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All supplies bought for the classes are 15% off.

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any class with less than 50% enrollment.  Refunds will be given.


Kids Sewing Club

When: Every Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.  Schedule will change in the Fall.
Fee: $30.  All materials purchased for class will be available in store for 15% off.

In Kids Sewing Club at Cate’s Sew Modern, kids are given the freedom to either work on their own personal projects with guidance from our team of sewists or join in on group projects that will teach them basic sewing techniques.  Whether your kid wants to work on their own quilt, learn to make a tote bag, or take part in any other creative projects, we’ll provide the space & attention that your kid needs to do so.

To reserve your spot, you may pay for this workshop on our website (link below) or in store. Space is limited.

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Altering a Pattern

When: 4 Sessions on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 PM, Starting September 5th.

Fee: $120 + supplies.  All materials for this class are available at a 15% discount to students.

Have you ever found that a commercial garment pattern fails to fit you properly? Is the bust too small, or the waist too large? Are you in between sizes? Do the shoulder straps fall down your arm? Are the darts way out of place, regardless of what size you attempt to make? Then this class is for you!

In Altering a Pattern, we will learn how to adjust a pattern to best fit you using several different techniques. Each session we will discuss different forms of alteration, and we will build upon what we have previously learned. We will all begin by working from the same pattern, and at the end of the class, we will alter a pattern you own or have used previously to fit perfectly.

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School of Sewing

School Of Sewing Book Cover

When: Starting Up Again on Thursday, September 7th! This class will run for 6 consecutive Thursdays from 6-9PM, starting September 7th and ending October 12th.

Fee: $150 + book and supplies.  All class materials are available at a 15% discount to students.

Ages: 16 and older

For those who are not ready to tackle quilt blocks or the outfit of their dreams (or even a set of curtains,) the School of Sewing is the place to be.  Taught by Cate Boeth, the only pre-requisite is that you attend a private $20 Meet Your Maker session with your/our sewing machine and staff at Cate’s Sew Modern.  From there, you will be ready to go!

Over these six sessions, we will use Shea Henderson’s text, “School of Sewing” as a reference.  You will learn to make basic items that are meant to prepare you to pursue  quilting, garment sewing or home decor work.

Projects & Materials:

Session 1: A half yard of a Kona solid.

Session 2: Pillowcases, you’ll need a pillowcase kit.

Session 3: Drawstring bag, there’s a kit for that, too.

Session 4: Aprons, 1 yard for main apron body and 1/2 yard for pocket and strings.

Session 5 & 6: Zip It Pillow, 3/4 yard for pillow, 1/4 yard for binding, 1/2 yard of fusible fleece, 22″, all purpose zipper.

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Snappy Slippers & Travel Bag Workshop

Snappy Slippers and Travel Bag

When: Date & Time TBA.  Contact us with your Fall availability if you are interested in taking this workshop.

Fee: $65 + materials. All materials are available in store at a 15% discount.

It’s Christmas in July! Start your holiday gift-giving early by making these cute & comfy slippers with a travel bag!

This 1-day workshop will be taught by Robin Wolek. Robin is an experienced teacher & member of sisters in cloth, an art-quilting group based in Shoreline CT since 2001 that brings in accomplished artists for exhibits & works on teaching new art-quilting techniques. She has been sewing for 20 years and her quilting is her specialty.

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Intro to Quilting with Maureen Anderson

4 Patch Wall-Hanging Quilt by Maureen Anderson

When: Starting Saturday, September 9th.  4 sessions will run consecutively on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Fee: $125 + materials. All materials are available in store at a 15% discount.

Maureen Anderson, accomplished quilter, educator and 2016’s president of Shoreline Quilters’ Guild, will walk aspirational quilters through an organized and thorough orientation to quilting.  In this 4-session class, you’ll be able to fully finish a 26 x 26″ quilted four-patch wall-hanging.  You can also convert this pattern into a beautiful table runner if you’d like.

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Fancy Fox & Hazel Hedgehog Pillow Workshop with Cate Boeth

When: TBD.  If you’re interested in taking this class, contact us with your availability!

Fee: $90 + materials. All materials are available in store at a 15% discount.

This is both a mini quilting project, and a class in home decor! This workshop will teach you how to piece and quilt a Fox or Hedgehog pillow front, and then how to assemble the pillow. You will go home with a beautiful quilted accent pillow, with optional eyeglass appliqué, and several closure options for removing and inserting the pillow form.

We completed our pillow with the zipper pillow technique from the School of Sewing book by Shea Henderson, which if you have taken our basics class School of Sewing, you know how to do! You may also use the technique in the pattern, which is without a binding.


Meet Your Maker!

Fee: $20 if you are enrolled in a class, or have purchased your machine from us.

$60 for outside machines.

This is a 1 hour sewing machine orientation for students new to their machine, or who may need to rent a machine from the shop for classes or open sews.  This session is a prerequisite to all classes if you are a new sewist, or feel that your skills with your machine are rusty. Bring your personal machine and the manual.

Call or email us today to set up a date & time for this 1-on-1 class!



Open Sew

When: Wednesdays, 5:30-9:00 pm

A free session where sewists can bring their machines (or rent one for $5). Open sews allow participants to take advantage of our cutting and ironing areas as well as the support of peers and available staff.  Not meant as a private lesson, we nonetheless honor the fact that community support is a critical part of building skill sets and that sewing can be isolating otherwise.

Come join others and jump-start friendships as well as skill-building.  Whether you’re starting a new project or trying to conquer an old “UFO” (unfinished object), your presence helps others and their presence supports yours.




Each class has a maximum enrollment of six students.  We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any class with less than 50% enrollment.  Full refunds will be given if this should happen.

To reserve your spot, sign up online, call the shop during business hours at 203-421-6853, or stop by to pay.  We cannot hold spots without payment.

Cate’s Sew Modern provides pre-packaged materials for all classes — sometimes for additional discounted fee and sometimes included in the class at hand.  We always offer 15% off to students purchasing any items for our classes. Feel free to bring your own machine, or rent one for $5.

Additional classes/workshops in the planning phase include:

  • Light home decor—overview of curtains, pillows, etc.
  • More advanced home dec workshops
  • Weaving fabric
  • Managing curves in quilt piecing
  • Slow stitching—embroidery, hand appliqué, felting, etc.
  • Appliqué and reverse appliqué
  • Color theory and fabric selection strategies
  • Dress form making
  • Workshops to learn specific quilts
  • Machine embroidery “in the hoop”
  • Historical costume
  • Improvisational design
  • Creativity prompts
  • Parent and child classes
  • Parties

Please let us know if you are interested in something special and we will try to make it happen if we can find at least two other interested students.

We love to host special parties, be it fiber crafting events for kids’ birthdays, group quilt-making for wedding gifts, “Sip and Sew” nights-out with friends, or team-building sessions with co-workers.  Let us know if you want help planning.  We have a lot of ideas and would love to hear yours, too!