FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are your classes held?
The La Movida Sewing Design Studio is located in the heart of Kitsilano at 3625 West Broadway. There is plenty of parking in the back alley and we have two entrances to the studio. It is conveniently located along several bus routes and is in walking distance of a great neighbourhood filled with cafes, restaurants and shopping.
What will we be learning?
You will learn how to use a sewing machine and machine sewing techniques.
- How to choose appropriate fabrics for your designs and how to read and layout a pattern.
- How to alter a pattern for proper fit.
- Hand stitching, seam finishes
- And design students might create flat drawings, illustrations, and spec sheets. Do costing analysis and learn about industry standards, pattern drafting and production.
How large are your classes?
Sewing classes have a maximum of 8 students per instructor. Workshops can have up to 12 spots available depending on the project with a second instructor assisting. We require a minimum of 4 students for each class.
What do I need for my first class?
Just want to try it out?
Come by for a studio tour. Kids can enroll in a Pro d Day workshop and adults can take our Intro to Sewing class.
What is your class registration and payment policy?
Registration is only confirmed once payment is received. Split payment is available upon request. We accept Visa, Master Card online and Debit, cash and cheques in person. La Movida is willing to provide prorated fees for those students joining a class later in the term, providing space is still available.
There is a one -time $5 administration fee for new students.
We are very dedicated to creating a great experience for every person who comes to La Movida Sewing & Design Studios. La Movida Design studios does not offer make up classes or refunds for those who miss their regularly scheduled classes.
If you wish to cancel, one weeks’ notice prior to the start of class/workshop/camp is required to receive a full refund.
Can I transfer to another class?
If you have signed up for a class and then can’t make it, you may transfer your tuition to another class up until one week before the start date. This gives us enough time to contact a waiting list person so we can offer them your spot. If the second class is less expensive, you will be refunded for the difference in cost.
To transfer, call or email us, or feel free to stop by.
What happens if I miss a class?
La Movida Design Studios does not offer make up classes or refunds for those who miss their regularly scheduled classes.
What if a class is cancelled?
We do not want to cancel good classes but if everyone waits until the day before to sign up, the class will most likely be cancelled. If a class is cancelled we will issue a full refund for the class. Please try and register early for classes!
What are your methods of payment?
You can pay by cash, cheque, Visa or Mastercard both online and in the studio. The fastest and easiest way to register and pay is through our online booking system, and is offered at the end of the registration process.
Have a great idea or something you want to share?
Contact us if you have any suggestions, would like to be our featured artist, host a workshop or see something we don’t offer but you think we should – we are happy to arrange a class for you and your friends. Need a minimum of 4 students for each class.
Do you provide fabric for the projects?
Yes, sort of. You can purchase a fabric package from us for each project – we have everything you need in the studio and a carefully chosen selection of fabrics. Depending on the project it will be between $10-$25 each, for fabrics and notions. This is a great price and very convenient. We will let you know before each new project how much it is going to cost and we only charge you for the fabric you are going to use – no extras like in the store!
We have researched which kinds of fabric will result in a high quality project. Sometimes the print does not work, or the fabric is too difficult or not the right weight/stretch/quality for the pattern. We have a curated selection of specialty fabrics available at the studio or for purchase that will be waiting at the studio on your first day of class. Just let us know if you would like to purchase fabric from us. You can purchase the required fabrics and sewing kit from us in the studio or online at any time. We have taken all the guess work out of shopping for fabric and want to make your introduction to sewing as painless as possible. It is not required that you purchase supplies from us, but is a service provided for your convenience.
Do I need to bring my machine? I don’t have a machine of my own.
We have 13 Babylock sewing machines and two home sergers for our students to use while in our studio.