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December 2023

As the year comes to a close...


As this year comes to a close, we want to thank you all for your continued support and look forward to seeing you next year.

This month we have LOADS to share... so buckle in and grab a cup of your favourite!

What's New


"The Importance of Sewing", a lovely essay by one of our sewing students Abigail Mann

We are thrilled to share this very well written essay with you, and hope you love it and are as inspired as we were when we read it for the first time. Thank you, Abigail, for sharing your essay with us, and for letting us publish it in our newsletter so that everyone can enjoy it!

The Importance of Sewing

Sewing is a dying craft that young people are not eager to learn. Without sewing it would be impossible to go through any day. People take for granted how important sewing really is. When looking around a room, in a car, or literally anywhere almost everything has been sewn. Sewing is an essential art form. Some believe that sewing is an unnecessary skill in our culture today but what is true is that sewing is useful because people can easily repair things, they can create many beautiful and complicated patterns, and it is a great way to make gifts.

When someone rips, tears, or needs clothing altered or made, sewing is necessary. A tailor or seamstress are people who alter and customize clothing. Tailors specialize in designing and producing men’s clothing while seamstresses usually work with women’s clothing. These two different people can customize suits, pants, dresses, jackets and anything clothing related. Usually, women take their clothing to a seamstress for alterations and repairs to ensure that their clothing properly fits their body shape. Men, on the other hand, visit a tailor when they need their clothing mended or designed. As a result, without knowing how to sew, alterations and repairs would be impossible.

When people are proficient at sewing they are able to create beautiful products. Quilts are one of the many projects people can create with sewing.  It is possible with a few scraps of fabric to create a work of art. Another art project for a person who sews is making a wedding dress. In general, brides wish for a dress that reflects their unique personality and beauty. The same way a painter uses paint to form something beautiful, a seamstress can use fabric to design a dress that is perfect for the bride. It takes hard work and determination to develop the skill of sewing, but when people reach their goal they can dazzle the world with their amazing designs.

With the right pattern or idea it is possible to design fun and enjoyable gifts for everyone. When people are having trouble finding the perfect gift for someone else, sewing can solve that problem. As a result, presents for baby showers, Christmas, and birthdays are easily made if someone knows how to sew and follow a pattern. Often locating personal items in stores can be difficult. Finding the perfect pencil case, hair scrunchies, or jammies is now achievable with a sewing machine. Thus, it is possible to sew useful, practical, and personal projects that can fill any need. Gift hunting is no longer a problem for the active and creative seamstress because there are endless possibilities.

When one considers how many times people damage their clothes, how many stunning items people can create, and the enjoyable gifts that can be produced, it is clear that sewing is a valuable skill. If no one ever learned to sew all of humanity would be in a very different place. Believing that sewing is not important is truly a small- minded thought because, even if people never learn how to sew, everyone is still benefited by the sewing products of others all around the world.

By Abigail Mann

November 9, 2023




Debbie's Alex Hoodie

This is a great pattern, and is incredibly comfortable. Debbie also made an interesting change to the pattern by using the fleece on the outside for the collar. A nice cozy touch! Fabric: Avalana Sweat Solid brushed, which is temporarily out of stock, and Jalie Pattern Alex #3907.




Debbie's Backpack

This is the Copper Pack from Cork and Copper Designs. Love this fabric combination! Debbie used Vinyl fabric for the main exterior fabric and Wide Floral for the exterior accent. The Rainbow Zipper shows nice attention to detail as well as the decorative stitching on the straps.




New Fabric!

Raccoon Ruckus

These trash panda's are up to mischief as usual! From top to bottom: Raccoon Ruckus - 100% Cotton - Cream Fish Bones, Raccoon Ruckus - 100% Cotton - Paper PlanesRaccoon Ruckus - 100% Cotton.


Backyard Bugs

A new addition to our children's collection, the Backyard Bugs have beautifully saturated colours, and has a lovely smooth feel. Fabric from top to bottom: Backyard Bugs - Green - Tadpoles, Backyard Bugs - Navy - Firefly, Backyard Bugs - Luna Moth.


