For the first time in 62 years, Mary Joe's Cloth Store in Gastonia is offering sewing classes. For the remainder of June, the classes -- including ones on quilting, skirt-making and the sewing machine -- will be free. They vary in size and difficulty. The last free class is June 30.
Starting in July, there will be a $20 fee for beginner classes, and participants will get a Mary Jo's voucher to help with class supplies and other materials.
The 32,000-square-foot cloth store, one of the region's largest, offers a large selection of drapery, buttons, trims, upholstery, quilting, and patterns for using bridal, formal and fashion fabrics.
The goal of the new classes is to make sewing and quilting accessible to everyone.
"We really want to be able to cross the age gap and excite new individuals with the love of sewing, and to have them experience the feeling of fulfillment you get after you create your very own masterpiece,” said sewing director Aimee Griffin in a press release sent Tuesday.
Classes will be held at the store, 401 Cox Road in Gastonia, and schedules are posted on the Mary Jo's website.