to watch over and over again until you do get it! Learn

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 Learn 2 Sew Florida
The best part of teaching sewing is ~ you all wanting to learn for one reason or another.

The rewards come from passing on knowledge and seeing what you do with it. We are all so very different. I'm amazed at what my students can achieve with a little help! What is created makes me do a happy dance.
See you in class ~ Enjoy your moments until then, Cindy

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Learn 2 Sew Florida
Sewing Tip: Fabric is bought on the bolt. 42-45 inches wide and 58-60 inches wide. The length depends on how much yardage you buy. Always buy more fabric then they tell you on the back of the pattern envelope. I've seen too many mistakes. The width goes around our body and the length goes up and down. Wash your fabric to preshrink it before you cut. Nothing worse then to make something to fit, wash it and it doesn't fit anymore.
See you in class ~ Cindy
 
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 SEWING TIP: Tracing Paper, Tracing Wheel. One of the many ways to mark fabric. It comes in different colors so you can see the marking on fabrics. I like using it to mark darts and pleats. It makes it easy for someone new to sewing having a line to follow. You want to mark the wrong side of the fabric for DARTS and the right side of the fabric for PLEATS.
Enjoy your sewing moments, never stop learning ~ Cindy
 
 
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If you're on Facebook hop on over and give me a like to follow up with whats new.
Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Nov 17, 2013

Next BIG SALE on Enrlooment

Black Friday ~ Small Business Saturday
Starts Nov 29 ~ Ends Dec 1
ONLINE ONLY



Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ 
make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Oct 17, 2013

Open House

OPEN HOUSE
October 29 and October 30
10am-1:30pm and 6-8pm
Stop by ~ see the new location ~ enroll to any class
ALL CLASSES ARE ON SALE! sale ends Oct 31



2909 Stirling Road
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33312
https://www.learn2sewflorida.com/ 

Until next time, 
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, 
Cindy

Oct 12, 2013

Sewing Classes start again in NOVEMBER!

CLICK HERE FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT!

All classes are ON SALE until Oct 31. Save $5 to $60.

Check out the CALENDAR to see what class fits your schedule.

See you at the new sewing cave. Yea!


Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Oct 5, 2013

Relocation Update ~ Classes starting again SOON!

 Let's get this SEWING PARTY STARTED!

I found the place! I think its going to work perfect for you and L2S. 

Approval has been had, the lease needs to be signed and the move begins to start setting up again. It shouldn't take long to accomplish to start our sewing party once more. 

This road has not been easy! A conversation to be had at the new sewing cave... so I'LL SEE YOU SOON! 




Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Sep 15, 2013

Reinventing the business... Making it work!

BASIC SEWING LESSONS IN YOUR HOME

They say find something you like doing and do it for life. When you do and you take your last breath, like all of us must do, you will look back and leave with a smile. If there's one thing I have loved doing since a preteen has been using a sewing machine. I can't ever say I was so angry doing it that I felt the urge to give up. It's always been a blessing bringing many rewards on many levels. For this reason is why I have this business. It's my HIGH!

The first moment I had the idea to do this business (because I needed a job) I've never looked back. It hasn't been easy taking one situation at a time, one class at a time learning what had just happened to help understanding the future and the best way to go about it. How I started off teaching sewing classes 7 years ago is very different how I do them today. 

Confession Time: If your not happy with life make changes. I have to say I have not been happy for months with what was happening with my business. Some things were out of my control. 

I was getting very frustrated which caused me often times to say "WHAT THE..... " I love, love, LOVE the sewing part of the business but when it comes to the business part. I was getting tired spinning the wheel with no rewards, meaning not making much money. 

My landlord wasn't a good business partner wanting a lot in rent and going up each year while making me take care of all the repairs and pay their property taxes. It was a good location for a couple of years but it wasn't so good the past year. And it seemed like I was having more and more problems with people scheduling, rescheduling classes for one reason or another. Thinking I had full classes and one or two people showing up. This effected how much money was being brought in. Not everyone thought my company policy applied to them. 