Marlene Made this adorable pocket pillow out of the Backyard Bugs Collection! Stay tuned, this project is also an upcoming class.


Moody Sunday Canvas

New printed canvas in the shop for our music lovers! Perfect for bags or a retro jacket. Check out Moody Sunday HERE.


A Walk In The Woods


Indigo Ferns and Modern Botanical

On the left is: Indigo Ferns. On the right is: Modern Botanical.


Botanical Butterflies

This soft whimsical vintage inspired collection is so sweet. From left to right: Botanicals - #1 - White Butterflies, Botanicals - #12 - Green Flowers, Botanicals - #10 - Gray.



Bernina Foot Of The Month: Buy Two get one Free*
*buy two and receive one free of equal or lesser value


See all offers for bernette machines HERE.





See all offers for Brother machines HERE

20% off Select Brother Accessories In Store

SASEBXP1 Luminaire Roller Bag Set

SAWTXP1C Wide Table

SAMS360 Magnetic Sash Frame

SAMFM180N Magnetic Frame 4"x7"

SA740 40 Colour Embroidery Thread Set

SAWTNQ1C Wide Table for NQ700

SAQKIT Quilt Set


PR1Xwt1 Wide Table for PR1X

PRCF3 Cap Frame and Driver Set

PRNSTD2 Stand for PR Series

SAADVQLT Advanced Quilt Design Software

SA218 High Shank Ruler Foot for BQ2500

SAWT8 Wide Table for Airflow 3000

Serger Elastic Application Fooot


Bias Binding Set SA230CV

Dual Function Fold Binder SA231CV

Gathering Foot SA220





See All Classes HERE




Big Brother Club

Choose your own projects and accomplish them in-class with expert guidance. This club is for Brother sewing & embroidery machines that have an embroidery hoop of 6"x10" or larger.

This is the perfect opportunity to work on your own projects, and complete the pile of UFO'S (un-finished objects), or to learn something new from what the others are working on.

Dates: Wednesday December 20, January 03, 17, February 04, and 28 from 10:30-2pm.

Cost: $25.





Time for U.S (Uninterrupted Sewing)


Join other like-minded sewists and take advantage of Uninterrupted Sewing (U.S.) time in our classroom between 11am and 2pm on these posted in-store sew-days!

You can choose your own project and pace. Start new projects or catch up on the "work in progress" pile. This is independent sewing time (no teacher supervision) but of course our staff will be available to assist, and your fellow sewists love to chat and help each other.

Dates: Thursday December 21, 2023, Jan 04, 18, February 15, and 29, 2024 from 10:30-3pm.

Cost: $25 - First session for new registrants is FREE.





Kidstart Beginner Part 2

This class is a follow-up to Kidstart beginner 1 and will help you to build the skills needed to register into Kidsew Intermediate.

This class is a good option for the student who has beginner sewing skills and knowledge as a pre-requisite to Kidsew Intermediate.

Not sure which class to take? Call the store for more information so we can help to register your child into the appropriate classes.

Please bring your Sewing machine in good working condition ,scissors, clips or pins, and threads.

Dates: Tuesday January 09, 16, 23, 30, 2024 from 4:30-6:30.

Cost: $100 plus materials which are available at a 15% discount with the class.





Beginner Adult Level 2

This class is secondary to Beginner Adult Sewing 1. In this class, you will build on the skills you learned in Beginner Adult Sewing 1, and prepare you for Intermediate Adult Sewing.

This class is a good option for students who have a basic sewing knowledge, but are still working towards completion of the pre-requisites for Intermediate Adult Sewing.

Not sure which class will be the best fit for you? Please contact the store to find out more information so we can help place you in the appropriate class.

Dates: Wednesday January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2024 from 2:30-4:30pm.

Cost: $100 plus materials which are available at a 15% discount with class.





Intermediate Adult Sewing

Project-based intermediate-level class for adults. Students will build on their knowledge from the Beginner Adult classes. This is a six session class.
You should have knowledge of working with stretch knit fabrics ( ie. sewing hoodies ).

