Laura's Sewing School

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Laura Wirkkala, the Laura of Laura's Sewing School, has been passionate about hand crafts since she was a young girl. She now channels that passion into teaching others at her sewing school, along with her staff of teachers. The school offers small group classes (no more than five students) to be able to offer individual instruction.  Each student works on his or her own project, rather than there being one project for the whole group. Classes often turn into cohesive groups and become a social, creative time, as well as one for learning. Students range in age from nine to 80 and beyond. Classes can be paid for by cash, check or credit card, and gift certificates are available.
781 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
(781) 646-2463
  • Hours: Mon - Sat, 9:30am - 5:30pm, plus some evenings; see website for schedule
  • Hours: Mon - Thu, 9am - 6pm; Fri - Sun, closed
  • Accessible: yes
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Laura Wirkkala September 3, 2013 at 01:26 pm
I am disappointed in this review. And the biggest reason is that this particular student never cameRead More to me with her issue about the class. I wonder if she even completed the class, as I don't remember her in particular. I am very concerned that my students have a good experience and I do whatever I can to address their complaints or concerns. I feel that this person misrepresented me as a teacher. I would never say some of the things that she says I did. For example, I find that patterns are difficult for most people to understand as they assume a certain amount of knowledge that the person already has. And, that means, they leave out steps or explanation that a student needs to know, to complete a project. If I do say anything about consulting the pattern, I am asking the person to find out where they are, and what they THINK may be the next thing that they should do. That way, I am engaging them with the learning process, instead of just feeding them each step. I then talk to them about what the pattern suggests they do, and if I agree or have a better way to accomplish the task. My goal is to make each student more capable of reading and interpreting instructions. And being able to troubleshoot difficulties. I would never say to a student to just do something "Because I said so!" I encourage students to ask questions and I try to teach to the students' individual needs. Everyone learns differently, so rather than saying that they have to "get it" the way I teach it. I try another way to teach it, as they obviously are not understanding it from the way I said it the first time. Or, I show them, as most of us are visual learners. Bottom line, is that if someone is unhappy, I want them to talk to me. I am very flexible and I find that my student's feedback is the best way to improve my classes and my teaching. SO, if by chance, this past student reads this comment, I would encourage her to contact me. I do get a large amount of beginners at my school, as I love to help people learn how to sew. And, many other places do not offer classes for people who know absolutely nothing. So, I may teach simple projects like pillowcases and tote bags to beginners, but to anyone more advanced, I teach whatever they need help with. I can teach advanced piecing and quilting techniques. Couture clothing techniques and tailoring. I can teach you how to make roman shades, draperies, duvet covers, dust ruffles and much more. Just because she didn't see it happen, doesn't mean that I cannot do or teach it. Well, you have to make your own decision. If you are considering taking classes, I welcome you to come visit my school when a class is in session. That way you can see for yourself what a class is like. You can talk to the students in the class to hear what they have to say. You make the decision on what you find out. Hopefully, whether you come here, or find another venue of classes, you will be able to explore and enjoy the world of sewing. There is so much to create with fabric. It's my passion and I hope to share it with you.