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What is Primrose Sewing?

Primrose Sewing is a small business at an in-home sewing studio on the west side of Franklin, TN near Jim Warren Park. It is owned by an award-winning teen seamstress, online college student, and entrepreneur who offers sewing classes, seasonal workshops, individual lessons, summer day camps, and birthday parties to young students ages 7 – 13 years old. More than 320 youth have registered since Primrose Sewing was launched in July 2017.

Who is Abby?

She is a mature, responsible, and creative teen entrepreneur! She’s been sewing since the age of 3 (needle and thread) and since first grade with a sewing machine. She launched the business at the age of 15, and to date (Spring 2020), has taught more than 320 young students in classes, workshops, camps, and birthday parties! Abby has won countless ribbons at the County and State Fairs – including a Best of Show for the Youth Division. 

Who is Abby’s Family?

Abby’s Mom is the classroom assistant, photographer, and volunteer Director of Business and Marketing. Abby’s Dad is a software developer, is supportive of Abby’s business, and ignores everyone when he’s working from home. Abby’s younger sister does not like to sew. She loves art and technology!

Can you tell me more about the sewing environment?

We are a smoke-free, pet-free home. The sewing studio is a happy place where all students can develop their creative talents and learn the life skill of sewing! Sewing is never a race, and we never compete against each other. We emphasize individual effort, we encourage each other, we take pride in our accomplishments, and we treat each other kindly. 

What does my child need to bring to a class, workshop, or camp?

Your child should bring a great attitude, a willingness to learn, and an expectation to have fun! We provide everything else.

What do you provide for a snack?

About midway through each sewing session, we provide a small bottle of water and a choice of Goldfish Crackers, Cheez-Its, or Mott’s Fruit Snacks in individual packages. Students may bring a small snack from home, if preferred, like pretzels, plain popcorn, or a protein bar. Students can use hand sanitizer or wash their hands in the bathroom before we eat our snacks.

What kind of service projects do the students sew?

Primrose Sewing believes that students can use their sewing skills to benefit others. The students sew a service project during one of the six weeks of seasonal classes. To date, students have sewn cat bed for the animal center, pillowcases for firefighters, blankets for the pediatric patients and babies, fleece hats for homeless men, mug rugs for the elderly, all-class quilts for charity, and pillows for foster children. We welcome your comments and ideas!

Can my student participate in the County and State Fairs?

Absolutely! We encourage students to enter their best items – sewn entirely by themselves – into area fair competitions. There is usually no cost to enter. Abby and her students have won dozens of ribbons and cash prizes in recent years! Ask us for details to register. Typically the county fair deadlines are in early August and the state fair deadline is early September.

How do is the Primrose Sewing Studio kept as germ-free as possible?

At the end of each class, workshop, or camp, students (and Miss Abby) use anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down the sewing machines and supplies. We also spray Lysol on the supplies to eliminate any germs. We keep the bathrooms clean and vacuum often.

What are the costs to participate with Primrose Sewing?

Typically, a six-week class (two hours per week for a total of 12 sewing hours) costs around $155 and includes everything – sewing machines, fabrics, supplies, and snacks. A seasonal workshop costs between $30 – 45 depending on the project for a one-time sewing experience of 2 – 3 hours. A Summer Day Camp (five days for three hours per day – morning or afternoon – for a total of 15 hours of sewing) typically costs about $175 per student per week and includes everything.

How are the photos taken during the sewing time used?

We take lots of photos! We send Google photo album links to parents periodically, so they can see the sewing adventures in action. We also use selected photos for social media and advertising purposes. We don’t publicly use the names of our students. We honor requests for students not to be photographed.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Primrose Sewing fully expects every student to have an exceptional experience while sewing with us! We expect parents to be financially committed when registering through our Sign Up Genius link. There is a $50 cancellation fee for the six-week class session and summer day camps and a $15 cancellation fee for workshops and individual lessons.

What are the Sew-It-Myself Kits?

“Sew-It-Myself” Kits encourage students to continue their sewing skills at home. We have kits available for sale on site which include all fabrics, some supplies, and instructions for a student to sew a Doll Quilt, Pocket Pillow, Mug Rugs, and a Stuffed Bunny as well as a Grab Bag Kit which includes an assortment of fabric with a hand-stitching kit. Please ask us for more information.

How can I reach someone at Primrose Sewing?

E-mail: primrosesewing@gmail.com

Website: primrosesewing.com

Facebook: Primrose Sewing

(FAQs as of January 2020)

Students Sew Patriotic Appreciation Cards

Primrose Sewing believes that its students should use their creative skills and abilities to inspire and support charitable causes. For our seasonal service project, more than 30 students in the Fall Weekly Classes sewed over 110 custom and personalized Patriotic Appreciation Cards for active and retired servicemen and women in the U.S. Military! Recipients included relatives, friends, neighbors, and local residents of assisted living communities. We welcome any ideas and feedback about our service efforts.

