Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hiring Sewing Instructors at Sew L.A.!

It's official - we need another teacher! If you think you have the chops to join our stellar teaching team, send the info listed below to us at classes (at) sew-la (dot) com!

Here's our ad from Craigslist to give you an idea of what we are looking for. Pay is $15 - 20 per hour depending on experience.
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Sew L.A. is looking for professional, experienced and engaging sewing instructors for our Los Angeles classroom. 

We are a fabric shop with a large classroom for both group classes and private lessons located in the Atwater Village area of Los Angeles. Take a look at our website to get a feel for what we do!

We have a fantastic team of garment construction, patternmaking and quilting teachers - are you the right person to join us?

This is a part time, subcontractor position with flexible hours. Our classes take place on weekends during the day (11am - 6pm) and from 6:30 - 9:30pm during the week. Private lessons may be scheduled at your discretion.

This position requires:

- In-depth knowledge of sewing garments - please don't apply if you cannot sew
- Weekend and evening availability
- A positive attitude and familiarity with social media
- Retail and / or office experience is a plus
- Organization, punctuality and reliability

Job Duties:

- Training on and teaching existing Sew L.A. classes
- Promoting classes via social media
- Helping students find what they need in our fabric shop
- Developing and teaching new classes (after training period)
- Teaching private lessons 
- Occasional posts for our blog (projects, events, tutorials)
- Attendance at our parties and events

We will train you for:

- Using many different brands of home sewing machines
- Teaching our Sew L.A. classes
- Writing your own classes
- Retail sales

Please submit:

- A resume with a cover letter that notes your sewing experience
- Professional references (these do not need to be sewing related) 
- A few pictures of recent sewing projects

We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Job Opportunity at Sew L.A.!

Come and work with us! We are looking for a full time sales person who would be interested in training to be the store manager within a few months of hiring. Here's the ad we are placing tomorrow - all of our own peeps get the jump! Please, no phone calls or stopping in about this position - email us at with all the info listed below and we'll contact you for an interview if the fit looks right. 

Fabric Shop & Sewing Classroom - Sales Position with Manager Potential

Sew L.A. is a boutique fabric shop and sewing classroom in Atwater Village, and we are looking for an experienced salesperson to join our team. Applicant must have experience sewing from commercial garment patterns to be considered for this position. 

This is a full time position starting at $12 per hour for training and sales, with the strong potential to segue into a salaried manager position within 2-3 months of hiring. We are looking for just the right person to help run the retail shop! 

This position requires:

  • Exemplary customer service & communication skills 
  • A strong retail background - styling and merchandising a storefront is a must
  • In-depth knowledge of sewing garments - please don't apply if you cannot sew
  • Weekend availability - Sat and Sun are our busiest days
  • A positive attitude and superior organization skills
  • Familiarity with and access to social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc...)
  • Punctuality
  • Previous experience working for a small business a plus
  • The ability to think on one’s feet and make sensible decisions is valued over a formal education

Job Duties:

- Customer service, sales and class signups
- Opening and closing the shop
- Merchandising and displays
- Inventory management and assisting owner with orders
- Keeping the shop clean and organized
- Promoting via social media
- Occasional posts for our blog (projects, events, tutorials)
- Help with and attendance at our parties and events

What we offer:

- $12.00 per hour starting pay
- Discounts on patterns & fabric - we encourage you to dress handmade
- Half-price or free sewing classes to further your skills
- A vibrant community of makers

Please submit:

- A resume with a cover letter that notes why you are perfect for this position
- Professional references (these do not need to be sewing related) 
- A few pictures of recent sewing projects

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Here We Come, 2015!

2014 has been... interesting. We celebrated 8 years of business, which is no small achievement in today's economic climate. We watched our core market shift dramatically with all the technology introduced. We had some fantastic parties and guest teachers! Personally, I am still learning how to take care of a business and a two-year old - I wish there were classes for that. 

Weaving at our Holiday Bazaar

First off, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you students and customers who have allowed us to stay in business for 8 years. Now for the changes: the bad news first. We simply cannot afford to offer the range of sewing classes we have in the past due to the proliferation of information available online. 

I firmly believe that learning sewing from an actual person is the way to go (that's why I started a classroom!) and will happily talk for hours about the benefits of in-person classes. On the flip side, I'm all for sharing information however it works, and these online classes are a boon for those who don't live near a great sewing shop! I also have good friends who are writing these classes, and I want them to succeed and be paid well for their hard work. So the first change is less sewing classes - a tough decision, but small businesses need to change with the market and stay flexible.

