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:

*Ron Collins is coming November 25, 26, 27 for his annual 3 DAY RETREAT. Ron will also spend an extra day Nov.28 teaching the popular Specialty Techniques Class
*Stacie Wilson from Troll Bros. Quilting Designs will have a “Pop Up Shop” instore with quilt and bag making fabrics and hardware Oct. 24, 25, and 26th, in conjunction with our Janome Days and teach a Bag Making Class on Saturday Nov. 2nd
*Penny Lai from Gala Fabrics will have a “Pop Up Shop” instore with a selection of the latest in knit fabrics instore Oct. 26

Janome Education Events FALL 2019

Sawyers is happy once again to welcome our Janome Educator Anne-Margaret to our store for a three day Customer Event. This event will feature Janome sewing machines, sergers and cover hem machines, however it is open to all customers with any brand of machines. We have scheduled events for different kinds of quilters and sewers. Garment Sewers…You asked for it! We have a class for you too…
The information and techniques demonstrated and discussed are not Janome specific so will be great information for all sewers no matter what machines you own. Come one … Come all…

**Special Feature **Our First Pop Up Shop and not just one but two “POP UP SHOPS” FABRICS AND SUPPLIES IN STORE

Pop up Shop #1 Stacie, owner of Troll Brothers Quilt Designs will display and sell a selection of her fabrics, bag making supplies and notions available on her online shop but available for 3 days only at Sawyers Sewing Centre for this event. Come check it out! Thursday Friday and Saturday

Pop Up Shop #2 Penny, owner of Gala Fabrics will display and sell a varied selection of the latest in knits in many different fibre contents. This will give you a chance to see and purchase suitable fabrics for all the inspiration ideas in today’s class. Saturday only

Janome Days " Quilting Buffet"
with Anne-Margaret

1 - 3 Hour Session ( Free )

Love quilting?  New to quilting?  Thinking of trying quilting?   Come dine with us as you sample and learn a dozen different ways to quilt your quilts: from free motion - to...

Thursday October 24th   12:30 - 3:30 ( Must Register )   or Saturday October 26th 1:00 - 4:00 ( Must Register )

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Janome " Build a Bag Party "
with Anne-Margaret

1 - 6 Hour Session Kit Fee $35.00 but No Charge for class

Have you noticed the trend of sewing your own bags…so good …they look like expensive designer bags! Have you wondered how to sew a bag completely in the hoop of the embroidery...

Friday October 25th, 2019

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Janome " Sewing with Knit Fabrics "
with Anne-Margaret

1 - 3 Hour Session Kit Fee: $5.00 No Class Fee

Learn how to tame knit fabrics and create wonderful garments with today’s fashion fabrics.Most every wardrobe today includes a variety of pieces in many knit comfortable and easy...

Saturday October 26th, 2019

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Charm Square Table Topper
with Nancy Williams

3 – 3 hour classes $100.00 plus GST ($105.00)

This fun square table topper ( finished size approx. 32” X 32” made with 5 inch HST's (half square triangles) can be used as either a baby quilt or a table topper. If you have...

August 10, 17, 24, 2019

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Basic Sewing Techniques
with Carly Smethurst

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

This course is designed for a beginner with very little or no sewing experience or as a refresher for someone who has not sewn in a long time.  You will learn to operate the sewing machine...

September 23rd, 30th & October 7th, 2019    6:30pm - 9:00pm
December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 2019   6:30pm - 9:00pm

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Ron Collins 3 Day Retreat ( Nov. 2019 )
with Ron Collins

3 - 7 Hour Sessions $350 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 25, 26, 27, 2019

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Ron Collins 3 Day Retreat ( March 2020 )
with Ron Collins

3 - 7 Hour Sessions $350 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...

March 11th, 12th, & 13th  2020

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Machine Quilting Using Your Walking Foot
with Nancy Williams

1 – 5 hour class $50.00 plus GST ($52.50)

This class will teach you how to turn a quilt top into a completed quilt. You will begin by assembling your quilt sandwich. You will then prepare your machine for quilting with your walking foot....