Fall Weekly Classes 2020

Primrose Sewing is ready for a fabulous Fall season of weekly classes! Young seamstresses and tailors (ages 6-13 years) will have a great time using a sewing machine, making new friends, and bringing home original projects! Primrose Sewing Owner and Teacher, Abby Gustavson, is an award-winning, teen seamstress who has taught more than 250 students during the past three years in her in-home sewing studio on the west side of Franklin! Each class will be limited to six students. We will continue our usual cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Face masks are optional. 

FALL PROJECTS: Students will sew a Fall Four-Square Pillow, a Travel Laundry Bag, a Tabletop Bean Bag Toss Game, a Surprise Project, and a Service Project of Patriotic Custom Greeting Cards for military veterans! The six-week session fee is $145 and includes all supplies, sewing machines, fabrics, instructions, and snacks. 

To register, send us an e-mail at primrosesewing at gmail dot com (or use the website’s contact pasge), and we will send you the official link to sign up and include you on our e-mail list to receive periodic details about additional class sessions, seasonal workshops, and summer day camps!

Summer Day Camps & Workshops 2020

Primrose Sewing is getting ready to host its Summer Day Camps & Workshops! Young students (ages 6-13 years) will gain confidence with a sewing machine through instruction, hands-on learning, and original projects! Primrose Sewing Owner and Teacher, Miss Abby, is an award-winning, teen seamstress who has taught more than 220 students during the past three years in her in-home sewing studio on the west side of Franklin!

Campers will have fun during an action-packed week of hands-on projects and a field trip to the fabric store! Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine or use one of ours! We are offering four different sewing camp choices for students of all skill levels. Space is limited to six students per camp. Choose a convenient morning (9:00-12:00) or afternoon (1:00-4:00) camp.

The camp fee of $165 includes all supplies, a fabric face mask, instructions, fabrics, a snack, and a camp T-shirt. A student may enroll in any session! Session one is not a pre-requisite for session two, etc.

SESSION ONE: Students will sew a Pocket Pillow, a Stuffed Elephant, and a Pillowcase Dress as well as take a field trip to the fabric store!

SESSION TWO: Students will sew a Tunic Top, Door Hanger Organizer, a Stuffed Whale, and have an adventure to the fabric store!

SESSION THREE: Students will sew two Reusable Drawstring Gift Bags, a Water Bottle Sling, a Summer Striped Pillow, and a Simple Skirt plus a field trip to the fabric store!

SESSION FOUR: Students will sew a Summer Quillow (a fleece and cotton lap quilt that folds into a pocket to form a pillow), a Summer Tote Bag, and an On-The-Go Tic-Tac-Toe Game, and will shop at a fabric store!

For more details and to register, send us an e-mail via the website contact page, and we will send you a link! We welcome your comments and questions any time!

A NOTE ABOUT COVID-19: Health, safety, and fun are our priorities! Governor Lee has issued a phased rollout plan, and with the input of some Primrose parents, we feel confident to host camps and workshops with a limit of six students per session. Parents should ONLY send their child(ren) if their temperature does not exceed 98.6. We will require that students and teachers wear fabric face masks (one with be provided on the first day). Snacks and water bottles are pre-packaged, as usual. We will plan to take snack time outside, if possible. Sanitizer and soap will be provided, as usual. We will air out the studio as often as possible. As always, we will clean and disinfect the studio and supplies between camp and workshop sessions.

Winter Weekly Classes 2020

Primrose Sewing is ready to launch an amazing new year of sewing classes on the west side of Franklin, TN! Young seamstresses and tailors will learn basic skills for using a sewing machine with instructions by Abby, an award-winning seamstress, teen entrepreneur, and small business owner!

More than 185 different students have enrolled in classes, workshops, and summer day camps in the past 29 months with a total participation of 3,600 hours of sewing! Each session includes instructions, all supplies and sewing machines, snacks, hands-on learning, and creative projects! We will also e-mail a Google photo album of the classes in action each week!

ALL WEEKLY CLASSES (6 WEEKS): Each student will sew Flannel Pajama Pants, a Fleece Scarf with Pockets, a Valentine’s Surprise Project, a Flannel Pillowcase, and for our service project – Dog Bandanas for the Williamson County Animal Center! All levels of skill are welcome. Choose from Afterschool Classes, Homeschool Classes, and Saturday Classes!

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS & CONSULTATIONS: If your child prefers learning one-to-one to make specialty projects and/or wants to be confident using his/her new sewing machine, Abby can provide instructions and inspirations. Ask about our individual rates, by request. 

For details about dates, location, and costs, please send us a message via the Contact Page! Thanks!

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