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 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 250 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 250 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 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 (or Abby) use anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down the sewing machines and supplies. We also spray Lysol on the supplies to eliminate any germs. 

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 $135 – 150 and includes everything – sewing machines, fabrics, supplies, and snacks. A seasonal workshop costs between $25 – 40 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 $165 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)