November 23rd, 2019

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Ron Collins 3 Day Retreat (March 2020)
with Ron Collins

3 - 7 Hour Sessions $350 plus GST

Three days with Ron Collins and the ultimate sewing retreat. It’s time to liberate some of those fabrics you are afraid to cut into. With Ron by your side and you working on whatever you...

March 14th, 16th, & 17th

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Ron Collins Working with Knits
with Ron Collins

1 - 6 1/2 hour Class $125 plus Gst ($131.25) plus $20.00 kit Fee

Uncover great techniques for this knit know-how-to workshop. Ron will cover tips on layout, marking, cutting, interfacing, thread and appropriate needle sizes and types. Followed by a hands-on...

November 28th, 2019

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Intro to Sewing a Garment and Pillow Case
with Nancy Williams

6 - 2 1/2 Hour Sessions $110 plus Gst ($115.50)

*Prerequisite: Basic sewing Techniques or similar experience The project for this class is a drawstring/elastic pajama style pant and a pillow case. These projects have proven to be great...

October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, November 6th, 13th, 2019

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Spiral Placemat / Table Topper
with Nancy Williams

1 - 6 Hour Class $60 plus Gst ($63.00)

Join me as we piece these fun placemats and table toppers.   Learn the simple technique and have fun stretching your quilting skills to make  one of a kind creations to enjoy...

October 12th, 2019

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Paper Piecing 101
with Nancy Williams

1 - 6 Hour Class $60 plus Gst ($63.00)

Paper piecing in quilts is blocks made by stitching your fabric directly onto preprinted paper with design lines on them.  It is especially useful when making small blocks, intricate angles...

Saturday October 19th, 2019

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Beginner Quilting by Machine
with Nancy Williams

3 - 4 hour Classes . $120 plus Gst . ($126.00)

Learn all the basics of making your very first quilt from start to finish!This fun beginner quilt class focusses on skill development with a rotary cutter, machine piecing and machine quilting....

November 9th, 16th, 30th,  2019

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Supervised Quilting
with Lezlie Pascoe or Margaret Ruiter

1 - 2 1/2 Hour Class $15 plus Gst . ($15.75 ) Per Class

Having problems getting started on a quilting project or need help going to the next step? Lezlie or Margaret are both experienced quilters and teachers of quilting and will assist where needed on...

August 15th, 22nd, 29th or September 5th, 12th or October 3rd, 10th, 31st  or  November 7th, 14th, 21st or December 5th, 12th, 19th, 2019

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Intro to Bag Making with Stacie Wilson from Troll Bros. Quilt Design
with Stacie Wilson

1 - 6 1/2 Class $60 plus Gst . ($63.00) ** Plus Pattern

These pretty and practical Zippy Crossbody Bags can be made in 2 sizes! Mini 8in. wide by 6 in. high or Full 8in. wide by 8in. high.  Bag features include 3 outside zipper pockets, and 2...

Saturday November 2nd, 2019

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Premier Plus Embroidery Software Training
with Kerrin Brookes

2 – 5 ½ hour classes $100.00 plus GST ($105.00) for 2 days or ($52.50) one day

This software works with all brands of sewing machines but is produced and sold for Pfaff/Husqvarna dealers. If you have the suite or parts of this software then this could be the class for you....

Sept. 26, 27, 2019 or Oct. 17, 18, 2019 or Nov. 21, 22, 2019 or Jan. 23, 24, 2020 or Feb. 27, 28, 2020 or Mar. 26, 27, 2020 or Apr. 23, 24, 2020 or May 28, 29, 2020 or June 18, 19, 2020

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Cozy Caps

Cozy Capz Dates for 2019-2020

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 by those undergoing chemo. treatment. New volunteers are always welcome.  Come for one or any you can attend. RSVP attendance

Please note we can really use donations of soft cotton knits, soft flannels and fleeces for the volunteers to sew these hats as chemo patients’ scalps are very tender during treatment.

Fridays      9:00 -12:30     Sept. 6,  Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, Mar. 6,  Apr. 3, May 1, June 5, 2020