Session 1: Friday January 12, 26, Feb 02, 09, 16, 23, 2024 from 10:30am-12:30pm.

Session 2: Friday January 19, 26, Feb 02, 09, 16, 23, 2024 from 2-4pm.

Cost: $150 plus materials which are available at a 15% discount with class.





Beginner Adult Sewing 01

This project-based beginner-level class for adults will start the students building a solid foundation in the world of sewing. Each of the three projects have been selected to focus on a different sewing skill and the students will complete this class understanding the basics of sewing machine safety and operation. Please bring your own sewing machine to class.
There will be homework in between classes.

Dates: Saturday January 13, 20, February 10, and 17, 2024 from 1:30-3:30pm.

Cost: $100 plus materials which are available at a 15% discount with class.





Quilting Techniques

In this course with Barb you will learn five different quilting pattern techniques, you will learn about " quilt as you go", as well as types of batting that can be used for different projects. Barb will cover Flying Geese, Sawtooth Star, Irish Chain, Ribbon Border and disappearing nine patch.

This course follows the Intro to quilting, or for the student that knows the basics of operating their machine and is for the advanced beginner.

Dates: Tuesday January 16, 23, 30, and February 06, 13, 20, 2024 from 10:30-12:30.

Cost: $150 plus materials which are available at a 15% discount with class.





Under The Sea Quilt

Come and join Barb and make this beautiful quilt that reminds you of summer vacation. This quilt finishes at 60" x70". This class includes a kit  that should be picked up before class. The Kit includes all fabric for the front of the Quilt. 

Instructions will be emailed or can be picked up with your kit in the week before class.

Dates: Saturday January 20 and February 03, from 1:30-3:30pm.

Cost: $147.97 Pattern and fabric for the quilt top are included in the price. All other materials are available at a 15% discount with the class.





Jalie V-neck Top

Join Yvette for this online class to make this stylish V-Neck top. This Jalie pattern #2682 can be purchased at This pattern comes in 27 sizes from kids to adult including plus sizes and, can be made with a stretch knit or stretch fleece. You have the option to include a half zipper as well as long sleeves. No serger is required for this class.

You can purchase the pattern here at or order your pattern through the store if you have registered at least one week prior to class start date. This pattern can only be purchased in PDF format and will require printing.

Please contact the store with any questions or concerns you may have.

Instructions and a zoom meeting link will be emailed to you in the week before the class start date.

Dates: Monday January 22, 29, February 02, 09, 16, 23, 2024 from 6-7pm.

Cost: $75 plus materials which are available at a 15% discount with class.





Sweet Pea Vintage Tote

Join us and make this adaptable tote bag from Sweet Pea. This pattern can be purchased at and can be made in a variety of hoop sizes from 4"x 4" up to 8 x 8 ". This pattern also comes with two lid styles and if you have a cutting machine SVG files are included as well.

The design will need to be purchased and downloaded to your memory stick or your machine and notes printed prior to class start. Find the design here .

This class requires that you have a sewing and embroidery machine. 

Any instructions and notes from the teacher will be emailed the week before class.

Please contact the store if you have any questions.

Dates: Friday January 12, 26, February 09, 23 and March 08, 2024.

Cost: $125 plus materials which are available at a 15% discount with class.





Sarah Period Undies and Reusable Pads

Sew your own period and incontinence undies and pads.

This pattern comes in 28 sizes from kids to plus size and includes high waisted and low waisted options. The pads are designed with wings and snaps to keep them in place. Fabric requirements are knit with 50% stretch and an absorbent fabric. Simply rinse under water until the water runs clear and then wash as normal.

There is a free storage pouch pattern available on the jalie website as well.

Pick up this Jalie pattern Sarah #4344 from the store with registration to the class.

*This class will be held online via zoom. An email will be sent out a few days before the class start date with any information needed.

Dates: Monday February 12 and 26 from 6-7pm.

Cost: $50 plus materials which are available at a 15% discount with class.





Prism Strip Quilt by David Yenter

This super beautiful and colorful quilt by Jason Yenter  is made from the Prism Collection with beautiful patterned cotton fabric. A lovely way to brighten any room. 

