FAQ

Who teaches the class?  

Most of our classes are taught by Jeri or Amy.  On occasion a class will be lead by a substitute teacher, a staff member, or a guest instructor.  Each class description has the instructor's name listed. 

When and where are the classes held?

Classes are held right here at our shop! 

The Cotton Cure

11200 NW Thompson Rd, Portland, Oregon 97229

(Please pay attention to the NORTHWEST portion of this address, and ensure that your GPS is slated for NORTHWEST. I'd hate for you to end up in Northeast.  Ask me how I know this is an issue with GPS, lol).

Can I bring lunch?

Of course!  We have a small refrigerator and microwave for instructor/student lunches!  We provide water.  

Do classes count towards Loyalty Points?

Unfortunately, not.  I'll be honest, we make very little money (if any) on class fees by the time we pay an instructor.  Which means, we cannot offer Loyalty Points on class fees.  In addition, we discount any kits that are purchased with classes, so we can't give the Loyalty Points discount, too.  

In case  you don't know, we offer Loyalty Points at TheCottonCure.com.  It  essentially equates to 5% store-credit back on all purchases. 

Are supplies included?

Sometimes and sometimes not.  Each listing will tell you what is required for the class.  Sometimes, no supplies will be included.  Sometimes, no supplies will be included, but there will be a kit available for purchase. Sometimes, some supplies will be included.  Sometimes, all the supplies will be included.  It just depends on the class.  Please check the listing. It is vital that you come to class prepared.  So please make sure you read the entire class description. Read on, for a classroom supplies.

Is the pattern included?

Some classes, like the beginner's pillowcase class, don't have a pattern.  Some the pattern is included.  Some require you to purchase the pattern.  Please understand, patterns belong to the pattern writer.  We are not allowed to make copies of patterns.  If the class is based off of a pattern, the pattern will need to be purchased, if it is not included in the class price.  This will be noted in the class description.

What classroom supplies are included?

We provide the ironing station: irons, ironing mats, starch, spray bottle/mister.  We also provide, cutting mat, basic rulers (some classes require specialty rulers), rotary cutters, scissors, and snips. 

Can I cancel the class and get a refund? 

Maybe.  Once you purchase the class, you are obligated to take the class or forfeit the class fee in the event you cannot make it. There are two exceptions and two exceptions only.  1) You cancel prior to 14 days before the start of the class.  For example, a class is held on June 14th, you have to cancel by May 31st.  June 1st or after, you will not receive a refund  2) We will also refund you in the event that there is a waiting list AND someone from that waiting list fills your spot. Refunds can take up to ten business days to process.  If it has been ten business days and we have not refunded you, please contact us and I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

Is there homework or prep work?

There could be.  Check the class description.  It will say whether or not homework or prep work will be involved.  Often times, to keep class prices down, we will require that you have your pieces precut or interfaced (except for beginner's classes).  This significantly decreases the time needed for the class, thereby lowering the class fee. 

What is my skill level?

We want more than anything for you to have an enjoyable experience with us!  It is super important that you read the class description, so you know what skill level it is.

Just gonna say it one more time, it is really important that you sign up for a class that is your skill level. 

Because 1) if it's too easy you will be bored as all get out and you may not get anything out of the class experience 2) if it's too hard you may feel flustered or overwhelmed and we don't want you to feel that way.  But also, we need you to able to keep up with the class, because the instructors may have up to six students. 

  • Absolute Beginner: I have never done this before.  I don't know a bobbin from a bodkin.  I don't know how to thread a machine.  I don't know how to sew a straight line.  I don't know how to read a pattern.  I don't even know what I don't know!
  • Medium Beginner: I know how to thread my machine.  I know how to sew a straight line. I don't know how to read a pattern yet.  I don't know how to cut fabric yet.  I don't know how to troubleshoot my machine. 
  • Advanced Beginner: I know how to fully operate my machine and I even know how to do basic troubleshooting.  I know how to read a basic pattern.  My 1/4" seam is pretty good.  I am able to piece without help. I know how to cut fabric.  I am able to apply interfacing to my pieces without help.  But I could stand to to learn more about installing simple zippers, hardware, or simple curved piecing. 
  • Intermediate:  I am the master of my machine.  I can sew any seam allowance you throw at me.  I've put in simple zippers.  But I could stand to learn more about installing more complicated zippers, gussets, installing hardware, or advanced curved piecing.  

