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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does my child need sewing experience to join a class or camp?
Not at all! Our programs cater to students of all skill levels. When a class is mixed with new and returning students, we assign sewing exercises that are appropriate for each child's level of experience until everyone is comfortable using a sewing machine.
Do I need to pay the full registration fee at once?
For our afterschool and weekend programs, you may pay a 50% deposit upfront to secure your child's spot. Your card will be auto-billed for the remaining 50% on the first day of the class.
Is there class this week? (Current students // How can I check the schedule for skipped holidays?)
You can always check the original class listing, the intro email, or our full calendar to double check when class is held. We schedule our afterschool and weekend classes according to the calendar set by the Public School District of Philadelphia (see it here). For any holidays, election days, parent/teacher conference days, early dismissals, or other cancellations due to inclement weather or special events, Butcher's Sew Shop Junior will not hold sewing class. We try to send out reminders to parents about days off from class so please check your email!
What does my child need to bring to class or camp?
We provide all sewing materials and tools. For afterschool classes, your child should bring a packed snack and a water bottle. For camps, please bring a packed lunch, snack and a water bottle each day. If there is a particular medication, inhaler or epi-pen your child will need to bring, please let us know ahead of time and go over any instructions with our staff.
Do you offer private lessons for children?
We have very limited availability for private lessons during hours when group classes or camps are not in session. Lessons are $35/hour and only offered at our two studio locations. Our instructors cannot travel to students' homes for private lessons.
What machine should I buy my kid to use at home?
All students use the Singer 4423 Heavy Duty model at our studios. If you are looking to purchase one for your child, please check out our Amazon store front for the listing. If you purchase through our link, we get a percentage of the sale which helps support our small business!
If my child misses a class, can he/she make it up another time?
If your child misses a class, we will do our best to catch them up in the next session. We do not offer private make-up sessions for missed classes.
Who took the beautiful photos for your website?
Our photographer is the talented Parikha Mehta. She is a lifestyle photographer with focus on families and small businesses. Check out her work at https://www.parikhamehta.com/