Classes & Clubs


Sewing is fun when you get the results you want. Our classes are small and feature personalized instruction. You will be encouraged to do your best while enjoying successful experiences. Because each student cuts and sews at a different rate, and most projects take more than class time, please expect some work will need to be done at home between classes.

Before signing up for classes, please check your schedule and read our class policies carefully. To be fair to our teachers and other students we must remain firm in our registration and cancellation policies.


  • Full Payment of class fees due at time of registration. This guarantees a place in the class.
  • Phone registration is available with Visa or MasterCard. Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to class start. A store credit will be issued provided your cancellation does not reduce class participation below minimum number required. Minimum number of students is four, maximums vary by class. When applicable the teacher will be glad to leave class notes. Sawyers reserves the right to cancel 48 hours prior to any class if participation level is below minimum. Sawyers will issue a full refund for any class we cancel.
  • Please pick up or download a supply list at time of registration. Purchase supplies prior to arriving for class.
  • Those registered for a class receive a 15% discount on class supplies.
  • Please mark all tools and supplies. Sawyers is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Please refrain from wearing perfumes in consideration of fellow classmates with allergies.


Special Guest and New Teachers featured this fall at Sawyers

Patrice Godin is a teacher at Vancouver Community College and LaSalle College in their Fashion Design Programs. He has trained and worked in the theatrical costuming from coast to coast and uses many techniques from haute couture and the best of ready to wear tricks. Patrice has a fondness for all things a bit more involved and the corset became a quick favorite in his sewing repertoire and continues to fascinate him to this day. We are fortunate to have him come to Sawyers to share his skills in his Victorian Corset Class.

Alexandra Morgan is a local Victoria resident instructor with a BSC in Home Ec with a major in clothing and Textiles as well as a BA in Fashion Design from Ryerson. She has worked in the fashion industry as a pattern maker, designer, technical designer and fit technician since 1995 specializing in women’s wear. In 2010 Alexandra founded In-House Patterns and has been designing and teaching apparel development courses and workshops in and around Victoria since 2012. She taught Fitting Fundamentals in May, Pattern Making for Knits: the T-shirt Block in August and will teach the Woven Pant Block in September. Her class size is small and she books quickly.


Ron Collins 3 Day Retreat
with Ron Collins

3 - 7 Hour Sessions $325 plus GST

THE ULTIMATE SEWING RETREAT - Ron Collins International Guest Teacher Three days with Ron Collins and the ultimate sewing retreat. It’s time to liberate some of those fabrics you are afraid...

November 14, 15, 16, 2017.    9:30 - 4:30   ( Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday )

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Designer Techniques for Couture Results
with Ron Collins

1 – 6 hour session $120.00 plus GST ($126.00)

Invisible stitched patched pocket is the “Rolls Royce” when it comes to pockets. In this workshop we will do an invisible stitch patch pocket with the lining that is completely...

Monday 9:30-4:00  November 13, 2017

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Basic Sewing Techniques
with Carly Smethurst

3 - 2 1/2 hour sessions - $75 plus GST

No Experience Required    (3– 2½ hour classes) Mondays This course is designed for a beginner with very little or no sewing experience or as a refresher for someone who has...

  Mondays  6:30pm - 9:00pm   August 14, 21, 28, 2017 or  October 30, Nov.6, 13, 2017 or Nov. 27, Dec 4, 11, 2017

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Introduction to Sewing a Garment
with Carly Smethurst

6 - 2 1/2 hour sessions $110 plus GST

Prerequisite: Basic sewing Techniques or similar experience The project for this class is a drawstring/elastic pyjama style pant. This project has proven to be a great starter project to learn...

 Mondays  6:30pm - 9:00pm  Sept 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017

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Beginners Knit Tops
with Carly Smethurst

5 - 2 1/2 hour sessions - $105 plus GST

Prerequisite: Introduction to Sewing a Garment Alone or layered, simple t-shirts and long sleeve tops are essential to any wardrobe. Choose if you would like a classic t-shirt, longer sleeves for...