My kid is taking a kids' class, may I stay?

Nope;)  Consider this your free time!  Take a walk.  Go next door and grab some coffee (when the coffee shop opens).  Read a book at the park next door.  But kids' classes are just that... for the kids! 

What is the age requirement for your classes?

I would say that our Beginner's Pillowcase would be appropriate for kids ages 12 and up.  It's more a skill and/or attention span requirement than anything else.  I have found that kids under 12 lose interest pretty quickly.  But not all of them.  So it's a hard question to answer.  Here's the deal, if your child wants to take a class, and you question if they are able to do it alone, chances are they are not.  After all, you know your kid better than we do!  And we want them to succeed and love sewing.  So let's start off on the right foot. 

Here's what we require: Take the Beginner's Pillowcase class with them!  Sign up for ONE spot.  And if they are off to the races, the next class you can sit out.  But until then, it's best if a parent takes the class, also.  You will only be working on one project, at one table together, with one sewing machine.  There are so many reasons for doing this, but the top two are: 1) Safety 2) When you go home, both of you will know the basic operations of your sewing machine, and you can assist your child with troubleshooting.  Again, we truly believe getting off on the right foot is half the battle. We love sewing and we want your kiddos to love it also!

My friend/spouse/child/family member has a disability and would like to attend the class but they will require extra help, can we attend together?

Of course!  Each table can fit two people (snugly).  Please pay for one class participant and notify us that you will be attending the class, also.  Both participants will work on one project.  

Do I need to bring my own machine?

That's up to you!  You are more than welcome to use one of our classroom machines (here is a link to the machine we have in our classroom).  Or you may choose to bring your own machine.  If you choose to bring your own machine, you will need to make sure it is in full working order.  If it is not, we will not try to fix it for you.  We have learned in the past that this disrupts class and makes other students feel neglected.  We will ask that you put your machine to the side and grab a classroom machine.  

If you are a beginner, we will help you setup your/classroom machine and troubleshoot it (this is actually built into the class time). 

If you are a medium beginner, we expect that you can thread your/classroom  machine, but we will help you with minor troubleshooting. 

If you are an advanced beginner or intermediate, we assume you can thread your/classroom machine and do some basic troubleshooting. 

Will I finish my project?

Most of our classes are formatted to be finished (if the entire project won't be finished we will note this in the class listing).  Occasionally, however, a student will not finish a class that was intended to be finished.  This can be for multiple reasons: taking a class that is too hard for your skill level, not coming to class prepared, showing up late, etc...  BUT if you show up to your skill level class on time and prepared with a working machine, you will absolutely leave with a finished project!!  Sometimes, a multi-session class will require homework.  Not to sound like a broken record, but it is IMPERATIVE that you read the class listing. And then maybe re-read it;)

If I don't finish my project, then what?

If you are unable to finish your project. You may sign up for Open Sew time or a private lesson!  Open Sew is when we allow you to use the classroom and the classroom supplies/machines for a set amount of time, but there is no instructor.  But again, if you come prepared, you will leave with a finished project!

Is there a machine that you recommend I purchase?

This is an affiliate link to Amazon, but my review is my own.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Jukis.  As a matter of fact, I tried to become an authorized Juki dealer, but they wouldn't let me, ha!  Which is so crazy to me, given that I am probably their biggest cheerleader. But regardless, I love my Juki so much that I have two of the same machine (granted one is the newer model but they're basically the same). Everyone I know that has this machine, loves it.  It's basic, super heavy duty, fast, accurate, no non-sense, no frills, and requires little maintenance.  It's also very easy to use and requires basically no skill!  It's just an awesome machine.  If you know  you are going to love quilting/bag making, and you want a solid machine that will last you for years, this is the one for you.  Here is the link to the machine I have and a link to the newest version/platinum edition:
The next machine I recommend is the Brother CS6000i.  I WILL BE SOOOO HONEST WITH YOU.  I have never used this machine, but I have been told by many customers that it is a great beginner machine for piecing quilts or small projects.  And it's an inexpensive machine.  This is the kind of machine you might want to consider if you are new to sewing and want to see if you love it before you truly commit to a more expensive machine.  But just keep in the back of your head that this is a machine you may outgrow quickly.  That being said, it's always nice to have a backup machine or a machine that is lightweight and easily transportable.  I will also say, that I also have a Brother and it is an excellent machine, so I do feel confident recommending this machine.