Downtown Sewing Lounge Now Open on McKinley Street

Attention sewing fans: If you're looking to learn something new or swap tricks and fabrics for your next big project, you'll want to check out Downtown's newest crafty addition.

Tina Eaves, who owns and operates the spot at 341 E. McKinley (in the OPtic building), says she opened the Downtown Sewing Lounge so she could teach young people how to sew.

But the sewing lounge isn't just for kids. On Fridays, the lounge hosts "open labs" and has machines available for public use (given you have a baisc understanding of a sewing machine -- otherwise, there's a basic sewing class you might want to explore).  

Other classes include: "Mad Trench," "Jeanology," "Sewing Basic 1," a "Rated PG" session for kids with adult supervision, and a monthly Fabric Swap. 

At "Mad Trench," class members make a trench or a pea coat in any wild fabric. Eaves said she got the idea when her niece sent her a picture of a trench coat made out of zebra and giraffe-print coat fabric. She said, "wow, that's a mad trench!"

All classes, except the Rated PG sessions for kids, are $10 per hour and include everything except fabric. Fabric for the kids' sessions is donated. 

For more information and to reserve spots, call 602-318-5618. There are only six seats open per class. ​

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