  Thursdays  6:30 - 9:00 Nov 2,9,16,23,30, 2017

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Supervised Creative Quilting
with Pat Dykes

Drop in sessions - 9:30 - 12:00 - $15 plus GST

Want to stretch your quilting capabilities? Having problems starting a project? In the middle of a project and need some encouragement? Need a little help with a new piecing design or technique?...

Tuesdays    9:30 – 12noon      Sept. 12, 19, 26, 2017 or Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2017 or Nov. 7, 21, 28, 2017 or Dec. 5, 12, 19, 2017

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Quilting with Lezlie
with Lezlie Pascoe

1 - 2 1/2 hour session - $15 plus GST

Have you thought you might like to try your hand at quilting but not quite sure where to start? Want to try a small project before investing lots of class time and materials?? Lezlie offers...

Thursdays - 1:00 - 3:30 -  August 3, 10th  2017, or Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 or Oct 5, 12, 19, 2017 or Nov 2, 9, 30, 2017 or Dec 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017

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Sew with Fern - Supervised Sewing
with Fern MacDonald

1 – 6 hour session $55.00 plus GST ($57.25)

Do you have unfinished projects that you would love to finish but need just a little help or guidance?   Wish you had a fun place to go for an afternoon of sewing?  “Sew with...

Saturday               10:00 – 4:00         August 19, 2017

Saturday               10:00 – 4:00         September 9,   October 14,  November 11, December 16, 2017

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Embroidery Gift of the Month
with Pat Dykes

1 - 3 hour session - $25 plus GS

Work on a different project each month. Each project is a surprise and incorporates both an embroidery design and a technique. Supply list will be emailed to registered students one week before...

Fridays  9:30 – 12:00  Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17* (All day 9-4 $50) & Dec 15, 2017, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, May 18, & Jun 15, 2018

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Do you know about any of our clubs? Sawyers have clubs designed for most machine owners. Membership is $60 per year (Sept 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018) This membership gives you 15% discount for one full year on all parts and notions as well as repairs and maintenance charges on your machines. Also included is 1/2 price on scissor and blade sharpening and special bonus discount days for Club members only. There will be 4 - 3 hour club meetings scheduled in advance and listed below. Single class drop-in fee is $20.00 and subject to space availability. Our goal is to provide different projects that are of general interest to class participants. Each project will be suitable for beginners as well as more advanced sewers. Many are surprised to learn how much more their machines can do.

Club project information will usually be available approximately 1 weeks before class time and registration is imperative. Call to reserve your space for each date so teachers are prepared for the number of participants.

Cozy Capz Dates for 2017-2018

Volunteers gather once a month to sew hats for cancer patients. Fabrics and time are donated to sew these items and are very much appreciated by those patients undergoing chemo treatment. New volunteers are always welcome. Come for one or any you can attend. Call to RSVP attendance. (Please note - days may change due to classroom availability.)


Cozy Capz

Fridays 9:00 - 12:30

Volunteers gather once a month to sew hats for cancer patients as well as comfort pillows for breast cancer patients. Fabrics and time are donated to sew these items and are very much appreciated...

Fridays 9:00 - 12:30   October 6, November 3, 2017 Feb. 2, Apr. 6, & June 1, 2018

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Janome / Babylock
with Pat Dykes

Fridays & Saturdays - 9:30-12:30

For Janome and Babylock embroidery machine model owners.

Sept. 29th or 30th 2017,  Dec 8th or 9th 2017,  Feb 9th or 10th 2018,  April 13th or 14th 2018

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with Judi Caldwell

Saturdays - 9:30-12:30

For Pfaff Creative embroidery machine model owners.

Saturdays - 9:30-12:30 - Sat. Oct 21st, Sat. Feb 3rd 2018, Sat. April 7th, 2018 , Sat June 2nd

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with Pat Dykes

Saturdays - 9:30-12:30

For sewers who have machines that are classified as more than basic with some decorative stitches. Projects are designed to increase members awareness of the capabilities of their machines. Our...

Saturdays - 9:30-12:30 -   Sept 16th 2017, Nov 25th 2017, Feb 24th 2018, April 28th 2018.

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