For months I have been thinking of new ways to run this business. When you're not happy make change. Except I wasn't making the change. I was all talk (thought) and no action so life kicked me in the ass and broke the AC at the sewing cave. When I fixed the problem a few days later two of the front windows popped for no reason at all. Not only was I having problem with the business but struggling with some personal problems. Within 24 hours of the windows breaking I made the decision I wasn't bringing in enough money to keep doing what I was doing so I packed up and moved out stacking the sewing cave belongings in my house.

I don't want to keep doing what I was doing, the way I was running L2S. I want to find a small space to work out of teaching 2-3 people at a time. I need to move all this stuff out of my house! I also need a space to sew and work on my own designs. (Zepbabe Designs - anything and everything Led Zeppelin). I realized I wasn't giving myself time behind the sewing machine to design my own creations. 

Since the decision was made to go into a much smaller space (office with a couple rooms) because having a larger storefront does not make this business money, I'm not going to need all my tables I was using when I taught 6 students at a time. I will be downsizing my sewing cave. More in this in the near future.

If there's one thing I've learned not teaching the past few weeks, the desire for people to learn sewing is in big demand. I've also learned people say they're going to do things all the time but never follow through which means I can't count on people when they say I'm going to see them in class all the time. I want to focus on the people who are very serious about learning to sew. And since I'm only going to do a few students at a time, a few classes a week, my prices are going up. When I do find a location and start giving classes again there will be no refunds, no cancellations and you must pay for the class to reserve a seat before. That was another thing hurting my business, reserving seats without payment because I knew the student well and the seat wasn't used.

WHAT I'M DOING NOW
I'm working on a NEW BUSINESS PLAN for L2S; Private Lessons, Sewing Parties and all day events IN YOUR HOME. I'm still looking for a location to have students come to me. But I did have thought long ago about doing sewing parties and all day/weekend events thinking it would be more of a retirement thing when I could do them a few times a year all over the country.  

Check the WEBSITE to find out about BASIC SEWING LESSONS IN YOUR HOME where you can start learning NOW and not wait for me to find a location. Check the Times AVAILABLE, pay online and start sewing!

As long as I'm sewing LIFE IS GOOD! I'll be giving home sewing lessons until I can find a location where you can come to me. I also want to do sewing retreats where we can take a weekend to learn all kinds of different things. I'm still in the process of writing my book and I'd love to make more sewing videos for you. In between all the above, I love being creative with the sewing machine making ANYTHING LED ZEPPELIN

SO LET'S GET THIS SEWING PARTY STARTED! RESERVE YOUR TIME TODAY!
 
Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Aug 31, 2013

Search for the new location continues....

Location UPDATE: I view my landlord as a business partner. Since I've opened L2S over 7 years ago I've had 4 partners. The first one allowed me to start this business of making a profit within 6 months which is really good for a start up. Then he sold his portion of the business which was an ok relationship but alcohol abuse got in the way and started effecting the business. The third partner allowed some not so nice neighbors who didn't think they needed to use the restroom to relieve themselves stay in the building not making it easy for the rest of his business partners. The last partner expected me to do all the work and wanted to take way more than 3/4 the business made. L2S is a good business, one in demand. Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered. I'm still looking for that right business partner who will allow me to profit along with themselves. I'm surprised how many people are looking for partners but don't want to make a win win situation. Meanwhile, they have an empty space and make nothing, which is happening all around us. So not only do I need a smaller open space with a restroom and a few parking spaces, I need the right landlord who'll allow both of us to prosper, for years. Praying for that person to meet me at the crossroads.
Enjoy your sewing moments my sweet students ~ Cindy
I update on Facebook too if you want to follow me there: https://www.facebook.com/Learn2Sew

Aug 21, 2013

New Location Update

I've looked at least 10 different places and have yet to find the right fit. Either they're really old and smelly with a window wall unit for AC, they want way more then I'm willing to pay or they don't want my business at their location. 

So for everyone who is calling, emailing, texting me wondering when classes will start up again, they will resume when I find a location to teach out of. I'm not signing a lease just to start up classes as fast as I can if it's not good for my business. 