Moving stuff around!
And we have a silver lining: more fiber arts classes, more guest teachers, more amazing goods in the shop. The past few weeks, we have been reconfiguring the space to accommodate more retail, and along with that we'll have new hours for 2015:

Sun - Weds: 10am - 6pm
Thurs - Sat: 10am - 7pm

Mario rules!
Keep your eyes peeled for weaving workshops, dyeing classes, fantastic guest teachers, macrame, block printing and weekend sessions of your favorite classes!

We'll be open later for open sewing in our SewLab on many Wednesday evenings, plus we'll be scheduling Sewlabs on weekend days so everyone has a chance to use our awesome classroom space. We'll be scheduling more Project Workshops - open sewing with a teacher to ask questions - so everyone gets some practice on projects they want to sew. 

New fabric wall
Almost there...

Lux thinks it looks better over here.
Open space!

Our Kids & Teens After School sewing classes have exploded! If you know a boy or girl who wants to learn how to sew or get some help with projects, check out the website for dates. I'm continually astounded with how fast and amazing our kids are, and recently one of the first Kids Camp kids stopped in to visit - she's in the costume department of her high school and used what she learned at Sew L.A. every day. 

All I helped with was pressing - she did the rest herself!
We have been hard at work expanding our embroidery section - carrying Kiriki Press kits, Subversive Stitching cross stitch kits, Penguin & Fish kits and sashiko supplies along with our faves, Sublime Stitching. We'll be offering an Advanced Embroidery class in addition to the Intro, and look for a Crewel class soon!

Our first Weaving Workshop is on Feb. 7th with renowned local artisan Cameron Taylor-Brown! We are now carrying mini looms from Purl & Loop and lap sized looms from Harrisville Designs in the shop. I'm secretly most excited to have found the metal potholder loom frames - a must for any kid you know who likes to make things (and some adults too).

And we'll be adding some really lovely lines to our retail selection: tableware and linens from Lotta Jansdotter, beautiful paper goods from Rifle Paper and One Canoe Two, and my favorite - Sarah Watts from Cotton + Steel has a gorgeous line of journals and notecards. Some of these items are already in the shop!

So all in all, we take a few roughs with the smooth and continue on. Here's to another great year of growing, changing and learning! Wishing you and yours the very best in the New Year - Shaerie and everyone at Sew L.A.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sew L.A.'s 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar!

Please join us on Friday, Dec. 5th from 3 - 9pm for our Second Annual Holiday Bazaar! It's an evening filled with crafty fun, fantastic local vendors and cookies & cider for all. I have also been testing German spiced wine recipes (tough job) to serve a little later in the evening - mighty tasty!

We'll have sewing stations set up for some free crafts: make a card with fabric scraps or learn to sew a mini flying geese garland like the ones in our window. There will also be make & take kits and demos for mini-loom coasters and embroidered leather bracelets! 

Here's a preview of some of the local vendors that will be participating - all items are handmade right here in Los Angeles by the people who are selling them to you!

Charlie from Minor Thread will have handmade sachets, teas and mulling spices!

Mary will be selling her hand sewn clothes for boys and girls!

Wendy from Green Girl Art will have a selection of plushies and wall art!

Iris will have some lovely handmade jewelry for sale!

Elinor from Krank Press will be selling her gorgeous notecards, journals and calendars!

Ms. Molly will have aprons for adults & kids and table linens made from beautiful batiks and mudcloth!

Rebecca will have luxurious silk rayon infinity scarves and small leather items!

Tonie will have a selection of bags and wallets along with this gorgeous child's coat!

Our make & takes are scheduled on the hour as follows:
3pm: Shaerie sets you up on a mini loom to weave coasters - $2 for the yarn kit
4pm: Robert Mahar will show you how to wrap candy cane ornaments - free!
5pm: Haley demos embroidering on leather bracelets - $10 for the kit
6pm: Mr. Mahar helps you create beautiful pom pom ornaments - free!
7pm: Shaerie is back with the mini looms - $2 for yarn
8pm: Mr. Mahar returns with the lovely pom poms! - free
All demos are on a first come, first served basis. We'll have extra kits & supplies too, if you want to keep practicing what you learn!