The terms and conditions below apply to all classes, workshops, and events at Cate’s Sew Modern.

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

Once you have signed up for a class, all supplies except for kits we pre-make and sewing machine rentals are 15% off for the duration of your class.  You also have free access (a $20 value) to Saturday open sews for multiple-day classes.

Machine Rentals & Prerequisite Experience:

Eversewn Sparrow 15 (mechanical) sewing machine rentals are $5/class session and must be reserved in advance.  If you wish to rent a machine from us without taking a class, you must first take a private “Meet Your Maker” class to demonstrate your ability to use the machine properly.

Class and Workshop Cancellations:

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule workshops and classes for any reason. Full refunds will be given for the class fee and any machine reservations should this happen.

If you need to withdraw from a class, please call the store and speak to an associate. Emails and voicemails are not acceptable forms of withdrawal. Class withdrawals MUST be confirmed with an associate EARLIER THAN 2 weeks out from your scheduled class. Class withdrawals done two weeks or less before the class begins cannot be refunded.  

Special Event Cancellations:

In cases where we have hired major teachers to travel and teach retreats and workshops, your fee is non-refundable unless we have a waiting list or you can find a replacement.

Class Make-Ups:

Unfortunately, we do not offer class makeup lessons. You are welcome to use open sew for that purpose.

Minimum Enrollment:

Sewing is more fun when it’s social! We require a minimum enrollment per class of 4 people. If you have signed up for a class that does not make this minimum, you will be contacted to cancel or reschedule. We encourage signing up with friends to learn new techniques together, support the learning process, and help to hit the class minimum.


Sewing classes require attentiveness and care, regardless of experience.  You need to know how to safely operate an iron, work with razor-sharp rotary blades and generally protect yourself — and others —  by not leaving blades unsheathed, irons facing down so they can scorch, and needles/seam-rippers and pins must be stored safely in dedicated containers.  We take utmost precautions to protect everyone working in our studio and care deeply that every single moment here is a safe and fun one.  Your enrollment in our classes constitutes your agreement that you take on your own risks and we cannot be held liable for any injuries.

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