This business doesn't make a lot of money with me making very little. I do it because I love what I do. I was very close to closing with what happened at my last location, paying high rent and being responsible for all the repairs. In fact if I want to open my doors again I have to borrow the money to do so, which I'm willing to do. 

Please be patient with me. Again I do love teaching but I have to be smart about how I reopen where I won't go too far into debt. 

Thanks for understanding. Cindy

Aug 18, 2013

Learning the Seam Lines VIDEO with a little comedy

If I can't teach you in person the next best thing VIDEOS! I just uploaded a new one teaching you about seam lines. I made a game out of this video and try to make you laugh. HAVE FUN! Learning to sew does not have to be so BORING.

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Aug 15, 2013

Have you seen my Sewing Vids?

I started this business when my kids were 6 & 8 yrs old. When they were little I would give them all my attention. Since I opened they've had to share me with L2S. They are now 13 & 15 and I have to say it's been a blessing being forced to not teach the past 3 weeks and spending all my time with them again. They go back to school next week. I've decided to put off looking for the new location until next then and just enjoy the moments with my children. 

Since I can't teach you in person I've uploaded a few videos on YouTube. Check them out! And there's more on my YouTube Page!



 

The search for the new location will begin again next week. I have to find the spot that works best for you the student and me as a business owner. And if you're in South Broward Florida area and know of a place shoot me an email!

I'll be back with updates soon....
 
Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Jul 31, 2013

McCalls Sewing Patterns for Sale

I'm selling a few patterns on my website 
CLICK HERE to BUY AND VIEW THE PICTURES OF EACH PATTERN
More patterns added all the time, check back soon!

McCalls - Women
3531,3596,4240,4342,4931,5023,5123,5180,5230,5245,
5332,5273,5292,5301,5374,5377,5363,5386,5433,5456,
5703,5714,5729,5730,5763,6767,6799,7102,7888,8347

McCalls Boys and Girls
212,3821,4029,4641,4762,4866,4909,4915,4961,4962,
5229,5318,5327,5328,5460,5675,5983,9328



Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Jul 30, 2013

Moving Out ~ Moving On....NO CLASSES until September


Sometimes life has a way of kicking you into doing things you've been talking about.

If you've been to sewing class this year you've probably heard me talking about how I was going to move the business again because of many reasons.

First of all, I was paying too much each month for the rent. The longer you stay the more you pay. Second my AC broke again for the 3rd time since I've been at this location. When I fixed the AC unit two days later two front windows broke for no reason at all. I refuse to pay thousands in repairs when I'm already paying too much in rent. The decision was made to move out.

The move was made on July 27 and 29. The old sewing cave is empty. I was focused on moving out and not worrying about a new location at the same time.

I'm taking a few days to enjoy part of the summer with my kids since they haven't had much fun during their vacation. I'm taking my time looking for a new location for L2S finding the right fit.

If you might know of a place or someone who can help reply to this email. What I'm looking for: 500-700sf office or store front with a storage room and restroom, parking, on ground floor. In Hollywood, Pembroke Pines or Davie (basically from 595 south into Hollywood and the beach west until University Drive). Price depends on terms and conditions.

I need to stay closer to Hollywood because my job of being mom comes first and I need to be available for my kids if needed. Also since I do classes in the morning and evening I don't want to spend a lot of money on gas driving back and forth. I know you want me to move close to you but I need to make it work not only you but me too.

I'll be sending out emails through this form when I do have a new location and start classes again. You can also keep up with the events of the move by following L2S on Facebook.

I LOVE WHAT I DO!!!!  I will not be closing. I will reopen. As soon as I find a new sewing cave I'll be adding the classes back on the website.

UNTIL THEN PLEASE KEEP SEWING AND I'LL BE BACK SOON!


Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Jul 14, 2013

McCalls 4931 Size 10,12,14 Pattern for Sale

McCalls 4931 Size (10,12,14)
Year 1990 DRESS
Excellent Condition - never been used
$10.95 FREE SHIPPING (US ONLY)
terms and conditions apply

Right click on the picture and save it to view it better






CLICK HERE TO BUY THIS PATTERN


Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

McCalls 5332 Size 10,12

McCalls 5332 Size (10,12)
Year 1991 DRESS
Excellent Condition - never been used
$10.95 FREE SHIPPING (US ONLY)




CLICK HERE TO BUY THIS PATTERN

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

McCalls 8347 Size 12,14,16 Pattern For Sale

McCalls 8347 Size D(12,14,16)
Year 1996 DRESS
Good Condition - slight used with all pieces needed
$8.95 FREE SHIPPING (US ONLY)

Right click on the picture and save it to view it better







CLICK HERE TO BUY THIS PATTERN

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Jul 13, 2013

McCalls 5377 Size 14 & 16 Pattern for Sale

McCalls 5377 Size 14 and 16
Year 1991 Tight fitting dress with low back either crisscross or scoop or halter, scoop or square front.
Excelent Condition - Never been used
$10.95 FREE SHIPPING (US ONLY)




CLICK HERE TO BUY THIS PATTERN

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

McCalls 4342 Size 14 ~ PATTERN SALE

McCalls 4342 Size 14
Year 1982 Girls Costume ~ Cheerleader, Twirler, Ice Skating - Used/View C Skirt. Has all pieces needed for every view.
$8.95 FREE SHIPPING (US ONLY)




CLICK HERE TO BUY THE PATTERN

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

May 31, 2013

1hr 40min Video on How to Learn the SEWING MACHINE - On Sale NOW

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IT NOW!
Download my 1hour 40min MACHINE CLASS LECTURE.
On Sale for $10 ~ The same information I give in my machine class for $40. (see the link in the comments to download the video.) Or if you need help reserve a seat to my "in person" classes. 
Download this 1hr 40min video teaching you the same way I teach my in person class FOR HALF THE PRICE!
If you've already a student at L2S you can download this video for a review or class notes for $5. Email Learn2Sew@yahoo.com to receive the coupon code.

Laugh While You Learn ~ I'm not your normal sewing teacher.
I make you laugh and smile along the way with my sense of humor while I teach you the sewing machine.
 
MACHINE CLASS via DOWNLOAD
 In this 1hour 40min video you'll learn ALL THE BASICS of the SEWING MACHINE, any sewing machine. What you learn in this video is the same way I teach my machine class at the sewing studio. I've taught thousands of people how to sew so I know how to teach you through a video if you can't attend my classes in person. I already know what you're questions will be and the mistakes you're going to make because I've seen it man times before.
 
WATCH PARTS OF THE VIDEO



What you'll learn in this online class
Electronic vs Manual Machines
What to look for when buying a machine
Features of the sewing machine
How to wind a bobbin and thread the machine
The different stitches we use
The different pressure feet that come with the machine
Troubleshooting the machine when it's not working
How to sew a straight line, pivot to do squares, bend the fabric to sew circles
Tricks to sewing
Safety Tips
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

May 30, 2013

How to use your Automatic Threader - Download the FULL VIDEO

A short little video on how to use the Automatic Threader on the sewing machine. Download the FULL video and LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR SEWING MACHINE


Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

May 29, 2013

Sewing + Led Zeppelin = HIGH

There's two things I love most in life, Listening to Led Zeppelin music while I'm sewing. Give's me high that last for a very long time. 

New Addition to the Sewing Cave

I'm going to be making all kinds of Led Zeppelin things and opening a online Zepbabe Design store.  More to come!

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

May 3, 2013

First Solo along with a few Group Dances - Proud Mom Here

 My daughter has been dancing since she was 4yrs old at Dance Express. She has been competing with the same group of girls for years.

I had to cancel one of my Saturday classes so I could see her very first solo. Many of my students want to see the videos so.... drum roll please....


Last weekend they had a few dances. My daughters group. It's the same dance as the solo but all together  which makes it a much different dance. I call it "Happy Feet with Attitude" 



Younger girls group - Imagine, what a beautiful song and dance.