The finished quilt size is 66.5" x 66.5 " and finished quilt block  size is 18" x18". There is a kit for this class that includes all fabric and the instruction sheet for the front of the quilt. The approx. kit cost for the front of the quilt and pattern is $135.00.

Dates: Saturday March 16, 23, 30, April 06, and 13, 2024 from1:30-3:30pm.

Cost: $125, Kit not included with registration.





Versatile Sport Stretch Softshell Jacket

Jalie Patterns front zip jacket pattern comes in 27 sizes in one pattern and can be easily lengthened in the sleeves and the bodice for men. The perfect wind and waterproof jacket when made with Polartec 4-way stretch Power Sheild or Wind Pro fleeces.

The pattern is Stretch Softshell Jacket #2679 can be purchased at here. Please contact the store if you have any questions.

Dates: Monday March 18, 25, April 08, 15, 2024, from 6-7pm.

Cost: $100 plus materials which are available at a 15% discount with class.





Serger 102

Dive into using your serger, and learn a variety of techniques for garment construction. You will learn how to use your serger for a polished and professional finish on your clothing, and come away inspired to use your serger.

Class fee is waived for machines purchased at That Sewing Place. If you have purchased your machine at That Sewing Place and would like to register, please contact the shop, and we will take care of registration for you.

Dates: Tuesday March 19, from 5-7pm

Cost: $70





Jalie Retreat With Yvette - All About Sleeves

This three-day in person retreat with Yvette Chilcott will give you the opportunity to work on your projects while benefiting from Jalie brand ambassador Yvette's knowledge and guidance. Learn to make different types of sleeves with your patterns. This retreat is for sewing with Jalie patterns only. Patterns can be purchased in store or on the Jalie website at
Come with two top patterns prepared except for the sleeves and choose from approximately 20 sleeve adaptations.
A variety of Sergers will be available for use during the retreat to help you give your garments a professionally finished look. 

Price includes Lunch and snacks on all three days.

* This event is in person only at That Sewing Place.

Dates: April 26, 27, 28, 2024 from 10am-3pm

Cost: $300





Donation Sew for Markham Stouffville Hospital

Bring your Sewing machine and other tools to help sew and Iron swaddling blankets and double sided blankets for the Markham Stouffville Hospitals N.I.C.U. Pattern Provided to specific requirements for the Hospital. We will be sewing with some donated Terry cloth fabric. If you have 100% cotton fabric that you would like to donate please let us know. The measurements should be 30" x 30".

This is by volunteer only.  

Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions please call the store.


Ask the Expert!

Joanne asked: "What is the difference between a 5.5mm machine and 9mm stitch width on a machine, and which is better?"

Answer: "This is a great question, and really important if you are looking at a new machine. In short, neither are better, just different. The first obvious different between the is that a 9mm stitch width offers you a wider stitch then a 5.5mm stitch width. With the 9mm stitch width you will love working with decorative stitches and alphabets. The other side to the 9mm stitch plate is that it offers a little less stability when working on delicate fabrics. Enter 5mm stitch plate! With less room in the width of the hole in the needle plate, this offers more stability to the fabric so it doesn't get chewed up by the machine.

When choosing a sewing machine, it is advantageous to choose one that is capable of 9mm stitch width, because you can always choose to use a straight stitch plate, or 5.5 mm stitch plate depending on the unique needs of your project."

We could really go into detail on this, however for the best explanation please check out an incredible article written by Sylvian Bergeron, from See it HERE."

- The Seam Team

Name That Tool?


Sewing Clips. Why are sewing clips SO amazing? They are good for little hands, or sore arthritic hands that struggle with pins. They are great for working with thick fabrics, or layers of fabric which is especially helpful for bag makers. They hold fabrics that cannot be pinned, like vinyl, cork fabric and more.

See all clips here.


Until we have an opportunity to see you again! Stay healthy, stay safe!

Sew On and Sew Forth!


Jaret and The Seam Team

That Sewing Place
10-16610 Bayview Avenue
Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3