 

The older girls and younger girls in a big group dance. I can't get the video to upload so here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q7kkue4I_E

We have this weekend off and the next two weekends we'll be going all day Saturday and Sunday. 

CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS!
Church - overall 4th place winners in senior division!
You Can't Stop the Beat- 3rd overall junior division!
You guys ROCK!!!!
Miracle, Bikini, God Bless America, Imagine,
Elite golds!
  

Thanks for letting me share. I did alter the blue skirts for God Bless America. They buy their costumes and don't have them made. 
 
Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Mar 25, 2013

EASY SEWING PROJECT - DOWNLOAD IT TODAY!



Makeup Case/Accessory Bag 
sewing pattern with easy to follow along instructions.
There's 13 steps in sewing this easy sewing project designed by Learn2SewFlorida.com
You have 23 photos in the instructions to help you follow along with each step.
There's only one pattern piece that can be printed on one page. You don't have to print a bunch of pages and tape them together to make this pattern. IT'S THAT EASY!

It's so easy to have as your own too!!
All you have to do is ~ Pay $3.95 for the download, print out the instruction and start making your fun and easy project today!
Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Mar 16, 2013

EASY Download Sewing Pattern ~ Glasses Case


VERY EASY SEWING PROJECT. So easy you can make it in 30-45 minutes. So easy you can make tons of them to give as gifts to your family and friends.



GLASSES CASE SEWING PATTERN
$3.95
with easy to follow along instructions. 

There's 12 steps in sewing this easy sewing project designed by Learn2SewFlorida.com

You have 27 photos in the instructions to help you follow along with each step.
There's only one pattern piece that can be printed on one page. You don't have to print a bunch of pages and tape them together to make this pattern. IT'S THAT EASY!

It's so easy to have as your own too!! 

All you have to do is ~ Pay for the download, print out the instruction and pattern and start making your fun and easy project today!

 CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR EASY PATTERN

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Feb 21, 2013

Sewing Machine Class Video Download

Do you want to learn how to use your sewing machine but can't make it to my class? I have GREAT NEWS!!! You can download a video and learn everything I teach in my machine class for half the price!

 THAT'S RIGHT!!! To take my machine class in person $40
Regular price of the video $20
ON SALE NOW $14.95 (sale ends Feb 28)

Download this video and pay half of what you do in person - This is the same information I give in person at the studio during the Sewing Machine Class.

MORE GREAT NEWS!!!
If you've already a student at L2S you can download this video for a review or class notes for $5. Email Learn2Sew@yahoo.com to receive the coupon code.

Laugh While You Learn ~ I'm not your normal sewing teacher.
I make you laugh and smile along the way with my sense of humor while I teach you the sewing machine.
MACHINE CLASS via DOWNLOAD

In this 1hour 40min video you'll learn ALL THE BASICS of the SEWING MACHINE, any sewing machine. What you learn in this video is the same way I teach my machine class at the sewing studio. I've taught thousands of people how to sew so I know how to teach you through a video if you can't attend my classes in person. I already know what you're questions will be and the mistakes you're going to make because I've seen it many times before.

What you'll learn in this online class
Electronic vs Manual Machines
What to look for when buying a machine
Features of the sewing machine
How to wind a bobbin and thread the machine
The different stitches we use
The different pressure feet that come with the machine
Troubleshooting the machine when it's not working
How to sew a straight line, pivot to do squares, bend the fabric to sew circles
Tricks to sewing
Safety Tips
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO AND SAVE!!! Sale ends on Feb 28. 

Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Feb 19, 2013

Pay It Forward Sale Ends SOON!

"Pay it Forward" sale ends on Feb 28. This will be the last sale for a few months. Take advantage if you want to attend sewing classes at L2S. BUY ANY CLASS ONLINE! ALL CLASSES ON SALE! Videos too! If you're a student of L2S and your friend enrolls to the Package Deal of Basic Classes you get 2 HRS FREE SEWING CLASS!
Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy

Feb 18, 2013

Photo Post ~ A look inside the Sewig Cave

 I NEED TO TAKE MORE PICTURES!!!! (note to self)






Until next time, Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun, Cindy